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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - WV: Disabilities

Black lung is an incurable progressive disease among coal miners that ultimately can make it impossible to breathe. (Jack Corn/National Archives/Wikipedia)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Inaction by a stalemated Congress has gutted important black-lung funding, at a time when the number of cases in West Virginia is rising rapidly. In spite of promises by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others, a temporary increase in the per-ton tax on coal is

As it stands, there are no serious proposals before West Virginia lawmakers on how to deal with insurance rules over pre-existing conditions. (Dan Heyman)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Some West Virginians with chronic illnesses are dreading a federal lawsuit over the rule that insurance companies have to cover pre-existing medical conditions. The suit was filed by the attorney general of Texas, but the U.S. Department of Justice and West Virginia attor

Black Lung is an incurable disease caused by breathing coal dust, which gets worse until a miner dies. (Yale Rosen/Fickr)

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MATEWAN, W.Va. — A group of miners has put forward a plan for a state black lung program. It would solve problems in the federal system they say now stop miners from getting benefits. Eighty percent of the funds in the federal black lung program go to doctors, lawyers, judges and bureaucrats

Gale Herron is a miner's widow at risk of losing some of her health-care coverage, unless a bill now stalled in the U.S. Senate passes. (Dan Heyman)

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CHARLESTON, W.V. -- A bill to save the pensions and healthcare of thousands of retired miners and their dependents is stuck in the Senate - in spite of pro-coal election talk by Senate leaders. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito back the Miners' Protection Act, but Senate Majority Leade

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

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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

State lawmakers like Delegate Don Perdue are considering what they would say to President Obama about West Virginia's drug abuse crisis when Obama is in Charleston. Photo by Dan Heyman

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. - President Barack Obama will be in Charleston this week, to discuss West Virginia's drug crisis. Wayne County delegate Don Perdue has long worked on the issue and has some thoughts on what he would say to the president. Perdue has tried for years to get the legislature to incre

MAP: The union-founded nonprofit Human Resource Development and Employment provides low-cost subsidized housing at apartment complexes around West Virginia. Image courtesy of H.R.D.E.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A union-founded and run nonprofit organization is providing affordable housing for people with disabilities in Charleston. Human Resource Development and Employment (HRDE) runs 18 low-income apartment complexes around the state – about 750 units total, mostly housin

PHOTO: Melissa Stockwell lost her leg to an IED in Iraq, but that didn't stop her from becoming a world champion athlete. She's speaking in West Virginia this week. Photo courtesy of Stockwell.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - She lost a leg in Baghdad but went on to be a world champion athlete, and now Melissa Stockwell is coming to West Virginia this week. She'll talk about how she went "from Baghdad to Beijing," as she puts it. A young military officer when she was injured by an IED, Stockwell was t

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