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PNS Daily Newscast - April 7, 2020 


Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 7, 2020 


Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

Public News Service - WV: Civic Engagement

Members of Appalachians Against Pipelines protest against the Mountain View Pipeline in West Virginia in 2018. (Appalachians Against Pipelines/Facebook)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Environmental groups spoke out this week against a West Virginia House of Delegates bill that would make peaceful protests against pipelines and other "key infrastructure" into criminal acts. They believe the law would not only impede on First Amendment rights, but could also d

West Virginians' reactions to Sen. Joe Manchin's vote this week to impeach President Donald Trump have ranged from angry to supportive. (Wikimedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As President Trump takes a victory lap over his impeachment acquittal this week, the nation is reacting strongly to guilty votes by centrist Senators in the historic trial. In West Virginia, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin's vote has left many folks angry, since Mountain State voters

The experimental West Virginia blockchain voting process includes a series of steps aimed to ensure proper voter identification. (SOS Office/Voatz)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Security experts are critical of a West Virginia experiment in Internet voting for military and overseas citizens. Last year the Secretary of State's office allowed 141 West Virginians in 31 counties to vote, using what's known as blockchain – the same distributed l

The Monopoly Man has appeared at congressional hearings including one on Google's market dominance. (Ian Madrigal/Youtube)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Protesting in Congress has a new face, and you could say people aren’t masking their feelings any longer. A swamp monster appeared behind the former energy lobbyist picked to lead the Interior Department. Women in “The Handmaid's Tale" costumes showed up for

According to Imaam Nasir Abdussalam, the Islamic Association of West Virginia has more than 350 families in the congregation, many who work the medical profession. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Islam has been in the news lately, in part because of attacks on the religion at the state Capitol. West Virginia's Muslim community wants people to be able to get accurate information about who they are and what they actually believe. Nasir Abdussalam is the imam of the

Routine updates to water-pollution standards are proving controversial in the West Virginia Legislature, with objections coming from some manufacturers. (Homestage/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Under pressure from a specific Charleston manufacturer, a state Senate committee has moved to delay updating human health criteria in water-quality rules. Clean-water advocates hope for more support in the House. The most recent step in the back-and-forth on water-pollut

Since Citizens United nine years ago, watchdogs say there has been an

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Critics of the Citizens United court decision say it's resulted in an explosion of dark money in the political system, possibly even from foreign sources. But some see hope in a new package of reforms just passed by the U.S. House. The Supreme Court handed down the Citiz

Five years after the Elk River chemical spill prompted public protests, a West Virginia legislative committee has stalled a major update of health and safety related water-pollution rules. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At industry request, a legislative rule-making committee has stalled new limits to nearly 100 toxic water pollutants, as state lawmakers prepare to update regulations. Three years ago, federal agency experts handed down new recommendations for limiting toxins in state sur

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