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PNS Daily News- February 15, 2019 


Shutdown averted and a national emergency declaration; A push in Iowa for virtual caucus attendance for 2020 primaries; and concerns about legislation that could hide oil pipeline records. Those stories and more in today’s news.

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Public News Service - WV: Poverty Issues

For a number of years, West Virginia has done a better job of providing healthcare access for children than many other states. (Bess-Hamiti/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – For the first time in years, the number of children without health insurance has risen, in West Virginia and across the country. The rate in West Virginia is still less than 3 percent, which is well below the national average. But according to Joan Alker, executive direct

Former addicts in West Virginia say making it easier for reformed felons to receive public benefits would help them stay free of drugs. (lechenie-narkomanii/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Reformed drug felons in West Virginia are blocked from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and some want the Legislature to fix that. West Virginia is one of only three states that has a lifetime SNAP ban for anyone convicted of a drug-related felony. That a

Before the state expanded Medicaid, rural West Virginians were much less likely to have health insurance than their urban peers. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A new report says expanding Medicaid is really paying off for rural West Virginians. Rural areas typically have real disadvantages – higher unemployment and poverty, fewer doctors and in some cases, financially strapped hospitals. But Kelli Caseman, director of Ch

The current agriculture bill, which impacts farm commodity prices and nutrition programs, expires Sept. 30. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Congress may not be able to finish the farm bill by the end of the month, when the old one expires. One deadlock is a controversial plan to cut access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Josh Protas, vice president for public policy with Jewish hunger-relief

Former miner Jared Blalock is 12 weeks from finishing a two-year degree he says he may transfer to Marshall University. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former miner from Mingo County says the hardest part of starting a new career in southern West Virginia is believing that you can. But one organization is helping bridge that gap for local workers. Jared Blalock from Williamson turned to the Coalfield Development Corpora

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)

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

Organizers of the new Poor People's Campaign say some of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was pursuing with the first Poor People's Campaign has been sanitized and watered down by time. (Birmingham, Ala., Police Dept.)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Poor People's Campaign here and across the country is reconnecting with Martin Luther King's surprisingly radical vision, its organizers say. The movement will rally at State Capitols in West Virginia and nearly 40 other states at the same time this Monday afternoon.

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

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

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