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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - VA: Waste Reduction/Recycling

Tons of crushed concrete will be deposited in the Lynnhaven River near Virginia Beach to restore oyster reefs. (Wikimedia Commons)

Correction: 08/03/2020 12:38 p.m. CST - Army Corps of Engineers received $10 million in federal funding, not Lynnhaven River NOW. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A unique restoration partnership in Virginia enters a new phase as tons of crushed concrete are being deposited into the Lynnhaven River to rebuild

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

The grid-scale electrical storage industry is growing quickly around the country. (Advanced Energy Economy)

RICHMOND, Va. - Big battery systems and smart appliances are starting to bring rapid change to the electricity grid for Virginia and the rest of the U.S. The price of grid-scale batteries has fallen dramatically and, as a result, the amount of installed, grid-scale electricity storage doubled last

Coastal flooding is one of the issues moving a coalition of 50 separate Virginia groups to press for climate action. (NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. - A broad coalition is pushing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to speed the state's transition away from fossil fuels and interestingly, it's not just environmentalists. A coalition of 50 groups wrote to the governor asking how his office will implement an Environmental Protection Agency plan t

Observers say Virginia is facing an energy crossroads. (Evan Hansen)

RICHMOND, Va. - Important energy questions are facing Virginia lawmakers. Activists say the governor and General Assembly need to do more to encourage renewable power and energy efficiency. Ivy Main, renewable-energy chair for the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, says the state needs to remove

Conservationists say they are frustrated that Congress has failed to reauthorize a conservation fund with long-standing bipartisan support. Credit: Live Monumental Campaign

RICHMOND, Va. - Congress' failure to reauthorize a popular land and water fund is drawing bipartisan scorn from Virginia conservationists. Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has taken money from offshore oil and gas royalties. It gives grants to protect and improve everything

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Plastic is everywhere today; plastic bags from the grocery store, clothing store, pharmacy; plastic bottles for water; and now, there are five huge Texas-sized garbage patches in the world's oceans, consisting mostly of discarded plastic. Captain Charles Moore is credited with

RESTON, Va. - From soybeans to tobacco, Virginia has a long and rich agricultural history of providing food and contributing to the state's economy. A new report offers ways to help farmers save money and increase their output while also helping the environment. For many Virginia farmers, says Elia

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