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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - WV: Criminal Justice

PHOTO: West Virginia social workers are hopeful about reforms to the state's juvenile justice system. They say new truancy rules and other public school efforts can help keep kids out of jail. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia schools have a key role in reducing the number of kids who end up in jail – and while social workers say preventing truancy is an excellent starting place, its only part of the picture. As the state works to reduce the number of juveniles in the criminal just

PHOTO: Poet Kane Smego is coming to Charleston this week to address a conference of Social Workers. He says says he'll talk about a central part of his work - teaching young people how to use spoken word performances to better understand themselves and others. Photo courtesy of Smego.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Poetry is a tool that can help young people break out of isolation, according to the keynote speaker at a conference of social workers this week. Spoken word artist Kane Smego plans to talk to folks about how it works Wednesday morning during the annual spring conference

PHOTO: West Virginia child abuse survivors who have become public figures, including TV news anchor Greg Carter, are coming forward to talk about what happened to them. Photo credit: Will Laird/West Virginia Child Advocacy Network.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and some abuse survivors who have become public figures are coming forward to tell their stories. Stephen Smith, director of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, says his work is motivated in part by two points: Bad things

PHOTO: The Our Children, Our Future campaign says the Legislature made progress on kids and family issues again this year, despite partisan battles in other areas. Photo courtesy Our Children, Our Future.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The legislative session that just ended was marked by a number of sharp partisan battles. But the child poverty-fighting group "Our Children Our Future" says that didn't stop progress on issues that affect kids and families. Lawmakers voted to reform West Virginia's juvenile j

PHOTO: As West Virginia lawmakers prepare for the legislative session, it looks unlikely that a change of control in both House and Senate will derail Gov. Tomblin's push to reform the state's juvenile justice system. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Control of the West Virginia Legislature may have changed, but juvenile-justice reform still seems likely. It's one of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's big initiatives for the year, and the long-time Senate president usually gets his proposals though the Legislature. At a Thursday ev

PHOTO: The shooting of unarmed teen Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked interest in a new Mobile Justice smartphone app which allows users to document and report interactions with police. Image courtesy of ACLU of Missouri.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The shooting of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked interest in a smartphone app designed to help people protect their rights. Missouri American Civil Liberties Union executive director Jeffrey Mittman says their Mobile Justice smartphone app explains what proper pol

PHOTO: Jason Allen of the Wyoming County Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) has testified to the state legislature about his life in the foster care system after substance abuse damaged his family. The Wyoming County SADD group is being honored as one of the best chapters in the nation. Photo courtesy of the Our Children, Our Future Campaign.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An energetic group of student activists from Wyoming County is receiving national recognition for its efforts against substance abuse. Wyoming County Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) took second in national chapter of the year – that out of 10,000 chapt

PHOTO: A Governor's task force offers real promise of reforming West Virginia's juvenile justice system, according to a mother appointed to the group. Picture by Richard Ross, courtesy of the Annie E Casey foundation.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A governor's task force on West Virginia juvenile justice could bring badly needed progress on the issue, according to one mother involved in the process. Kathy Jo Smith of Barbour County was appointed to the group after her son served more than a year for trying to break into a

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