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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump 'fixer' Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: Higher smoking rates cause some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - VA: Public Lands/Wilderness

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 National Park Service has deferred maintenance for a year or more on visitor centers, rest stops, trails and campgrounds in Virginia. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – The "Restore Our Parks Act" is scheduled for a Congressional hearing today and, if approved, could send up to $6.5 billion toward clearing a nearly $12 billion backlog of repairs in the National Park Service system. The nation's parks are continuing to grow in popularity, with

In 1619, Virginia was home to the first Representative Legislative Assembly in the Americas. (Fort Monroe Authority)

HAMPTON, Va. — Fort Monroe, the first national monument dedicated by Former president Barack Obama, is one of many historic sites in Virginia that are re-examining the past and shedding new light on the role of African-Americans in American history. American Evolution - Virginia's 2019 Comme

Wildfires and the cost of fighting them are often considered a western problem, but 14 people died in a 2016 fire in the Great Smoky Mountains. (National Park Service/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. – More and bigger wildfires – even in the East – are burning through the budget of the U.S. Forest Service. But some in Congress want to attach controversial logging provisions to a proposed fix. Droughts and a buildup of fuel are feeding more deadly wildfires 

Opponents say they're worried that natural gas pipeline construction could damage water quality in the mountains along the border of Virginia and West Virginia. (FERC)

RICHMOND, Va. -- As expected, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has green-lighted two huge natural gas pipelines running through Virginia. But opponents say they'll still try to stop them. Between them, the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines would run 900 miles and cost more than

Conservationists say they're worried about what a huge gas pipeline would do to the Appalachian Trail. (Appalachian Trail Conservancy)

RICHMOND, Va. – A new report details the impacts a huge natural gas pipeline would have on the Appalachian Trail, and some of America's most cherished forest lands. Part of the Too Wild to Drill report looks at where the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) runs along the Appalachian Trail near th

Anglers say they're seeing more and better brook trout since the North River has been restored closer to its natural state. (Mossy Creek Fly Fishing)

RICHMOND, Va. – Restoring the North River is bringing better trout habitat, cleaner drinking water and more economic development to the Shenandoah, according to folks close to the project. One main objective has been to help the river respond flexibly to floods and droughts, by taking out ma

The Trump administration is starting the process of unwinding an Obama wetlands rule. (Peter Pearsall/USFWS)

RICHMOND, Va. – The Trump administration is starting the formal process of rolling back the Clean Water Rule. Conservationists say that could hurt the drinking water of a 117 million Americans. In 2015 the Obama administration clarified which headwaters and wetlands would be protected by th

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