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PNS Daily Newscast - April 2, 2020 


The Trump Administration decides Obama healthcare exchanges will not reopen - we have reaction. Plus a look a vulnerable COVID-19 population you may not have heard about.

2020Talks - April 2, 2020 


Some states this year use ranked-choice voting. What are some of the benefits during COVID-19? Plus, President Trump and former VP Biden continue to battle over the Affordable Care Act.

Public News Service - VA: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's efforts to restore voting rights to restored felons is part of the electoral landscape in Virginia this year. (Office of Gov. McAuliffe/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. -- One big unknown this presidential election season is how voter turnout will be affected by the highly charged, partisan atmosphere. This will be the first election since the U.S. Supreme Court repealed important elements of the Voting Rights Act. Judith Browne Dianis, executive di

A program intended to clean voter rolls could be open to abuse, but observers say that's not happening in Virginia. (Tom Arthur/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. - A program to clean folks who've registered in more than one state off voter rolls could be used for voter suppression. But vote watchers in Virginia say that isn't happening here. An investigation just published by Rolling Stone says the Interstate Crosscheck program is full of error

As Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs orders restoring voting rights to reformed Virginia felons, many are questioning the law making that necessary. (Michaele White/Governor's Office/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. – Critics of Virginia's law that makes it hard for reformed felons to vote call it backward and discriminatory. That includes Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who says he'll sign thousands of individual orders restoring voting rights for felons who have finished their sentences. U.S. Se

The death of Jamycheal Mitchell is sparking an examination of the number of mentally ill Virginians in jail or coming into conflict with the police. (The Mitchell Family/Youtube)

RICHMOND, Va. – Many Virginians with mental illness end up in jail, and some are involved in deadly altercations with police. Jamycheal Mitchell suffered from delusions, and died in jail last year after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. Surveys say 15 to 20 percent of Virgini

More than a year after he was arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks, there are no official answers about why or how Jamycheal Mitchell died in jail. (Youtube/Mitchell Family)

RICHMOND, Va. – Nearly a year later, it's still unclear how a mentally ill Virginia man died in jail after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. When Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested in April 2015, the 24-year-old was under the delusion his father owned the Portsmouth convenience st

The Consumer Health Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based group that aims to help poor and minority communities, has won a prestigious Impact Award from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. (CHF)

RICHMOND, Va. - A health-care policy foundation aiming to help poor and minority communities in the region has won a prestigious Impact Award. The Consumer Health Foundation works on health and racial equity in the District of Columbia, northern Virginia and parts of Maryland. The National Committe

A new poll suggests strong support for juvenile-justice reform, including closing juvenile prisons like the two in Virginia. (Richard Ross)

RICHMOND, Va. - A national survey shows strong support for the kinds of juvenile-justice reform backed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The governor has proposed shutting Virginia's two large juvenile prisons and replacing them with a range of smaller, community-based corrections programs. In a new survey

Coastal flooding is one of the issues moving a coalition of 50 separate Virginia groups to press for climate action. (NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. - A broad coalition is pushing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to speed the state's transition away from fossil fuels and interestingly, it's not just environmentalists. A coalition of 50 groups wrote to the governor asking how his office will implement an Environmental Protection Agency plan t

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