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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - WV: Social Justice

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

The economic growth that is reducing poverty nationally is largely bypassing West Virginia. (The Coalition on Human Needs)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Economic growth is finally reducing poverty in most of the country - but not in West Virginia, according to a new report. The research, released jointly by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and the Coalition on Human Needs, found the U.S. poverty rate has fallen by

Under the Cassidy-Graham plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, federal funding for Medicaid to the states would fall sharply, especially in 2027. (Center On Budget and Policy Priorities)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The health care bill Senate Republicans are rushing to finish would cripple West Virginia opioid treatment and end Medicaid expansion, according to an analysis that also says the bill could end coverage of pre-exisiting conditions. Sean O'Leary, senior policy analyst for the We

Public News Service reporter Dan Heyman faced six months of jail time for an incident in May at the West Virginia State Capitol. (D. Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A West Virginia journalist whose arrest drew national attention is off the hook. Prosecutors dismissed charges on Wednesday against Dan Heyman, a reporter for Public News Service, who faced six months of jail time for an incident in May at the State Capitol. The officia

Grassroots groups in West Virginia organized to put public pressure on Sen. Shelley Moore Capito ahead of last week's health care votes. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Grassroots public pressure in states like West Virginia had a role in defending the Affordable Care Act. Leading into last week's dramatic final votes, organizations and ordinary citizens across the state put on dozens - maybe hundreds - of events. Selina Vickers of Fayette Co

A West Virginia minister says she'll do anything she can - including going on a hunger strike - to get senators such as Shelley Moore Capito to vote against healthcare legislation. (Janice Hill/Youtube)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia minister famous for telling a senator how the Affordable Care Act saved her daughter's life now says she plans a hunger strike to oppose the ACA's repeal. Reverend Janice Hill of Parkersburg met with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito to testify against the Senat

Some recovering opioid users in West Virginia say the treatment they get through Medicaid is all that's keeping them from an addiction that could kill them. (3/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One of the big issues in the current healthcare debate is what will happen to Medicaid support for substance abuse treatment. Some in West Virginia say they're afraid losing it could kill them. Bailey Hendricks is a single mother from St. Albans, and a recovering opioid addict.

Some observers say the fastest path to job growth would be to stay in the Paris climate agreement. (Alfred Palmer)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Leaving the Paris climate agreement would put the United States behind, according to some energy market and job creation watchers. Media leaks from the White House say President Donald Trump is leaning toward leaving the climate accord, but the administration has not conf

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