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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side-by-side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A Senate committee looks at the latest attempt to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Public News Service - VA: Budget Policy & Priorities

The National Park Service has deferred maintenance for a year or more on visitor centers, rest stops, trails and campgrounds in Virginia. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – The "Restore Our Parks Act" is scheduled for a Congressional hearing today and, if approved, could send up to $6.5 billion toward clearing a nearly $12 billion backlog of repairs in the National Park Service system. The nation's parks are continuing to grow in popularity, with

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of acute and chronic illness globally, in America, and in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — The expansion of Medicaid in Virginia is a huge boost to those with cardiovascular disease, one of the top causes of death in the state. After four years of back-and-forth over the expansion, Gov. Northam is expected to sign the state budget Thursday that would extend health

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

The Eviction Lab placed Richmond second in the nation, with an eviction rate of 11.44 percent in 2016. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — After a recent New York Times article revealed Richmond has one of the highest eviction rates in the country, housing advocacy groups gathered this week to figure out how to solve the problem. The data from Princeton University's Eviction Lab showed that half of the 10 larges

Virginia House Republican lawmakers failed to override Gov. Ralph Northamís veto of HB 1257. (Maleka Ali/Twenty20)

RICHMOND, Va. – During the special session on the state budget and Medicaid, Republicans in the House of Delegates tried but failed to get the two-thirds majority votes necessary to override Gov. Ralph Northam's veto of a sanctuary-cities bill. Earlier this month, Northam broke a campaign pro

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has set a special session on April 11 to settle the budget with Medicaid expansion included. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – As Gov. Ralph Northam outlines his plan to reintroduce his budget that includes Medicaid expansion for the April 11th special session, health-care advocates say the need for expansion is crucial for the hundreds of thousands in the coverage gap. Heart disease is the leading c

Virginia state lawmakers aim to finish work on the budget during a special session April 11 to avoid a government shutdown. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia’s governor has set April 11 as the date for a General Assembly special session to settle a budget standoff over Medicaid expansion. The General Assembly adjourned over the weekend without passing a budget because of differences among Republicans over Medicaid ex

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

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