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More than a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against the Minneapolis Police officer involved in the death of George Floyd; we report on what's behind the current tensions.

2020Talks - May 29, 2020 


Republican Voters Against Trump just launched and plans to spend $10 million on the 2020 campaign. And President Trump signed an executive order making social media companies liable for content their users post.

Public News Service - VA: Livable Wages/Working Families

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

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

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