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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Public News Service - VA: Education

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

Members of the Virginia Education Association's Underrepresented Male Educators Symposium discuss recruitment strategies. (Virginia Education Association)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — There are twice as many students of color, by percentage, as teachers of color in Virginia's public schools. What's more, the Commonwealth has the fewest male teachers, proportionately, of any state in the U.S. The Virginia Education Association recently gathered educa

Critics charge Ed Gillespie's promises rely on unrealistic economic projections. (Gillespie for Governor)

RICHMOND, Va. – Republican Ed Gillespie is promising both tax cuts and more public-school funding, but he's counting on big revenue from economic growth, which might not happen. According to the Virginia Education Association, Gillespie's tax cuts would mean $400 million less for schools whe

Virginia teachers now make less than their peers in 32 other states. Teachers say that forces them to take second or even third jobs. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia teachers make almost $8,000 a year less than the national average. And educators say many have to keep second or even third jobs to make ends meet. The latest annual survey just released by the National Education Association found Virginia has fallen to 32nd in the countr

Toney McNair, Virginia's 2017 Teacher of the Year, says state lawmakers could be doing more to help educators make a difference in the students' lives. (Virginia Education Assn.)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia's Teacher of the Year says connecting with students is a calling, even an assignment for him, and he says lawmakers should provide the resources needed to help. The General Assembly is debating Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget plan, including the first statewide teacher p

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