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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - VA: Housing/Homelessness

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has banned evictions in the state until June 30, a response to the high unemployment rate in the pandemic, but it may not be deterring some property owners. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Out-of-work renters across Virginia say they're receiving eviction notices, even though last week Gov. Ralph Northam banned evictions through the end of June. The moratorium is a response to an unemployment rate that's ballooned to almost 11% in the pandemic. However, some landlord

Hundreds of Virginians are evicted from their homes every day. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia joins a growing number of states and cities across the nation halting evictions in response to potential lost wages during the new coronavirus crisis. Christie Marra, the Virginia Poverty Law Center's director of housing advocacy, said the Commonwealth's three-week ban wil

More than $45 billion is locked up in security deposits in the U.S. rather than circulating in the economy, according to Virginia Del. Mark Keam of Fairfax.  (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. - With the skyrocketing cost of housing, a Virginia lawmaker has proposed an alternative to the traditional apartment security deposit. House Bill 1333 aims to let landlords accept security deposit insurance instead of what can amount to thousands of dollars for first and last month'

Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Richmond were among the top 10 cities in the United States for high eviction rates, according to a 2016 report. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond needs to do more to help stem what some see as an eviction crisis, according to a new report. The city should establish a centralized office for tenants to seek legal advice when facing an eviction, according to the report written by law students from Yale and Stanfor

The Eviction Lab placed Richmond second in the nation, with an eviction rate of 11.44 percent in 2016. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — After a recent New York Times article revealed Richmond has one of the highest eviction rates in the country, housing advocacy groups gathered this week to figure out how to solve the problem. The data from Princeton University's Eviction Lab showed that half of the 10 larges

According to a new survey, U.S. jails hold ten times more mentally ill individuals than hospitals. Jamycheal Mitchell died in jail after being arrested for stealing five dollars worth of snacks. (Youtube/the Mitchell family)

RICHMOND, Va. -- U.S. jails are overrun with mentally ill inmates and are ill-equipped to deal with the problem, according to a recent survey of corrections staff. The study found that on average 16 percent of prisoners in the U.S. correctional system are seriously mentally ill. The study’s

No Roof Left Behind is a group of roofing contractors who collaborate to make some deserving homeowners dry, warm and very happy. (No Roof Left Behind)

RICHMOND, Va. - What might best be described as a "roofers' charity" is now taking nominations in Virginia for folks who may need a new roof at no cost and the whole process is open and very community-run. No Roof Left Behind is a group of roofing contractors in 70 communities, including two in Vir

PHOTO: Upgrades to affordable multi-family housing, such as these units in Vienna, could save everyone money and reduce energy usage  a lot. Photo by Rudy Matthews Photography and Lloyd Wright for the National Housing Trust.

RICHMOND, Va. - Basic steps for Virginia's affordable housing will have a huge energy efficiency payoff, according to two new studies. The National Housing Trust and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are part of a broad coalition looking at the issue. Michael Bodaken, executive directo

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