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PNS Daily News - May 24, 2017 


We’re featuring stories from around the globe including: British officials search for answers in the wake of a deadly attack; the former head of the CIA weighs-in on the Russia probe; and proposed cuts in President Trump’s budget plan raise serious concerns.

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Public News Service - WA: Climate Change/Air Quality

Utility company Avista is working with Spokane-area universities to develop more efficient electric grids. (Washington State University)

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Two utility companies in Washington have been awarded $3.5 million each from the state's Clean Energy Fund for research into making city electric grids more efficient. Their projects are just the beginning of efforts to make cities smarter. Spokane-based Avista Utilities will use

A federal judge will allow $37 million to be spent to improve the Ice Harbor Dam, but the Corps of Engineers will have to give advance notice of future investments. (salmonrecovery/Flickr)

SEATTLE – A federal judge has ordered more water be released from dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers to improve survival chances for endangered salmon in the region. The order came from U.S. District Judge Michael Simon on a motion filed by conservation groups that had support from t

Warmer winters in the Northwest due to climate change could mean more damage from species such as pine beetle. (Don Becker/U.S. Geological Survey)

SEATTLE – Many of the effects of climate change scientists did not expect to happen for decades into the future are happening now. According to a new study in the journal Science, researchers found that every ecosystem on Earth is being impacted by a warming globe, from the genetic level up.

BNSF is on trial over transport of coal on its railways in Washington state. (Matthew Nichols/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Environmental groups say railway company BNSF is allowing coal to fall off uncovered coal trains and into Washington's waterways, and this week they're looking to prove it in front of a federal judge in Seattle. The Puget Soundkeeper, Natural Resource Defense Council and others say BNSF i

Advocates for Washington's immigrant community say the state hasn't prioritized getting disaster warnings or relief information to non-English speakers. (USDA/Flickr)

SEATTLE - The large wildfires burning in Eastern Washington have prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency in 20 counties. Although this year's in-state fire season has been quiet, wildfires now threaten homes and businesses. As state agencies mobilize to help the victims, non-Englis

The Department of the Interior is trying to stop drones from entering fire zones. (Peter Linehan/flickr)

SEATTLE - Although this year's fire season has started slow compared with last year, rising temperatures in Washington state's forecast could ramp it up. The U.S. Department of the Interior said one threat to putting out fires across the west is drones. This year, drones have interfered with more th

Top Tier gasoline keeps engines 19 times cleaner than non-Top Tier gas, according to a new study. (Airman 1st Class Andrew Lee/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE – Choosing the right gasoline could keep your engine cleaner and your car running longer, according to a new study from the American Automobile Association. AAA says it commissioned an independent lab to study the difference between gasoline designated Top Tier and other non-Top Tier

A federal appeals court has ruled that Washington state must repair culverts blocking salmon from swimming to upstream habitats. (Matthew_Hull/morguefile)

SEATTLE – Native American tribes in Washington state received a victory Monday from a federal appeals court that ruled the state must pay to fix fish blocking culverts. Culverts allow rivers and streams to flow underneath roadways, but can be trouble for salmon swimming upstream if the culve

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