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PNS Daily News - December 13, 2019 


Brexit wins at the polls in the U.K.; major changes come to New England immigration courts today; and more than a million acres in California have been cleared for oil and gas drilling.

2020Talks - December 13, 2013  


The House passes legislation to reign in drug prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders is on the upswing, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang plays Iowa congressional candidate J.D. Scholten - who's running against long-time incumbent Steve King - in a game of basketball.

Public News Service - WV: Poverty

Angry with the direction of the legislative session, many West Virginians say they are organizing to have their voices heard during the next election. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Some West Virginians are expressing anger with legislators for not doing more to create jobs or close a big deficit, instead focusing on hot-button issues such as a rare kind of abortion. The legislative session ended over the weekend, still at an impasse over the budget and wit

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)

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)

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

Critics say, unlike much of the country, West Virginia's unemployment rate is still too high to restrict access to SNAP benefits. (WV Center on Budget and Policy)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Some state lawmakers want to make it harder for single adults to collect SNAP benefits. Critics say that would cost West Virginia's economy tens of millions of dollars a year. A plan at the legislature would make it more difficult for adults without dependents or disabilities t

More American children are getting health care coverage, and the rate in West Virginia is one of the best in the country. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – More children are getting health care coverage in West Virginia and nationally than ever before, according to a new study from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The study found just 6 percent of U.S. children going without health care coverage. An

Medicaid is fifty years old, and research shows its positive effects on West Virginia children. Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Medicaid is 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Renate Pore, director of health care policy for West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare, says 60 percent of the pregnancy care and birt

More than one in four West Virginia children lives in poverty, and a new Kids Count survey says their families have been passed up by the economic recovery. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia's children are faring worse, and the state's ranking on key measures of caring for them has fallen, according to the latest Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT report. The annual survey found 27 percent of West Virginia children live below the federal povert

GRAPHIC: New research from the Economic Policy Institute indicates raising the minimum wage will not slow employment. Federal figures show the minimum wage has not kept up with workers' education levels or with inflation. Graphic courtesy of the Economic Policy Institute.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia's minimum wage is rising, and new economic research suggests that shouldn't hurt employment levels. Critics of increasing low-end pay say it prices some workers out of the job market. David Cooper, senior economic analyst with the Economic Policy Institute, s

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