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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 Gov. Northam's education budget proposal includes a teacher pay hike that falls below the level of inflation. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's K-12 education budget proposal is being hailed by officials as an unprecedented billion-dollar investment in the state's public schools. But teachers' groups say the proposal falls far short of what's desperately needed. Cheryl Gibbs Binkley

Workers with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 in Lorton have been on strike since Oct. 24. (ATU Local 689)

LORTON, Va. – Hundreds of striking bus drivers with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority returned to the picket line at the Cinder Bed Road garage in Lorton this week after a short Thanksgiving break. This is the first Metrobus strike in 41 years. The strike by Amalgamated Tran

Earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour full-time works out to $15,000 a year, which is below the federal poverty level for a family of two.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia business owners on Labor Day are being urged to offer a living wage to all of their employees. The Living Wage Coalition of Central Virginia launches its campaign Monday to encourage employers in Charlottesville to pay workers at least $15 an hour. Kim Crate

During the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday, folks can buy qualifying goods such as school supplies, clothing, and hurricane and emergency-preparedness items without paying sales tax. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia's sales tax holiday begins Friday and lasts until late Sunday night. The three-day event aims to help families save money on state and local taxes for back-to-school items, which especially will help low-income families in the Commonwealth, according to Margaret Nimm

The federal government, all states and many local governments offer an array of publicly funded assistance programs for retirees. (QuinceMedia/Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — As many people try to recover from the impact of the government shutdown, there is a renewed focus on helping contractors and private-sector workers save for retirement. On Tuesday, a state House subcommittee is scheduled to hear House Bill 2431, which would establish a board

Tronc reporters are hoping for a seat at the table in negotiating with possible future owners. (Pixabay)

NORFOLK, Va. – Reporters wary of uncertainty at the Daily Press in Newport News and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk have announced plans to form a union. The announcement Tuesday comes just three months after the papers' owners, Chicago-based Tronc, Inc., formerly the Tribune Publishing Compa

HJ 103 requests the Virginia Retirement System to study the feasibility and merits of a state-run retirement savings plan for employers and their employees who do not have access to an employer-provided retirement savings plan. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — A survey by AARP shows a vast majority of Virginians have something in common: They don't feel financially prepared for retirement. The telephone survey conducted in January of registered Virginia voters ages 18-64 who are in the workforce found that many workers don't believ

Even ignoring the cuts to taxes on wealthy estates, analysts say the tax bill ends up helping the rich much more than the middle class and working families. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Analysts say the tax bill moving quickly through Congress benefits corporations, rich professionals and wealthy families at the expense of the national deficit and, ultimately, everyone else. Republicans have promised that the tax bill will raise wages. But they admit the bill wou

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