PNS Daily Newscast - December 8, 2017 

In focus on our Friday rundown; two members of Congress are stepping down over sexual misconduct allegations; the BLM suspends natural gas waste standards; and we have a noted historian's take on the GOP Tax plan.

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Public News Service - WV: Women's Issues

Tina Manns is retiring after 23 years helping domestic violence victims. Credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An institution in West Virginia domestic violence prevention is on her way to retiring. After nearly 25 years, Tina Manns is cutting her hours as Boone County Outreach Coordinator for the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program. In countless cases, the diminutive, white-haired 8

PICTURE: A one-day snapshot of West Virginia domestic violence services taken last fall shows nine requests for help going unmet because of budget cuts. Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A snapshot of West Virginia domestic violence services shows shelters straining under the pressure of budget cuts, and the need to lend life-or-death assistance to victims and survivors. In a single day – September 10, 2014 – the state's domestic violence progr

PHOTO: The state Legislature looks likely to restore threatened funding for children and family support programs, and maybe this time putting it in a more stable part of the budget. Photo of the state Capitol rotunda courtesy of the West Virginia Legislature.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Funding for state programs supporting children and families may be restored, and this time it may be permanent. While Governor Earl Ray Tomblin had proposed cuts of nearly $1 million for children and family programs for the second time in two years, lawmakers restored the money

PHOTO: Sen. Bill Laird of Fayette County, a former county sheriff, says cutting programs that help West Virginia families in crisis will cost the state more money in the long run. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Criminal justice officials are joining those who say West Virginia should restore $750,000 in cuts from programs for children and families. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut the funding for programs, including child advocacy, in-home family education and support for victims of do

Lawmakers from both parties are joining efforts to get Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider cuts to family and children programs. PHOTO of the Capitol rotunda copyrighted by the state Legislature.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State lawmakers from both parties are asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to let them consider restoring money cut from programs for children and families. The governor cut $1 million from safety-net budgets, including those for child advocacy, in-home family education and suppo

PHOTO: Defending an anti-abortion bill passed by the Legislature could cost West Virginia as much of a million dollars. PHOTO of the state Capitol from Wikipedia.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Defending the anti-abortion bill now on the governor's desk could cost West Virginia a lot of money. Lawmakers just passed a bill that originated with a national political group connected to Republican operative Karl Rove. It's a bill that critics say would almost certa

Much of the spending is coming from conservative groups like Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, which backed the organization that wrote the abortion bill just passed by the West Virginia legislature. GRAPH from the Center For Responsive Politics.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Why would Karl Rove spend millions getting states such as West Virginia to pass anti-abortion legislation that is unconstitutional and has little chance of going into effect? The state legislature just passed a bill outlawing abortion after 20 weeks. If signed, it is expected to

PHOTO: Dr. Byron Calhoun has charged that women go to a Charleston emergency room as a result of abortions on a weekly basis, but data released by the hospital directly contradict that. Photo credit: SymMaternalHealth & Youtube.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Hospital statistics directly contradict a Charleston doctor's claims that abortions often cause health problems for West Virginia women. Last summer, obstetrician Dr. Byron Calhoun stated that he sees complications from abortions at the hospital at least weekly. However, accordin

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