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PNS Daily Newscast - July 23, 2018 


A GOP Congressman and former FBI agent tells NPR he believes Trump was compromised by Putin. Also on the Monday rundown: a report on how trade wars could be risky business for the whiskey business: and the wealthiest Americans get richer as the wage gap widens.

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During the teachers' strike, the West Virginia State Senate was widely viewed as the main obstacle to meeting strikers' demands. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael now appears to be taking credit for the teacher pay raises he failed to stop earlier this year. When school employees went on statewide strike, the Republican-led Senate was blocking the higher pay they were demanding. But l

As online commerce has increased, the portion of sales taxes collected by West Virginia has declined. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Modernizing the state sales tax is now possible, due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision – and it could help solve West Virginia's budget problems, including for the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA). The decision late last month in the case South Dakota v. Wayf

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect iconic West Virginia sites like Seneca Rocks. (MrShultz/Wikipedia)<br />

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Congress has three months to renew what's described as a vital - but largely invisible - program for conserving special places in West Virginia and across the country. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has meant $184 million for Spruce Knob, Seneca Rocks, the Canaan Va

Advocates say there are probably tens of thousands of West Virginians waiting for the state's medical cannabis program to get under way. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Stats from states that have legalized medical marijuana suggest legal weed could be a big help to West Virginia's strained Public Employees Insurance Agency. Striking teachers recently demanded better funding for their health insurance. And by one estimate, a working medi

Critics charge the only way changes being proposed in Congress to SNAP would save the government money is by ending food assistance to eligible households. (American Heart Association)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) now under debate in Congress would mean an explosion of red tape and bureaucracy for states and the poor, according to a new report. Rules added to SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, could include much tig

Organizers of the new Poor People's Campaign say some of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was pursuing with the first Poor People's Campaign has been sanitized and watered down by time. (Birmingham, Ala., Police Dept.)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Poor People's Campaign here and across the country is reconnecting with Martin Luther King's surprisingly radical vision, its organizers say. The movement will rally at State Capitols in West Virginia and nearly 40 other states at the same time this Monday afternoon.

Black Lung is an incurable disease caused by breathing coal dust, which gets worse until a miner dies. (Yale Rosen/Fickr)

MATEWAN, W.Va. — A group of miners has put forward a plan for a state black lung program. It would solve problems in the federal system they say now stop miners from getting benefits. Eighty percent of the funds in the federal black lung program go to doctors, lawyers, judges and bureaucrats

West Virginia counties with a lot of Marcellus drilling have come to depend on property taxes from the wells. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A pair of cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court over gas well property taxes could be "devastating" to local governments and schools. Antero Resources won its cases in Doddridge County Circuit Court, but the implications could extend statewide or industry-wide. Th

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