PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers, but groups in New Hampshire say they oppose the get-tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: A protest against expanding tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

Daily Newscasts

Public News Service - WA: Oceans

SEATTLE - Washington fishermen and sportsmen are expected to crowd a hearing in Seattle today to consider an area 1,600 miles away - Alaska's Bristol Bay - and voice concerns about a proposal for what would be the largest open-pit mine in North America. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) say

SEATTLE - Starting this month, more than 314,000 chinook salmon are expected to make their way up the Columbia River - an impressive spring return, if it happens. However, the actual numbers often end up being very different than the early projections, and last year, none of the salmon stock returns

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Just when it looked as though the state of Washington was getting tougher on the problem of polluted stormwater runoff, some lawmakers are trying to make it easier for the state to back off. Multiple bills and amendments would allow builders to delay or avoid using newer, low-impac

SEATTLE - You may not think of seeds when you think of oysters, but that's what oyster larvae are, and local fishermen are seeing a major increase in the death toll of these seed oysters. The first sign of trouble, says Bill Dewey, policy and communications director for Taylor Shellfish Farms, was

SEATTLE - The public can comment beginning today on new stormwater permit rules in Washington. The rules govern how subdivisions and buildings are constructed to minimize runoff, the largest source of toxic pollution in lakes, rivers and Puget Sound. The Washington Department of Ecology has been cr

SEATTLE - A weekend at the beach doesn't sound nearly as inviting when the beach is contaminated with untreated sewage, but that's the case at some spots in Washington State. A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) ranks the state 14th in the country for water quality at its b

SPOKANE, Wash. - Little fish will be a big topic this weekend for the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, the body that recommends fishing seasons and catch limits for the West Coast. At its meeting in Spokane, the council will debate whether to develop an ecosystem-based management plan that inc

SEATTLE - A lawsuit is being threatened to force the federal government to do more to protect giant sea turtles along the Pacific coastline. Conservation groups say the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) was asked in 2007 to protect about 70,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean for endangered

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