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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2017 


The 27 year old suspect who attempted to bomb the New York subway reveals his motive; also on our rundown; a look at how the GOP tax plan targets the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate; plus - Tis the season, to get ready for tax season.

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Public News Service - WA: Rural/Farming

Washington state ranks fourth in the nation for Christmas tree production. (Brian Mize/The Nature Conservancy)

CLE ELUM, Wash. – With the holiday season here, many Washingtonians have an important decision to make: Should they buy a real or artificial Christmas tree? While it may seem as though cutting down a tree is not a green decision, there are actually benefits for the environment and local co

Rotational grazing of cattle could help soil better sequester carbon and help fight climate change. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A pivotal tool for fighting climate change could be hiding deep below our feet. Researchers have found soil holds more than three-times as much carbon as the atmosphere, and that minerals deep in the dirt are key to its storage. With better land management, they say, this capac

Without a capital budget, many programs aren't able to start the renovations needed to add preschools to the state. (Joe Wolf/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The seemingly endless stalemate over the capital budget is frustrating school districts and attempts to expand the state's preschool program. More than $1 billion in the budget is for school construction, including in many rural districts in need of renovations such as the Rearda

One of the farmers involved in the Photovoice project, Anna Caruso of Caruso Farms, says she takes care of the land to produce food for people, but also for her children. (Anna Caruso)

SNOHOMISH, Wash. – A new project captures the issues facing agriculture in Snohomish County through the farmer's lens - literally. Seven farmers took part in the Photovoice project hosted by the Snohomish Conservation District and the Nature Conservancy, snapping photos that expressed the im

Farmworkers on Sarbanand Farms say they discovered their work visas expired a month ago. (Community to Community Development)

SUMAS, Wash. - Farmworkers and community members are demanding accountability from Sarbanand Farms in Whatcom County, after a worker died there over the weekend. Workers say Honesto Silva Ibarra complained to his employer about feeling ill before he collapsed in the fields last week. Ibarra took hi

Bees are important pollinators for plants and flowers, but in the past year, populations nationwide have dropped by one-third. (Andreas/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Today is the final day for the public to comment on an updated assessment of four pesticides that environmental and food-safety groups worry are killing off bees. Hundreds of thousands of public comments are being delivered to EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., today by Friends

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.

Nurses in rural Washington could be disproportionately hurt by repeal of the Affordable Care Act, compared with those who work in urban areas. (janeyhenning/Flickr)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - As debate in the nation's capital continues over repealing the Affordable Care Act and ending Medicaid expansion, rural Washington is bracing for the effects of repeal. Rural counties face a different set of health-care challenges than do urban areas, and could be disproportiona

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