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PNS Daily Newscast UPDATE - October 17, 2019 


Congressman Elijah Cummings has died. Also on the rundown: President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. South Dakota awaits a SCOTUS ruling on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

2020Talks - October 17, 2019 


Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, two members of the Squad, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. Plus, some candidates are spending more than they're raising.

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Public News Service - VA: Livable Wages/Working Families

Science teacher and current VEA President Meg Gruber says the governor's ed budget is good in a lot of ways, but needs to do more on teacher pay. (Virginia Beach Education Association)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia teachers like the reinvestment Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget makes in public education, but they say the governor did not do enough when it came to pay raises. McAuliffe's just-announced budget would add $570 million to help schools and districts keep up with costs and hire

Across the country and across Virginia, as well as in the U.S. Senate cafeteria, low-wage workers protested Tuesday for $15 an hour. Photo by Fight for 15

RICHMOND, Va. - Fast-food workers protested for a living wage in nearly 300 cities on Tuesday, including 20 Virginia towns. The Fight for 15 campaign sparked one-day strikes and protests around the country. In Richmond, 40 to 50 fast-food employees, low-wage child care and home health-care workers

Student loan debt is an increasing problem for many. Courtesy: Federal Department of Education

RICHMOND, Va. - Student loan debt in the state is high and rising and it's a real problem for some. An annual survey by the Institute for College Access & Success found that last year's Virginia grads who took out loans left school owing more than $26,000. The national figure is nearly $30,000, an

More American children are getting health care coverage, but the rate of coverage in Virginia is stagnant. Credit: National Institutes of Health

RICHMOND, Va. – More children are getting health care coverage nationally, according to a new study from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. But Virginia is falling behind. Georgetown and the advocacy group Voices for Virginia's Children say the rate of uninsured ch

Appalachian towns and counties are voicing support for a federal plan to help shift away from coal. Credit: Dan Heyman.

RICHMOND, Va. - A number of Appalachian towns and counties are lining up behind a federal plan to fund the transition away from coal. The "Power Plus" plan is a White House initiative to target areas losing mining and power plant jobs. Some members of Congress have attacked it, since it comes alo

A new online family budget calculator shows many Virginia families don't earn enough to get by. Credit: EPI.

RICHMOND, Va. - A typical working family in Virginia probably doesn't make enough money to support itself, according to a new online budget-cruncher. The Economic Policy Institute's Family Budget Calculator takes local data on a variety of costs, including food, housing and medical expenses. Enter

Medicaid is fifty years old, and research suggests it'd been very good for Virginia children. Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health.

RICHMOND, Va. – Medicaid turns 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Two in seven Virginia children receive services though the healthcare program, which was created primarily for poor families and those wit

Children of Virginia's working poor haven't benefited enough from the economic recovery, according to the latest Kids Count survey. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

RICHMOND, Va. – Children in Virginia are faring worse, and the state's ranking on key measures of caring for them has fallen, according to the latest Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT report. The annual survey found about 40,000 more Virginia children are living below the federal poverty l

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