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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - WA: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

Proposed cuts to Puget Sound restoration could hurt Washington's shellfish industry. (Ingrid Taylar/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Trump Administration has proposed cutting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding for Puget Sound restoration by 93 percent, and that could be bad news for businesses that rely on the continued water cleanup efforts. Funding would drop from $28 million to $2 million.

Federal agencies have released a new plan to recover grizzly bear numbers in the North Cascades region of Washington state. (Gregory

SEATTLE – Federal agencies have released a draft plan for how to recover the grizzly bear population in the North Cascades region of Washington state. Suffering from increasingly thinning populations, a grizzly hasn't been sighted in the U.S. portion of the North Cascades since 1996, althoug

President Obama has protected three new national monuments. He designated the San Juan Islands National Monument in 2013. (Jennifer McNew/BLM)

SEATTLE - President Obama on Thursday released an historic memorandum calling on public-lands agencies to be more inclusive of America's increasingly diverse population. He also designated three new national monuments and expanded two others. Part of the president's vision of more inclusive nationa

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.

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

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

Two hikes are taking place at San Juan Island, above, as part of Latino Conservation Week. (Jeff Clark/BLM Oregon/Washington)

SEATTLE - It's Latino Conservation Week, and groups across the nation are focused on access to public lands for Latino communities. All this week, groups will be hosting events outdoors for Latino families to promote recreation and the protection of natural resources. Maite Arce, president and CEO

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