PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also, on our Monday nationwide rundown; a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it is Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

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Public News Service - WV: Social Justice

Half of mass shootings involve family or domestic violence, according to research. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – There is a strong link between mass shootings and domestic violence, according to an analysis of seven years of shootings by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. The study found the majority "involve domestic or family violence." In more than 4 out of 10 case

The West Virginia Legislature passed SJR 12 on Monday. Now the anti-abortion measure is headed for the November ballot. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia reproductive rights advocates see partisan political strategies behind the abortion referendum now headed for the ballot. But they also say they're ready. Senate Joint Resolution 12 would remove any right to abortion from the state constitution. Supporters s

With the West Virginia Legislature having long refused to pass an LGBT nondiscrimination law, the fight for those protections has moved to city and town councils. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fairness West Virginia says a troubling referendum provision in complex home-rule legislation could be used to overturn local non-discrimination laws. House Bill 4158 is extensive, and would set a number of rules for local governments. Andrew Schneider, the executive dire

The state Senate looks ready to move quickly on a bill to let major power consumers negotiate a price break. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill before the West Virginia state Senate could give industrial-scale power consumers a break on electric rates. But watchdogs say the cost would be passed on to small ratepayers. SB 600 would allow those who use more than 10,000 kilowatts of power a year to negotiate

Most states have removed an asset test for SNAP applicants. (WV Center On Budget & Policy)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Advocates hope a public meeting today at the West Virginia Capitol will show that policies making it tougher to get federal food assistance are not popular. House Bill 4001 would add work and other new requirements for those applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assist

Food pantries reported a rise in requests for help in the nine West Virginia counties where work requirements were added to the SNAP program. (WV Center on Budget and Policy)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers who want to add work requirements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program argue that many of the people now getting SNAP are shirking employment, but evidence suggests that's not true. Angie Williams is a single mother of four with a full-t

There are said to be 3,000 subsidiaries of U.S. corporations headquartered in one small Cayman Islands building. (U.S. Public Interest Research Group)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One reason for the big tax law signed last month was to reduce the tax advantage to corporations for keeping jobs and profits in foreign affiliates. But will it work? President Donald Trump said he wanted tax reform because, under the old system, multinational corporation

Almost all non-working West Virginians getting Medicaid face serious barriers to work. (WV COPB)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia is considering a rule that would require Medicaid recipients to work, if they can. But a new national poll suggests voters might see the move as a piece of a very unpopular pattern. Now that Trump administration officials have said they might allow it, some state

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