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PNS Daily Newscast - January 15, 2020 


Efforts to make Paid Family and Medical Leave go further; nurses sick of reusing N-95 masks even as COVID infections spike.


2020Talks - January 15, 2021 


States shore up security ahead of Inauguration Day; Biden unveils an ambitious economic relief plan; and Human Rights Watch report chides Trump's record.

Public News Service - WV: Budget Policy & Priorities

A U.S. House bill would support 40 programs nationwide that team social workers with police departments to respond to mental health-oriented emergency calls. (Adobe Stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mental and behavioral health practitioners in West Virginia are endorsing legislation in Congress to fund the use of social workers in tandem with police on some 911 calls. The Community-Based Response Act of 2020 would provide $100 million to support alternative responses to so

Medicaid expansion for the Affordable Care Act has helped more West Virginians receive treatment for substance-abuse disorders. (Adobe stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As the Supreme Court gets set to hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Act in November, experts say taking away the federal health insurance plan - especially during a pandemic - will hit West Virginians hard. The state's attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, is part of

West Virginia advocates for families say the state could lose millions of dollars in program funding if the deadline for the U.S. census count is not extended. (Adobe stock)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- With the Trump administration cutting the U.S. census count short by a month, advocates for families say West Virginians will pay the price, unless lawmakers pass a pandemic-relief bill that extends the deadline. Census figures help direct enormous amounts of federal funding t

The U.S. Postal Service reported a $2.2 billion loss in the second quarter of 2020. (Adobe stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As congressional Democrats call for an investigation into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's recent cost-cutting measures at the U.S. Postal Service, small-business owners in West Virginia say they are relying on the post office more than ever to keep their companies afloat during

Environmental groups allege that West Virginia's Mine Reclamation Fund, which cleans up polluted land and water after coal mines close, is in jeopardy. (Wikimedia Commons)<br /><br />

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A trio of environmental groups filed a suit in federal court late last week to force West Virginia's Department of Environmental Protection to maintain a fund to clean up pollution left by abandoned coal mines. The lawsuit aims to head off an anticipated collapse of the Specia

Utility cutoffs can start again in West Virginia, increasing financial burdens for some people who've lost jobs as a result of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A ban on West Virginia utility shutoffs during the pandemic has ended this week, leaving many customers scrambling to pay overdue bills to avoid disconnection. In March, the West Virginia Public Service Commission had ordered electric, water and gas providers to halt service d

West Virginia is looking for more federal funding to support the shift to online learning in schools. (Adobe Stock)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Even before the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, West Virginia's state government was facing a serious budget shortfall. Now, teachers are pushing the federal government to pass more pandemic funding to fill an even bigger gap because of COVID-19. Tonya Rinehart, a reading spe

The list price of insulin has nearly tripled since 2002, according to the American Diabetes Association. (Adobe stock)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Concern over the soaring cost of prescription drugs has spurred the West Virginia Senate to consider a bill that would help diabetics pay for life-saving insulin. House Bill 4543 would cap insurance copays at $25 for a 30-day supply, according to Savanna Lyons - co-executive di

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