PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2020 

Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30. The coronavirus is taking its toll on nonprofits; and scammers have already set their sights on your COVID-19 relief check.

2020Talks - March 30, 2020 

Campaigning from Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has been virtual, and largely about the novel coronavirus. Sanders also spoke out about the Trump administration's Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag's reservation in Southern Massachusetts.

City of Morgantown Saving Money and Cutting Carbon

August 28, 2009

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Even in a state where electricity is relatively cheap, local governments can save money and reduce their carbon footprints by conserving energy - and local officials in Morgantown say they're proving it. The municipal government is in the middle of a long-term effort to reduce energy use by 20 percent and save money in the process. Morgantown City Manager Dan Boroff lists a number of changes to be made in the next eight months, that are expected to pay off for years.

"A new air conditioning system at the airport; a new chiller system at ice rink; new lighting throughout the parking garages, even down to the stop lights in the city, replacing them with LED systems."

All that, plus new boilers and insulation for city buildings are on the ambitious agenda. It is a $2.7 million investment, not including hybrid or fuel-efficient replacements for the city fleet as old vehicles are retired. Boroff says Morgantown is guaranteed to make its money back over 15 years - or the contractors have to pay back the difference.
According to Mayor Bill Byrne, theirs was a hardheaded business decision that also had environmental advantages.

"We had an opportunity to both save money and improve the quantity of carbon that we put into the environment. We're doing it for economic reasons, and also, because it's positive for the environment."

A study released this summer found nationwide, homes and businesses could reduce energy use by nearly one-fourth though steps like upgrading appliances and sealing leaky air conditioning and heating ducts. The study found returns would double the investment in 11 years.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV