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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 

GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.

2020Talks - October 20, 2020 

Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - WV: Consumer

The U.S. Postal Service reported a $2.2 billion loss in the second quarter of 2020. (Adobe stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As congressional Democrats call for an investigation into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's recent cost-cutting measures at the U.S. Postal Service, small-business owners in West Virginia say they are relying on the post office more than ever to keep their companies afloat during

Utility cutoffs can start again in West Virginia, increasing financial burdens for some people who've lost jobs as a result of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A ban on West Virginia utility shutoffs during the pandemic has ended this week, leaving many customers scrambling to pay overdue bills to avoid disconnection. In March, the West Virginia Public Service Commission had ordered electric, water and gas providers to halt service d

The United Food and Commercial Workers estimated that more than 9,000 grocery store workers in the United States were infected with the coronavirus as of May. (Adobe stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Union workers for Kroger Company in West Virginia and Virginia on Wednesday staged a car caravan demonstration to urge the grocery giant to reinstate hazard pay while the coronavirus pandemic continues. The supermarket chain quietly last month ended its $2 an hour "hero pay"

Advocates for renters in West Virginia are already seeing an uptick in evictions since the pandemic began, and expect to see a rise in first-time homelessness as a result of job loss. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's court system has reopened, after being closed to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. Now, advocates for renters are bracing for a flood of evictions, from people financially strapped because of job loss in the pandemic. Ellen Allen - executive director of C

Kroger workers report having to pick up used masks and gloves after customers leave them in carts, and say many aren't following social-distancing guidelines. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After Kroger Co. announced it will be cancelling the extra hazard pay for its grocery-store workers nationwide on Saturday, the union representing Kroger's mid-Atlantic workers is urging that the bonus pay be extended indefinitely. Scott Harshbarger, who works at a Kroger store

Patients can verify if a purported drug shortage is real by checking the Food and Drug Administration's Drug Shortage database. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Anecdotal reports show that prices have risen for a number of common drugs because of the COVID-19 crisis. So one senior advocacy group is offering advice on how to find the best deal. Mary Johnson, Social Security and Medicare policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League s

Millions of older Americans who receive Medicare can now access telemedicine services, even if they're not living in rural areas. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With West Virginia reporting its first case of exposure to the new coronavirus this week, the use of telemedicine could be vital to keeping the state's older residents safe. Stephen Davis, associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is conductin

The list price of insulin has nearly tripled since 2002, according to the American Diabetes Association. (Adobe stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Concern over the soaring cost of prescription drugs has spurred the West Virginia Senate to consider a bill that would help diabetics pay for life-saving insulin. House Bill 4543 would cap insurance copays at $25 for a 30-day supply, according to Savanna Lyons - co-executive di

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