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    PNS Weekend Update - July 4, 20150 

    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

Public News Service - Virginia

PHOTO: Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision could delay a more permanent implementation of new air pollution rules for coal-fired power plants. The EPA says the new air pollution regulations would save thousands of lives a year. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Supreme Court decision may have cast doubt on controls for mercury and other airborne toxins from power plants – but it didn't throw them out. The high court decision could delay a permanent implementation of new air pollution rules, which the EPA says will save thousa...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: President Obama watching the results from a previous Supreme Court case on his signature healthcare reform law. Now that the big court challenge to the Affordable Care Act has been denied, Virginia healthcare reform supporters want members of the public to ask lawmakers to expand Medicaid. Photo by Pete Souza/The Whitehouse/Wikimedia.

RICHMOND, Va. - With the major legal challenge done, Virginia healthcare reform groups now aim to put public pressure on lawmakers to expand Medicaid. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Now supporters hope to convince Virginia lawmakers to...Read More

Public News Service - VA

GRAPHIC: Research from the Economic Policy Institute indicates raising the minimum wage will not slow employment. Federal figures show the minimum wage has not kept up with workers' education levels or with inflation. Graphic courtesy of the Economic Policy Institute.

RICHMOND, Va. – Earlier this year, the Virginia General Assembly voted down a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage. Critics argued it would increase unemployment, but new research suggests it won't. David Cooper, senior economic analyst with the Economic Policy Institute, says it used t...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: The EPA announced that carbon emissions from aircraft should be regulated under the Clean Air Act, which might help clear the air over busy Dulles International Airport. Photo credit: Dick107/Wikimedia.

RICHMOND, Va. – At any moment, there are about 7,000 planes aloft over the United States - and as of now, their carbon emissions are unregulated by the federal government. Recently, however, the Environmental Protection Agency announced greenhouse-gas emissions from airplanes should be regula...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: Commercial office cleaners are rallying on the streets to commemorate the Justice for Janitors movement, as talks begin on contracts that cover about 75,000 commercial cleaners in the eastern U.S. Photo courtesy 32BJ SEIU.

ARLINGTON, Va. – Janitors plan to rally on the streets of Arlington during rush hour tomorrow, as contract talks start for more than 10,000 office cleaners in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Virginia House Delegate Alfonso Lopez of Arlington will speak at the rally, commemorating the 25th an...Read More

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PHOTO: Virginia is making progress on where it committed to be in cleaning up Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. But conservation groups are concerned about potential future problems. Photo by Krystle Chick and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia mostly is meeting its commitments to clean up Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Harry Campbell with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said both Virginia and Maryland have been doing a good job reducing nitrogen and phosphorus...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report identifies 50 U.S. hospitals with price markups approximately 10 times their Medicare-allowable costs. Photo credit: Thierry Geoffroy/Wikimedia Commons.

RICHMOND, Va. - If you're going to break a leg, be careful where you do it. You might end up at a hospital that charges the uninsured as much as a 1,000 percent markup. A list of the 50 hospitals with the highest price markups over actual costs is included in a new study published in Health Affairs...Read More

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MAP: New data from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance documents how U.S. cities can leverage rooftop solar installation to lower municipal energy bills, taxes and pollution. It says seven cities in Virginia could generate 175 megawatts from solar on city buildings, part of five gigawatts nationally. Map courtesy of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

RICHMOND, Va. – Some U.S. cities are using solar power to cut their energy bills, and a new report shows how mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar on municipal property, with little to no upfront cash. Report author John Farrell, director of the Institute for Loca...Read More

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