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More than a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against the Minneapolis Police officer involved in the death of George Floyd; we report on what's behind the current tensions.

2020Talks - May 29, 2020 


Republican Voters Against Trump just launched and plans to spend $10 million on the 2020 campaign. And President Trump signed an executive order making social media companies liable for content their users post.

Public News Service - WV: Environment

A West Virginia Senate bill aims to let power companies offer regulated solar energy to businesses and households, in a state that currently offers no solar power. (SolarWorld)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A bill that passed unanimously in the West Virginia Senate is being seen by environmental groups as an important step toward reducing fossil-fuel use in coal country. Senate Bill 583 would allow Mountain State power companies to provide solar energy for the first time, accordin

An investigation by Rolling Stone magazine found the waste brine from Marcellus wells is radioactive enough to be seen as a threat to workers and the public. (Vivian Stockman/Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- A federal loophole means millions of tons and billions of gallons of radioactive natural gas waste are being disposed of as if they were not radioactive. According to the investigation by Rolling Stone, liquid brine from the average Marcellus well contains more than 9,000 pic

Environmentalists in West Virginia oppose the funding of a proposed natural gas storage facility in the state's Ohio Valley. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- One of the first bills introduced in West Virginia's 2020 legislative session, which opened Wednesday, is by Republican House Speaker Roger Hanshaw to create a state investment fund to kickstart new businesses. But environmental groups in the state oppose the bill because the

PFAS chemicals can pollute areas when runoff from factories enters rivers and streams. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Come next month's 2020 legislative session, West Virginia lawmakers will propose a rare piece of legislation to improve drinking-water standards across the state. Led by Delegate Evan Hansen of Monongalia, a group of Democrats aims to regulate the levels of PFAS chemicals in wa

A West Virginia community is solving a clean tap-water crisis with hydropanels that make water out of air. (Zero Mass Water)

KIMBALL, W.Va. – In McDowell County, West Virginia, access to clean tap water is a challenge for many. That's why one community is trying something different: a new technology called "hydropanels." Linda McKinney, who heads the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank in Kimball, joined with man

Some West Virginia residents are facing a polluted water crisis partly from industrial runoff. (Adobe stock)

KIMBALL, W.Va. — More than 2 million Americans live without running water and basic indoor plumbing, according to a new report by water access group DigDeep. The report finds lack of clean water hits vulnerable communities in the country particularly hard, including the Navajo Nation in the So

The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition is planning to revamp a deserted coal mine in Morgantown, W. Va., into a composting facility. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A coalition of development groups in central Appalachia aims to give new life to abandoned coal mines in the region by transforming them into sustainable, environmentally friendly businesses – many in poverty stricken areas. A new report by the Reclaiming Appalachi

Falling solar-panel prices have made renewable energy increasingly reasonable for businesses such as the Twin Spruce Marina in Morgantown. (Twin Spruce Marina)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – This weekend, tours of West Virginia solar sites helped illuminate how sunlight might make more electricity here, and help power the state's economy. Delegate Evan Hansen, D-Monongalia County, says the National Solar Tour brought about 20 people to see the panels on the r

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