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PNS Daily Newscast - July 6,2020 


Today is the final day to register to vote in Arizona's primary election; the FDA declines to back Trump claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless."

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - WV: Consumer

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

A West Virginia Senate bill aims to let power companies offer regulated solar energy to businesses and households, in a state that currently offers no solar power. (SolarWorld)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A bill that passed unanimously in the West Virginia Senate is being seen by environmental groups as an important step toward reducing fossil-fuel use in coal country. Senate Bill 583 would allow Mountain State power companies to provide solar energy for the first time, accordin

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