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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2017 


Alabama elects Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate; also on our rundown; A court victory for tribes and environmental groups fighting uranium mining in the Grand Canyon; and Seattle appears headed towards a police accountability initiative for 2018.

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Public News Service - WV: Civil Rights

Charleston Attorney Rico Moore helped write a packet of instructions for people interested in taking advantage of West Virginia's Second Chance for Employment Act. (BlackLight Initiative/Facebook)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A new organization is seeing huge interest in helping folks use West Virginia's new Second Chance law. The BlackLight Initiative has been spreading the word about what it takes for former felons to have their convictions on their criminal records reduced to misdemeanors u

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has just issued an important study of children's well-being in West Virginia and around the country. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A high proportion of West Virginia children are living in stubbornly persistent poverty, according to a major new study. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's "Race for Results" report looked at a variety of health, education, family stability and income data by state. In West Virgin

Public News Service reporter Dan Heyman faced six months of jail time for an incident in May at the West Virginia State Capitol. (D. Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A West Virginia journalist whose arrest drew national attention is off the hook. Prosecutors dismissed charges on Wednesday against Dan Heyman, a reporter for Public News Service, who faced six months of jail time for an incident in May at the State Capitol. The officia

Resettlement groups such as the West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministries are considering what to do in light of President Trump's travel ban. (WV IRM)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- President Trump's executive order barring refugees is sparking confusion in West Virginia and around the country. In Charleston, Interfaith Refugee Ministries has been preparing to accept Syrian families. Paul Sheridan, a volunteer with the group, said they'd just received cle

The Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature is moving forward with voter-ID legislation. (West Virginia Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Republican-controlled House of Delegates looks likely to pass a "voter ID" bill, and critics charge it's intended to suppress West Virginia's already low turnout. House Bill 4013 passed the Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote and is expected to clear the House today. It

A bill to be introduced at the Legislature would create a way for nonviolent felons to ask the court to give them a clean record after five years without getting in trouble. Photo by the WV state legislature.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - No matter how they live after being convicted, West Virginia felons have a hard time getting a job. But legislation could change that for some nonviolent former offenders. Kanawha County Delegate Mike Pushkin will sponsor his Second Chance for Employment Act again in the next

PHOTO: The shooting of unarmed teen Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked interest in a new Mobile Justice smartphone app which allows users to document and report interactions with police. Image courtesy of ACLU of Missouri.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The shooting of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked interest in a smartphone app designed to help people protect their rights. Missouri American Civil Liberties Union executive director Jeffrey Mittman says their Mobile Justice smartphone app explains what proper pol

PHOTO: Landowners on the route of proposed natural gas pipelines in West Virginia and Virginia have a good legal basis for denying the companies permission to survey on their land, according to legal experts. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Pipeline companies who want to build lines through West Virginia and neighboring Virginia have told some landowners they can survey on their land without the landowners' permission. Legal experts, however, say those companies don't have that right - yet. Attorney Joe Lovett with

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