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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - VA: Environment

Wildfires and the cost of fighting them are often considered a western problem, but 14 people died in a 2016 fire in the Great Smoky Mountains. (National Park Service/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. – More and bigger wildfires – even in the East – are burning through the budget of the U.S. Forest Service. But some in Congress want to attach controversial logging provisions to a proposed fix. Droughts and a buildup of fuel are feeding more deadly wildfires 

A new poll finds federal fuel-efficiency rules are very popular in five politically important states. (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research)

RICHMOND, Va. - Voters in five states including Virginia strongly favor federal rules to increase fuel efficiency for cars and trucks, according to a new poll. The Trump administration has started the process of rolling back the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, arguing that reducing regula

Opponents say they're worried that natural gas pipeline construction could damage water quality in the mountains along the border of Virginia and West Virginia. (FERC)

RICHMOND, Va. -- As expected, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has green-lighted two huge natural gas pipelines running through Virginia. But opponents say they'll still try to stop them. Between them, the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines would run 900 miles and cost more than

Conservationists say they're worried about what a huge gas pipeline would do to the Appalachian Trail. (Appalachian Trail Conservancy)

RICHMOND, Va. – A new report details the impacts a huge natural gas pipeline would have on the Appalachian Trail, and some of America's most cherished forest lands. Part of the Too Wild to Drill report looks at where the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) runs along the Appalachian Trail near th

The massive damage Hurricane Harvey has caused in Texas can't help but prompt concern along the Virginia coast. (U.S. Army/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. – The bad news is that coastal Virginia is at risk from a storm like Harvey. The good news is, there's a ready source of funding for the storm mitigation the area badly needs. Estimates are that the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads region is the second-most vulnerable urban cente

Energy companies have proposed building a large number of pipelines to carry Marcellus and Utica natural gas. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

RICHMOND, Va. – In light of a new court ruling, opponents want to force regulators to look at the climate impact of the gas from two huge proposed pipelines. Last week the Washington, D.C. District Court ruled in favor of the Sierra Club that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should h

Anglers say they're seeing more and better brook trout since the North River has been restored closer to its natural state. (Mossy Creek Fly Fishing)

RICHMOND, Va. – Restoring the North River is bringing better trout habitat, cleaner drinking water and more economic development to the Shenandoah, according to folks close to the project. One main objective has been to help the river respond flexibly to floods and droughts, by taking out ma

Industrial accidents like the Deepwater Horizon disaster are just one fear of opponents of offshore drilling in the Atlantic. (U.S. Coast Guard/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The public has until Thursday to comment on the first step towards a proposal that could open the Virginia coast to offshore drilling. The Trump administration may roll back an Obama-era plan to make much of the Atlantic coast off-limits to oil and gas exploration and development.

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