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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 

GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.

2020Talks - October 20, 2020 

Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - VA: Education

A new report shows that Black women hold almost 50% more student loan debt than white men. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Concerned student debt hits Black students hardest, the NAACP is taking to Twitter today in a campaign to make sure presidential candidates prioritize reducing college debt in their education policy platforms. In Virginia, research shows almost 70% of students of color took out ex

A Virginia community college provides skills training for a unique word-of-mouth program for job seekers. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- With hundreds of thousands still out of work in Virginia during the pandemic, the state is boosting funding for an innovative program that connects job seekers with employment networks through neighborhood contacts. Piedmont Virginia Community College is receiving more than $1.5 mi

The College of William and Mary's business school is establishing a new veterans center as part of an initiative to help ex-military folks transition into the workforce. (Adobe stock)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- With so many people out of work because of pandemic-related layoffs, a new Virginia college program will provide support and services for veterans shifting from active-duty service to civilian workplaces. William and Mary's Veteran-to-Executive Transition program offers militar

Legislation now stuck in Congress would fund teacher training programs and offer financial aid for future teachers of color, to help diversify the workforce in education. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- As protests against systemic racism continue across the country, a group of educators and officials is urging Congress to pass a bill to bring more diversity into the teaching workforce. The Augustus Hawkins grant program supports educator training at Historically Black Colleges a

New research shows a strong correlation between vaping and catching coronavirus. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Vaping and cigarette smoking are significant risk factors for COVID-19, according to new research from Stanford University published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. And this month, a Henrico County, Virginia-based program for parents and teens will present importa

A new survey shows Black and Latino students in Virginia are twice as likely as white students not to have a computer in the home. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- With Virginia students about to return to online classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new report shows one-in-five-5 K-12 and college students in the Commonwealth don't have broadband access or a computer in their homes. The study by the State Council of Higher Education fo

Students in the

ARLINGTON, Va. -- While many summer internships and jobs for students have been canceled because of COVID-19 shutdowns, one nonprofit has launched a six-week paid remote program that offers Washington, D.C., high school students hands-on work experience as problem-solving consultants. The Educatio

Online classes, including storytelling, help Virginians in pandemic mode learn about the nation's largest estuary. (NERRS)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the way educators and students learn about the Chesapeake Bay and its estuaries to new virtual programs. The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's York River highlights the habitats

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