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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - VA: Mental Health

The death of Jamycheal Mitchell is sparking an examination of the number of mentally ill Virginians in jail or coming into conflict with the police. (The Mitchell Family/Youtube)

RICHMOND, Va. – Many Virginians with mental illness end up in jail, and some are involved in deadly altercations with police. Jamycheal Mitchell suffered from delusions, and died in jail last year after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. Surveys say 15 to 20 percent of Virgini

More than a year after he was arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks, there are no official answers about why or how Jamycheal Mitchell died in jail. (Youtube/Mitchell Family)

RICHMOND, Va. – Nearly a year later, it's still unclear how a mentally ill Virginia man died in jail after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. When Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested in April 2015, the 24-year-old was under the delusion his father owned the Portsmouth convenience st

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RICHMOND, Va. - University students staying up all night isn't unusual unless they're "hacking" solutions for folks who struggle to care for family members. Teams from seven Virginia colleges worked 25 hours straight in the second annual "Caring for the Caregiver Hack." James Madison University'

Nurse practitioners say Virginia's General Assembly is missing a chance to improve medical care in under-served parts of the state. (Virginia General Assembly)

RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia General Assembly is missing an opportunity to bring care to medically under-served parts of the state, nurse practitioners say. Going into the session, several bills would have loosened regulations and let mid-level medical providers operate in the mostly rural areas w

A bill before the General Assembly would require the cooling of corpses to 40 degrees or lower before burial, but supporters of home funerals say it's unnecessary. (Mogens Engelund/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. - Legislation that would require the cooling of human corpses to 40 degrees or lower before burial or cremation is being described as unnecessary by proponents of "green burial" and home-based funerals. They claim that the Dead Bodies Storage Bill sponsored by Kenneth C. Alexander, a

While calling for expanded background checks, a tearful President Barack Obama recalls the gun deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary. (White House)

RICHMOND, Va. - President Obama's emotional call for more gun-purchase background checks is drawing a mixed response in Virginia, largely split along party lines. The president on Tuesday issued an executive order expanding the types of gun sellers that have to require background checks, closing a

Air Force veteran Frank Marvin suffers from dementia, and his wife, Shirley, says respite services can mean a lot to family caregivers like her. Courtesy: Shirley Marvin

RICHMOND, Va. - November is National Family Caregiver Month, and advocates for seniors in the state say they plan to ask the General Assembly to increase funding for respite services to give caregivers a break. Respite care means a lot to folks such as Shirley Marvin, whose husband, Frank, suffers

PHOTO: Margaret Nimmo Crowe with Voices for Virginia's Children says an event Thursday in Charlottesville will be a chance for an important, ongoing conversation about how Virginia should handle children's mental health needs. Picture by Ashley Everette, courtesy of Voices for Virginia's Children.

RICHMOND, Va. - With reforms underway in Virginia for children's mental health services, lawmakers and advocates want to hear from people dealing with the issues every day. Voices For Virginia's Children is hosting a community conversation Thursday in Charlottesville. Executive director Margaret

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