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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - VA: Urban Planning/Transportation

Critics say Dominion Virginia plans to rely too heavily on fossil fuel plants, like the Bremo Power Station, to generate power in the next two decades. (Nick Kotula)

RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion Virginia Power wants to rely too heavily on fuels that change the climate, according to critics of the state's largest utility. Dominion has filed its Integrated Resource Plan with the State Corporation Commission. Depending on which version is approved, the company wo

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

Conservationists say they are frustrated that Congress has failed to reauthorize a conservation fund with long-standing bipartisan support. Credit: Live Monumental Campaign

RICHMOND, Va. - Congress' failure to reauthorize a popular land and water fund is drawing bipartisan scorn from Virginia conservationists. Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has taken money from offshore oil and gas royalties. It gives grants to protect and improve everything

PHOTO: Arlington did well when measured by a new online interactive livability index set up by AARP. Photo courtesy of Flicker and Arlington County.

RICHMOND, Va. - A new livability index rates Arlington and four other Virginia communities as good places to "stay healthy, get around and enjoy life." AARP's new interactive online tool compares locations for housing, transportation, neighborhood services, health and the environment. It also consi

PHOTO: Many want Gov. Terry McAuliffe's Climate and Resiliency Commission to plan for sea-level rise on the Virginia Coast, in part because of storms such as Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy of NASA.

RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Terry McAuliffe's office wants to plan for climate change. Many want his Climate and Resiliency Commission to look at sea-level rise. Chris Miller recently retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He helped write a report on what's coming as

MAP: Virginia, seen in pale blue, ranks far lower for energy efficiency than the more efficient dark blue states. According to the analysis behind this map, Virginia's numbers were driven down by the amount of gas motorists use for the total miles driven. Map courtesy of Wallethub.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia ranks low for energy efficiency in a new report, mostly because of motorists' poor total gas mileage. Financial advice website Wallethub looks at home and transportation energy efficiency every year and ranks the states on how well they do. Virginia came in sixth from the b

PHOTO: A new study shows Virginians have cut their per-person driving miles about six percent since 2005. Photo credit: Virginia DOT

RICHMOND, Va. – You might find this hard to believe if you're often stuck in traffic, but a new study reveals Virginians aren't driving as much as they used to. The study from the consumer group U.S. PIRG finds Virginians drove about 10,000 miles per person in 2011, a nearly 6 percent declin

PHOTO: The federal Department of Transportation is launching a new campaign to encourage pedestrian safety.

RICHMOND, Va. - It's safer to be a pedestrian in Virginia than in most other states. A new report from the federal Department of Transportation finds less than ten percent of traffic fatalities in Virginia involved pedestrians, compared with 21 percent in neighboring Maryland and 20 percent in Washi

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