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    PNS Daily News - September 1, 20150 


    A variety of issues on our rundown including; The Supreme Court tells a Kentucky Court Clerk she can’t refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples; a new report looks at religious exemption bills and discrimination; a rally on the West Coast today to combat wage theft; and unmasking the face of hunger in the Midwest.

Public News Service - West Virginia

Tina Manns is retiring after 23 years helping domestic violence victims. Credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – An institution in West Virginia domestic violence prevention is on her way to retiring. After nearly 25 years, Tina Manns is cutting her hours as Boone County Outreach Coordinator for the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program. In countless cases, the diminutive, white-haired ...Read More

Public News Service - WV

Only about 13% of U.S. mothers are guaranteed paid leave after childbirth, according to a report. Credit: SolStock.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The U.S. is dramatically behind the rest of the world in providing adequate support for mothers to spend time with their newborn babies, according to an investigative report by In These Times magazine. Sharon Lerner, the report's author, found that most other countries, rich o...Read More

Public News Service - WV

The use of coal by Chinese power plants fell by as much as 3.5% last year and looks likely to continue falling. Observers say the government there wants to clean its nortoriously dirty air. Photo by Tobias Brox/Wikimedia.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – China's use of coal fell last year and looks likely to keep falling. The U.S. coal lobby argues any reduction in American carbon pollution will be swallowed up by more CO2 from China. But after decades of explosive growth, Chinese coal use fell by as much as 3.5 percent...Read More

Public News Service - WV

A new fracking process is designed not to use any surface water at all, and to reduce the amount of waste that comes from the wells. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A new process that could be suitable for some West Virginia gas wells uses no water for hydraulic fracturing. One big criticism of fracking is that drillers typically inject millions of gallons of surface water into each well. Doug McMillan, senior vice president of ope...Read More

Public News Service - WV

Pipeline opponents want regulators to thin out duplicate pipeline proposals that would run through from Marcellus and Utica gas fields to markets on the east coast. Photo by the Dominion Monitoring Coalition.

CHARLESTON, W.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 pipeli...Read More

Public News Service - WV

A National Wildlife Federation poll shows hunters and anglers are willing to put aside their political differences in support of greater EPA protections for clean water, including small headwaters and wetlands. Photo courtesy of Trout Unlimited.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A national poll of hunters and anglers has found overwhelming support – even among conservatives – for what has been a controversial Environmental Protection agency clean water policy. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) commissioned the survey. It found m...Read More

Public News Service - WV

The Obama administration plan to cut emissions at coal-fired power plants would affect 11 plants in West Virginia. Conservationists are hailing the move, while the coal industry and its allies are threatening legal challenges. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – President Obama has finalized plans to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 32 percent by 2030. Conservationists say the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which targets older, coal-fired plants, will have immense health benefits and boost clean energy efforts in the...Read More

Public News Service - WV

Medicaid is fifty years old, and research shows its positive 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

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