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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - VA: Livable Wages/Working Families

Virginia industries could save billions and help the state meet carbon goals through energy efficiency, according to new research. (Brown, Smith and Kim - Georgia Tech)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia manufacturers and industries would gain billions in benefits from better energy efficiency, while also cutting their carbon output, according to two new studies. Jennifer Kefer, executive director of the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, said its research found industrial

Census figures show states such as Virginia that have not expanded Medicaid are seeing much slower progress in getting people insured. (CBPP, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures)

RICHMOND, Va. - Census data shows record progress in getting Americans covered by health insurance, but it's going much more slowly in Virginia. About 9 percent of Americans lack insured health care, according to 2015 figures, the lowest level ever recorded. However, the Census Bureau said states s

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

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