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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - VA: Social Justice

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that more than 10% of long-term coal miners still work despite have black lung disease. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. - Coal mining is continuing in Virginia and other states during the COVID-19 outbreak, even as many miners are unable to follow social-distancing practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Phil Smith, director of communications for the United Mine Worker

Virginia's General Assembly will consider launching a state-based retirement plan after a study concludes in December. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- A little-known bill is passing through the Virginia state Senate that aims to help more Virginians save for retirement. The Work and Save Bill was amended to be a study bill to determine if it's feasible to establish a state-based retirement system for private employers, according

Sen. Elizabeth Warren stirs up the crowd at her first presidential campaign rally in Virginia last week. (Wikimedia Commons)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren became the first presidential candidate after the New Hampshire primary to visit Virginia last week. Virginia is one of the top four states holding primaries on Super Tuesday, with 99 delegates available. The Massachusetts senator pumped up a crowd of more t

More than $45 billion is locked up in security deposits in the U.S. rather than circulating in the economy, according to Virginia Del. Mark Keam of Fairfax.  (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. - With the skyrocketing cost of housing, a Virginia lawmaker has proposed an alternative to the traditional apartment security deposit. House Bill 1333 aims to let landlords accept security deposit insurance instead of what can amount to thousands of dollars for first and last month'

Groups that support raising Virginia's minimum wage say the state's economic boom has not trickled down to workers. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- On Jan. 1, more than 20 states raised their minimum wage amounts, and a coalition of Virginia groups supports a new bill for the Commonwealth to join the trend. On Tuesday, the group Raise the Wage Virginia will announce it is backing House Bill 395, which proposes to raise Virgin

Critics say Amazon's Ring partnerships with police departments can lead to civil rights abuses. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. — Civil rights groups are sounding the alarm about Amazon's Ring doorbell system. Representatives from 30 activist groups recently signed an open letter to local and federal lawmakers urging them to curb the surveillance partnerships that Ring has with police departments. Homeo

African-American children in Virginia are seven times as likely as white children to live in poverty. (Aksinia/Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – Despite a long period of economic expansion since the Great Recession, the state of Virginia saw no progress in reducing child poverty since 2008, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Kids Count data snapshot shows that 5% of children in the state,

In 2018, two out of 10 people who owe money on their student loans were behind on their payments, according to the Federal Reserve. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – Groups in Virginia are pushing state lawmakers to pass a Borrower's Bill of Rights, just days after a U.S. House hearing at which student debt was called a "one-and-a-half-trillion-dollar national crisis." The Virginia bill is designed to protect more than one million people

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