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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - WV: Budget Policy & Priorities

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 

When the West Virginia Senate goes back into special session today, the leadership probably will have the votes to pass a nearly 150-page education bill. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Stiff opposition looks likely to force the breakup of the big education bill now in the West Virginia state Senate. Gov. Jim Justice said Senate Bill 1039 - the so-called Student Success Act - goes too far in trying to push through unlimited charter schools, among many ot

Construction has started on the controversial Rockwool insulation manufacturing plant. (Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Legislature will consider expanding tax breaks around the target="parent">controversial Rockwool project. Opponents say that will hurt the quality of life in the West Virginia county with the lowest unemployment. The insulation-manufacturing plant under construction

In the most recent period, Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate in West Virginia. In spite of this, six of the county's 15 census tracts have been designated

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — The controversial Rockwool heavy-industry project could get a big federal tax break designed for poor areas - despite being in one of West Virginia's richest counties. The Rockwool proposal for an insulation-manufacturing plant has drawn intense opposition from critics,

Critics say that behind the Trump administration's rhetoric, the White House budget contains a lot of cruelty. (Pexels/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Critics are calling the Trump administration's latest spending plan a "bully's budget," saying its kiss-up, kick-down attitude is a built-in feature, not an accident. In part to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, the budget released last week cuts three qu

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