PNS Daily Newscast - June 4, 2020 

Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 

The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Public News Service - VA: Animal Welfare

PHOTO: Last-chance pets are finding forever homes with our nation's heroes, with the help of some match-making. Courtesy of

RICHMOND, Va. - Last-chance pets are finding forever homes with our nation's heroes, with the help of some match-making. A nonprofit organization, Pets for Patriots, works with U.S. military veterans in Virginia and several other states to help them find, afford and adopt last-chance dogs and cats f

PHOTO: Pasture-raised hens get 2.5 acres per 1,000 hens to roam and feed, according to guidelines developed by the Virginia-based group Humane Farm Animal Care. Photo courtesy HFAC.

HERNDON, Va. – Free range or pasture raised – there are many such terms for eggs sold in grocery stores, and it's hard to decide what they really mean. But if there's a Certified Humane label on the carton, buyers can be assured it means what it says. That's because of a nonprofit or

Holiday food and decor can be dangerous for pets. Photo courtesy of the HSUS.

RICHMOND, Va. - With the holiday season in full swing, some foods, decorations and plants in the home that are pretty and tasty for humans can prove toxic or even fatal for pets. Some items on that list may be surprising. K.C. Theisen is director of Pet Care Issues for The Humane Society of the Un

PHOTO: A Virginia Tech entomologist says the cicada invasion likely won't be as forceful as expected this year. Photo Credit: Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. - If you haven't seen or heard them, you probably won't. While neighborhoods from the Piedmont to Manassas are getting their fill of the "Brood II 17-year Cicadas," the swarms of big bugs that many Virginians were anticipating are turning out to be spottier than expected, according t

PHOTO: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is proposing new regulations to control the practice of penning foxes. Photo credit: Animal Welfare Institute

RICHMOND, Va. – It's Virginia's latest take on the fox and the hound. The state is proposing new rules to regulate the practice of penning – confining foxes and allowing them to be chased by packs of dogs. That type of hound training has a long history in the state, but animal welfar

PHOTO: The Humane Society of the United States wants Smithfield Foods to continue to phase out use of

RICHMOND, Va. - After the Humane Society of the United States exposed the treatment of pigs at a Smithfield factory in Virginia, the company promised to make changes, including expanding the cramped cages that didn't allow pigs to move. Now that the company could be sold to a Chinese firm, a Humane

PHOTO: As Mid-Atlantic states develop wind energy, there are concerns about the protection of the critically-endangered North Atlantic right whale. Photo credit: NOAA.GOV

RICHMOND, Va. – This is a story about the wind and the whale. Virginia's Offshore Wind Development Authority met in Richmond this week to talk about advancing wind energy production off the state's coast. Justin Allegro, who manages the National Wildlife Federation’s Renewable Energy

Force feeding of birds for Foie Gras production. Courtesy of Farm Sanctuary

RICHMOND, Va. - Whether they're used for an edible delicacy or for jackets, pillows and sleeping bags, ducks and geese are getting the short end of the stick, according to many animal-rights groups. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is urging the popular active-wear company The Nort

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