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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - WV: Livable Wages/Working Families

The GOP-led Congress is struggling to find a workable replacement for the Affordable Care Act. (Office of The Architect Of The U.S. Capital)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A key mechanism likely to be part of the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not work for most West Virginians, according to analysis. GOP plans to replace Obamacare look likely to substitute health savings accounts (HSAs) for the subsidies in t

New mother Sarah Starks says the Promise Scholarship kept her in the state and shouldn't be cut. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The children's advocacy group Our Children Our Future is releasing its annual legislative priority list. Some items focus on programs at risk in the state's budget crisis. Lawmakers are facing a shortfall of more than $500 billion for next year. And the West Virginia Ce

Critics charge a congressional plan for Medicaid to do more with less through block grants is a false promise. (DHS)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress say Medicaid funding should be turned into block grants. They argue the increased flexibility would allow for spending cuts without cutting services. But according to critics, that's a false promise. Judith Solomon, v

A new poll finds strong support among conservatives for policies supporting renewables and clean energy. (Public Opinion Strategies)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - President-elect Donald Trump's position on renewables and clean energy is worrying environmentalists - but according to a new national poll, his voters strongly favor them. The post-election survey found that nearly 90 percent of all voters support more government action to spe

Consumer groups are warning West Virginians about a Wall Street effort to undermine consumer financial protection. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Citizen and consumer groups are warning of Wall Street-backed efforts in Congress to hobble a financial regulator that protects ordinary people. Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in response to public outrage after the last financial meltdo

Critics charge that President-elect Donald Trump isn't going to be able to keep his promise to put coal miners back to work. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Donald Trump has promised to revitalize the coal industry and put miners back to work, but some political observers say he's raising false hope. According to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, the decline in state coal production is being driven by cheap natu

Gale Herron is a miner's widow at risk of losing some of her health-care coverage, unless a bill now stalled in the U.S. Senate passes. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.V. -- A bill to save the pensions and healthcare of thousands of retired miners and their dependents is stuck in the Senate - in spite of pro-coal election talk by Senate leaders. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito back the Miners' Protection Act, but Senate Majority Leade

Federal figures show miners are being exposed to record low levels of coal dust. (MSHA)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Some good news about coal, miners are now being exposed to less coal dust than ever. Mine safety officials hope this turns a corner toward fewer cases of black lung. The Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration reports air samples from the mines show historic low levels of c

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