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    PNS Daily News - October 5, 20150 

    A variety of issues to kick-off the week including; the fight continues in support of public lands; New York steps up bail reform efforts; and a Southern City examines an unconventional approach to the problem of homelessness.

Public News Service - West Virginia

Several looming Congressional budget battles could turn into shutdown standoffs. Graph by National Priorities Project

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A government shutdown has been delayed at least until December, but a number of budget fights remain. A temporary agreement over funds for Planned Parenthood delayed the shutdown, but battles over automatic spending cuts and a federal debt limit are warming up. Lindsay Koshgar...Read More

Public News Service - WV

An effort to establish new national monuments could help protect the birthplace of rivers in Pocahontas County. Photo: courtesy of Live Monumental

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Folks are in Washington today to push for four new national monuments, and one would be the birthplace of rivers in Pocahontas County. The nationwide lobbying effort includes Gil Willis, owner of the Elk River Inn and Restaurant. He said he built his business as a way to make a ...Read More

Public News Service - WV

Opponents are calling for a comprehensive plan to reduce the impact of four huge proposed natural gas pipelines on national forest land and endangered species. Credit: Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A boom in gas pipeline building means three could all cross one Doddridge County Creek at the same spot. Opponents say pipeline review and approval should be consolidated to reduce the pipelines’ impact. Critics say the pipeline companies are racing to lock in eas...Read More

Public News Service - WV

New analysis from the Institute for Women's Policy Research shows, if current trends continue, women will not receive equal pay until 2059. Credit: Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Women won't get paid as much as men until the year 2059, according to a report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Jessica Milli, the study director, says the median income for women working full time was more than $10,000 less than men in 2014. Milli says mor...Read More

Public News Service - WV

Some roads in Wetzel County have been damaged by gas drilling truck traffic to the extent that  they're unsafe for school buses. Credit: Ed Wade/The Sierra Club

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A local emergency medical technician says natural gas drilling in Wetzel County has damaged roads so much that it's occasionally unsafe for school buses to take their normal routes. Ray Renaud is a Wetzel County emergency medical technician who handles oil and gas-related...Read More

Public News Service - WV

West Virginians will get to voice their opinions tonight in Charleston on a federal rule designed to protect streams. Credit: Trout Unlimited

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginians get to have their say tonight on surface mining's impact on streams. The federal Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has been holding a series of public meetings around the country on a proposal known as the Stream Protection Rule...Read More

Public News Service - WV

A bill to be introduced at the Legislature would create a way for nonviolent felons to ask the court to give them a clean record after five years without getting in trouble. Photo by the WV state legislature.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - No matter how they live after being convicted, West Virginia felons have a hard time getting a job. But legislation could change that for some nonviolent former offenders. Kanawha County Delegate Mike Pushkin will sponsor his Second Chance for Employment Act again in the next ...Read More

Public News Service - WV

Charleston City Council member Karan Ireland says the water system that serves the city and surrounding counties should be run by a public utility, not a for-profit corporation. Credit: Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginia American Water continues to slight consumers and their safety, according to critics calling for a public takeover of the water system. A year-and-a-half ago, the Elk River chemical spill contaminated drinking water the corporation supplies to more than 300,0...Read More

Public News Service - WV

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