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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

Public News Service - West Virginia

PHOTO: States including West Virginia would receive incentives for locking up fewer juveniles, under a newly updated Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act introduced in Congress. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Congress is set to consider updating a decades-old law that guides states on the custody and care of juveniles in the criminal justice system. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was introduced earlier this month. One big change would provide incentives to...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Shyne Brown of Doddridge County says both of his daughters have used services provided by the state Family Resource Network. He says West Virginia should provide a steady funding stream for the programs. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The agenda for the Our Children Our Future initiative in the upcoming West Virginia legislative session is heavy on prevention, in part because experts say prevention works in ensuring stable, long-term heath for children. Part of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coal...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy predicts the state's change in Medicaid billing rules about who can provide behavioral-health services should mean more people get the help they need. Photo credit: George Hodan.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Along with expanding Medicaid to the working poor, West Virginia will change billing rules to provide more behavioral health services though the program. The Department of Health and Human Resources is preparing to accept Medicaid billing from independent, licensed, masters-leve...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: As West Virginia lawmakers prepare for the legislative session, it looks unlikely that a change of control in both House and Senate will derail Gov. Tomblin's push to reform the state's juvenile justice system. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Control of the West Virginia Legislature may have changed, but juvenile-justice reform still seems likely. It's one of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's big initiatives for the year, and the long-time Senate president usually gets his proposals though the Legislature. At a Thursday ev...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: A toy tambourine is among two dozen toys named as potential hazards for children in the latest annual Trouble in Toyland report. Photo courtesy of U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Before West Virginians fill the stockings of little loved ones this holiday season, they may want to consider a new annual report that lists potential toy dangers to watch out for on store shelves. Pam Clough, a campaign organizer with U.S. Public Interest Research Group s...Read More

Public News Service - WV

MAP: The boom in natural-gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale has meant more than 70 million man-hours for workers building post-production infrastructure, such as pipelines and compressor stations in six states, including West Virginia, since 2008. Map by West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Marcellus boom has meant more than 70 million man-hours of work building support infrastructure in the past six years, according to a new report. The study looked at jobs not connected to the actual drilling of the wells in six states. Bob Bruno, a professor of labor and em...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: Industry critics say they are very concerned about the impact building big natural-gas pipelines on national forest land might have on downstream drinking water. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Growth of natural-gas drilling and new pipelines have observers concerned about their impact on public lands. The state is looking at allowing more drilling leases and pipelines on West Virginia state property, and plans for three large pipelines cross national forest land on th...Read More

Public News Service - WV

PHOTO: The shooting of unarmed teen Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked interest in a new Mobile Justice smartphone app which allows users to document and report interactions with police. Image courtesy of ACLU of Missouri.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The shooting of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked interest in a smartphone app designed to help people protect their rights. Missouri American Civil Liberties Union executive director Jeffrey Mittman says their Mobile Justice smartphone app explains what proper pol...Read More

Public News Service - WV

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