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PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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Public News Service - VA: Endangered Species & Wildlife

The menhaden may not look like much, but it's important enough for industry and ocean predators to make managing it complicated. (Capt. John McMurray)

RICHMOND, Va. – A boost to catch limits for an important little fish is worrying sport fishing enthusiasts and conservationists. They say the fish’s role in the ocean is still not clear. A Virginia company processes hundreds of thousands of tons of menhaden for fish meal and oil. B

The shad, an iconic fish in Virginia, has been denied saltwater protections. (Shermon Foote Denton)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Fishery regulators have refused to put ocean catch limits on shad and river herring, drawing criticism from recreational fishermen and conservationists in Virginia and across the nation. The iconic fish now are under badly needed protections for the parts of their lives they spend

A study of the geology along the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline route shows it would run through a fragile, karst

RICHMOND, Va. - A big chunk of the proposed path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is in what ought to be a "no-build zone," according to a geologic study. Ernst Kastning, a former professor of geology at Radford University, looked at the karst geology along the path for pipeline opponents. The karst

An event in Richmond will focus on conservation and trees. (Beth Little)

RICHMOND, Va. - A national conservation leader is coming to Richmond tonight to talk trees and other living things. National Wildlife Federation president and CEO, Collin O'Mara will address a Toast to the Trees event at Stone Brewing Company. The organizers will be giving out native dogwood and red

Virginia conservationists say Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine may have cast the deciding votes in a favor of protecting U.S. wetlands. (Wetlands Watch)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia conservationists are thanking Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner for crucial votes to protect wetlands. Real estate developers, mining companies and some farm groups have been pressing Congress to stop an Environmental Protection Agency decision defining the Waters of the U.

Oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay may be threatened by climate change. Credit: Krystle Chick/Chesapeake Bay Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - Climate change may be a threat to one holiday favorite – oyster dressing. According to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation, oyster reefs are on the front lines for damage from global climate change. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's oyster expert and senior scient

Opponents are calling for a comprehensive plan to reduce the impact of four huge proposed natural gas pipelines on national forest land and the endangered Cow Knob salamander. Credit: Steve David Johnson

RICHMOND, Va. – Four natural gas pipelines proposed for Virginia and West Virginia would cross national forest land, raising concerns about the environmental impact. Opponents say the competing pipeline companies are racing to lock in eastern markets. According to the U.S. Forest Service,

PHOTO: Clean energy advocates say the Obama administration's crackdown on carbon pollution will lead to more solar projects across Virginia, like the one pictured here in Lexington. Photo courtesy Secure Futures.

STAUNTON, Va. – Reaction to the first-ever national limit on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, proposed by the Obama administration on Monday, has been mixed. Matt Ruscio, program and policy officer with the solar development company Secure Futures, says the EPA plan to cut emiss

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