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Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9 percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand.

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Public News Service - WV: Consumer Issues

As it stands, there are no serious proposals before West Virginia lawmakers on how to deal with insurance rules over pre-existing conditions. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Some West Virginians with chronic illnesses are dreading a federal lawsuit over the rule that insurance companies have to cover pre-existing medical conditions. The suit was filed by the attorney general of Texas, but the U.S. Department of Justice and West Virginia attor

As online commerce has increased, the portion of sales taxes collected by West Virginia has declined. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Modernizing the state sales tax is now possible, due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision – and it could help solve West Virginia's budget problems, including for the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA). The decision late last month in the case South Dakota v. Wayf

Advocates say there are probably tens of thousands of West Virginians waiting for the state's medical cannabis program to get under way. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Stats from states that have legalized medical marijuana suggest legal weed could be a big help to West Virginia's strained Public Employees Insurance Agency. Striking teachers recently demanded better funding for their health insurance. And by one estimate, a working medi

Justice First organizer Rev. Leo Woodberry says their effort is timed to lead up to the People's Climate March 2018, and ahead of this fall's elections. (Vimeo/The People's Climate March)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A tour of 10 southern states focusing on clean energy and justice issues kicks off today in Raleigh, N.C. The Justice First campaign will visit more than 20 cities by mid-August, highlighting environmental, economic, racial and gender justice, among other issues. The Rev.

Julie Schleier of Parkersburg says Obamacare may have saved her life. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Eight years after its passage, some West Virginia patients are crediting the Affordable Care Act with saving their lives and keeping their families from financial ruin. Julie Schleier of Parkersburg said she and her husband lost their insurance because his employer was go

The outdoor recreation industry says public lands are key to West Virginia's economic future.<br />(Birthplace of Rivers/Sam Taylor)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – With the Trump administration shrinking national monuments out West, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., remains evasive about the public lands some say could be key to West Virginia's future. The U.S. Interior Department announced late last year that it is shrinking two Utah nat

After growing for a decade, American natural-gas consumption fell sharply in 2017, to the surprise of many observers. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Government figures show a surprising drop in natural-gas use in the United States last year. Despite a growing economy, overall energy demand was down slightly in 2017, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal-fired electricity continued its long-term

The state Senate looks ready to move quickly on a bill to let major power consumers negotiate a price break. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill before the West Virginia state Senate could give industrial-scale power consumers a break on electric rates. But watchdogs say the cost would be passed on to small ratepayers. SB 600 would allow those who use more than 10,000 kilowatts of power a year to negotiate

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