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PNS Daily Newscast - Monday, Aug 21st, 2017 


Here are some of the stories we're covering today: A big protest is planned against President Trump today, a huge gathering in Maine on Sunday mourning the loss of three people killed during a white nationalist rally, and it's eclipse day but a moon of a different sort caught the country's attention about twenty five years ago.

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Public News Service - VA: Rural/Farming

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

The federal government doesn't allow raw milk to be sold across state lines because of the health risks associated with lack of pasteurization. (Couleur/Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is being asked to allow sales of raw milk across state lines - something that's been illegal for 30 years. Virginia has seen occasional disease outbreaks from people drinking unpasteurized milk. But a group known as the Real Food Consumer

Federal regulators are moving forward with several huge gas pipeline projects despite criticism that natural gas is fast becoming an outmoded power source. (Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

RICHMOND, Va. – Federal regulators are moving forward with huge pipeline projects across Virginia and West Virginia, although opponents say the projects are risking overbuilding and locking in a fuel that causes climate change. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC confirmed it w

A new study confirms broad benefits from expanding Medicaid, and says health-care facilities are feeling the pinch in states such as Virginia that haven't done it. (Scott/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. – States that expand Medicaid are seeing benefits across their health-care systems and beyond, according to new research. Study co-author Jack Hoadley, a research professor at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, said they studied safety-net hospitals and

Critics say the federal agency with the power to allow pipeline construction is oriented not to take into account the concerns of people along the route. (Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

RICHMOND, Va. - The federal agency that approves or denies gas pipelines is oriented against the concerns of landowners and communities, according to people working on the issue. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will decide on the huge pipelines competing to bring natural gas throug

Nurse practitioners say Virginia's General Assembly is missing a chance to improve medical care in under-served parts of the state. (Virginia General Assembly)

RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia General Assembly is missing an opportunity to bring care to medically under-served parts of the state, nurse practitioners say. Going into the session, several bills would have loosened regulations and let mid-level medical providers operate in the mostly rural areas w

Pipeline opponents want regulators to thin out redundant or duplicate pipelines from Marcellus and Utica gas fields to nearly the same destination markets. Photo by the Dominion Monitoring Coalition.

RICHMOND, Va. – Opponents of pipeline construction want federal regulators to say which of several near-identical natural gas pipelines don't have to be built. Energy companies are applying to build two 42-inch gas pipelines from northern West Virginia to southern Virginia. A third pipeline i

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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