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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Critics of natural gas warn that it produces an abundance of the potent greenhouse gas methane. (isakarakus/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Natural gas has been hailed as a potential "bridge fuel" for the country as it transitions from coal and oil to renewable energy. However, a spokeswoman for a Northwest environmental research group says the news media often overlooks natural gas's dirty secret. Natural gas often is

The Pacific Northwest is preparing itself for the big one  a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that could devastate the region. (USGS/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The scene starts with the ground shaking violently. By the end, there's mass pandemonium. Disaster movies frequently depict earthquakes and the devastation a big one could bring. But do they contribute to an irrational fear? A poll of 1,100 people from the website Sperling's

A new coalition is suggesting a new purpose for on-air frequencies no longer used by television stations to bring high speed Internet to rural areas. (jarmoluk/Pixabay)

HERMISTON, Ore. – A new coalition is launching an effort to bring high-speed Internet to places that need it most – rural communities in Oregon and across the country. Connect Americans Now is made up of rural advocacy groups, Internet service providers and technology companies such as

The FCC has proposed undoing regulations for internet service providers, a move some say could dismantle net-neutrality rules. (Maria Merkulova/Free Press)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Internet users are asking the Federal Communications Commission not to hit "undo" on net neutrality today, with a day of action to save the Internet. Even companies such as Facebook, Amazon and Google are getting in on the action, bringing awareness to the issue of a free and open

The Muslim Educational Trust hosts panel discussions and other events regularly to promote understanding between people of different faiths. (Muslim Educational Trust)

PORTLAND, Ore. - This Sunday is the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and American-Muslim communities across the country still face a backlash. Hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. have risen, according to the FBI, even as hate crimes against other communities have decreased. Saha

PHOTO: Lakeview is the county seat of Lake County, one of Oregon's least populated areas. Internet service is provided here by small broadband businesses, as the media giants haven't seen it as profitable. Photo courtesy Lake Co. Chamber of Commerce.

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to classify the Internet as a public utility, allowing it to be more closely regulated to ensure fairness, or what is known as "net neutrality." But smaller Internet service providers are asking to

PHOTO: Watchdog groups say a proposal to allow some Internet users faster speeds for higher prices runs counter to the Internet's purpose as an open forum for ideas and information. Photo credit: Ronstik/iStockphoto.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - Creating a "pay to play" system runs counter to what the Internet has been from the beginning, according to a watchdog group. Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org, said thousands of people are signing petitions protesting a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal t

WASHINGTON, D. C. - Is it simply a way to crack down on the pirating of music and movies, or a measure that could lead to online censorship and the end of Internet freedom? The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House, and a similar measure in the Senate, are raising red flags. The House bil

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