PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - VA: Consumer Issues

According to Business Forward, 19 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Virginia, and nearly one third of them have issued warnings about severe weather. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – According to a new report, climate change actually is changing the means and methods of how many of Virginia's entrepreneurs, investors and small business owners are doing business. The report from the nonprofit group "Business Forward" found climate change is affecting more th

HJ 103 requests the Virginia Retirement System to study the feasibility and merits of a state-run retirement savings plan for employers and their employees who do not have access to an employer-provided retirement savings plan. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — A survey by AARP shows a vast majority of Virginians have something in common: They don't feel financially prepared for retirement. The telephone survey conducted in January of registered Virginia voters ages 18-64 who are in the workforce found that many workers don't believ

Planned transmission expansion and upgrades may not meet the near-term public goals for corporate renewable energy procurement, accordion to the Wind Energy Foundation. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — A number of Fortune 500 companies are driving the demand for renewable energy, and those same companies are calling for a major upgrade to the country's energy transmission lines. A report by the Wind Energy Foundation detailed renewable-energy commitments by large corporatio

It is recommended that stroke patients are treated within three to four-and-a-half hours of the first sign of stroke. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death and disability in Virginia, and there are two bills in the Virginia General Assembly that health advocates say will lead to more lives being saved. House Bills 1197 and 1198, by Representative T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, would collect

Supporters say public funds could be leveraged to bring needed investment in grocery stores for Virginia communities that need them. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Supporters say a state grocery store investment fund to be considered by lawmakers would help Virginia communities without easy access to fresh food. The fund is designed to make investment capital cheaper and easier to get for companies that want to run grocery stores in wha

Doctors say they are worried that more - and sicker - children will show up in emergency rooms if Congress fails to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Healthcare systems, including Virginia's, are now bracing for chaos as Congress failed to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program. According to a new analysis by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, half of all state CHIP programs will have to shut down by th

The tax bill now being debated in Congress could have a major impact on Virginia health insurance. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. -- In its current form, the U.S. Senate tax bill would raise health insurance premiums and force millions of people to lose access, according to a new analysis of federal figures. Health economist Emily Gee with the Center for American Progress estimates nearly 300,000 Virginians wou

The Lynchburg College Caring for the Caregivers hackathon team beat groups from six other universities at the third annual event. (Lynchburg College)

RICHMOND, Va. -- College students who won a recent hacking contest say they they now have a phone app to help family caregivers that they feel is worth putting on the market. The team from Lynchburg College won the third annual Caring for the Caregivers hackathon - co-sponsored by AARP - in early

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