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In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - WV: Poverty Issues

West Virginia lawmakers are considering imposing work requirements on people seeking federal food aid, but many of those people have barriers to employment. (West Virginia Center on Budget And Policy)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Bills to put hurdles in the way of people seeking federal food aid are cruel and counterproductive, say advocates for the poor. Senate Bill 60 and companion House Bill 2132 would put asset tests and possibly work requirements on West Virginians seeking help from the Supplemen

Most of the tax cuts that would come with current plans to repeal the ACA would go to the wealthy.(Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Repeal of the Affordable Care Act without immediate replacement would throw the U.S. healthcare system into turmoil for the next three years, according to economists. The Urban Institute projected that the most likely plan for repeal would leave nearly 30 million Americans uni

African-American children under age 5 in West Virginia are twice as likely to live in poverty as their white peers, according to a new report.(WV KIDS COUNT)

CHARLESTON, W.V. — African-American children in West Virginia aren't faring well compared to their white peers, according to a new report from West Virginia Kids Count. But, the report’s authors said, many of the problems they found can be solved. The group's research confirmed dispari

The Community Eligibility Provision, a program that makes it easier for low-income students to get free breakfast and lunch at school, is under threat in Congress. (FRAC)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A bill in Congress could cut a program West Virginia has used to dramatically increase the number of students eating breakfast and lunch at school. The Community Eligibility Provision lets schools in high poverty areas make meals available to all, without individual eligi

One in 10 West Virginia children has the traumatic experience of having a parent incarcerated at some point during their youth. (iStock)

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

Del. Matthew Rohrbach, R-Cabell County, says a state EITC could make West Virginia more appealing for employers by rebuilding the state workforce. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Some Republican lawmakers say a state Earned Income Tax Credit would add jobs by rebuilding West Virginia's workforce. The EITC is a line on federal tax forms that rewards work by low-income families. About half of states also have a state EITC. Del. Matthew Rohrbach, R-Cabell C

Angry with the direction of the legislative session, many West Virginians say they are organizing to have their voices heard during the next election. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Some West Virginians are expressing anger with legislators for not doing more to create jobs or close a big deficit, instead focusing on hot-button issues such as a rare kind of abortion. The legislative session ended over the weekend, still at an impasse over the budget and wit

Critics say a bill before the West Virginia Legislature to require drug testing of some welfare recipients won't produce the results supporters say it will. (Dan Heyman)

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

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