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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - WV: Budget Policy & Priorities

Some West Virginia foster parents are troubled by a bill in the Legislature that would reduce licensing requirements for state caseworkers. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Demands on West Virginia's foster-care system have exploded due to the opioid epidemic, and state lawmakers are proposing ways to tackle the crisis. Child-welfare bills announced this week in the Legislature would speed up adoption timelines and create a foster-care bill of rig

Environmentalists in West Virginia oppose the funding of a proposed natural gas storage facility in the state's Ohio Valley. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- One of the first bills introduced in West Virginia's 2020 legislative session, which opened Wednesday, is by Republican House Speaker Roger Hanshaw to create a state investment fund to kickstart new businesses. But environmental groups in the state oppose the bill because the

The latest Trump Administration proposal to import less expensive drugs from Canada excludes insulin. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Trump administration this week proposed allowing states to import drugs from Canada, which officials say could save significant money for Americans. But healthcare advocates say patients are unlikely to see quick relief on prices. Gary Zuckett, executive director of the Wes

The same health insurer that has served West Virginia's Medicaid program since 1996 has also been tapped to cover children in the state's foster-care system. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Foster parents and child-welfare groups are worried about the switch from state-managed health care to private care for children in the state's care. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced last week that it has chosen Aetna Better Health as t

The West Virginia public school system has been searching for ways to fund more counseling and support services for students. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Federal funds could help pay for badly needed behavioral-health support services in public schools, advocates say. Young people from families caught in the drug crisis desperately need the support of counselors and social workers, said Kathleen "Kat" Stoll, director of We

Two-thirds of West Virginia counties rank in the bottom third for their number of tap-water safety violations; even more are in the bottom third for the time it takes to fix these issues. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The latest report on unsafe tap water confirms some of West Virginia's drinking water problems - and puts them in a national context. According to the "Watered Down Justice" survey by the Natural Resources Defense Council, two-thirds of West Virginia counties rate poorly fo

W. Va. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw has a degree in chemistry, but makes his living as an attorney for natural-gas companies. (W. Va. Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – In an unprecedented statewide video conference on Tuesday, West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw took questions from schoolchildren in the state about climate change. But at no time did he say climate change is a real problem, or even use the phrase. Hans

Supporters of Harpers Ferry say the historic Lockwood Housem a Civil War headquarters and then part of the first college for freed slaves, is slowly crumbling for lack of maintenance. (The Pew Charitable Trusts)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Americans love their national parks and want Congress to invest in maintaining them, according to a new national poll from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Marcia Argust, project director with the Restore Americas Parks campaign at Pew, said they found more than 80% of folks f

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