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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


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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Marshall University counseling professor Carol Smith says new research about how trauma can change the brain shows a lot of practical promise. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A new understanding of how trauma changes the brain shows promise of helping with crime, education, health care, even parenting. Marshall University professor of counseling Carol Smith says traumatic injuries can be emotional or physical. She says the bad news is they can cha

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

PHOTO: West Virginia social workers are hopeful about reforms to the state's juvenile justice system. They say new truancy rules and other public school efforts can help keep kids out of jail. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia schools have a key role in reducing the number of kids who end up in jail – and while social workers say preventing truancy is an excellent starting place, its only part of the picture. As the state works to reduce the number of juveniles in the criminal just

PHOTO: As West Virginia lawmakers prepare for the legislative session, it looks unlikely that a change of control in both House and Senate will derail Gov. Tomblin's push to reform the state's juvenile justice system. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Control of the West Virginia Legislature may have changed, but juvenile-justice reform still seems likely. It's one of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's big initiatives for the year, and the long-time Senate president usually gets his proposals though the Legislature. At a Thursday ev

PHOTO: A Governor's task force offers real promise of reforming West Virginia's juvenile justice system, according to a mother appointed to the group. Picture by Richard Ross, courtesy of the Annie E Casey foundation.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A governor's task force on West Virginia juvenile justice could bring badly needed progress on the issue, according to one mother involved in the process. Kathy Jo Smith of Barbour County was appointed to the group after her son served more than a year for trying to break into a

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

Father and son Gary and Aidan McDaniel will be delivering the keynote address to this years NASW annual conference, talking about their efforts to make the Morgan County schools safer and happier places. Photo courtesy of the McDaniels.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - One of the state's experts on preventing bullying and making schools safe is teaching members of West Virginia's caring professions how to do it. With him is one secret to his success - his son. Social worker Gary McDaniel has done a lot to make Morgan County schools safer and

The Wheeling YWCA operates the Madden House shelter. They can be reached at 1-800-698-1247 or 304-232-2748. The national domestic violence hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - It isn't part of the big budget negotiations, but people working with battered women are worried that the partisan divide in Congress could also threaten vital shelter programs. Much of the funding for domestic violence shelters comes through the Violence Against Women Act. But C

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