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    PNS Daily Newscast - Tuesday May 31st, 20160 

    Topping the news today: North Korea apparently tried to launch another missile but failed, The head of the Cincinnati Zoo is standing by the decision to shoot and kill a gorilla, and one state is making an attempt to get healthy food to low income residents.

Public News Service - Virginia

Virginia is moving toward a smarter, more integrated approach to early-childhood development, say advocates for early learning. (National Institute For Early Education)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia is taking a smart approach to early childhood development efforts, according to advocates of early learning. The state has been criticized for not making public preschool accessible to more children, but Emily Griffey, senior policy analyst for early care and education at V...Read More

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Critics say the federal agency with the power to allow pipeline construction is oriented not to take into account the concerns of people along the route. (Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

RICHMOND, Va. - The federal agency that approves or denies gas pipelines is oriented against the concerns of landowners and communities, according to people working on the issue. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will decide on the huge pipelines competing to bring natural gas throug...Read More

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Voting rights activists approve of Gov. Terry McAuliffe restoring voting rights for felons. (Flicker/Governor Terry McAuliffe)

RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Terry McAuliffe's restoration of the vote for felons in Virginia goes in the opposite direction of an ugly national trend, according to voting rights activists. Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the multi-racial civil rights group Advancement Project, says numerous st...Read More

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Virginia is not doing a good job in providing quality preschool, according to a new report. (NIEER)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia isn't doing a good job on early education, according to a new report that says the state continues to lose ground, both in terms of access and funding. Steve Barnett, director for the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, is one of the auth...Read More

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Critics charge the proof of need used to justify huge proposed pipelines to federal regulators is often contracts between branches of the same utility conglomerates. (Rick Webb/Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

RICHMOND, Va. – Federal regulations may be favoring duplication and overbuilding of huge pipeline projects proposed to bring natural gas to Virginia and other eastern markets. Between them, the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) ultimately could cost ratepayers ...Read More

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An audit commissioned by Reynolds American identifies instances of minors working in unsafe conditions on contracted tobacco farms in Virginia. (Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch)

RICHMOND, Va. - Children are working in Virginia's tobacco fields and some in hazardous conditions. That's one of the findings of an audit commissioned by Reynolds American of its 373 contract farms. The audit company, Footprint BenchStrength, found 40 percent of farms surveyed employing minors ...Read More

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Teachers such as Carol Bauer say they get joy from seeing their students get excited about learning. (York County Schools)

RICHMOND, Va. - For the best teachers, learning is an infectious joy. Ask award-winning teacher Carol Bauer how she inspires her fourth-grade class at Grafton Bethel Elementary School in York County, and she'll talk about what "we" do, not about what "I" do. "Good teachers care," Bauer has said, an...Read More

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More than a dozen circuses continue to use elephants, but Ringling Bros. has ended the practice this week. (Amoghavarsha/Wikepedia)

RICHMOND, Va. - Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus has closed the curtain on its use of elephants with final performances in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Pressure has been mounting on circuses to end elephant acts. For the elephants, the traveling shows mean long hours of being shackled ...Read More

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