Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


New Medicaid work requirements could leave many without coverage, we get perspective from Utah; also on the rundown, a look at the impact of the Trump administrations efforts to erase references to climate change; and Reading Partners Baltimore inspires struggling readers.

Daily Newscasts

Public News Service - WV: Environment

Natural gas wells are known to be sources of problematic air pollution, and may be causing issues in developing fetuses. (Egan Jimenez/The Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Babies born to women who lived next to fracked gas wells during their pregnancies are more likely to have a low birth weight. That’s the finding of a new study from Princeton University. Researchers compared standard birth-weight records collected by Pennsylvania h

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks West Virginia 47th among states in terms of energy efficiency. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – An important West Virginia energy efficiency program looks likely to survive a challenge at the Public Service Commission. PSC staff had questioned the cost effectiveness of the program that American Electric Power runs for consumers of Allegheny Energy and Wheeling Powe

Opponents worried about water quality are pressing state officials to block two huge natural gas pipelines. (Twitter/Virginia Interfaith Power & Light)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A recent report finds huge planned gas pipelines could cost some ratepayers many times what they would otherwise pay. "The Art of the Self-Deal" looks at federal filings for four proposed lines. Kate Addleson, director of the Sierra Club in Virginia, said Dominion electric cus

A recent nonpartisan study found coal and nuclear power proved more, not less, vulnerable during hurricanes. (N.J. National Guard/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal proposal to boost the reliability of the power grid would cost billions and do little to make the grid more stable, according to research. The Department of Energy is proposing a subsidy for coal and nuclear plants that stockpile 90 days of fuel to ensure electricity

Energy analysts say big coal-fired power plants like the Pleasants Power Station are increasingly noncompetitive. (Brian M. Powell/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Consumer and citizen groups say a plan by First Energy to sell the Pleasants Power Station near Belmont, now before the Public Service Commission, is corporate welfare at the expense of ratepayers. The groups say First Energy selling the Willow Island plant to Mon Power

Critics charge that a failure to staff federal agencies is hampering the response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico. (Dept. of Homeland Security)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – President Donald Trump is defending his response to Hurricane Maria, but the Union of Concerned Scientists says the problems are deeper than this crisis. According to Andrew Rosenberg, former regional administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's

During hurricanes, people depend on charts and predictions from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service. (NOAA/NWS)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- President Trump's proposed budget would cut nearly $1 billion from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That could hobble hurricane tracking and prediction. The administration wants to cut NOAA funding by more than one-sixth, which would hit the National Weathe

A new report says cuts to EPA air-quality grants alone will hobble state and local programs to protect West Virginians' health. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Deep cuts to federal grants that help state and local officials protect clean air and water would threaten the health and livelihoods of West Virginians, according to a new report. The Trump Administration has proposed cutting nearly one-third from the Environmental Protec

1 of 28 pages   1 2 3 >  Last »