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PNS Daily Newscast - November 20, 2017 


On our Monday nationwide rundown; decision day for the Keystone XL pipeline; a border patrol agent killed in the line of duty in Texas; and time is running out to comment on fees that could double or triple at many National Parks in 2018.

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Public News Service - WA: Animal Welfare

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

Researchers and others believe breaching the four Lower Snake River dams could give Puget Sound orcas more fish to feed on. (Seabamirum/Flickr)

SPOKANE, Wash. – As the public weighs in today in Spokane on the future of the Lower Snake River dams, researchers are calling for their removal in order to save Puget Sound orcas. In October, two members of the J pod of Southern Resident killer whales died, and scientists at the Center for

There are about 7,500 marbled murrelets left in Washington state. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

SEATTLE - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed 1.6 million acres of mostly federal land in Washington are critical habitat for the marbled murrelet. The small, diving seabird, known as a "fog lark" to loggers, has been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 1992. Cri

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

The Southern Resident orca population is making its way to the inland waters of western Washington. (Robert Pittman/NOAA)

SEATTLE – June is Orca Awareness Month, the time of year when killer whales return to the inland waters of western Washington. The endangered residents of Northwest orca pods face a number of threats, the most severe being a shortage of food, which is mainly Chinook salmon. "Our efforts ar

The Dog Aging Project is recruiting dogs in middle age to participate in the study of a drug that could extend the pets' lives. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - Researchers from the University of Washington are studying a drug that could extend the lives of dogs and one day, maybe even humans. The drug rapamycin, typically used to treat organ-transplant patients, could be used at low doses to slow the aging process, attacking cancer and other ag

The spotted frog's critical habitat includes parts of Klickitat, Skagit, Skamania, Thurston and Whatcom counties in Washington. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

SEATTLE - More than 65,000 acres and 20 miles of river in Washington and Oregon have been protected as critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the designation this week for the species, which has lost 90 percent of its former range. Fish and Wildlife bi

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

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