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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

Public News Service - WV: Education

The end of the regular legislative session has set the stage for a fight over West Virginia's state budget  a battle organizers say might be settled by public opinion. (W. Va. Legislature)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At the last moment, the State Legislature passed a budget with deep cuts to to Medicaid and to K-12 and higher education. Now community groups are saying the voices of West Virginians are going to be vital to resolving the state's budget standoff. The Republican leadership of

Budget watchers say priorities such as road repairs could go underfunded if the state closes its budget gap entirely or mostly through cuts. (Protect WV)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is warning against trying to close the state's $600 million budget gap entirely or mostly through cuts. Governor Jim Justice wants to raise $450 million in new revenue - with about half of that coming from increased business tax

New mother Sarah Starks says the Promise Scholarship kept her in the state and shouldn't be cut. (Dan Heyman)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The children's advocacy group Our Children Our Future is releasing its annual legislative priority list. Some items focus on programs at risk in the state's budget crisis. Lawmakers are facing a shortfall of more than $500 billion for next year. And the West Virginia Ce

West Virginia is one of only a few states with rising levels of young people behind bars, and advocates say part of the issue is a lack of behavioral health care. (WV Virginia Center on Budget and Policy)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Lack of behavioral health care for children may be undermining West Virginia's efforts to reduce truancy, cut juvenile incarceration and improve foster care, advocates say. They pointed to surveys showing that a much higher than average portion of state high school stude

The Community Eligibility Provision, a program that makes it easier for low-income students to get free breakfast and lunch at school, is under threat in Congress. (FRAC)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A bill in Congress could cut a program West Virginia has used to dramatically increase the number of students eating breakfast and lunch at school. The Community Eligibility Provision lets schools in high poverty areas make meals available to all, without individual eligi

West Virginia lawmakers have passed a budget, but it may not resolve the state's fiscal crisis. (West Virginia State Legislature)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Legislature has passed a budget, but it may be headed for a veto. A contentious special session resulted Thursday in a series of party-line votes. The GOP-backed budget would spend more than 20 percent of West Virginia's rainy-day fund, and includes no new revenue. D

The head of the state Senate Budget Committee says he's exasperated by the situation West Virginia lawmakers have put themselves in. (West Virginia State Legislature)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia lawmakers have boxed themselves into a budget crisis, and the head of a legislative budget-writing committee says it keeps him up nights worrying about it. There are some signs of motion in the House going into the weekend, but Senate Finance Committee chairman Mik

West Virginia author Laurie Helgoe wants people to appreciate the power in being an introvert. (L. Helgoe)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A West Virginia author says more people need to see the power in being an introvert. Davis and Elkins College psychology professor Laurie Helgoe says we live in a culture that rewards people for being outgoing – but the minds of introverts and extroverts just work differ

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