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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike, and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - VA: Livable Wages/Working Families

A new poll shows strong support for a state fund designed to bring grocery stores to Virginia food deserts. (American Heart Association)

RICHMOND, Va. – A new poll finds Virginia voters strongly support a state fund to help bring grocery stores to underserved communities. Allie Atkeson, campaign manager of the Voices for Healthy Kids program with the American Heart Association, says the program found voters are especially con

Social Security is 81 years old, and AARP Virginia is taking the opportunity to remind folks about why the program is important. (AARP)

RICHMOND, Va. - It's Social Security's birthday, and some program supporters are using the anniversary to remind the public why it's so important. FDR signed Social Security into law in August of 1935. Since then, it's been vital to people like Yvonne Staton of Lorton. After working two decades for

Demanding $15 an hour, like fastfood workers in other places, workers at a Richmond McDonald's struck briefly. (Fight for 15)

RICHMOND, Va. - Demanding $15 an hour and better working conditions, employees struck a Richmond McDonald's franchise yesterday. McDonald's employee, Rolanda McMillan said she's been working at the 2011 Chamberlayne Avenue franchise for four and a half years. But she said she's still paid $8.15 an h

New restrictions on payday loans are winning praise from many in Virginia. (Gregory F. Maxwell/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. --- New national limits proposed for payday and car-title lending are winning praise from lower-income Virginians and their advocates. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued the new rules after years of discussion. One rule would require many lenders to make sure borrower

Teachers such as Carol Bauer say they get joy from seeing their students get excited about learning. (York County Schools)

RICHMOND, Va. - For the best teachers, learning is an infectious joy. Ask award-winning teacher Carol Bauer how she inspires her fourth-grade class at Grafton Bethel Elementary School in York County, and she'll talk about what "we" do, not about what "I" do. "Good teachers care," Bauer has said, an

A new analysis suggests Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act are not straining the federal budget. (CBPP)

RICHMOND, Va. - Critics of expanding Virginia's Medicaid charge the health program for the poor is unsustainably expensive. A new analysis suggests it's not. Although the federal government will pay for almost all of covering the working poor under Medicaid, the critics say the cost will rise unti

A new study suggest states that close the coverage gap have a healthier workforce. (The Commonwealth Institute)

RICHMOND, Va. - A comparison between states shows those that have expanded Medicaid are likely to have a healthier workforce. The Virginia General Assembly has so far refused to close what's known as the coverage gap, which mostly affects the working poor. But a new study by the group Families US

A third of those who would get health coverage if Virginia expanded Medicaid are parents, and most of them work. (Georgetown University Health Policy Institutešs Center for Children and Families)

RICHMOND, Va. - By not expanding Medicaid to cover working poor adults, Virginia also is shortchanging thousands of children, according to a new study. Georgetown researchers looked at families in the coverage gap, making too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford insurance on

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