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    PNS Daily News - September 4, 20150 


    Our news today includes a report on the drive for criminal charges against car company executives; a new ranking on where to go for jobs in clean energy; and why the millennial generation may need some confidence boosting.

Public News Service - Virginia

A new online family budget calculator shows many Virginia families don't earn enough to get by. Credit: EPI.

RICHMOND, Va. - A typical working family in Virginia probably doesn't make enough money to support itself, according to a new online budget-cruncher. The Economic Policy Institute's Family Budget Calculator takes local data on a variety of costs, including food, housing and medical expenses. Enter...Read More

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Satellite photo of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in August 2005. Credit: NOAA.

RICHMOND, Va. – Last Saturday marked 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast. Conservationists and community groups are using the occasion as a reminder of the lessons learned. Karen Forget, executive director of the environmental group Lynnhaven River Now, says a ...Read More

Public News Service - VA

Fewer than one in seven American women have access to paid maternity leave, a report finds. Credit: SolStock.

RICHMOND, Va. - The U.S. is dramatically behind the rest of the world in providing adequate support for mothers to spend time with their newborn babies, according to an investigative report by In These Times magazine. Sharon Lerner, the report's author, found most other countries, rich or poor, m...Read More

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The use of coal by Chinese power plants fell last year and looks likely to keep falling. Observers say the government there wants to clean its notoriously dirty air. Photo by Tobias Brox/Wikimedia.

RICHMOND, Va. – China's use of coal fell last year and looks likely to keep falling. The U.S. coal lobby argues that any reduction in American carbon pollution will be swallowed up by more CO2 from China. But after decades of explosive growth, Chinese coal use fell by as much as 3.5 percen...Read More

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A new survey of Latino voters finds them focused on environmental issues, and willing to pay more for clean power to fight climate change. Chart by Latino Decisions.

RICHMOND, Va. - Latino voters are as focused on protecting the environment as they are on immigration reform, according to a new poll. The national survey done for Earthjustice and GreenLatinos found four out of five very concerned about clean air, clean water and climate change. Adrian Pantoja i...Read More

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A new fracking process is designed not to use any surface water at all, and to reduce the amount of waste that comes from the wells. Graphic courtesy of the EPA.

RICHMOND, Va. – A new process that could be suitable for some the region’s gas wells uses no water for hydraulic fracturing. One big criticism of fracking is that drillers typically inject millions of gallons of surface water into each well. Doug McMillan, senior vice president of op...Read More

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Pipeline opponents want regulators to thin out redundant or duplicate pipelines from Marcellus and Utica gas fields to nearly the same destination markets. Photo by the Dominion Monitoring Coalition.

RICHMOND, Va. – Opponents of pipeline construction want federal regulators to say which of several near-identical natural gas pipelines don't have to be built. Energy companies are applying to build two 42-inch gas pipelines from northern West Virginia to southern Virginia. A third pipeline i...Read More

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The American Lung Association is among the many health groups who say tougher pollution standards are a big step toward cleaner air in the U.S., especially for low-income residents who live near coal-burning power plants. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

RICHMOND, Va. - Since the Clean Air Act of 1970, America's air has gotten cleaner, but the American Lung Association's 2015 State of the Air report finds 44 percent of the nation still lives where air pollution levels are too often dangerous to breathe. That's more than 138 million Americans. Ente...Read More

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