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PNS Daily Newscast - November 16, 2018 


Winter Storm Avery takes lives, puts the brakes on commutes across the Northeast. Also on our Friday rundown: A first-of-its-kind report calls for policies to ease transitions of young people living in foster care. And "got gratitude" this holiday season? It could benefit your health.

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Public News Service - VA: Environment

Appalachian communities are plagued by thousands of coal-impacted sites that were abandoned and never cleaned up, according to the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition, which hopes to clean up these sites across the region. (Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition)

NORTON, Va. – A new report shows that with a little innovative thinking, there can be life after coal by re-purposing abandoned coal mine sites. It's all designed to help showcase how areas can build a new economy in the decline of the coal industry. The report by Reclaiming Appalachia Coa

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency oversees voluntary programs to help promote conservation practices on farms and ranches. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia farmers and conservation groups are warning that some of the nation's most critical resources are at stake as Congress puts off passing a new Farm Bill. The groups credit programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program for helping clean up Chesapeake Bay. Cattle fa

The Powell River, which winds through rural northeast Tennessee for 114 miles, feeds the Norris Reservoir along with the Clinch River. (Clinch River/Wikimedia Commons)

RICHMOND, Va. – In southwest Virginia, two rivers will continue to get federal and state support, from agencies that say protecting and restoring them will pay off with better water quality – for people, and for endangered freshwater mussels. Federal and state agencies are extending a 2

Due to potential microbiological pollution hazards, shellfish taken from areas affected by an emergency harvest closure along the Back River are unacceptable for consumption. (Pixabay)

HAMPTON, Va. – State health officials have expanded the areas banned from shellfish harvesting due to a raw sewage spill along the Back River. A sewer infrastructure failure announced Wednesday near Willoughby Point means sewage has been seeping into tributaries of the Back River in the city

Environmental activists and community leaders maintain Dominion Energy is more interested in expanding gas pipelines instead of expanding solar. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion Energy, Virginia's largest electric utility, promotes itself as a leader in solar energy, but Wednesday environmental activists are calling on the company to "drop the act," considering its promotion and heavy reliance on fracked gas. Activists maintain Dominion wiel

Faith leaders and people of faith will meet at Virginia's state Capitol, calling for environmental justice in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Pixabay)

NEWPORT, Va. - Faith leaders in Virginia say they're continuing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy by fighting for environmental justice for the communities affected by the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. King was killed in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn., while supporting people protesting d

A new report found air pollution decreased in response to policy informed by monitoring and research. (Pixabay)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A new report shows the environmental pollution problems caused by humans can actually be reversed by humans. The report by 11 senior researchers found that across the U.S., the quality of air and freshwater improved significantly in recent decades, mainly because of the

Curbing pollution from power plants, that can cause or exacerbate health problems, is the goal of the Virginia DEQ's Carbon Reduction Plan. But will the plan be strong enough? (Adrienne Eichner)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginians can still make their voices heard about the state Department of Environmental Quality's plan to reduce carbon emissions in Virginia by 2030. The final public hearing was held on Monday and is followed by a nearly three-week public comment period that concludes on Ap

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