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PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 


Florida's Republican lawmakers vote overwhelmingly to pass so-called "anti-riot" bill; disturbing police camera video of fatal shooting of a 13-year-old in Chicago.


2021Talks - April 16, 2021 


Biden announces tough sanctions on Russia; Pelosi says she won't bring bill to floor expanding Supreme Court; and Harris announces largest ever U.S. investment in childcare.

Public News Service - WV: Welfare Reform

Three years ago, there were about 4,600 foster children in West Virginia. The number now is close to 6,700. (Pixabay)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginia is in a foster care crisis, as many addicted parents lose custody of their children. According to a new group for foster parents, state government needs to consult more with the families taking the kids in. Marissa Sanders is a foster parent and founder of

Critics charge the only way changes being proposed in Congress to SNAP would save the government money is by ending food assistance to eligible households. (American Heart Association)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) now under debate in Congress would mean an explosion of red tape and bureaucracy for states and the poor, according to a new report. Rules added to SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, could include much tig

Most states have removed an asset test for SNAP applicants. (WV Center On Budget & Policy)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Advocates hope a public meeting today at the West Virginia Capitol will show that policies making it tougher to get federal food assistance are not popular. House Bill 4001 would add work and other new requirements for those applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assist

Almost all non-working West Virginians getting Medicaid face serious barriers to work. (WV COPB)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia is considering a rule that would require Medicaid recipients to work, if they can. But a new national poll suggests voters might see the move as a piece of a very unpopular pattern. Now that Trump administration officials have said they might allow it, some state

Under the Cassidy-Graham plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, federal funding for Medicaid to the states would fall sharply, especially in 2027. (Center On Budget and Policy Priorities)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The health care bill Senate Republicans are rushing to finish would cripple West Virginia opioid treatment and end Medicaid expansion, according to an analysis that also says the bill could end coverage of pre-exisiting conditions. Sean O'Leary, senior policy analyst for the We

West Virginia lawmakers are considering imposing work requirements on people seeking federal food aid, but many of those people have barriers to employment. (West Virginia Center on Budget And Policy)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Bills to put hurdles in the way of people seeking federal food aid are cruel and counterproductive, say advocates for the poor. Senate Bill 60 and companion House Bill 2132 would put asset tests and possibly work requirements on West Virginians seeking help from the Supplemen

Critics say a bill before the West Virginia Legislature to require drug testing of some welfare recipients won't produce the results supporters say it will. (Dan Heyman)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Critics say requiring West Virginia welfare recipients to pass drug tests won't produce the results supporters say they will - but a bill to do just that is before the Legislature. Senate Bill 6 could require drug testing for some new Temporary Assistance to Needy Families clien

West Virginia food banks say tightening access to state safety-net programs will add pressure on feeding programs. (Letsmove.gov/USDA)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Lawmakers may tighten access to West Virginia safety-net programs but food banks in the state say that would only raise the pressure on already-stretched feeding programs. Legislation would expand work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, for

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