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    PNS Daily News - July 6, 20150 

    Updates on a variety of issues on our rundown including; Greece says no to an austerity bailout plan; a new U.S. overtime proposal impacts family time; health coverage updates for LGBT couples and folks from the Lone Star State; and the latest on the cougar hunt quota

Public News Service - West Virginia

PHOTO: Some state contractors, including one behind a hotel and condominium complex popular with lawmakers, say West Virginia's prevailing wage for construction trades should be set with data gleaned from state surveys, rather than federal estimates. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

WHEELING, W.Va. – West Virginia's prevailing wage should be determined using in-state surveys instead of federal estimates, according to some contractors. The wage law was changed this spring. Republican lawmakers say the state should now use Bureau of Labor Statistics figures to determine ho...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Monday's decision from the U.S. Supreme Court could delay implementation of new air pollution rules for power plants. The EPA estimates new air pollution standards would save thousands of lives a year. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Supreme Court decision may have cast doubt on controls for mercury and other airborne toxins from power plants – but it didn't throw them out. The high court decision could delay a permanent implementation of new air pollution rules, which the EPA says will save th...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: In spite of protests, the Affordable Care Act looks likely to remain the law of the land for some time. Observers are now talking about what’s next for health care. Photo by Wikimedia/NYyankees51.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied the most important legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, West Virginia healthcare experts are considering the law's long-term impact. Physician and former Kanawha County state senator Dr. Dan Foster says the most important part ...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: More than 60 organizations have sent a letter calling on Congress to remove a rider in its budget bill they claim would block the FCC from implementing net neutrality rules. Photo credit: Sean MacEntee/Flickr Commons.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – More than 60 civil rights and public interest groups have sent a letter urging Congress to protect the Federal Communications Commission's decision to keep the Internet open. They're protesting a rider attached to a must-pass government-funding package. Timothy Karr, se...Read More

Public News Service - WV

GRAPHIC: A Kansas budget crisis has forced its very conservative legislature to pass the state's largest-ever tax increase. The former Kansas state budget director says it's a lesson for West Virginia lawmakers: that tax cuts there have not brought the promised economic growth. Graphic (based on federal figures) courtesy of Kansas Center for Economic Growth.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A diehard anti-tax Kansas Legislature has just passed the largest tax increase in that state's history - and a former Kansas budget director says that should be a warning to a West Virginia tax reform task force. Duane Goossen, now a senior fellow with the Kansas Center f...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Commercial office cleaners rally this week to commemorate the Justice for Janitors movement, as contract talks begin that cover about 75,000 commercial cleaners in the eastern U.S. Photo courtesy 32BJ SEIU.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Janitors plan to rally on the streets during rush hour tomorrow, as talks start on contracts that cover about 75,000 commercial cleaners in the eastern U.S. Their supporters say it's part of an important new direction for labor. In Virginia, House Delegate Alfonso Lopez...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: West Virginia is making progress on where it committed to be in cleaning up Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Conservation groups say future progress can come from farms. Photo by Kelly Donaldson and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia mostly is meeting its commitments to clean up Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Conservation groups say additional progress could come from farms. The state's progress on an agreement to clean the waterways largel...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PICTURE: A one-day snapshot of West Virginia domestic violence services taken last fall shows nine requests for help going unmet because of budget cuts. Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A snapshot of West Virginia domestic violence services shows shelters straining under the pressure of budget cuts, and the need to lend life-or-death assistance to victims and survivors. In a single day – September 10, 2014 – the state's domestic violence progr...Read More

Public News Service - WV

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