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PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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The Obamacare replacement backed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price would be bad for rural areas, analysts say. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Congressional Budget Office figures show the main GOP replacement for Obamacare would have a negative impact on rural areas, and especially on older residents. The House's American Health Care Act would let insurance companies charge up to 40 percent more for folks in the

According to the Clean Air Task Force, carbon capture can work well to dramatically reduce CO2 from natural-gas power plants. (CATF)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bills in Congress to subsidize carbon capture and storage might have an unexpected impact at natural gas power plants. In a shift from a hard line, some fossil fuel corporations and their Washington allies are now backing tax credits for carbon capture. John Thompson, d

A vital conservative Democratic vote, Sen. Joe Manchin opposes Obamacare repeal, saying GOP replacement efforts so far have been inadequate. (Office of Sen. Manchin)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Joe Manchin is voicing strong objections to repealing the Affordable Care Act, saying so far, GOP replacement plans are not workable. After meeting with health care advocates in Charleston, Manchin restated his long-standing position that Obamacare should be repaired

The GOP-led Congress is struggling to find a workable replacement for the Affordable Care Act. (Office of The Architect Of The U.S. Capital)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A key mechanism likely to be part of the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not work for most West Virginians, according to analysis. GOP plans to replace Obamacare look likely to substitute health savings accounts (HSAs) for the subsidies in t

Budget watchers say priorities such as road repairs could go underfunded if the state closes its budget gap entirely or mostly through cuts. (Protect WV)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is warning against trying to close the state's $600 million budget gap entirely or mostly through cuts. Governor Jim Justice wants to raise $450 million in new revenue - with about half of that coming from increased business tax

Critics charge a congressional plan for Medicaid to do more with less through block grants is a false promise. (DHS)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress say Medicaid funding should be turned into block grants. They argue the increased flexibility would allow for spending cuts without cutting services. But according to critics, that's a false promise. Judith Solomon, v

An estimated 3,000 people were at the State Capitol in Charleston on Saturday to voice their support for women's reproductive rights and issues of equality and social justice. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — The weekend's Women's March was bigger than organizers expected, and now West Virginia pro-choice advocates say they'll be relying on "people power" to protect choice in a difficult political environment. With Republicans in control in the White House, Congress and the s

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

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