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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - VA: Water

Online classes, including storytelling, help Virginians in pandemic mode learn about the nation's largest estuary. (NERRS)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the way educators and students learn about the Chesapeake Bay and its estuaries to new virtual programs. The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's York River highlights the habitats

Oysters on Virginia's Lafayette River help maintain clean water on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Conservation groups in Virginia are urging state lawmakers to approve a $10 million budget allotment to maintain oyster reefs in the state. The Commonwealth is home to the world's largest oyster restoration project, which has helped drive ecological recovery in Chesapeake Bay, acco

The Trump administration's new water rules loosens pollution regulations for streams and wetlands, which flow into large bodies of water such as Chesapeake Bay. (Wikimedia)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Trump administration announced last week that it will remove millions of miles of streams and roughly half the country's wetlands from federal protection. The move will significantly set back the cleanup efforts of Chesapeake Bay, according to Jonathan Gendzier, staff attorney

In addition to providing easy access to clean water, bottle-filling stations can help cut down kids' consumption of sugary beverages. (Adobe stock)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – We all know that drinking water is essential to health, and the American Heart Association of Virginia is proposing adding water-bottle filling stations to all new or renovated schools throughout the state. Studies have shown that kids who have access to filling stations

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

Mercury emissions from U.S. coal plants decreased 85 percent between 2006 and 2016, and mercury levels in water and fish also have decreased. (JuergenPM/Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — Environmental groups plan to speak out against the Trump administration's rollback of regulations that have cut mercury emissions at coal-fired power plants by 85 percent in the last decade. The Environmental Protection Agency's daylong public hearing tackles proposed changes

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency oversees voluntary programs to help promote conservation practices on farms and ranches. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia farmers and conservation groups are warning that some of the nation's most critical resources are at stake as Congress puts off passing a new Farm Bill. The groups credit programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program for helping clean up Chesapeake Bay. Cattle fa

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