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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 


    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Public News Service - Virginia

PHOTO: Conservation and environmental groups are highlighting what they say is the destructive work of the Republican-led Congress' first 100 days under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo courtesy of Wild Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. - The Republican-led Congress has earned a failing grade from conservation and environmental groups for their first 100 days. Terra Pascarosa of Virginia Beach is regional manager with the Moms Clean Air Force, one of the groups tallying a report for Congress under Senate Majority Lead...Read More

Public News Service - VA

GRAPHIC: Virginia teachers and parents say punitive over testing is hurting children, especially the very young ones. Graphic courtesy of Put Kids First.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia tests school children too much and starts much too early according to some teachers in the state. Rebecca Jasman, a Louisa County elementary school teacher, says the testing puts what she calls a "ridiculous amount of pressure," even on very young children. She says she's se...Read More

Public News Service - VA

GRAPH: A new report breaks down the ways the government is spending tax dollars. Graph courtesy of the National Priorities Project.

RICHMOND, Va. – Taxes are on the minds of many Virginians, and a new analysis examines where exactly federal income tax dollars are going. The National Priorities Project crunched the numbers, and the group’s research director, Lindsay Koshgarian, says out of every federal income tax d...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: A new report from the Food Research and Action Center says slightly more than 15 percent of Virginians risk going hungry and don't always have enough money for food. Photo courtesy of letsmove.gov.

RICHMOND, Va. - One Virginian in every seven risks going hungry, according to a new report, and that number is higher in some parts of the state. According to a new national analysis from the Food Research and Action Center, slightly more than 15 percent of Virginians live with food hardship. Seven...Read More

Public News Service - VA

GRAPHIC: Virginia teachers and parents with the Put Kids First coalition are pressing for a full restoration of funding for public education. They say class sizes and other budget-related issues are hurting learning. Graphic courtesy of Put Kids First.

RICHMOND, Va. - A group of Virginia parents and teachers want restoration of funding for public education. They say big classes and other budget-related issues are hurting students. Virginia now spends 83 percent per student compared to what it spent in 2009, adjusted for inflation. Public schools ...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: Hilton Worldwide will begin to eliminate the use of cages for egg-laying hens and gestation crates for breeding pigs from its global supply chain. Photo Credit: The Humane Society of the United States.

MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide, one of the world's oldest and largest resort and hotel chains, has announced it will begin to eliminate the use of cages for egg-laying hens and gestation crates for breeding pigs from its global supply chain. Josh Balk, senior food policy director with the Humane So...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: More than 75 marine scientists and environmental organizations are pressuring the Obama administration not to allow oil and gas companies to survey the Atlantic coast for places to drill, saying it could endanger sea life and threaten Virginia's coastline. Photo credit: Bryan Burke/Flickr

RICHMOND, Va. -  More than 75 marine scientists and environmental organizations are pressuring the Obama administration not to allow oil and gas companies to survey the Atlantic coast for places to drill, saying it could endanger sea life and threaten Virginia's coastline. They argued in a le...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: Many want Gov. Terry McAuliffe's Climate and Resiliency Commission to plan for sea-level rise on the Virginia Coast, in part because of storms such as Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy of NASA.

RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Terry McAuliffe's office wants to plan for climate change. Many want his Climate and Resiliency Commission to look at sea-level rise. Chris Miller recently retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He helped write a report on what's coming as...Read More

Public News Service - VA

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