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    PNS Daily News - March 4, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a U.S. Supreme court case being heard today could impact millions of Americans receiving subsidies through the affordable Care Act; following a months long political battle, congress approves a 40 billion funding package for the Department of Homeland Security; and another study shows the huge economic impact linked to America’s public lands.

Public News Service - Virginia

PHOTO: The number of jobs in the solar industry is growing at blazing pace, according to an annual census of solar employment. Photo by Nadine Barclay/Wikipedia.

RICHMOND, Va. - Job growth in the solar industry is blazing nationally, although cooler in Virginia. An annual census by The Solar Foundation found the number of jobs in the industry up by nearly a quarter over the year before and up nearly 90 percent since 2010. Andrea Luecke, president and execu...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses a U.S. Census Bureau calculator that factors in assistance programs, instead of the standard federal poverty measurement. And there's good news for Virginia, with fewer children in poverty. Photo credit: jarmoluk/pixabay.com

RICHMOND, Va. - The measuring tool for poverty has been recalibrated, and the new calculation tells a success story for Virginia. A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses a U.S. Census Bureau calculator that factors in state and federal assistance programs, something the offic...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: The massive Dan River coal ash spill left remnants of the toxic substance on the riverbank. Duke Energy is being charged with violating the Clean Water Act for this and other water pollution incidents from its coal ash ponds. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Voices.

RICHMOND, Va. - Federal prosecutors and state environmental officials are penalizing Duke Energy and railway company CSX for violating clean water protections in separate incidents. The combined fines could total more than $450 million. CSX faces a civil penalty that could top $360 million, after a...Read More

Public News Service - VA

GRAPH: Virginia's electricity generation is already moving rapidly away from coal, the fuel that emits the most carbon. Graph by the Georgetown Climate Center, based on 2013 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

RICHMOND, Va. - Cutting carbon pollution from power plants shouldn't threaten electrical reliability according to the folks whose job it was to keep the grid humming in past years. Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to cut existing power plant greenhouse gas emissions warn it c...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: A witness who had to flee Monday's huge train derailment and explosion in West Virginia says it has changed how he looks at rail shipment of crude oil. Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

RICHMOND, Va. — A witness who fled Monday's train derailment and massive fire in West Virginia says he can't help but wonder now if he and his neighbors are safe from trains carrying crude oil. Iraq War veteran Brandon Truman lives in Boomer, W. Va., directly across the river from where the t...Read More

Public News Service - VA

MAP: Dominion Energy and its partners are surveying an alternative route for part of the controversial Atlantic Coast natural-gas pipeline. The current path is in blue, the alternative in black. Map submitted by Dominion to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

RICHMOND, Va. - Dominion Energy and its partners say they are surveying an alternative route for part of the controversial Atlantic Coast natural-gas pipeline. Opponents say it's not an improvement. The new route would send the 42-inch pipeline south of the current proposed path in Randolph and Poca...Read More

Public News Service - VA

GRAPHIC: Health policy and budget analysts say the state will pay more to get less by not expanding Medicaid. They say expansion actually would save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by reducing pressure on other state health care programs. Graphic by Healthcare for All Virginians based on The Commonwealth Institute analysis of state and federal figures.

RICHMOND, Va. – By choosing not to expand Medicaid, health policy and budget analysts say the General Assembly has put the state in the position of paying more to get less. Virginia lawmakers are expected to fund more than $120 million to provide health coverage for about 50,000 additional s...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: Immigration reform activists occupied dozens of U.S. congressional offices over what they call the "moral crisis" of a broken immigration system. Photo credit: Julie Karant.

WASHINGTON - Calling the nation's broken immigration system a "moral crisis," activists Wednesday occupied scores of congressional offices - including the office of Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-McLean). A press release from one of the many groups taking part said it was targeting 35 "hard-line...Read More

Public News Service - VA

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