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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2018 


Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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Public News Service - WV: Energy Policy

Much of West Virginia's self image is defined by its connection to the state's wilderness. But a new voting scorecard shows record opposition to conservation legislation. (Chad Cordell)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A voting scorecard by the West Virginia Sierra Club shows record levels of opposition to conservation measures by state lawmakers. Jim Kotcon, who chairs the Sierra Club West Virginia's political committee, has been tracking votes on a wide range of environmental legislat

Initial research found higher levels of cancer and birth defects in residents around surface mines, but a broad federal study to follow up on those problems was canceled. (Vivian Stockman/Southwings)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – New evidence suggests political pressure had a role in the U.S. Department of the Interior's sudden cancellation of a major study on the health impacts of mountaintop-removal mining. According to a newly released Inspector General's letter to Congress, the Interior Depar

In the current market, natural gas is much less expensive than coal as fuel for West Virginia power plants. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Calling itself a grassroots citizens group, an organization opposing new gas power plants is getting key backing from coal baron Bob Murray and Murray Energy. The Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance has said it was founded by retired West Virginia miners in the northern panhandle,

Folks who want to resupply a protester blocking the Mountain Valley Pipeline say the Forest Service is keeping them 125 feet from the tall pole she occupies. (Appalachians Against Pipelines)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – After a month-and-a-half of pole-sitting on Peter's Mountain, a protester blocking progress of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is living on energy bars, packets of applesauce and rainwater - but has no plans to leave. The pole was erected in the middle of the sole acce

U.S. Senate hopeful Don Blankenship has just finished a one-year prison sentence related to the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. (Don Blankenship for U.S. Senate)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Controversial coal baron Don Blankenship has drawn national attention with his U.S. Senate run - but polling and conversations with voters suggest he won't shake his criminal conviction for endangering miners. The former Massey Energy CEO served a year in prison for mine-

Black Lung is an incurable disease caused by breathing coal dust, which gets worse until a miner dies. (Yale Rosen/Fickr)

MATEWAN, W.Va. — A group of miners has put forward a plan for a state black lung program. It would solve problems in the federal system they say now stop miners from getting benefits. Eighty percent of the funds in the federal black lung program go to doctors, lawyers, judges and bureaucrats

Justice First organizer Rev. Leo Woodberry says their effort is timed to lead up to the People's Climate March 2018, and ahead of this fall's elections. (Vimeo/The People's Climate March)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A tour of 10 southern states focusing on clean energy and justice issues kicks off today in Raleigh, N.C. The Justice First campaign will visit more than 20 cities by mid-August, highlighting environmental, economic, racial and gender justice, among other issues. The Rev.

West Virginia counties with a lot of Marcellus drilling have come to depend on property taxes from the wells. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A pair of cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court over gas well property taxes could be "devastating" to local governments and schools. Antero Resources won its cases in Doddridge County Circuit Court, but the implications could extend statewide or industry-wide. Th

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