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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Public News Service - West Virginia

PHOTO: Fido not feeling too frisky? Experts say the H3N2 strain of canine influenza is highly contagious and can spread rapidly when animals are in close contact with each other. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fears of the flu for Fido are running high among many dog owners. It's the result of a rare strain of canine influenza that has struck thousands of dogs in the Midwest. Dr. Thomas Mullaney, acting director of the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at the...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Conservation and environmental groups are highlighting what they say is the destructive work of the Republican-led Congress' first 100 days under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo of the Mon National Forest by Beth Little.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Republican-led Congress has earned a failing grade from conservation and environmental groups for its first 100 days in office. The League of Conservation Voters, The Wilderness Society and Clean Water Action – among others – have tallied a report card for...Read More

Public News Service - WV

GRAPH: The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy says the state's tax system lands unfairly on poor and middle-income households. Graph courtesy of WV-COBP.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As West Virginia lawmakers consider reforming the state's tax code, the West Virginia Center On Budget and Policy is arguing that it needs to be made fairer to low- and middle-income families. Over time, said Ted Boettner, executive director of the center, the state's tax system...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: West Virginia social workers are hopeful about reforms to the state's juvenile justice system. They say new truancy rules and other public school efforts can help keep kids out of jail. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia schools have a key role in reducing the number of kids who end up in jail – and while social workers say preventing truancy is an excellent starting place, its only part of the picture. As the state works to reduce the number of juveniles in the criminal just...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Poet Kane Smego is coming to Charleston this week to address a conference of Social Workers. He says says he'll talk about a central part of his work - teaching young people how to use spoken word performances to better understand themselves and others. Photo courtesy of Smego.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Poetry is a tool that can help young people break out of isolation, according to the keynote speaker at a conference of social workers this week. Spoken word artist Kane Smego plans to talk to folks about how it works Wednesday morning during the annual spring conference ...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: West Virginia child abuse survivors who have become public figures, including TV news anchor Greg Carter, are coming forward to talk about what happened to them. Photo credit: Will Laird/West Virginia Child Advocacy Network.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and some abuse survivors who have become public figures are coming forward to tell their stories. Stephen Smith, director of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, says his work is motivated in part by two points: Bad things...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: A new study of online records for just three states found fracking companies committed an average of two-and-a-half violations of drilling rules a day. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - On average, fracking companies commit more than two-and-a-half drilling violations a day, according to a new study drawn from just a small portion of available public record information. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) studied five years' worth of online reports for...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: A watchdog group says the state's largest water utility may want rate payers to bare the cost of mistakes it made during last year's Elk River chemical spill, and for the companies failing to maintain its network of water mains. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Watchdogs say West Virginia American Water might stick ratepayers with the cost of its mistakes in the Elk River Chemical spill, plus a backlog of water main repairs. Last week the utility notified the Public Service Commission that it intends to ask for a rate hike. It has n...Read More

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