PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2020 

U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and Trump�s 'public charge' rule takes effect Monday.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 

Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - WV: Senior

The Obamacare replacement backed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price would be bad for rural areas, analysts say. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Congressional Budget Office figures show the main GOP replacement for Obamacare would have a negative impact on rural areas, and especially on older residents. The House's American Health Care Act would let insurance companies charge up to 40 percent more for folks in the

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)

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

A proposal for how Congress should handle tax and spending questions could bring automatic cuts to Social Security and Medicare. (Martin Falbisoner/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va -- New budget rules proposed for Congress could bring deep, automatic cuts to benefit programs for seniors that had been exempt from those kinds of cuts until now. House budget chair Tom Price, R-Ga., has said he would like to see reductions in Social Security and Medicare benefit

Studies suggest medical marijuana may reduce the use, and abuse, of opioid prescriptions, which has been a serious problem in West Virginia. (Cannabis Training University/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Medical marijuana may reduce opioid painkiller use and abuse, three separate studies suggest. Tara Holmes studied the issue this summer for the West Virginia Center On Budget and Policy. She said one of the studies that noted the clear benefits of medical marijuana was t

Gale Herron is a miner's widow at risk of losing some of her health-care coverage, unless a bill now stalled in the U.S. Senate passes. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.V. -- A bill to save the pensions and healthcare of thousands of retired miners and their dependents is stuck in the Senate - in spite of pro-coal election talk by Senate leaders. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito back the Miners' Protection Act, but Senate Majority Leade

Congress is looking at prescription monitoring for Medicare because studies are showing a large number of the program's patients are taking dangerous levels of opioids. Graphic: The Pew Charitable Trusts.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Congress is considering giving Medicare the power to monitor for excess use of pain medicines. Currently Medicare part D administrators don't have the authority to watch for signs that a patient might be intentionally or accidentally abusing opioids. But Cynthia Reilly,

Many West Virginia seniors could give their Social Security checks a big bump by simply waiting to apply for benefits, if they can. Credit: National Academy of Social Insurance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - More than seven out of 10 West Virginia retirees put in for early Social Security, but experts say you can get a big boost to those monthly checks by waiting as long as you can. You can claim Social Security as early as age 62. But Kristen Arnold, an income security policy analy

GRAPHIC: The campaign ads already are running in West Virginia's 3rd congressional district, many paid for by a network of groups started by the oil and chemical billionaire Koch brothers. What do the Kochs want? Screengrab from an ad by Nick Rahall for Congress.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The Koch brothers have become an issue in the race between West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall and State Senator Evan Jenkins. But what do the brothers, who made billions in oil and chemicals, want? Michael Beckel, a reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, says

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