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Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - WV: Civil Rights

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

GRAPHIC: Organizers say next week's Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia in Charleston is an opportunity to take a calm, serious look at questions that are too often either ignored or inflamed.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A summit on race relations coming Monday and Tuesday to Charleston offers a chance for a deep, civilized look at something that matters, according to its organizers. Issues of bias typically are either ignored or inflamed, unquestioned or tangled in controversy, said the Rev. Ro

Americans for Prosperity, funded oil and chemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, is campaigning aggressively in West Virginia, but the group's own positions are less well known. PHOTO courtesy of the Center For Public Integrity.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A shadowy billionaires' political organization is campaigning heavily in West Virginia. But what economic policies would Americans For Prosperity actually put in place? According to Steve Wamhoff, legislative director for Citizens for Tax Justice, billionaire brothers Charles a

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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