PNS Daily Newscast - July 6,2020 

Today is the final day to register to vote in Arizona's primary election; the FDA declines to back Trump claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless."

2020Talks - July 6, 2020 

This year's July 4th had COVID-19, ongoing protests about systemic racism, and a presidential visit to Mt. Rushmore. Plus, Trump signed an order to plan a new statue park.

Public News Service - WV: Health

The United Food and Commercial Workers estimated that more than 9,000 grocery store workers in the United States were infected with the coronavirus as of May. (Adobe stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Union workers for Kroger Company in West Virginia and Virginia on Wednesday staged a car caravan demonstration to urge the grocery giant to reinstate hazard pay while the coronavirus pandemic continues. The supermarket chain quietly last month ended its $2 an hour "hero pay"

Drug-overdose deaths rose for African-Americans across the nation in 2018, according to a new report. (Adobe stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, drug-overdose deaths were down across the nation for the first time in 20 years, according to a new report by the Rockefeller Institute of Government. But since the coronavirus stay-at-home orders, county health offices are reporting more ove

About 13,000 West Virginia children were uninsured in 2018, according to the latest report. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Some West Virginians may not be aware that if they've lost their jobs and employer-provided health insurance due to COVID-19, they could be eligible for coverage under the state's Medicaid expansion. A family of four making less than about $3,000 a month can qualify for Medica

Kroger workers report having to pick up used masks and gloves after customers leave them in carts, and say many aren't following social-distancing guidelines. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After Kroger Co. announced it will be cancelling the extra hazard pay for its grocery-store workers nationwide on Saturday, the union representing Kroger's mid-Atlantic workers is urging that the bonus pay be extended indefinitely. Scott Harshbarger, who works at a Kroger store

West Virginia still has not released statistics on the number of African-Americans with coronavirus in the state. (Adobe stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's governor announced this week that targeted COVID-19 testing will be conducted in the state's African-American communities. His move follows a request by the state's NAACP chapter that officials release statistics on the number of African-Americans impacted by the

Patients can verify if a purported drug shortage is real by checking the Food and Drug Administration's Drug Shortage database. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Anecdotal reports show that prices have risen for a number of common drugs because of the COVID-19 crisis. So one senior advocacy group is offering advice on how to find the best deal. Mary Johnson, Social Security and Medicare policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League s

All childhood cancers are considered rare diseases. (Adobe stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- People with rare diseases are particularly vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic, and West Virginia has just enacted a new bipartisan law designed to provide them with more support. The Rare Disease Advisory Council gives patients a forum to communicate with policy makers

Some West Virginia counties are easing work requirements for SNAP recipients during the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With Gov. Jim Justice issuing a stay-at-home order this week to battle COVID-19, a new report warns West Virginia has one of the nation's most vulnerable populations for contracting the deadly virus. The Kaiser Family Foundation study says the Mountain State's rapidly aging po

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