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PNS Daily Newscast - June 4, 2020 


Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 


The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Public News Service - VA: Environmental Justice

Lawyers opposing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline crossing the Appalachian Trail say it will cut a path the width of a four-lane highway across the scenic route. (Wikimedia Commons)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday suggested it is unlikely to block the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline from running under a section of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Conservative justices questioned the arguments Monday of a team of lawyers for environmental groups, includ

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

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

The federal government has ordered more protections for Virginia's menhaden fish population. (NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce ordered Virginia's menhaden fishery in the Chesapeake Bay, the largest on the East Coast, to close down because a fish-oil company exceeded the fishing limit enforced by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Chris Moore, senior

Local officials claim environmental justice and climate change are the new civil rights issues of our day. (Public Domain Pictures)

RICHMOND, Va. – On Tuesday next week, civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored on his 90th birthday. In Virginia, local figures are planning to honor King by pushing for green policy on climate change, which they say has brought health struggles to many poor and predominan

The 600-mile-long pipeline would would carry fracked gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina, with three compressor stations along the route. (Atlantic Coast Pipeline)

BUCKINGHAM, Va. — After a winter storm delayed a closely watched vote on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the issue will be back before a citizens' board this Wednesday. Virginia's Air Pollution Control Board is set to decide whether the state's largest utility, Dominion Energy, can build a spra

For women working on conservation issues in Virginia, such as Giles Harnsberger, left, current challenges are turning into opportunities for growth. (Groundwork RVA)

RICHMOND, Va. - Women working in Virginia on conservation issues say they sometimes struggle to be heard - but the way their younger peers are joining the fight gives them a lot of hope. Giles Harnsberger, director of Groundwork RVA, said people can feel sidelined, both as environmentalists and as

Critics say the federal agency with the power to allow pipeline construction is oriented not to take into account the concerns of people along the route. (Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

RICHMOND, Va. - The federal agency that approves or denies gas pipelines is oriented against the concerns of landowners and communities, according to people working on the issue. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will decide on the huge pipelines competing to bring natural gas throug

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