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    PNS Daily News - October 8, 20150 

    In our coast to coast coverage today we’re highlighting several stories including: President Obama apologizing for a deadly airstrike in Afghanistan, the death penalty is facing a challenge in Montana, and those with serious student loan debt could see some help in Wisconsin.

Public News Service - Virginia

A lawsuit aims to move the EPA to close a significant loophole in the regulation of hazardous waste from oil and gas drilling. Credit: Bill Hughes/Earthworks.

RICHMOND, Va. – The EPA has largely failed to regulate waste from oil and gas drilling, even though the agency admitted the hazardous nature of the waste decades ago. National and state-based groups are pushing for the agency to at last close the gap. Twenty-seven years ago, the EPA declared ...Read More

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Several looming Congressional budget battles could turn into shutdown standoffs. Graph by National Priorities Project

RICHMOND, Va. - A government shutdown has been delayed at least until December, but a number of budget fights remain. Shutdowns pose a significant threat to Virginia's economy, due to the many federal offices and employees. A temporary agreement over funds for Planned Parenthood delayed the shutdo...Read More

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A new nonpartisan coalition says the time is right to reform Virginia's juvenile justice system. Credit: Richard Ross for the Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - The time is right to reform Virginia's juvenile justice system, according to a new nonpartisan coalition called RISE for Youth. The coalition wants to replace the big juvenile prisons with community-based corrections. States around the country have been changing how they treat young...Read More

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Opponents are calling for a comprehensive plan to reduce the impact of four huge proposed natural gas pipelines on national forest land and the endangered Cow Knob salamander. Credit: Steve David Johnson

RICHMOND, Va. – Four natural gas pipelines proposed for Virginia and West Virginia would cross national forest land, raising concerns about the environmental impact. Opponents say the competing pipeline companies are racing to lock in eastern markets. According to the U.S. Forest Service, ...Read More

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A Virginia faith leader says it would be a mistake to see Pope Francis as politically liberal or conservative. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/Wikimedia

RICHMOND, Va. – Some will see the Pope Francis' remarks to Congress today through a political filter, but one Virginia faith leader says it's a mistake to view the pontiff as liberal or conservative. The Rev. Charles Swadley interim president and CEO of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Publ...Read More

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New analysis from the Institute for Women's Policy Research shows, if current trends continue, women will not receive equal pay until 2059. Credit: Dan Heyman

RICHMOND, Va. – Women won't get paid as much as men until the year 2059, according to a report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Jessica Milli, the study director, says in 2014 the median income for women working full-time was more than $10,000 less than men. Milli says more ne...Read More

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Two events co-sponsored by AARP Virginia in the next month will teach seniors how to stay safe from scam artists. Photo by AARP.

ROANOKE, Va. – AARP wants to give Virginia seniors the tools and information to protect themselves from con artists. The organization is sponsoring two free "Scam Jams" in the next month – one in Roanoke on Friday, and another in Virginia Beach on Oct. 16. Ginger Thompson with AARP Virg...Read More

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Because of coastal flooding, a Virginian is pressing Washington for action on climate change. Photo by NOAA.

RICHMOND, Va. - Folks from around the country are making the case to Congress for limits on carbon pollution to curb climate change and its impacts. A woman from Chesapeake went to Washington, D.C. last week to talk to federal representatives about the rising sea levels on the Virginia coast. Tuer...Read More

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