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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.

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Without action, higher temperatures will affect more Americans than ever in the decades ahead, according to a new report on climate change by the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia and other parts of the United States will have a lot more killer heat waves like the one that started this weekend if the nation doesn't do something about climate change, according to a new report. The Union of Concerned Scientists says Virginia usually has 31 days

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

Virginia caregivers could receive a nonrefundable state income-tax credit beginning in the 2019 tax year for expenses they incur in caring for an eligible family member. (Unsplash)

RICHMOND, Va. - Considered by many as the unrecognized backbone of Virginia's long-term care system, family caregivers soon could get some financial relief in the form of tax credits through a bill in the General Assembly. Across the Commonwealth, more than 1 million people assist parents, spouses

Kaiser Family Foundation polling finds health care is among voters' top concerns for the 2018 midterm elections. (stevepb/Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – As midterm elections approach, health care is proving to be a major issue on voters' minds, in Virginia and around the country – especially the rights of people with pre-existing conditions. About 27 percent of Americans ages 18 to 64 have some kind of pre-existing heal

Nearly one in three adults age 75 or older lives alone, according to AARP. A new report points to the high cost of assisted living as one potential reason. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – People are living longer, in Virginia and the United States as a whole – but a new report says the trend comes with major healthcare challenges. The AARP research predicts the 85-plus population will triple by 2050. This foreshadows a greater need for assisted living, w

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a pediatrician who made Medicaid expansion a centerpiece of his campaign in 2017, is expected to sign the legislation soon. (Twenty20/Esther Visier)

RICHMOND, Va. – Last week's vote on the state budget ended years of partisan gridlock over whether the Commonwealth should expand the publicly funded health-care program for the poor known as Medicaid. Now the focus turns to the challenge of getting more than 400,000 residents covered. A fig

Savings under the House Medicaid expansion proposal would go to public education, with more than $69 million in additional Virginia Lottery proceeds for K-12 school districts to spend as they see fit, without requiring local matching money. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — A major roadblock to Medicaid expansion has been removed in the Virginia House of Delegates, as the Republican-controlled chamber included the expansion in the state budget proposal on Sunday. The budget represents a dramatic political turnaround by the House, and a show of b

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

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