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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: Salmon Recovery

PHOTO: Washington's favorite entree is one reason Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed an update to the state's water quality laws. But commercial fishing and water-keepers' groups are already in court asking the EPA to step in. Photo credit: gbh007/iStockphoto.com.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing an update to the state's water quality rules. On its surface, it sounds like good news for fans of Northwest-caught seafood. But commercial fishermen and four 'water-keeper' organizations are saying it's too little, too late. They're in federal court, a

PHOTO: Debris and chemical residue end up in storm drains and are carried into local waterways, affecting fish and drinking water. After three years, Clark County has agreed to comply with the federal Clean Water Act to minimize storm-water runoff. Photo credit: iStockphoto.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The year's end also marks the end of a three-year court battle over water quality standards for Clark County – and all sides are calling it a win. This week, Clark County commissioners settled the penalty phase of a lawsuit to bring the county into compliance with the

PHOTO: Will the fourth federal plan to save endangered salmon species make headway? Its critics say it isn't much different than earlier plans that were found lacking. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

SEATTLE - Another deadline is approaching in the lengthy court battle to protect endangered Northwest wild salmon species, and this week the federal government has done its part to meet it by submitting a draft version of an updated plan. However, conservation and fishing groups say there's nothing

PHOTO: Divers Crayton Fenn and Eric Hazelton with their most recent

SEATTLE - Puget Sound may have a lot of problems in terms of pollution, but a cure is well under way for one of them. In the last year, about 200 lost or abandoned fishing nets have been rounded up by teams of expert divers. It's slow going, because it is no small task to locate the nets by sonar an

YAKIMA, Wash. - Money flowing from Olympia should allow more water to flow into the parched Yakima Basin. The Washington Legislature has approved more than $130 million for the massive Yakima Basin Integrated Plan. It will improve water storage and conservation in a region that scientists say will c

PHOTO: Some pesticides affect a salmon's sense of smell, making it hard for them to migrate back to their

SEATTLE – The Environmental Protect Agency is being urged to do a better job of considering the effects that pesticides have on endangered fish and wildlife. The EPA is responsible for approving pesticides for use. A National Academy of Sciences expert panel released a report this week that

PHOTO: Ariel view of Grays Harbor. Photo Credit: Quinault Indian Nation

SEATTLE - Tens of millions of barrels a year: that's how much crude oil is projected to be rolling by rail to Washington state under a proposal that's being challenged by local tribes and community groups. According to Tyson Johnston, First Councilman with the Quinault Indian Nation, his tribe wan

PHOTO: From March to September, water samples taken throughout the state will help determine how much pesticide spray ends up in streams. Photo credit: Ron Nichols, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Starting this month, water samples will be scooped out of streams every week around the state to test for the presence of farm chemicals potentially harmful to fish and people. It's a joint project of the Washington State Departments of Agriculture and Ecology. The last few years of

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