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PNS Daily Newscast - November 15, 2018 


Lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested on a domestic violence charge. Also on the Thursday rundown: More testimony on Ohio's "anti-protest" bill; and we'll take you to the Dakotas to celebrate American Education Week.

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Public News Service - WV: Consumer Issues

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

Despite being a congressional candidate, Carol Miller has almost entirely avoided answering questions from reporters. (Carol for Congress)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – This week, Delegate Carol Miller, a candidate for Congress in West Virginia's Third District publicly answered charges that she is profiting from a company that distributes prescription painkillers in southern West Virginia. Miller's opponent, state Senator Richard Ojeda,

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

West Virginia has the second highest rate of student loan defaults, and the average debt for graduates has grown by 70 percent since 2005. (bitnovosti)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Some West Virginians fighting student loan debt say they feel they've been given a life sentence - a debt sentence. The state has the nation's highest rate of graduates with debt, and the second highest rate of loan defaults. Eric Engle of Parkersburg is an office worker

Bill Flanigan has given up running for office and has become a hemp farmer. (Bill Flanigan/Youtube/Morgantown Chamber of Commerce)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A former West Virginia lawmaker who spoke movingly about being helped by medical marijuana now says he has given up on politics, but not cannabis. In 2016, Bill Flanigan was a member of the House of Delegates, newly appointed to an open seat in Morgantown. His first spee

Julie Warden of Charleston, far left, spoke at a press conference supporting the Affordable Care Act last week. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -– For many of the West Virginians with chronic medical conditions, insurance regulation means freedom. But Republicans lawmakers who oppose the Affordable Care Act say Obamacare’s insurance rules limit commercial freedom. For communications professional Julie Warden

Anonymous or so-called dark money plays an increasing role in funding the elections that decide what happens under the Capitol dome in Charleston. (W. Va. Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A nonprofit political group in West Virginia has broken Internal Revenue Service campaign finance laws, according to government watchdogs. The group GO West Virginia doesn't report who gives them money, and it is almost the sole source of funds for Grow West Virginia, a P

The West Virginia Legislature passed a right-to-work law shortly after being taken over by the GOP. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Right-to-work laws do not bring jobs, but in fact reduce wages, according to new research. Right-to-work laws say that even workers covered by union contracts don't have to pay anything toward the cost of getting and keeping the contract. Supporters argue that states wit

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