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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


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Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - WV: Poverty

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia is one of more than a dozen states that make families with incomes below or near the poverty level pay state income taxes. A family of three with an income $1000 above the poverty line still pays West Virginia income taxes. According to policy analyst Phil Oliff,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The city is putting pressure on the Occupy Charleston protesters in Davis Park. The mayor's office wants them out of the downtown park at night. With the weather turning cold, the city is cutting off power for heaters and stoves, but the protesters say they are staying put. Dyl

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The "99 Percent - Occupy Everywhere" movement has spread to hundreds of cities, including several in West Virginia. An international researcher of social health statistics says the protesters have a point: Great inequality is bad for everyone in a society. Richard Wilkinson, pro

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Last week, Democrats in the U.S. Senate failed to break a filibuster of the American Jobs Act, a White House package of tax cuts, aid to local governments, and infrastructure spending designed to spark more economic growth. The bill's backers will now try to pass it one part at a

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The "99 Percent" movement has spread from Wall Street around the country, including West Virginia. And according to one of the architects of Clinton-era prosperity, the protesters have a point when they criticize the gap between the richest one percent and everyone else. Former L

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Legal Aid of West Virginia is launching an online system designed to let people file their own forms if they want to represent themselves in family court. The system is designed for West Virginia residents who can't afford a lawyer and have a routine, uncontested family court iss

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - "Let them eat cake" has been the message on the Bush administration tax cuts, critics say, and with the ten-year anniversary of the cuts this week, they say it's time for them to go. According to the Congressional Budget Office, if extended, the Bush tax cuts would nearly double

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Some state governors, consumer groups, hospitals and nursing homes are attacking a Republican budget plan to cut Medicaid by a third and turn the rest into block grants. Kathleen Stoll, director of health policy for the consumer group Families USA, says the plan would shift costs

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