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PBS Daily Newscast - July 8, 2020 


Mary Trump's book labels our president a reckless leader who paid a pal to take his SAT test; Nevada lawmakers meet to address pandemic shortfall.

2020Talks - July 8, 2020 


The Movement for Black Lives announces a new proposal to overhaul policing and invest in Black communities; NJ and DE have primary elections today; and some political candidates join in a Facebook advertising boycott.

Public News Service - VA: Livable Wages/Working Families

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

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

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