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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent due in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - WV: Toxics

Charleston, WV – The persistent "blue haze" appearing in the Charleston area several times this summer has some residents calling for an investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). State testing has shown chemical levels are within safety limits, but some think pockets of

Charleston, WV – Congress has agreed to try to make kids' toys safer, by banning certain chemicals called phthalates because of their link to cancer and reproductive development problems. West Virginia's legislature looked at a similar ban earlier this year. Andy Igrejas with the Pew Charita

Morgantown, WV – Living in a coal-mining area boosts a person's risk of contracting a number of serious illnesses, according to new research from West Virginia University. The report author, Michael Hendryx with the WVU Institute for Health Policy Research, examined statewide health surveys an

Charleston, WV – This holiday week is the last chance for West Virginians to speak their minds on a federal rule change that critics say would put wildlife and water quality in jeopardy. A White House plan would repeal the "buffer zone" rule for mines, allowing them to dump mine waste directly

Washington, DC – A mining reform bill passed yesterday in the U.S. House has West Virginia taking a close look at mining practices of the "Wild West." In an effort led by West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall, the House voted to update a law from more than a century ago, that lets mining comp

There is a high human cost to mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia, according to a new book published this month. Shirley Stewart Burns, author of Bringing Down the Mountains, says mountaintop removal mining hurts more than the environment. Burns explains communities in those mining area

It's a top five list West Virginia would rather avoid -- the "Filthy Five." A new report identifies a West Virginia chlorine plant as one of five nationwide that still use mercury in their production process, making the plant a top mercury polluter. Report author Simon Mahan with the “Oceana

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