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    PNS Weekend Update0 

    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

Public News Service - West Virginia

PHOTO: As Medicaid nears the half-century mark, a new report compiles research about its effects on West Virginia children. Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Medicaid is 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Renate Pore, director of health care policy for West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare, says 60 percent of the pregnancy care and birt...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: In direct contradiction to charges by many energy corporations, research is finding an EPA plan to reduce carbon emissions should actually cut electricity bills, if itís implemented using energy efficiency as well as renewables. Photo montage by Evan Hansen.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An Environmental Protection Agency plan to cut carbon pollution should actually save families money, if meeting it includes energy efficiency, according to two separate analyses just out. Critics of the Clean Power Plan charge it will sharply raise the cost of electricity...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: A rare bit of bipartisan cooperation might just come in time to secure a 50-year-old program that supports public lands. Photo from the Monongahela National Forest by Beth Little.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Conservationists are praising a rare bit of bipartisan cooperation in Congress to fund a program for public areas and historic and wilderness lands. The Land and Water Conservation Fund takes a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas development and spends that on ma...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: More than one in four West Virginia children lives in poverty, and a new Kids Count survey says their families have been passed up by the economic recovery. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia's children are faring worse, and the state's ranking on key measures of caring for them has fallen, according to the latest Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT report. The annual survey found 27 percent of West Virginia children live below the federal povert...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Community and health advocates say the stream protection rule proposed by the federal Office of Surface Mining is watered down from previous regulations, and wonít do enough to protect streams or communities. Photo by Vivian Stockman for the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition; flyover by Southwings.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The Office of Surface Mining's new stream protection rule shows federal regulators bending too much to the coal industry, according to community and health advocates. Many are still digesting the complex regulation OSM proposed last week. The coal industry's political allies ...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Seniors are now being targeted by a scam that begs grandparents to send money right away to help a grandchild in an emergency. Photo courtesy of the AARP.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Consumer advocates are warning that scammers who cynically target a grandparent's love are phoning older folks in the middle of the night. Mary Bach, a consumer advocate with the AARP's Consumer Issues Task Force, says a caller claims to be a police officer, a hospital of...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Beginning on the Allegheny Plateau in West Virginia, the Potomac River passes through Harpers Ferry on its way to Chesapeake Bay. A federal court decision has cleared the way for increased adherence among six states in an ambitious plan to clean the Chesapeake. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. – A federal court victory has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen on farms within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to help meet the goals of a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan. A federal appeals court ruling this week reaffirmed the legality of the Chesap...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Some state contractors, including one behind a hotel and condominium complex popular with lawmakers, say West Virginia's prevailing wage for construction trades should be set with data gleaned from state surveys, rather than federal estimates. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

WHEELING, W.Va. – West Virginia's prevailing wage should be determined using in-state surveys instead of federal estimates, according to some contractors. The wage law was changed this spring. Republican lawmakers say the state should now use Bureau of Labor Statistics figures to determine ho...Read More

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