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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Public News Service - West Virginia

The head of the state Senate Budget Committee says he's exasperated by the situation West Virginia lawmakers have put themselves in. (West Virginia State Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia lawmakers have boxed themselves into a budget crisis, and the head of a legislative budget-writing committee says it keeps him up nights worrying about it. There are some signs of motion in the House going into the weekend, but Senate Finance Committee chairman Mik...Read More

Public News Service - WV

Critics say the federal agency with the power to allow pipeline like those proposed for the region is oriented not to take into account the concerns of people along the route. (Rick Webb - Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

CHARLESTON, W. 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 issues. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will decide on the huge pipelines competing to bring natural gas ...Read More

Public News Service - WV

Budget analysts are critical of a

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Even with a 45-cent cigarette tax increase, budget analysts say state lawmakers look likely to lean too heavily on cuts and one-time money. Bowing to an anti-tax faction in the House, state senators have been working on a tobacco tax boost smaller than they passed in March. Obser...Read More

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An environmental group will be in West Virginia this week with a thermal imaging camera to document normally invisible pollution. (Earthworks/Youtube)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Armed with a specialized thermal imaging camera, a group is traveling in the West Virginia Marcellus fields this week documenting natural gas leaks and pollution. Nadia Steinzor, eastern program coordinator for Earthworks, says the environmental group bought a forward loo...Read More

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The company behind a planned frack wastewater recycling plant says low-level radioactive waste that would come from it will be properly disposed of. (Sierra Club)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The sludge that would come from an Antero frack wastewater recycling plant would be low-level radioactive material, but Antero says it will be properly disposed of. Some people in Doddrige County and the gas fields are worried about what will happen to the somewhat radioactive ...Read More

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West Virginia author Laurie Helgoe wants people to appreciate the power in being an introvert. (L. Helgoe)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A West Virginia author says more people need to see the power in being an introvert. Davis and Elkins College psychology professor Laurie Helgoe says we live in a culture that rewards people for being outgoing – but the minds of introverts and extroverts just work differ...Read More

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Health officials want parents to try behavior therapy for young children with ADHD, instead of giving them medications. (Lorie Gelwick Tuter)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging parents of preschoolers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, to try behavior therapy first before trying drugs. The CDC also is asking insurance companies to cover the cost of treatment. The CDC's pr...Read More

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West Virginia visits on the same day by Sen. Bernie Sanders and real estate developer Donald Trump are unprecedented, and perhaps unlikely to be repeated. (U.S. Congress/Michael Vandon/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two presidential candidates came to Charleston on Thursday just after some other campaign visits. Longtime political observers say that attention is unprecedented - and unlikely to last. Robert Rupp, a professor of history and political science at West Virginia Wesleyan College,...Read More

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