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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - VA: Environment

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

Local officials claim environmental justice and climate change are the new civil rights issues of our day. (Public Domain Pictures)

RICHMOND, Va. – On Tuesday next week, civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored on his 90th birthday. In Virginia, local figures are planning to honor King by pushing for green policy on climate change, which they say has brought health struggles to many poor and predominan

The 600-mile-long pipeline would would carry fracked gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina, with three compressor stations along the route. (Atlantic Coast Pipeline)

BUCKINGHAM, Va. — After a winter storm delayed a closely watched vote on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the issue will be back before a citizens' board this Wednesday. Virginia's Air Pollution Control Board is set to decide whether the state's largest utility, Dominion Energy, can build a spra

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission regulates 27 nearshore species including menhaden, for Atlantic coastal states. (Icewall42/Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Omega Protein Inc. is in the process of acquiring approval to raise the number of menhaden fish it can harvest, but environmental observers worry that certifying the company will mislead consumers. Currently, Omega Protein can harvest 50,000 tons of menhaden a year from its C

Virginia has a humid climate with very warm summers and moderately cold winters. (Screenshot/NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. - The northeastern states are treasured for their four seasons and have built economies around them, but the new National Climate Assessment says the region is in for higher temperatures and bigger environmental swings than the rest of the country. States from Virginia northward repre

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

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