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PNS Daily Newscast - January 28, 2020 


Testimony could be in play at the Trump impeachment trial. And are less strict emission standards at odds with consumers?

2020Talks - January 28, 2020 


Voters talked about "electability." What does it really mean? Democratic candidates have varying approaches, from courting Obama to Trump voters to mobilizing as many voters as possible.

Public News Service - VA: Environment

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

Vehicle emissions are the leading cause of air pollution in Northern Virginia. (Neonfire/Wikipedia)

FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia has joined California and 21 other states in a lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from revoking the authority of the nation's most populous state to set its own emission standards for cars and trucks. Trump's move to lower emission standards nationwide endangers

Research shows that climate change has influenced longer wildfire seasons across the country. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – August is Smokey Bear Awareness Month in Virginia, as the nation celebrates the 75th anniversary of the icon's wildfire prevention campaign. In the United States, 85% of wildfires are started by human activity. In Virginia, that number is 95%. Scientists say climate change

Banners hang from the site of a protest against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, where a protester was arrested on Wednesday for obstructing construction. (Appalachians Against Pipelines)

SUMMERS CO., W.Va. – Protests against the Mountain Valley Pipeline continue this week, and Wednesday a man was arrested after locking himself to construction equipment along the pipeline route. The controversial pipeline aims to move large quantities of fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale F

One of Shenandoah National Park's deferred maintenance projects is repairing the rock guardwall along Skyline Drive, which has deteriorated from years of weather exposure. (National Park Service)

WINCHESTER, Va. - The aging national parks are in need of repairs and maintenance, and a bill to fund that work is being discussed today in the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. The bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act would establish the National Park Service and Public Lands Legacy Restoration

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