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PNS Daily Newscast - June 11, 2021 


We reflect and update as HIV/AIDS first came to national attention 40 years ago this month; and when it comes to infrastructure spending, bipartisanship isn't dead yet.


2021Talks - June 11, 2021 


President Biden offers up more COVID-19 vaccines to the world; Dems and GOP close in on an infrastructure deal; and Speaker Pelosi tries to quell a spat over the Middle East among Democrats.

Public News Service - WV: Community Issues and Volunteering

PHOTO: With coal production declining, central Appalachia will need help adapting to the new reality, according to regional economic groups. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Tourism.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Government programs could help communities adapt to a future with less mining, say regional economic groups. In the past, the federal government has helped areas hit by international trade and a decline in tobacco farming. Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Econo

GRAPHIC: Solar Holler has found a way to help nonprofit organizations cut their power bills and, in the process, make the electric power grid more stable. Graphic courtesy Solar Holler.

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A clever new project is helping West Virginia nonprofit organizations get free solar power and, in the process, building a more stable electrical grid. Once installed, solar power costs almost nothing, but many nonprofits have trouble paying the up-front costs. Dan Conant

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The "Our Children, Our Future" campaign hopes to continue what has often been bipartisan success in the West Virginia Legislature. The group brought its 11-point agenda to lawmakers in Charleston ahead of the session. It includes a wide variety of proposals for children of the w

The Rolling Jubilee has been very successful at taking donations and using them to buy up and forgive debts. But the organizers say the problem is too big to be solved by charity, so they are moving on to teaching debtors to help themselves. GRAPHIC by Strike Debt.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - After an astonishingly successful run - buying up and forgiving debt - the Rolling Jubilee has said it is time to do more: organizing debtors to speak up for themselves. The jubilee was described as a "bailout by the people, for the people," collecting donations to buy heavily di

Youth groups in southern West Virginia are encouraging high school students to get involved in public policy issues, which at times means meeting with the staff of public officials. PHOTO courtesy of the AFSC.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Youth groups in southern West Virginia are teaching young people they can change the world, and their own futures. Lida Shepherd, program director for the Appalachian Center for Equality Youth Leadership of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), said she is working with g

After the federal money for its budget was cut, Kanawha County's Head Start director retired to help the program keep going without turning away students. PHOTO courtesy of the Appalachian Council.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – This week we learned that federal budget sequestration resulted in Tucker County ending its Head Start program. Now the former director of Kanawha County Head Start says she actually accepted retirement to save that program the cost of her salary. Karen Williams retired

PHOTO: After months of work, individuals and advocacy groups have presented a bundle of ideas to lawmakers on how to deal with child poverty in West Virginia. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Legislative leaders say proposals for fighting child poverty presented to lawmakers this week have a real chance of making a difference - in part, because they started at the grassroots. Individuals and advocacy groups have shared their ideas on a broad range of children's povert

Opportunity Nation has put together the Opportunity Index folks here in West Virginia hope will help them improve social mobility in the state.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Folks working to improve social mobility in West Virginia will be meeting Monday to look at a new tool to reach that goal. Russell Krumnow, coalition manager with the bipartisan campaign Opportunity Nation, will be in Charleston at the annual conference of the West Virgin

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