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PNS Daily Newscast - December 19, 2018 


A federal judge delays Michael Flynn’s sentencing after berating him in the courtroom. Also on Wednesday's rundown: The Trump asylum ban could go into effect at midnight; and North Carolina voters demand answers in an election-fraud case.

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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

RICHMOND, Va. – After trying to talk to state leaders about climate change and the impact harmful emissions have on water levels, Virginia environmental-advocacy groups will attempt a lighter approach. In the Hampton Roads region, the activists will host a "Flood of Voices" block party with

A new report found air pollution decreased in response to policy informed by monitoring and research. (Pixabay)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A new report shows the environmental pollution problems caused by humans can actually be reversed by humans. The report by 11 senior researchers found that across the U.S., the quality of air and freshwater improved significantly in recent decades, mainly because of the

Critics say Dominion Virginia plans to rely too heavily on fossil fuel plants, like the Bremo Power Station, to generate power in the next two decades. (Nick Kotula)

RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion Virginia Power wants to rely too heavily on fuels that change the climate, according to critics of the state's largest utility. Dominion has filed its Integrated Resource Plan with the State Corporation Commission. Depending on which version is approved, the company wo

The most common cause of lead poisoning in children is ingesting household dust that contains lead from deteriorating lead-based paint. (Alan Bruce/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. - New litigation takes the federal Environmental Protection Agency to task for not doing its part to ensure that all children live in safe and healthy environments. In 2009, several groups petitioned the EPA to update standards for lead dust and the definition of lead-based paint. The

Federal regulators are moving forward with several huge gas pipeline projects despite criticism that natural gas is fast becoming an outmoded power source. (Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

RICHMOND, Va. – Federal regulators are moving forward with huge pipeline projects across Virginia and West Virginia, although opponents say the projects are risking overbuilding and locking in a fuel that causes climate change. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC confirmed it w

A new study finds Virginia's commercial owners and occupants could realize tens of millions of dollars in annual savings on their electric bills by implementing the Clean Power Plan. (University of Richmond)

RICHMOND, Va. - A new study finds that if states implement the Clean Power Plan, energy savings would be greatest in retail and office buildings and total more than $11 billion a year nationwide in the commercial sector by 2030. The Obama administration's plan is to cut carbon emissions from existin

Dominion Energy's plans to close huge coal-ash impoundments, like this one at the Bremo Power Station on the James River, are drawing criticism. (Nick Kotula)

RICHMOND, Va. – The Dominion utility company’s plans for closing coal ash impoundments at four power plants are drawing criticism. Dominion has asked for Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permission to close the huge coal ash ponds at power stations on the James and El

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