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PNS Daily Newscast - November 18, 2019 


President Trump invited to testify in person or in writing, says Pelosi; a battle over the worth of rooftop-solar electricity when it's sold back to the grid; the flu gets an early start; and the value of Texas family caregivers.

2020Talks - November 18, 2019 


Former Pres. Barack Obama cautioned Democrats to be more moderate, and incumbent Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards wins over Trump-backed Republican opponent.

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Public News Service - WV: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

Supporters argue a storage hub for ethane from natural gas would be key to developing a petrochemical industry that could produce consumer plastics in the northern Ohio Valley. (DOE)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia conservation groups are fighting a plan to use U.S. Department of Energy clean power funds for a huge petrochemical project. The state's congressional delegation is pushing for the Appalachian Storage Hub to get $1.9 billion in loan guarantees designated for

Critics of state-level opportunity zone business tax cuts, such as Del. Barbara Fleischauer, D-Morgantown, argue the tax breaks include huge corporate-tax loopholes. (WV Legislative Photography/Perry Bennett)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The West Virginia Legislature is moving forward with state-level opportunity zone tax breaks for businesses in spite of serious questions about how they're targeted. House Bill 113 would create state level opportunity zones to piggyback on federal zones, promoted as help

Renewable energy provided a greater percentage of U.S. electricity than coal this spring, a pattern observers expect more often as solar and wind power rise and coal declines. (IEEFA/EIA)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – This spring, renewable energy sources for a time generated more electricity than coal in the U.S., according to federal figures. Green energy supporters say West Virginia lawmakers are ignoring that important reality. The numbers fluctuate day to day, but last April 

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