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PNS Daily Newscast - February 16, 2018 


Florida lawmakers put a concealed weapons bill on hold; also on today's nationwide rundown, concern about Washington State sharing immigrant activist information with ICE agents; and romance scams on the rise.

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Public News Service - WA: Climate Change/Air Quality

In 2011, the EPA released its first-ever findings of environmental discrimination in a case of pesticide spray near a California school. (Chafer Machinery/Flickr)

SEATTLE - The Environmental Protection Agency rarely investigates complaints from minority communities that allege local environmental regulations are discriminatory. According to the Center for Public Integrity, only one of seven cases in Washington state has been accepted for investigation sinc

At full strength, a proposed coal-export terminal in Longview would ship 44 million tons of coal overseas each year. (Sam Beebe/Ecotrust)

PASCO, Wash. – Supporters and opponents are gathering in Pasco today for the final public hearing on a massive coal-export terminal in Longview. Meetings were held in Longview and Spokane last week after the release of an environmental impact study by the Washington State Department of Ecolo

Northwest forests could start to resemble subtropical forests, according to a model of climate change from scientists at Washington State University. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - In the near future, Pacific Northwesterners could look out their windows and see something more similar to the Amazon than the cold, misty forests they're used to. Based on an aggregate of climatic forecasts, researchers at Washington State University have developed a model of what the Un

Rail accidents could increase by 22 percent if improvements are not made to rail lines, according to a report on the proposed Columbia River coal terminal. (Greg Goebel/Yvcol_2b)

SEATTLE - Greenhouse-gas emissions from the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal-export project in Longview would be equivalent to adding more than 600,000 cars to the road each year. That's according to a draft environmental impact study released by Cowlitz County and the Washington State Depa

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaking at the National Geographic Society for the 100th Anniversary of the creation of the National Parks. (Tami Heilemann/U.S. Department of the Interior)

SEATTLE - U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell celebrated 100 years of National Parks and spoke about the next 100 years of public lands at the National Geographic Society in Washington Tuesday. The University of Washington graduate said public lands in the west face a number of thre

Pacific Fisher are being threatened by logging and illegal marijuana grows, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. (USFS Region 5 Reg/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Southwest Region)

SEATTLE - As Earth Day approaches, two West Coast members of the weasel family may be heading in different directions when it comes to protection as endangered species. Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied protections for the Pacific Fisher, a mid-sized weasel estimated to number a

The Washington State Department of Agriculture investigated 123 potential violations of the state's pesticide laws. (Charles O'Rear/United States Department of Agriculture)

SEATTLE - The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), investigated 18 percent more potential violations of the state's pesticides laws in the fiscal year of 2015. In a few major cases, people were exposed to pesticide drift. That's according to an annual pesticide report to the legislatur

Seasonal allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, affects more than 35 million people in the United States annually. (mcfarlandmo/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE - It's the beginning of April, which means flowers are blooming, pollen is plentiful, and allergy sufferers are feeling the itchy effects. There are some simple solutions for sufferers, though. Doctor Mark La Shell, allergist-immunologist with Group Health, says people should start by a

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