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PNS Daily Newscast - February 18, 2020 


Amazon�s Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to fight climate change; and updates from state primary elections.

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - VA: Mental Health

RICHMOND, Va. - Abused and battered women from other nations will find less resistance on the path toward starting their lives over by coming to the United States. A recent court case shows the Obama administration is reversing Bush-era positions that had made it nearly impossible for abused women t

RICHMOND, Va. - President Barack Obama will meet with 100 employees of a Kroger supermarket in Virginia to discuss his plans for health care reform. Kroger says it spent more than $1 billion on health insurance for its employees last year. A highlight of the president's visit will be discussion of

RICHMOND, Va. - The economic crisis has put financial strains on many families, and that can lead to a form of domestic abuse that's fiscal, not physical. While 76 percent of Americans believe the bad economy is making it more difficult for victims of domestic violence, a new national poll shows a

Richmond - A "healthy" savings for small businesses: That's what the federal government says business owners will get out of a comprehensive health care reform package with more health care choices, including a public health insurance option. It's estimated that reform could save small business as m

Richmond - Some new laws have many laid-off Virginia workers covered for medical insurance. Federal law now allows workers who've lost their job from September 2008 through the end of this year to extend their health care benefits. And a new law in Virginia extends the opportunity to nearly all work

Newport News - Christopher Newport University says it will stop enrolling students into its social worker degree program, because of budget concerns. However, according to Debra Riggs, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers Virginia Chapter, the loss of the program at the s

Petersburg, VA - The state's first Veterans Information and Resource Center opens its doors today. The center will serve more than 50,000 veterans in the Tri-Cities area and is just the beginning, as centers are planned statewide. The effort is sponsored by the nonprofit Association for Wounded Ve

Marion, VA - A six-year increase in legal aid for victims of domestic abuse in Southwest Virginia has been a success. The Southwest Legal Aid Society (SVLAS) greatly increased its outreach over that period, and the result has been a dramatic 35-percent decline in the number of requested protective o

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