PNS Daily Newscast - June 2, 2020 

President Trump berates governors as 'weak' amid growing racial unrest; an interfaith group sees a link between protests and climate change.

2020Talks - June 2, 2020 

Eight states plus Washington DC have primaries today, even as cities determine how to move forward in the wake of massive protests nationwide; President Trump says he'll deploy active US troops to quell them.

Public News Service - VA: Livable Wages/Working Families

PHOTO: According to reports from Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch, children half the smoking age are working in America's tobacco fields, including this fifteen-year-old in North Carolina. Photo by Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch.

RICHMOND, Va. – Children, half the smoking age, are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields in Virginia and North Carolina. It’s hard to tell how many or how old they are, but one study has found some are younger than 18. Baldemar Velasquez, president of the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizi

PHOTO: Census data shows poverty in Virginia and the U.S. has actually increased since the end of the last recession. Photo by No Kid Hungry.

RICHMOND, Va. - More Virginians and Americans are in poverty now than at the end of the great recession, according to census figures. Debbie Weinstein, executive director with the Coalition on Human Needs, says the census shows more people living below the poverty line than when the recession offic

PHOTO: Medicaid expansion has made an enormous difference in the portion of West Virginians who lack health coverage. In fact, West Virginia has now passed much wealthier Virginia for the percentage of the population with coverage, according to a poll cited by Micheal Cassidy with The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis. Photo courtesy of The Commonwealth Institute.

RICHMOND, Va. - West Virginia has passed Virginia for the percentage of citizens with health coverage, mostly thanks to Medicaid expansion. For a long time, a higher proportion of the folks in wealthier Virginia had health insurance. Last year, West Virginia expanded Medicaid to cover the working p

PHOTO: A new study says parents benefit a great deal in states that have opted to expand Medicaid, and that in turn helps their children. Photo credit: JackF/

RICHMOND, Va. – Getting parents health coverage improves the well being of their children, according to new research that says states that expand Medicaid are doing a much better job of covering those adults. The report from the Urban Institute shows that states that have rejected Medicaid e

PHOTO: A patient of the PATHS clinic system could die for lack of health insurance coverage. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Access To Health Services.

RICHMOND, Va. - A Danville system of community health clinics says one of its patients could die, in part because she has been without health insurance. Kay Crane, chief executive of Piedmont Access To Health Services (PATHS), said the woman has an autoimmune disorder that attacks her liver. She pu

PHOTO: The early reports are still coming in, but Michael Cassidy with The Commonwealth Institute says there are indications that Medicaid expansion is working well in the states that have tried it, with budget and health care numbers that look good. Photo courtesy The Commonwealth Institute.

RICHMOND, Va. – Signs suggest Medicaid expansion is working much as promised where it's been tried. The numbers are still coming in, but Medicaid expansion states – including West Virginia and Kentucky – report health care and budget results in line with expectations. A separate r

GRAPHIC: The annual Kids Count data snapshot for Virginia shows improvements in education and health, but also rising poverty among the state's children. Credit: Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - Big steps forward on education, teen safety and reductions in teen pregnancy - but also rising poverty - are reflected in the latest "Kids Count" data snapshot. According to the 25th annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count report, Virginia has moved up two spots in the overall n

PHOTO: Erin Steigleder says some of her peers, young people out of college and struggling to get their lives started, are among the 400,000 Virginians left without coverage through the state's failure to expand Medicaid. Photo courtesy Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare.

RICHMOND, Va. – The fight between Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the General Assembly over expanding Medicaid might seem like a dry battle over the budget. But some young people's stories as they try to get their lives started illustrate why it matters. Erin Steigleder, a health policy analyst with

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