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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.

2020Talks - August 11, 2020 

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

GRAPHIC: Supporters of the state's child advocacy network are calling on everyone to take part in the WV CAN Climb fundraiser this week. Graphic courtesy of WV CAN.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Organizers and families they have helped are calling on everyone to support the state's Child Advocacy Network with a fundraising hike this week. Comments from Amy Landers, whose son was a victim of sexual assault and was helped by the Child Advocacy Center in Charleston. Graphic

PHOTO: Sen. Bill Laird of Fayette County, a former county sheriff, says cutting programs that help West Virginia families in crisis will cost the state more money in the long run. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Criminal justice officials are joining those who say West Virginia should restore $750,000 in cuts from programs for children and families. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut the funding for programs, including child advocacy, in-home family education and support for victims of do

PHOTO: Cody Nicholas of Clay County brought his sons Jamie and Brian to the State Capitol for Kids and Families Day Tuesday, the same day as one of the bills backed by the day's organizers cleared a tough committee. PHOTO by Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Between 600 and 800 children, parents and allies flooded the West Virginia Capitol on Tuesday for Kids and Families Day, and one of the bills the day's organizers were pressing cleared a tough committee. The Senate Health panel passed SB 6, requiring a prescription for decongest

West Virginia is considering sending prisoners out of state to a private prison as a way to reduce overcrowding. But people who have studied other states that have followed that path say it's they've seen bad results. PHOTO by Grassroots Leadership.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia is considering shipping inmates to an out-of-state private prison, as a temporary solution to overcrowding. However, analysts who have looked at other states say the approach is often problem-plagued and never temporary. The group Grassroots Leadership has studied t

Child abuse survivor and nationally recognized author and activist Erin Merryn says West Virginia should teach children not to keep silent when they are abused. PHOTO by Emily Chittenden-Laird.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia children's advocates have heard from a nationally recognized child abuse survivor and activist about a good way to prevent other kids from being hurt. Erin Merryn was sexually abused by both a neighbor and a cousin when she was a child. After disclosing her abuse,

The Rev. James Patterson with the Partnership of African-American Churches says the state's drug courts and the Affordable Care Act should combine to help get more West Virginians who need it into drug treatment. The question, he says, is if there are enough people to help them with their recovery. PHOTO by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two recent reforms should add up to drug treatment for West Virginians who desperately need it, but the question is, are there enough people to help them with their recovery? The drug courts coming to every county will push more people with substance-abuse problems into treatment

PHOTO: After months of work, individuals and advocacy groups have presented a bundle of ideas to lawmakers on how to deal with child poverty in West Virginia. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Legislative leaders say proposals for fighting child poverty presented to lawmakers this week have a real chance of making a difference - in part, because they started at the grassroots. Individuals and advocacy groups have shared their ideas on a broad range of children's povert

PHOTO: A court order has forced West Virginia to remove all young offenders from the Salem complex. It was the state's only high-security juvenile facility. Observers say it has prompted new interest in reforms for the juvenile justice system.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia is moving toward comprehensive juvenile justice reform that lawmakers and citizen groups say is badly needed. A judge this summer ordered the state to take young offenders out of West Virginia's only high-security juvenile facility because of serious problems there

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