PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: We take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have guns; and “ghost” fishing gear is killing whales and seals in oceans.

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Public News Service - VA: Environment

Curbing pollution from power plants, that can cause or exacerbate health problems, is the goal of the Virginia DEQ's Carbon Reduction Plan. But will the plan be strong enough? (Adrienne Eichner)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginians can still make their voices heard about the state Department of Environmental Quality's plan to reduce carbon emissions in Virginia by 2030. The final public hearing was held on Monday and is followed by a nearly three-week public comment period that concludes on Ap

Supporters rally around a small group of people sitting in two trees atop Peters Mountain in Monroe County to protest proposed pipelines. (Appalachians Against Pipelines)

RICHMOND, Va. — Protests continue over construction of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast underground natural gas pipelines. And opponents hope Gov. Ralph Northam takes more action to halt the projects. Northam recently announced new state authority to protect its clean water, allowing th

According to Business Forward, 19 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Virginia, and nearly one third of them have issued warnings about severe weather. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – According to a new report, climate change actually is changing the means and methods of how many of Virginia's entrepreneurs, investors and small business owners are doing business. The report from the nonprofit group "Business Forward" found climate change is affecting more th

Wildfires and the cost of fighting them are often considered a western problem, but 14 people died in a 2016 fire in the Great Smoky Mountains. (National Park Service/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. – More and bigger wildfires – even in the East – are burning through the budget of the U.S. Forest Service. But some in Congress want to attach controversial logging provisions to a proposed fix. Droughts and a buildup of fuel are feeding more deadly wildfires 

A new poll finds federal fuel-efficiency rules are very popular in five politically important states. (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research)

RICHMOND, Va. - Voters in five states including Virginia strongly favor federal rules to increase fuel efficiency for cars and trucks, according to a new poll. The Trump administration has started the process of rolling back the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, arguing that reducing regula

Opponents say they're worried that natural gas pipeline construction could damage water quality in the mountains along the border of Virginia and West Virginia. (FERC)

RICHMOND, Va. -- As expected, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has green-lighted two huge natural gas pipelines running through Virginia. But opponents say they'll still try to stop them. Between them, the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines would run 900 miles and cost more than

Conservationists say they're worried about what a huge gas pipeline would do to the Appalachian Trail. (Appalachian Trail Conservancy)

RICHMOND, Va. – A new report details the impacts a huge natural gas pipeline would have on the Appalachian Trail, and some of America's most cherished forest lands. Part of the Too Wild to Drill report looks at where the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) runs along the Appalachian Trail near th

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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