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PNS Daily Newscast - July 27, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; the Pentagon still trying to figure out how to respond to the latest Trump tweet to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces; updates on the Affordable Care Act and state worker contracts, plus Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke heads to New Mexico to review another national monument.

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Public News Service - VA: Environment

The Trump administration is starting the process of unwinding an Obama wetlands rule. (Peter Pearsall/USFWS)

RICHMOND, Va. – The Trump administration is starting the formal process of rolling back the Clean Water Rule. Conservationists say that could hurt the drinking water of a 117 million Americans. In 2015 the Obama administration clarified which headwaters and wetlands would be protected by th

Organizers say a Virginia Beach protest against offshore drilling represents the will of the people and businesses of that community. (Chris Bergand/Andrew Tuchman/Oceana)

RICHMOND, Va. -- More than 150 people took to the sand in Virginia Beach on Saturday to protest plans to expand offshore drilling. The Trump administration has indicated it wants to roll back Obama-era moves to make large portions of the Atlantic off limits to oil and gas exploration. Jeff Staples

ExxonMobil is just one major oil and gas producer with a troubled financial picture, according to some analysts. (IEEFA)

RICHMOND, Va. – Oil giant ExxonMobil is in a sharp decline that some are calling irreversible – in part due to deep changes in world energy markets. Once among the largest companies in the world, Exxon's revenue peaked at nearly $500 billion, but last year, it was less than half that.

Sea-level rise linked in part to climate change is forcing the Navy to raise the docks in Norfolk. (U.S.Navy)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Many in the military community are opposing the Trump administration's plans to roll back regulations to slow climate change. Trump has said he wants to roll back the Clean Power Plan carbon limits to help industries such as coal mining. But uniformed officers with an eye on nation

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

A new poll finds strong support among conservatives for policies supporting renewables and clean energy, and waning support for coal and nuclear power. (Evan Hansen)

RICHMOND, Va. - President-elect Donald Trump's position on renewables and clean energy is worrying environmentalists - but according to a new national poll, his voters strongly favor them. The post-election survey found that nearly 90 percent pf all voters support more government action to speed up

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

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