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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 


Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - WV: Budget Policy & Priorities

West Virginia has long struggled to deal with the environmental impacts, and the boom-and-bust economic cycles, of the gas and coal industries. (Bill Hughes)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Why do so many places rich in natural resources, like West Virginia, end up so poor? Ted Boettner, executive director at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, has been researching what's known as the "Resource Curse." He's found most states and countries focused

For a number of years, West Virginia has done a better job of providing healthcare access for children than many other states. (Bess-Hamiti/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – For the first time in years, the number of children without health insurance has risen, in West Virginia and across the country. The rate in West Virginia is still less than 3 percent, which is well below the national average. But according to Joan Alker, executive direct

Public forestland such as Cranberry Glades is central to West Virginia's identity. (Mike Costello)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the elections over and deer hunters returning to West Virginia's woods, conservationists are looking forward to better prospects for public lands, thanks to changes in Congress. The current U.S. Interior Department has moved to shrink some public lands out West, and

In the last West Virginia legislative election, some races were decided by as few as 13 votes. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.V. — In the last two elections, West Virginia has had one of the lowest turnout rates in the country. Many West Virginians have said they don’t think their vote matters. But in a lot of cases, it does – just ask Rod Snyder. In the last election, Snyder lost a hotly

Three years ago, there were about 4,600 foster children in West Virginia. The number now is close to 6,700. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginia is in a foster care crisis, as many addicted parents lose custody of their children. According to a new group for foster parents, state government needs to consult more with the families taking the kids in. Marissa Sanders is a foster parent and founder of

Before the state expanded Medicaid, rural West Virginians were much less likely to have health insurance than their urban peers. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A new report says expanding Medicaid is really paying off for rural West Virginians. Rural areas typically have real disadvantages – higher unemployment and poverty, fewer doctors and in some cases, financially strapped hospitals. But Kelli Caseman, director of Ch

The current agriculture bill, which impacts farm commodity prices and nutrition programs, expires Sept. 30. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Congress may not be able to finish the farm bill by the end of the month, when the old one expires. One deadlock is a controversial plan to cut access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Josh Protas, vice president for public policy with Jewish hunger-relief

Unions allege that Florida-based contractor Seminole Equipment cut corners and did substandard work when painting a bridge on I-64. (The Affiliated Construction Trades)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A highway contractor that was found to not be withholding West Virginia state payroll taxes for a decade is being required by the state to pay back only two years' worth. Florida industrial painting company Seminole Equipment was the low bidder on a South Charleston bridg

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