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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


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


2020Talks - August 4, 2020 


Trump threatens Nevada with litigation for passing a bill to send ballots to all registered voters. Plus, primaries today in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.

Public News Service - VA: Oceans

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 House bill could provide funding to help restore the Chesapeake Bay's extreme seagrass loss over the past year. (Chesapeake Bay Program)<br /><br /><br />

RICHMOND, Va. - As coastal areas experience severe job loss from COVID-19 shutdowns, new legislation in Congress promises funding to restore those jobs and boost the climate resilience of coastlines. The Shovel-Ready Restoration Grants for Coastlines and Fisheries Act of 2020 mirrors and expands o

The crab industry in Virginia has been hit hard by restaurant shutdowns during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

RICHMOND, Va. - With fisheries on the verge of collapse during the pandemic shutdowns, Virginia officials are criticizing federal relief for its seafood industry as "woefully short." The Trump administration allotted $300 million to prop up the nation's aquaculture and fishing businesses. Virginia

Living shorelines such as this oyster reef barrier in North Carolina protect against erosion while providing habitats for wildlife. (U.S. Marine Corps)

RICHMOND, Va. -- As rising sea levels from climate change threaten waterfront communities and wildlife, a new report from the National Wildlife Federation finds that the development of living shorelines along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts varies dramatically from state to state. Bruce Stein, chief

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

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

Due to potential microbiological pollution hazards, shellfish taken from areas affected by an emergency harvest closure along the Back River are unacceptable for consumption. (Pixabay)

HAMPTON, Va. – State health officials have expanded the areas banned from shellfish harvesting due to a raw sewage spill along the Back River. A sewer infrastructure failure announced Wednesday near Willoughby Point means sewage has been seeping into tributaries of the Back River in the city

The massive damage Hurricane Harvey has caused in Texas can't help but prompt concern along the Virginia coast. (U.S. Army/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. – The bad news is that coastal Virginia is at risk from a storm like Harvey. The good news is, there's a ready source of funding for the storm mitigation the area badly needs. Estimates are that the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads region is the second-most vulnerable urban cente

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