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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Public News Service - WV: Civic Engagement

West Virginia lawmakers are due back at the Capitol on Tuesday to continue a special session focused on the state's finances. (wolfmansotherbrother/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Legislature is getting closer to securing the revenue the state needs. But Ted Boettner, executive director with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, says lawmakers aren't there yet. Bills have passed in the House and Senate that would increase stat

A group of protesters at the West Virginia State Capitol, awaiting the arrival of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. (Public News Service-Dan Heyman) (Note: photo was originally misidentified. Heyman took the photo, he was not in it.)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Reporter Dan Heyman, who covers West Virginia and Virginia for Public News Service, was arrested inside the State Capitol in Charleston on Tuesday afternoon. Heyman was at the Capitol to cover a visit by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and White House adviser

Social worker Jennifer Wells says West Virginia was a caring refuge, just when she needed one. (J. Wells)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Social worker Jennifer Wells says West Virginia chose her after Hurricane Katrina drove her out of her old home. And now her profession inspires her to make her new home a better place. Wells is one of four young women delivering the keynote at the National Association of Soci

The end of the regular legislative session has set the stage for a fight over West Virginia's state budget  a battle organizers say might be settled by public opinion. (W. Va. Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At the last moment, the State Legislature passed a budget with deep cuts to to Medicaid and to K-12 and higher education. Now community groups are saying the voices of West Virginians are going to be vital to resolving the state's budget standoff. The Republican leadership of

Angie Rosser, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, says ordinary folks are going to have to get involved if they want lawmakers to protect water quality. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Community groups are harshly criticizing legislation they say would hurt West Virginia streams and drinking water, and they feel ordinary residents are being left out of the legislative process. Angie Rosser, executive director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, say

Under Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota raised taxes on high-income households - taking an approach opposite to what many West Virginia lawmakers favor. But Minnesota is growing much faster than the national average. (Gov. Mark Dayton's office)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia lawmakers are looking at flattening or phasing out state income taxes. But the state of Minnesota increased taxes on the wealthy, and their economy is booming. Several states, including Kansas and Wisconsin, have slashed taxes on higher income households in hopes

Rep. Alex Mooney of West Virginia's 2nd District has been criticized for not spending time in his district. He is expected to skip a town hall in South Charleston this week. (Mooney for Congress)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – ***Update - Organizers say Senator Joe Manchin has now agreed to attend. *** Organizers still hope to see West Virginia's U.S. senators and congressional representatives at a town hall in South Charleston Thursday night, although none has said he or she will attend. Cath

Comments from the public moved several Republican lawmakers in West Virginia to break with their party and vote against a controversial pollution bill. (W. Va. Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House Bill 2506 - nicknamed the "Cancer Creek Bill" by its critics - passed the West Virginia House of Delegates last week, but not before a public outcry pushed several delegates to oppose it. The bill would permit more pollution in surface waters by changing how the state me

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