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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden picks Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

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RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia families that are struggling financially will have less help affording food this month. A 2009 Recovery Act boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, intended to assist families through the recession, expires today. Amy Woolard, a policy anal

RICHMOND, Va. - A new law is in effect in Virginia that gives qualified people a brief break when they are faced with having electricity or water shut off for late payments. It applies only when someone in the household has a serious medical condition. Christie Marra, an attorney with the Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. - It seems each passing day brings a new plan for dealing with the federal budget deficit, but some experts are warning residents of Virginia to make sure political leaders are not abdicating their responsibilities by passing the buck. Such would be the case with the so-called "global

RICHMOND, Va. - Personal health care workers in Virginia say Governor Tim Kaine's plan to save money by cutting funds for home health care will backfire and end up costing the state millions of dollars in payments for more expensive care in nursing homes. Personal health care assistants such as Ju

Richmond - In tight times like these, nursing home residents and their families often don't know they're protected by federal laws. Advocates say it's particularly important for the elderly and their families to know that the law protects people from being unjustly discharged from nursing homes beca

Richmond - Virginia educators are criticizing a proposed voucher plan for autistic students that, if passed, would reduce the state's contribution to the education of these special-needs students. Members of the Virginia Education Association (VEA) argue any proposed cut to education funding should

Richmond, VA - The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that in the next 20 years, Virginia's elder population will increase by 130 percent, and this month, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is scheduled to review a possible raise for personal care assistants to help those aged Virginians. It's a job that keeps

Virginia Beach, VA - Another side-effect of soaring gas prices is the effect it's having on home care for seniors and people with disabilities. Lakeisha Branch, Virginia Beach, is a personal care attendant, and making the half-hour trip to her client's home, sometimes twice a day, is putting her in

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