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PNS Daily Newscast - May 22, 2019 


An internal IRS memo is reported to contradict the administration’s stand on refusing to supply Trump’s tax returns. Also, on our Wednesday rundown: Missouri’s Governor prepares to sign a restrictive abortion bill. And guess which state is agitating for an end to annoying robocalls?

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Public News Service - WV: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

West Virginia has the second highest rate of student loan defaults, and the average debt for graduates has grown by 70 percent since 2005. (bitnovosti)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Some West Virginians fighting student loan debt say they feel they've been given a life sentence - a debt sentence. The state has the nation's highest rate of graduates with debt, and the second highest rate of loan defaults. Eric Engle of Parkersburg is an office worker

Studies say right-to-work laws don't create jobs and tend to suppress wages. Union workers like pipefitter James Robinette say they can see that on the ground. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginia Republicans are running for election on what they describe as the "great" economy. State unions call that putting lipstick on a pig. Pointing to GOP lawmakers' "pro-growth" policies, state Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, described West Virginia

South Charleston firefighters say they are called out to revive people who have overdosed nearly every day now. (SCFD)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A South Charleston firefighter says they're getting opioid overdose calls nearly every day. But, he said they have no place to send survivors who want to get clean. People in the trenches of the opioid battle have long said the state lacks enough long-term, residential su

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis has resigned, and the decision about whether to impeach the remaining justices is in the hands of the state Senate. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – State Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis has resigned amid signs that the West Virginia Legislature is taking a hard line on impeachment of all the justices. In her announcement, Davis criticized impeachment, saying it goes against the will of the majority who voted her in

Julie Warden of Charleston, far left, spoke at a press conference supporting the Affordable Care Act last week. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -– For many of the West Virginians with chronic medical conditions, insurance regulation means freedom. But Republicans lawmakers who oppose the Affordable Care Act say Obamacare’s insurance rules limit commercial freedom. For communications professional Julie Warden

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