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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - VA: Public Lands/Wilderness

The White House moved on Thursday to remove penalties for companies whose activities accidentally kill birds, including for oil spills. (Wikimedia)

RICHMOND, Va. - Conservation groups say they'll fight the Trump administration's move to revise the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Interior Department wants to change the law so it will no longer hold energy companies and other industries accountable if they accidentally kill birds. According to

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

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

The National Park Service has furloughed nearly 16,000 of its employees and suspended most of its maintenance and visitor services. (NCPA)

RICHMOND, Va. – Visitors at national parks across the country are witnessing mountains of trash, overflowing toilets and damaged property as several sites remain open during the government shutdown. Two groups are calling for an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the Dep

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 

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