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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2020 


University of California gets high marks for shelving standardized test scores during the pandemic; and reasons now is the time to hire a worker with a disability.

2020Talks - May 25, 2020 


Overseas service members and people with physical disabilities will be able to vote online this year in West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey. Election security experts have some concerns.

Public News Service - VA: Environment

Living shorelines such as this oyster reef barrier in North Carolina protect against erosion while providing habitats for wildlife. (U.S. Marine Corps)

RICHMOND, Va. -- As rising sea levels from climate change threaten waterfront communities and wildlife, a new report from the National Wildlife Federation finds that the development of living shorelines along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts varies dramatically from state to state. Bruce Stein, chief

A flowering meadow will grow under and around the new solar panels at Cople Elementary School in Virginia like this project built in 2017 by Engie Distributed Solar.  (SunTribe Solar)

RICHMOND, Va. - An elementary school in Westmoreland County is getting recognition for more than education. The Virginia Pollinator-Smart Program announced that Cople Elementary gets the state's first Gold Certified pollinator-friendly award for a solar panel array. Solar sites like Cople include

The Virginia Clean Economy Act is expected to jump-start the solar industry in the state. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia could become the first state in the South to completely shift to renewable energy, with Gov. Ralph Northam's signature on a General Assembly bill now heading to his desk. The Virginia Clean Economy Act requires the state's biggest utility, Dominion Energy, to deliver carb

Oysters on Virginia's Lafayette River help maintain clean water on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Conservation groups in Virginia are urging state lawmakers to approve a $10 million budget allotment to maintain oyster reefs in the state. The Commonwealth is home to the world's largest oyster restoration project, which has helped drive ecological recovery in Chesapeake Bay, acco

The Trump administration's new water rules loosens pollution regulations for streams and wetlands, which flow into large bodies of water such as Chesapeake Bay. (Wikimedia)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Trump administration announced last week that it will remove millions of miles of streams and roughly half the country's wetlands from federal protection. The move will significantly set back the cleanup efforts of Chesapeake Bay, according to Jonathan Gendzier, staff attorney

Members of the Sunrise Movement Virginia are pressing lawmakers to pass the state's Green New Deal Act. (Sunrise Movement Virginia)<br /><br />

RICHMOND, Va. - Young climate activists from the national Sunrise Movement will travel from all over Virginia for a climate rally in Richmond on Monday, to urge lawmakers to pass the state's Green New Deal Act. The bill, first announced in December by Del. Sam Rasoul - D-Roanoke - mandates the sta

The federal government has ordered more protections for Virginia's menhaden fish population. (NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce ordered Virginia's menhaden fishery in the Chesapeake Bay, the largest on the East Coast, to close down because a fish-oil company exceeded the fishing limit enforced by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Chris Moore, senior

Virginia communities such as Norfolk have restored wetlands into green spaces as one strategy to absorb dangerous flood waters. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – As Gov. Ralph Northam puts together his budget proposal for the 2020 General Assembly session, groups are urging him to provide money for the Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund. The 2016 bipartisan legislation that established the fund was passed to help communities fight the

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