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    PNS Daily News - May 27, 20150 

    Today’s news features a variety of topics including: a federal court continues the holding pattern on immigration action; calls to demilitarize the U.S border; and the IRS says criminals tapped into the information of more than 100,000 taxpayers.

Public News Service - Virginia

PHOTO: As the Senate Appropriations Committee gets back to work on Amtrak's budget, Senators from the Northeast Corridor say the issue not only impacts train safety, but traffic jams as well. Photo credit: National Transportation Safety Board.

RICHMOND, Va. - As commuters head back to work after the holiday weekend, senators along the Northeast corridor say the region's railways would be safer, and roads less clogged, if Amtrak were appropriately funded. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) says Japan's Bullet Train hurtles along at 200 miles ...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that about 16 percent of kids in the Virginia child-welfare system do not live with families, and says more should be done to change that. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

RICHMOND, Va. - In the past few years, Virginia has worked hard to find adoptive and foster families for children in foster care. But according to a new report, one in six in the child-welfare system still lives in an institution or group home. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report, "Every Kid Need...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: Noel, a 16-year-old from El Salvador, told a reporter he is walking to the U.S. to help his mother, who has cancer. Photo credit: Joseph Sorrentino.

RICHMOND, Va. - A crackdown in Mexico backed by the United States is making Central American refugees more vulnerable and not keeping them from trying to come north. An investigation in the magazine "In These Times" says when large numbers of Central American children showed up in the U.S. last s...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: With the NTSB investigation of the fatal Amtrak train derailment under way, a commuter advocate says the accident could point to rail issues in other sections of the Northeast corridor. Photo credit: Patrick Murphy, a former congressman from Pennsylvania who was aboard the train.

RICHMOND, Va. - Investigators are probing a wide range of issues, including speed and track signals, in connection with Tuesday's fatal Amtrak derailment on a heavily used stretch of track near Philadelphia. Although it's too early to pinpoint what went wrong, said Jim Cameron, founder of the Commu...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: Virginia's beach tourism industry groups are opposing plans to open up the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling. Photo by Krystle Chick and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's beach tourism industry is unifying against offshore drilling in the Atlantic. The state's beach resort, restaurant, hotel and tourism trade groups have issued statements against expanded drilling, something the oil industry is pressing for in Washington. According to co...Read More

Public News Service - VA

PHOTO: According to the Center for American Progress, more than half of workers who would receive a raise under a minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $12 an hour are women. Photo credit: Mahat Tattva Dasa/Flickr.

RICHMOND, Va. - Momentum is building to raise the federal minimum wage, and a new analysis shows that working women in Virginia and other states could benefit the most. Introduced in the U.S. Senate last week, S. 1150 - the Raise the Wage Act - would increase the federal minimum wage to $12 per hou...Read More

Public News Service - VA

Photo: Local villagers from Chautara, north east of Kathmandu, are in need of food and supplies. BBB and others are advising people how they can make sure their money gets to the victims. Photo credit: Jessica Lea/Wikimedia Commons

RICHMOND, Va. - With the death toll in Nepal's earthquake projected to climb to as many as 10,000 people, Virginians are looking for ways they can help. At the same time, organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, say scammers are looking for ways to take advantage of generosity. Spokesper...Read More

Public News Service - VA

IMAGE: Public health advocates, environmental groups and chemical workers' unions all say an industry-backed bill changing the way the federal government regulates dangerous chemicals doesn't do enough to protect Virginia families. Image credit: Wikimedia.

RICHMOND, Va. - An industry-backed bill changing the way the federal government regulates dangerous chemicals won't do enough to protect Virginia families, a coalition of consumer watchdogs say. Senate Bill 697, also known as the Vitter-Udall bill, is being considered by a Senate committee – ...Read More

Public News Service - VA

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