PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers, but groups in New Hampshire say they oppose the get-tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: A protest against expanding tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - WV: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

The FDA is finalizing new food safety rules, and advocates say that's something to be thankful for. Credit: USDA

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The Food and Drug Administration is putting new food safety rules in place, and advocates of the change say that's something to be thankful for. The FDA is finalizing rules for three basic categories of groceries: produce, imports, and processed foods. Sandra Eskin, director

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

PHOTO: West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick says a small program at the agency is helping veterans become beekeepers on old surface mine land. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - With a little help from the state, a few veterans have some old surface mines abuzz with a new kind of activity. A year-old program by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture is helping vets set up beehives and raise honey on old mine land. Agriculture Commissioner Walt H

PHOTO: The Our Children, Our Future campaign says there has been mushrooming enthusiasm building towards next week's events aimed at easing West Virginia child poverty. Photo courtesy of the Our Children, Our Future campaign.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Organizers stress next week's Our Children, Our Future campaign events at the state capitol will be much larger than last year's. They credit real public interest and a lot of grassroots organizing. Stephanie Tyree, director of community engagement and policy for The We

Jamie Gudiel of Morgantown says a higher minimum wage - now being considered by the Legislature - might enable her quit one of her two jobs and spend more time with her young children. PHOTO by Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As lawmakers consider raising the state minimum wage, they're hearing from West Virginians who say that would help them and their children. Morgantown mother Jamie Gudiel works two low-wage retail jobs. Her husband works full-time at a low-wage landscaping position. She

The Rolling Jubilee has been very successful at taking donations and using them to buy up and forgive debts. But the organizers say the problem is too big to be solved by charity, so they are moving on to teaching debtors to help themselves. GRAPHIC by Strike Debt.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - After an astonishingly successful run - buying up and forgiving debt - the Rolling Jubilee has said it is time to do more: organizing debtors to speak up for themselves. The jubilee was described as a "bailout by the people, for the people," collecting donations to buy heavily di

Public efforts like the 5,2,1,0 campaign are showing signs of having an impact on the diet of West Virginia children. GRAPHIC courtesy of Keys 4 Healthy Kids.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - One of the doctors heading up an effort to address childhood obesity in West Virginia says she's seeing some progress. Dr. Jamie Jeffrey, medical director for Healthy Kids Pediatric Weight Management Program at the Charleston Area Medical Center, said childhood obesity grew so qu

GRAPHIC: A new analysis by the West Virginia Center On Budget and Policy says almost all workers in the state earning minimum wage are over age 20. Most work full-time and are supporting families. Graph courtesy WV-COBPP and EPI.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Raising the minimum wage would help the state's working poor and in the process, improve the economy for everyone, according to a new analysis. Sean O'Leary, policy analyst with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, is the author of the new report, Giving West V

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