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U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and the Trump public charge rule takes effect Monday.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - VA: Education

Virginia educators are back again in Richmond today for a second annual rally for more school funding. (VEA)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Thousands of teachers across Virginia are fighting for more spending on education at a rally today in Richmond. Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed a budget that would slightly increase K-12 spending. But after giving teachers a 5% salary increase last year, the new budget gives them

The number of Virginians aged 60 and older with student-loan debt shot up 47% between 2012 and 2017, according to AARP. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginians age 50 and older are urging state lawmakers to pass a measure called the Borrower's Bill of Rights to help protect folks from potential predatory lending practices. Seniors are the fastest-growing population in the United States to become crippled by student-loan debt, ac

Virginia Gov. Northam's education budget proposal includes a teacher pay hike that falls below the level of inflation. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's K-12 education budget proposal is being hailed by officials as an unprecedented billion-dollar investment in the state's public schools. But teachers' groups say the proposal falls far short of what's desperately needed. Cheryl Gibbs Binkley

In addition to providing easy access to clean water, bottle-filling stations can help cut down kids' consumption of sugary beverages. (Adobe stock)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – We all know that drinking water is essential to health, and the American Heart Association of Virginia is proposing adding water-bottle filling stations to all new or renovated schools throughout the state. Studies have shown that kids who have access to filling stations

In 2018, two out of 10 people who owe money on their student loans were behind on their payments, according to the Federal Reserve. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – Groups in Virginia are pushing state lawmakers to pass a Borrower's Bill of Rights, just days after a U.S. House hearing at which student debt was called a "one-and-a-half-trillion-dollar national crisis." The Virginia bill is designed to protect more than one million people

College students, parents and grandparents need to be aware of college scholarship websites that ask for upfront fees to apply. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. — It's back-to-school season, and parents and grandparents of college students need to take precautions against scholarship scams. A new alert from AARP Virginia says scams offering scholarship money, financial aid or government grants are on the rise in the state and across th

During the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday, folks can buy qualifying goods such as school supplies, clothing, and hurricane and emergency-preparedness items without paying sales tax. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia's sales tax holiday begins Friday and lasts until late Sunday night. The three-day event aims to help families save money on state and local taxes for back-to-school items, which especially will help low-income families in the Commonwealth, according to Margaret Nimm

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has found children who are eligible for Medicaid health coverage miss fewer school days because of illness or injury. (Pixabay)

BRISTOL, Va. – Teachers and education advocates say Virginia's move to expand Medicaid is not just important to the 400,000 low-income people now eligible for health care, but it's also a big win for students and public schools. The switch to draw down federal dollars to help cover the unins

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