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PNS Daily News - September 16, 2019 


New allegations emerge against Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh; and a new report says a lightning strike is more likely than a forced arbitration win.

2020Talks - September 16, 2019. (3 min.)  


2020 presidential hopefuls tweet about more sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Democrats who didn't make it onto last week's debate stage continue their grassroots approaches.

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Public News Service - WV: Budget Policy & Priorities

West Virginia thermal-coal production has declined steadily for years, and market forces suggest no turnaround is likely. (Hangela/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Legislature has passed a 40 percent cut in thermal coal severance taxes, despite Revenue Department predictions that it would do little to change steam coal's steady decline. The long-term outlook is no better, said Carey King, a research scientist and assistan

The tax cuts in House Bill 3137 overwhelmingly would go to the well-to-do. (West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, based on figures from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Critics of a proposal rushing through the House of Delegates say it could blow a hole in West Virginia's state budget by using one-time money to pay for permanent tax cuts that mostly help those who are well off. House Bill 3137 would create a fund where new money, including out

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice told striking teachers Tuesday that he wants a pay-raise bill that does not include any more than a pilot program for charter schools. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The wave of school strikes that started in West Virginia a year ago seems to be moving more funding into public education, nationally. According to a report by the American Federation of Teachers, average K-12 funding stalled or fell between 2008 and last year. Economis

According to the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, countries with mountaintop removal mines have a more than 40 percent higher rates of birth defects. (Vivian Stockman/OVEC/Southwings)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The new Democratic leadership in Congress is investigating why the Department of the Interior stopped a major study of the health impacts of mountaintop removal and other surface mines. After researchers found much higher rates of cancer, birth defects and other health pr

The attack videos darken the delegates' official portraits for a more ominous appearance. (1863 PAC/YouTube)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A secretive group with unknown donors is attacking lawmakers who oppose granting a multi-million-dollar managed-care contract for West Virginia foster children. One lawmaker calls it "underhanded and misleading" to suggest he doesn't support foster families. Del. Cody Thompson,

Sissonville English teacher Katrina Minney is not an officer with a teachers' union, but she did take part in last year's walkout. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - What critics call a union-busting provision in a huge, fast-moving education bill in the West Virginia Legislature has many saying it's revenge for last year's successful teachers' strike. One part of omnibus Senate Bill 451 would make West Virginia teachers' unions get permissi

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy found no link between states that do not tax companies' inventory, machinery or equipment and faster job growth. (WV COBP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The governor and legislative leaders again are considering repealing the personal property tax for businesses. But according to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, it's unlikely to bring job growth. Last year, lawmakers looked at ending that tax on inventory,

Black lung is an incurable progressive disease among coal miners that ultimately can make it impossible to breathe. (Jack Corn/National Archives/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Inaction by a stalemated Congress has gutted important black-lung funding, at a time when the number of cases in West Virginia is rising rapidly. In spite of promises by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others, a temporary increase in the per-ton tax on coal is

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