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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 

    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

Public News Service - West Virginia

PHOTO: An updated poverty calculator from the U.S. Census Bureau shows significant gains have been made in West Virginia in reducing child poverty. Photo credit: Esther Merbt/Pixabay.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - An updated poverty calculator from the U.S. Census Bureau shows significant gains have been made in reducing child poverty in the Mountain State. A new report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation explains how the Supplemental Poverty Measure adjusts for cost of li...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: West Virginia lawmakers are taking up a bill that would roll back part of the water protection law passed after last year's Elk River spill. Observers say it includes a loophole that might apply to Freedom Industries. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia state Senate is considering putting what critics are calling "loopholes" in water protections passed after last year's Freedom Industries chemical spill. The Senate Judiciary Committee took its first look at Senate Bill 423 on Tuesday. The measure would roll ba...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: The nation's methods of electricity generation are already moving rapidly away from coal, the fuel that emits the most carbon. Photo credit: Evan Hansen.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Cutting carbon pollution from power plants shouldn't threaten electrical reliability according to the folks whose job it was to keep the grid humming in past years. Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to cut existing power plant greenhouse gas emissions warn ...Read More

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PHOTO: A witness who had to flee Monday's huge train derailment and explosion in West Virginia says it has changed how he looks at rail shipment of crude oil. Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A witness who fled Monday's train derailment and massive fire says he can't help but wonder now if he and his neighbors are safe from trains carrying crude oil. Iraq War veteran Brandon Truman lives in Boomer, W. Va., directly across the river from where the tanker cars e...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Environmentalists say the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil in Montgomery, West Virginia, highlights the threats to drinking water and public safety from the transportation of oil and other chemicals by rail. Photo credit: The office of Governor Earl Ray Tomlin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The derailment and massive explosion of a crude oil tanker train highlights threats to drinking water, as well as concerns about shipping crude oil and chemicals, advocates say. The train derailment in Fayette County on Monday forced American West Virginia Water to suspend tap w...Read More

Public News Service - WV

MAP: Dominion and its partners are surveying an alternative route for part of the controversial Atlantic Coast natural-gas pipeline. The current path is in blue, the alternative in black. Map submitted by Dominion to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Dominion Energy and its partners say they are surveying an alternative route for part of the controversial Atlantic Coast natural-gas pipeline. Opponents say it's not an improvement. The new route would send the 42-inch pipeline south of the current proposed path in Randolph a...Read More

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PHOTO: As a hunger-fighting strategy, the number of children getting breakfast in school is rising. West Virginia now is tied for best in the nation for its ratio of kids eating breakfast at school, according to a new report. Photo courtesy Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Hard work invested in getting school breakfasts to more West Virginia kids is paying off. A new survey has found the state has the highest percentage of qualifying students eating school breakfast in the nation. Gayle Manchin, president of the state Board of Education, said scho...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: One hundred state contractors have written to lawmakers saying not to repeal West Virginia’s prevailing wage law. Photo by Paul Keheler for Wikimedia.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – At least 100 West Virginia contracting companies have written to state senators opposing the repeal of the state's prevailing wage law, according to state lawmakers. Many of the letters say the law keeps local contractors on a level playing field with out-of-state firms. ...Read More

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