President Obama's joke notwithstanding, a Commerce Department agency has the prime responsibility to protect salmon when they're in the ocean and when they swim upriver to spawn.
During the 1980s, wildlife managers said striped bass like this one were overfished. Now, it appears that a weather pattern known as the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation may have been a contributing factor to the declines.
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Farmer Tim Winn, who has a farm on the banks of the Willamette River, says government scientists have concluded that there is nothing dangerous about the "Roundup Ready" version of the sugar beet crop.
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