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PNS Daily Newscast - April 2, 2020 


The Trump Administration decides Obama healthcare exchanges will not reopen - we have reaction. Plus a look a vulnerable COVID-19 population you may not have heard about.

2020Talks - April 2, 2020 


Some states this year use ranked-choice voting. What are some of the benefits during COVID-19? Plus, President Trump and former VP Biden continue to battle over the Affordable Care Act.

Public News Service - VA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says rail service in America is

RICHMOND, Va. -- Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is critical of the federal government's use of gas taxes and its failures to improve rail service -- issues that both are hot topics in Virginia. The United for Infrastructure conference in Las Vegas, billed as the first 2020 campaign event to

A coalition of mental-health advocacy groups, including Voices for Virginia's Children and NAMI Virginia, is calling attention to the need for more mental-health services and providers in the Commonwealth. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Mental-health support groups are sponsoring an advocacy day today in Richmond, urging lawmakers to back funding to help Virginians deal with a growing mental-health crisis. Gov. Ralph Northam aims to boost funding for the STEP-Virginia behavioral health system initiative, according

Virginia educators are back again in Richmond today for a second annual rally for more school funding. (VEA)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Thousands of teachers across Virginia are fighting for more spending on education at a rally today in Richmond. Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed a budget that would slightly increase K-12 spending. But after giving teachers a 5% salary increase last year, the new budget gives them

The number of Virginians aged 60 and older with student-loan debt shot up 47% between 2012 and 2017, according to AARP. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginians age 50 and older are urging state lawmakers to pass a measure called the Borrower's Bill of Rights to help protect folks from potential predatory lending practices. Seniors are the fastest-growing population in the United States to become crippled by student-loan debt, ac

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

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

The Virginia Family Caregivers Income Tax Credit would help offset a family’s out-of-pocket expenses for taking care of loved ones. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. — More than 1 million family caregivers in Virginia provided an estimated 870 million hours of unpaid care in 2017, worth a staggering $11 billion. That's according to a new report from AARP coming out this Thursday. To offer some relief to these caregivers, the group wants Com

Virginia communities such as Norfolk have restored wetlands into green spaces as one strategy to absorb dangerous flood waters. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – As Gov. Ralph Northam puts together his budget proposal for the 2020 General Assembly session, groups are urging him to provide money for the Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund. The 2016 bipartisan legislation that established the fund was passed to help communities fight the

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