PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 

44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 

Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - WV: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Federal figures show the people most likely to mistreat children are the parents, between twenty and forty years old. Graphs from U.S. DHHS report.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In spite of the heartbreaking tragedy in Connecticut, there's actually some good news about America's children this holiday season. According to an annual report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, child abuse and neglect are down nationally for the fifth strai

The Wheeling YWCA operates the Madden House shelter. They can be reached at 1-800-698-1247 or 304-232-2748. The national domestic violence hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - It isn't part of the big budget negotiations, but people working with battered women are worried that the partisan divide in Congress could also threaten vital shelter programs. Much of the funding for domestic violence shelters comes through the Violence Against Women Act. But C

PHOTO: Charleston Lawyer and senate candidate Josh Martin says he would push legislation to block convicted rapists from suing for parental rights in family court.  Courtesy of the campaign.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A candidate for the state Legislature says he wants to press for a law that would prevent rapists from claiming visitation and other parental rights to a child fathered through sexual assault. Senate candidate Josh Martin, a Charleston lawyer, says he would push legislation to b

West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services logo

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As in every state, parental rights in West Virginia are a complex and emotional legal issue. West Virginia law does not specifically deal with pregnancies arising from sexual assault, nor does state code specifically say how to sever the parental rights of rapists who impregnate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Republican women say the GOP is not at war with women, but the party is catching some heat for stalling reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. According to Sue Julian with the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the past the act has always had bipart

PHOTO: Doctor with stethoscope.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Screening for domestic violence is one of the eight preventive-care tests patients can get at no cost under the part of health-care reform that came into effect this week. Advocates say that will improve women's health and save everyone money. When doctors ask the right question

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Saying current protective orders leave a dangerous loophole, some state lawmakers want them expanded to people not now covered, including some stalking victims and victims of sexual violence. Protective orders can be a matter of life or death in cases of sexual or domestic abuse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Perhaps partly because the problem has not been visible in West Virginia, it is one of only two states without a specific law against human trafficking, where people are forced into prostitution or hard labor against their will. A bill now before the State Legislature would chang

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