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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - VA: Livable Wages/Working Families

HJ 103 requests the Virginia Retirement System to study the feasibility and merits of a state-run retirement savings plan for employers and their employees who do not have access to an employer-provided retirement savings plan. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — A survey by AARP shows a vast majority of Virginians have something in common: They don't feel financially prepared for retirement. The telephone survey conducted in January of registered Virginia voters ages 18-64 who are in the workforce found that many workers don't believ

Even ignoring the cuts to taxes on wealthy estates, analysts say the tax bill ends up helping the rich much more than the middle class and working families. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Analysts say the tax bill moving quickly through Congress benefits corporations, rich professionals and wealthy families at the expense of the national deficit and, ultimately, everyone else. Republicans have promised that the tax bill will raise wages. But they admit the bill wou

Ralph Northam's personal background is winning favor from some of those concerned about Ed Gillespie's rhetoric. (Northam for Governor)

RICHMOND, Va. – Even some Republicans say they're disgusted by Ed Gillespie's campaign, but a Northern Virginia union official says the candidate is intentionally trying to distract working voters. Before running for governor, many considered Gillespie a moderate. Now, according to articles

According to the census, Virginia has a lower poverty rate than the United States as a whole, while the District of Columbia has a higher rate. (U.S. Census Bureau)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Census data shows the poverty rate is slowly going down in Virginia and the District of Columbia, but it is still higher than it was before the Great Recession. Nearly 11 percent of households in Virginia, and more than 17 percent in the District of Columbia struggled with poverty

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

Despite White House claims to the contrary, new analysis finds the budget for federal safety-net programs at a historic low. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

RICHMOND, Va. – Even a 25-percent cut to SNAP - enough to leave thousands more in Virginia hungry - can't make the White House budget math add up, according to a new analysis. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says President Donald Trump's first budget would slash the Supplemental N

Social Security took American seniors from being the highest poverty age group to one of the most secure.(Social Security Works)

RICHMOND, Va. -- A proposal to change how Social Security is funded is being attacked as a sneaky way of undermining the program. The Trump administration is floating what's been described as a trial balloon - end the separate payroll taxes deducted for Social Security and replace them with genera

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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