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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.

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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.

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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

PHOTO: Commercial office cleaners are rallying on the streets to commemorate the Justice for Janitors movement, as talks begin on contracts that cover about 75,000 commercial cleaners in the eastern U.S. Photo courtesy 32BJ SEIU.

ARLINGTON, Va. – Janitors plan to rally on the streets of Arlington during rush hour tomorrow, as contract talks start for more than 10,000 office cleaners in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Virginia House Delegate Alfonso Lopez of Arlington will speak at the rally, commemorating the 25th an

IMAGE: After early problems with the website and years of bad public opinion numbers, a new poll suggests more Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act than disapprove.

RICHMOND, Va. – After years of general disapproval, more people now say they like the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, than dislike it. A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation says for the first time since 2012, more Americans approve of the health care reform law, although by a s

GRAPHIC: Virginia teachers and parents with the Put Kids First coalition are pressing for a full restoration of funding for public education. They say class sizes and other budget-related issues are hurting learning. Graphic courtesy of Put Kids First.

RICHMOND, Va. - A group of Virginia parents and teachers want restoration of funding for public education. They say big classes and other budget-related issues are hurting students. Virginia now spends 83 percent per student compared to what it spent in 2009, adjusted for inflation. Public schools

PHOTO: Immigration reform activists occupied dozens of U.S. congressional offices over what they call the

WASHINGTON - Calling the nation's broken immigration system a "moral crisis," activists Wednesday occupied scores of congressional offices - including the office of Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-McLean). A press release from one of the many groups taking part said it was targeting 35 "hard-line

GRAPHIC: Virginians are worried they don't have enough saved for retirement, and a recent poll found voters strongly in favor of a voluntary commonwealth program of payroll deductions. Graphic by AARP, based on U.S. Census data and polling results.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginians overwhelmingly want the state to set up a voluntary retirement program modeled on 529-style college savings plans. A poll done for AARP Virginia found residents are worried they won't have enough savings to retire. The poll also found three out of four voters favored a vo

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