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PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 


Florida's Republican lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to pass the so-called "anti-riot" bill; disturbing police camera video of the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old in Chicago.


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With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate takes up anti-Asian American hate crimes legislation, and President Biden officially announces a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Public News Service - WV: Civic Engagement

Routine updates to water-pollution standards are proving controversial in the West Virginia Legislature, with objections coming from some manufacturers. (Homestage/Pixabay)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Under pressure from a specific Charleston manufacturer, a state Senate committee has moved to delay updating human health criteria in water-quality rules. Clean-water advocates hope for more support in the House. The most recent step in the back-and-forth on water-pollut

Since Citizens United nine years ago, watchdogs say there has been an

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Critics of the Citizens United court decision say it's resulted in an explosion of dark money in the political system, possibly even from foreign sources. But some see hope in a new package of reforms just passed by the U.S. House. The Supreme Court handed down the Citiz

Five years after the Elk River chemical spill prompted public protests, a West Virginia legislative committee has stalled a major update of health and safety related water-pollution rules. (Dan Heyman)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At industry request, a legislative rule-making committee has stalled new limits to nearly 100 toxic water pollutants, as state lawmakers prepare to update regulations. Three years ago, federal agency experts handed down new recommendations for limiting toxins in state sur

The D.C. based Republican State Leadership Committee, Judicial Fairness Initiative, is spending in WV state and local judicial races, but all of its money comes from one huge donation made in Washington. (WV Secretary of State)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Big Republican money - much of it from out of state or unknown donors - is going into nonpartisan West Virginia judicial elections. The Republican State Leadership Committee's Judicial Fairness Initiative has spent about $70,000 on the race for Kanawha County circuit judg

In the last West Virginia legislative election, some races were decided by as few as 13 votes. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

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CHARLESTON, W.V. — In the last two elections, West Virginia has had one of the lowest turnout rates in the country. Many West Virginians have said they don’t think their vote matters. But in a lot of cases, it does – just ask Rod Snyder. In the last election, Snyder lost a hotly

West Virginia generally has one of the lowest rates of voter turnout in the country. (Pixabay)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. — New and newly motivated voters may have a huge impact in West Virginia this year — if they turn out. The Secretary of State's office reports almost 60,000 new voters have registered in time for next month's election, and this where dozens of state legislative races

Studies say right-to-work laws don't create jobs and tend to suppress wages. Union workers like pipefitter James Robinette say they can see that on the ground. (Dan Heyman)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginia Republicans are running for election on what they describe as the "great" economy. State unions call that putting lipstick on a pig. Pointing to GOP lawmakers' "pro-growth" policies, state Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, described West Virginia

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis has resigned, and the decision about whether to impeach the remaining justices is in the hands of the state Senate. (Dan Heyman)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – State Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis has resigned amid signs that the West Virginia Legislature is taking a hard line on impeachment of all the justices. In her announcement, Davis criticized impeachment, saying it goes against the will of the majority who voted her in

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