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    PNS Daily News - March 30, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: President Obama and Congressional Republicans continue their budget battle; Missouri is honoring Vietnam veterans today; and a new study shows parents should think twice before physically punishing their child.

Public News Service - Virginia

PHOTO: U.S. wildlife agencies and animal rights groups are working to help prevent poaching half a world away. As the African elephant population dwindles, the U.S. plans to strengthen its ban on importing and purchasing ivory. Photo credit: Copyright K. Branon/IFAW; used with permission.

RICHMOND, Va. – Close to 35,000 African elephants are killed every year for their tusks, according to some estimates, and U.S. wildlife experts are ringing the alarm bells in hopes the world will listen. Peter LaFontaine, campaign officer for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) ...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: A local court decision could slow the huge pipelines aiming to bring Marcellus gas to eastern markets. Photo by

RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia county court case may slow construction of big proposed natural-gas pipelines - a delay opponents say the pipelines can ill afford. A Suffolk County court said the Atlantic Coast Pipeline did not follow the proper procedure when notifying a landowner. The company describe...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: More Virginia landowners are going to court to oppose huge pipelines intended to carry Marcellus and Utica natural gas to eastern markets, noting concerns about construction impacts and private property rights. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

RICHMOND, Va. - Huge pipelines intended to carry Marcellus and Utica natural gas to eastern markets are running into increasing resistance from landowners. Richmond-based Dominion Resources and its partners have filed about 100 lawsuits against landowners who are resisting surveying crews for the A...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: According to the Virginia ACLU the bloody arrest of U.VA. student Martese Johnson highlights longstanding issues of race and law enforcement. Photo courtesy of Martese Johnson.

RICHMOND, Va. – The American Civil Liberties Union says the bloody arrest of University of Virginia student Martese Johnson is a sign of deeper problems between African-Americans and police in Virginia. Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, says blacks are more l...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: The arrest of an African-American University of Virginia student is sparking protests and investigations in Charlottesville. Photo courtesy of the U.VA. Black Student Alliance.

RICHMOND, Va. - Public concern and outrage are rising after the bloody arrest of an African-American University of Virginia student. Martese Johnson was injured while being taken into custody just before 1 a.m. Wednesday. By Wednesday night, as many as 1,000 people, mostly UVA students, were rallyi...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: The findings of numerous studies linking mountaintop-removal mining to a wide variety of health problems will now be taken with greater seriousness in neighboring West Virginia, according to the directors of two Mountain State agencies. Photo credit: SouthWings/Vivian Stockman.

RICHMOND, Va. - In what could be a significant shift, the state of West Virginia says it will now take into account studies showing health impacts tied to mountaintop-removal mining. For years, regulators have resisted considering studies showing elevated coalfield health problems, but this week th...Read More

Public News Service - VA

GRAPHIC: Several government watchdog groups say they want Gov. Terry McAuliffe to press for changes to a newly passed ethics bill, which they describe as "completely inadequate." Image courtesy of Common Cause.

RICHMOND, Va. - Saying it could actually make some ethics dilemmas worse, several watchdog groups are calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to press for changes to Virginia's just-passed ethics legislation. Aaron Scherb, director of legislative affairs for Common Cause, said the General Assembly was emba...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: Despite the growing influence of money in politics, civic and community groups are keeping up the fight to keep elections clean. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

RICHMOND, Va. - Recent reports from Clean Slate Now and the Center for Responsive Politics show the corrupting influence of money in politics is getting worse. The reports show last year's midterm election was the most expensive in history. Outside spending on U.S. Senate elections has more than do...Read More

Public News Service - VA

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