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.
CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Medical marijuana may reduce opioid painkiller use and abuse, three separate studies suggest. Tara Holmes studied the issue this summer for the West Virginia Center On Budget and Policy. She said one of the studies that noted the clear benefits of medical marijuana was t
CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Billionaire and gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice is forcefully calling for more drug treatment. But he's vague on how West Virginia could pay for more treatment centers. West Virginia is battling a big budget deficit while, as Justice puts it, opioid addiction has the
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The House of Delegates has approved raising the state tobacco tax, removing the big obstacle to resolving West Virginia's budget standoff. The House voted to raise cigarette taxes by 65 cents a pack, then passed a budget that relies on the $100 million in new revenue. During
CHARLESTON, W. Va. – To improve public health, count the ACEs – the Adverse Childhood Experiences. That's the message coming to a social workers' conference in Charleston. Virginia social worker Allison Jackson comes backed with a lot of new research and a compelling personal story.
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - About one in 10 West Virginia children has to grow up with a parent behind bars at some point. According to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, that can hurt them for life. The report, called "A Shared Sentence," says 34,000 West Virginia children will have had
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Critics say requiring West Virginia welfare recipients to pass drug tests won't produce the results supporters say they will - but a bill to do just that is before the Legislature. Senate Bill 6 could require drug testing for some new Temporary Assistance to Needy Families clien
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - In spite of industry arguments, anti-smoking groups say the evidence shows a sharp boost in the state's tobacco tax won't drive sales out of the state. West Virginia's cigarette tax is more than $1 a pack under the national average. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants to raise that 45 c
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Congress is considering giving Medicare the power to monitor for excess use of pain medicines. Currently Medicare part D administrators don't have the authority to watch for signs that a patient might be intentionally or accidentally abusing opioids. But Cynthia Reilly,