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: Climate Change/Air Quality

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

The grid-scale electrical storage industry is growing quickly around the country. (Advanced Energy Economy)

RICHMOND, Va. - Big battery systems and smart appliances are starting to bring rapid change to the electricity grid for Virginia and the rest of the U.S. The price of grid-scale batteries has fallen dramatically and, as a result, the amount of installed, grid-scale electricity storage doubled last

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has stayed EPA carbon-pollution limits, observers expect Virginia's power grid to continue to move away from coal. (Sierra Club)

RICHMOND, Va. - Despite a Supreme Court ruling delaying carbon-pollution limits, observers expect the changes underway in Virginia's power grid to continue. In response to a lawsuit by coal and oil companies and states, the court stayed implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's rules

Coastal flooding is one of the issues moving a coalition of 50 separate Virginia groups to press for climate action. (NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. - A broad coalition is pushing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to speed the state's transition away from fossil fuels and interestingly, it's not just environmentalists. A coalition of 50 groups wrote to the governor asking how his office will implement an Environmental Protection Agency plan t

As Virginia digs out of this weekend's snowfall, health officials warn plenty of cold-weather dangers remain. (Dan Heyman)

RICHMOND, Va. - As Virginia digs out from winter storm Jonah, health officials are warning of some cold-weather hazards to watch out for. "Snowzilla" may have passed, but State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine warns it's still going to be slippery in places, and cold. She says people may underes

Observers say Virginia is facing an energy crossroads. (Evan Hansen)

RICHMOND, Va. - Important energy questions are facing Virginia lawmakers. Activists say the governor and General Assembly need to do more to encourage renewable power and energy efficiency. Ivy Main, renewable-energy chair for the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, says the state needs to remove

A new analysis finds Virginia could shift to 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050. Credit: The Solutions Project

RICHMOND, Va. – All 50 states and 139 countries can shift to 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050, according to a new analysis from Stanford University. The research shows that, factoring in the health and climate-related costs of air pollution, the transition would save money and

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

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