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    PNS Daily News - June 28, 20160 


    Here’s a look at what’s making news: a Supreme Court abortion ruling could have implications across the nation; a victory for salmon habitats in Washington; and doctors urged to screen teens for suicide risk.

Public News Service - West Virginia

When a culvert collapsed, cutting off the Crossings Mall in Elkview, some of the Kroger workers there fired up the grills to feed the hundreds of folks trapped at the shopping plaza. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The floods have been tragic and disastrous, but they also gave folks a chance to show the instinct for neighborliness West Virginians are known for. When the bridge into the Crossings Mall in Elkview collapsed, it took out the only road into the shopping plaza. Hundreds of people...Read More

Public News Service - WV

The majority of states have cut prison populations and also have seen a drop in crime rates. (Wikimedia Commons)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Many states that have reduced their prison populations are seeing their crime rates go down, too, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice. In the 1990s, getting tough on crime led to a rapid rise in the number of people incarcerated. Now, with more tha...Read More

Public News Service - WV

Adam Swisher and Matt Kearns traveled the length of the Elk River. They say protecting it will be good for West Virginia's future. (Chad Cordell)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As West Virginians consider their future, some say the Elk River runs right through it. In part to build support for the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument, Adam Swisher and Matt Kearns hiked, biked and paddled the entire Elk River in what they called the Elkspedition...Read More

Public News Service - WV

Faced with a government shutdown, many in the GOP-controlled West Virginia House of Delegates, including Speaker Tim Armstead, reluctantly voted to raise tobacco taxes. (Perry Bennett/W. Va. Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The House of Delegates has approved raising the state tobacco tax, removing the big obstacle to resolving West Virginia's budget standoff. The House voted to raise cigarette taxes by 65 cents a pack, then passed a budget that relies on the $100 million in new revenue. During...Read More

Public News Service - WV

A win in federal court for consumers, say advocates of net neutrality. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell...Read More

Public News Service - WV

Supporters say a Birthplace of Rivers National Monument - including the Cranberry Glades - would mean more jobs at a time when West Virginia needs them. (Mike Costello)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A Birthplace of Rivers National Monument could boost tourism and help the state replace losses in the coal and gas industries, according to supporters. As West Virginia wrestles with the fallout of declines in fossil-fuel prices, folks such as Gil Willis, vice president of the ...Read More

Public News Service - WV

A new homesteading law for Appalachia could help bring agriculture and hope to the coalfields. (WV Division Of Tourism)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Could homesteading, giving people free land for agricultural and other uses, bring some hope to central Appalachia? Jim Branscome is a native of the Virginia coalfields. The retired Standard & Poor's executive and former journalist has watched the fall in coal prices deliver...Read More

Public News Service - WV

West Virginia lawmakers have passed a budget, but it may not resolve the state's fiscal crisis. (West Virginia State Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Legislature has passed a budget, but it may be headed for a veto. A contentious special session resulted Thursday in a series of party-line votes. The GOP-backed budget would spend more than 20 percent of West Virginia's rainy-day fund, and includes no new revenue. D...Read More

Public News Service - WV

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