PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

USDA Climate Change Report: WV Can Expect More Rain

May 28, 2008

Charleston, WV – Cloudy skies and rain are in the forecast for West Virginia for years to come, according to a new federal government report on climate change released Tuesday. The report takes a look at what changing temperatures and weather patterns mean for different parts of the country, and the likely effects over the next two decades.

Tony Janetos, director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, says while the West will be drier, West Virginia is an area that is seeing, and will see, more rain; this means more pests and diseases and more changes in the forests.

"This is no longer just an issue of what might happen in the coming decades. Many of these are changes that are going on now, and they're happening more rapidly than we might have anticipated."

Peter Backlund with the National Center for Atmospheric Research says the changes are complex and have far-reaching implications that are affecting recreation, forest industries, and agriculture now.

"Temperature increases, increasing CO2 levels, and altered patterns of precipitation are already affecting U.S. water resources, agriculture, land resources, and biodiversity."

The report is expected to be used as a guideline for state and federal policies. There has been debate in West Virginia about climate change policies aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions, mainly from coal-fired power plants. Critics say pollution caps cost too much and don't bring much benefit to West Virginia because the state is not one of those more severely affected by changing climate.

The report, "The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources and Biodiversity," is available online at

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - WV