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U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and the Trump public charge rule takes effect Monday.

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Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - WV: Youth

Some West Virginia foster parents are troubled by a bill in the Legislature that would reduce licensing requirements for state caseworkers. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Demands on West Virginia's foster-care system have exploded due to the opioid epidemic, and state lawmakers are proposing ways to tackle the crisis. Child-welfare bills announced this week in the Legislature would speed up adoption timelines and create a foster-care bill of rig

Julia Hamilton and her partner, Zack Cruze, hope to get more support for their foster children, who were both born to drug-addicted parents. (Julia Hamilton)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With the opioid crisis pushing more children into foster care in West Virginia, supporting foster parents is more crucial than ever. Julia Hamilton is a foster parent of two in Morgantown. She says she wishes case workers were able to touch base more often with her, espec

The West Virginia public school system has been searching for ways to fund more counseling and support services for students. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Federal funds could help pay for badly needed behavioral-health support services in public schools, advocates say. Young people from families caught in the drug crisis desperately need the support of counselors and social workers, said Kathleen "Kat" Stoll, director of We

In most states, school districts where families are primarily poor or minority populations tend to have less money to spend on infrastructure. (Giovannacco/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Climate change is overheating classrooms and in the process, hurting education, especially for poor and minority students, according to a new study from the University of California at Los Angeles. As Assistant Professor at UCLA’s department of Public Policy and the

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

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

In some parts of West Virginia, the demand for foster parents is so high the system is being forced to turn to the classroom. (wokandapix/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In Ohio County, W.Va., the drug crisis is breaking up so many homes that the public schools are forced to ask teachers and staff to foster displaced children. Raquel McLeod and her husband both work for the schools in Wheeling. Three years ago they agreed to emergency fo

Crystal Smith says of the work she and her husband do for foster children,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The drug crisis means West Virginia is in desperate need of foster families. The state Department of Health and Human Resources says the number of children taken into state custody has risen by nearly 50 percent in the last three years - almost all because one or both paren

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