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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - WV: Urban Planning/Transportation

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says the state now can move ahead on a huge number of road projects. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some West Virginians who voted for the road bonds say they did so just to get the roads fixed. Now that voters have approved it, Gov. Jim Justice's proposal will allow the state to sell more than $1.5 billion in bonds to fund road construction and repair. In the run-up to the

The Florida contractors who won the bid to spot-paint the Yeager Bridge in Charleston confessed to federal fraud on another contract in the state this summer. (Steve White)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Florida contractor confessed to defrauding workers on a Braxton County project, but still won a million-dollar state contract in Charleston. The contractor now could be in legal trouble again by not using West Virginia workers on the new job. In August, Nomiki and Michael Valv

The terrible damage of the recent floods is likely to also have an impact on the West Virginia state budget. (State of West Virginia)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The recent floods mean state lawmakers are facing a familiar budget dilemma once again. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is considering bringing the Legislature back into session to address flood recovery. But as hard as it was to balance the state budget earlier this year, Sean O'L

West Virginia lawmakers have passed a budget, but it may not resolve the state's fiscal crisis. (West Virginia State Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Legislature has passed a budget, but it may be headed for a veto. A contentious special session resulted Thursday in a series of party-line votes. The GOP-backed budget would spend more than 20 percent of West Virginia's rainy-day fund, and includes no new revenue. D

Votes against several tax bills in the House are leaving West Virginia lawmakers with no clear path to a workable budget. (West Virginia State Legislature).

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The House of Delegates has defeated several tax bills, leaving big holes in the state budget. The chair of Senate Finance says West Virginia needs to face basic problems with the way it raises revenue. Senator Mike Hall says hundreds of millions in food and business franchise

West Virginians are returning to the roads after a whale of a winter storm. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginians are returning to work after a whale of a winter storm over the weekend. Officials say a lot of the snow from Jonah has been cleared. Larry Messina, assistant secretary with the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, says it looks like the prima

Some roads in Wetzel County have been damaged by gas drilling truck traffic to the extent that  they're unsafe for school buses. Credit: Ed Wade/The Sierra Club

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A local emergency medical technician says natural gas drilling in Wetzel County has damaged roads so much that it's occasionally unsafe for school buses to take their normal routes. Ray Renaud is a Wetzel County emergency medical technician who handles oil and gas-related

Charleston City Council member Karan Ireland says the water system that serves the city and surrounding counties should be run by a public utility, not a for-profit corporation. Credit: Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginia American Water continues to slight consumers and their safety, according to critics calling for a public takeover of the water system. A year-and-a-half ago, the Elk River chemical spill contaminated drinking water the corporation supplies to more than 300,0

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