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    PNS Daily News - May 25, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; On this Memorial Day, President Obama is honoring the many Americans who paid the ultimate price in service to their country; Memorial Day can also mark the start of summer, which can mean more drownings, we’ll have a report out of Arizona, on National Drowning Prevention Month; and a report on a possible political debate at Centre College in Kentucky.

Public News Service - West Virginia

PHOTO: About one in four kids in the West Virginia child-welfare system doesn't live in a family setting. A new Annie E. Casey Foundation report says more should be done to change that. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - More than a quarter of West Virginia kids in the child-welfare system don't live with a family - the third worst rate in the nation, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report, "Every Kid Needs a Family," stressed that children and young people in foster car...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Noel, a 16-year-old from El Salvador, told a reporter he is walking to the U.S. to help his mother, who has cancer. Photo credit: Joseph Sorrentino.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A crackdown in Mexico backed by the United States is making Central American refugees more vulnerable – and not keeping them from trying to come north. An investigation in the magazine "In These Times" says when large numbers of Central American children showed up in t...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: A Kenyan university student inspired by Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai has spent the past five months learning about reforestation by planting spruce trees in West Virginia. Photo courtesy of CASRI.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Kenyan college student is getting ready to take home lessons he learned over five months working in West Virginia's spruce reforestation. University of Nairobi political science major Mart Kabochi, 22, has been in the state since the beginning of the year and has worked as an ...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO:  New analysis published in the magazine Science predicts that one in six species, including native brook trout, could become extinct as a result of climate change. Photo credit: Wild Virginia.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A new study predicts as the planet's temperature rises, plant and animal species, maybe including cold-water brook trout, will become extinct at an increasing rate. The report combined data from every climate extinction model ever published to arrive at its conclusions. The s...Read More

Public News Service - WV

Photo: Local villagers from Chautara, north east of Kathmandu, are in need of food and supplies. BBB and others are advising people how they can make sure their money gets to the victims. Photo credit: Jessica Lea/Wikimedia Commons

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - With the death toll in Nepal's earthquake projected to climb to as many as 10,000 people, West Virginians are looking for ways they can help. At the same time, organizations such as the Better Business Bureau say scammers are looking for ways to take advantage of generosity....Read More

Public News Service - WV

GRAPH: As West Virginia lawmakers consider major changes to the state's tax system, economists say the state should not do what Kansas did and attempt to eliminate the personal income tax. In West Virginia that tax makes up about 40% of the main budget. Graph by the WV Center on Budget and Policy based on state figures.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Some West Virginia legislators want to get rid of the state personal income tax. But in Kansas, where that's being tried, economists are calling it a disaster. Over the last two and a half years, Kansas lawmakers slashed that state's income tax, starting at the top. They said ...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Speakers, including West Virginia AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue, brought up mine deaths and mine safety at the annual Workers Memorial Day observance on the State Capitol grounds. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Mine safety - and recent changes to mine-safety laws - came up at West Virginia's Workers Memorial Day observance. As part of the annual ceremony, state AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Josh Sword read aloud the names of 17 miners, utility workers and others who died on the job, as a...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Public health advocates, environmental groups and chemical workers' unions say an industry-backed bill, S 697, changing the way the federal government regulates dangerous chemicals, would do nothing to prevent chemical spills such as the one that brought protesters to the State Capitol last year. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - An industry-backed bill changing the way the federal government regulates dangerous chemicals wouldn't do enough to protect West Virginia families, watchdogs say. The Vitter-Udall bill now being considered by a Senate committee is drawing criticism from public health advocates, ...Read More

Public News Service - WV

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