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PNS Daily Newscast - July 2, 2020 


The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 2, 2020 


Richmond, Virginia joins other states removing its Confederate monuments, despite ardent resistance from the president. Plus, Senate Republicans removed a provision in the Pentagon spending bill requiring campaigns to report foreign help.

Public News Service - WV: Criminal Justice

Marshall University counseling professor Carol Smith says new research about how trauma can change the brain shows a lot of practical promise. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A new understanding of how trauma changes the brain shows promise of helping with crime, education, health care, even parenting. Marshall University professor of counseling Carol Smith says traumatic injuries can be emotional or physical. She says the bad news is they can cha

Backed by extensive new research and a compelling personal story, Virginia social worker Allison Jackson comes to Charleston with big news about public health. (Courtesy of Jackson)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – To improve public health, count the ACEs – the Adverse Childhood Experiences. That's the message coming to a social workers' conference in Charleston. Virginia social worker Allison Jackson comes backed with a lot of new research and a compelling personal story.

One in 10 West Virginia children has the traumatic experience of having a parent incarcerated at some point during their youth. (iStock)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - About one in 10 West Virginia children has to grow up with a parent behind bars at some point. According to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, that can hurt them for life. The report, called "A Shared Sentence," says 34,000 West Virginia children will have had

Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin says the state's drug courts, such as this one serving Calhoun and Roane counties, are producing good results. But he says the state has to do more in prevention. Credit: West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - President Obama is discussing West Virginia's drug crisis with folks in Charleston today. One judge working hard on the issue says this is a good time for the state to move from reacting to the problem to better prevention. Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin can take a lot of

State lawmakers like Delegate Don Perdue are considering what they would say to President Obama about West Virginia's drug abuse crisis when Obama is in Charleston. Photo by Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - President Barack Obama will be in Charleston this week, to discuss West Virginia's drug crisis. Wayne County delegate Don Perdue has long worked on the issue and has some thoughts on what he would say to the president. Perdue has tried for years to get the legislature to incre

Anger at incidents such as the Upper Big Branch mine disaster is making criminal prosecutions of CEOs such as Don Blankenship more common. Courtesy: UBB memorial/governor's office.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Coal baron Don Blankenship's high profile trial is coming at a time of anger against corporate wrongdoing, but analysts say that anger still faces entrenched forces that protect executives. Russell Mokhiber, editor of Corporate Crime Reporter, says Blankenship's prosecuti

A bill to be introduced at the Legislature would create a way for nonviolent felons to ask the court to give them a clean record after five years without getting in trouble. Photo by the WV state legislature.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - No matter how they live after being convicted, West Virginia felons have a hard time getting a job. But legislation could change that for some nonviolent former offenders. Kanawha County Delegate Mike Pushkin will sponsor his Second Chance for Employment Act again in the next

Tina Manns is retiring after 23 years helping domestic violence victims. Credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An institution in West Virginia domestic violence prevention is on her way to retiring. After nearly 25 years, Tina Manns is cutting her hours as Boone County Outreach Coordinator for the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program. In countless cases, the diminutive, white-haired 8

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