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PNS Daily Newscast - May 28, 2018 


Trump administration officials are in North Korea, attempting to hash out details for the on-again, off-again summit. Also on the Memorial Day rundown: Veterans urge Congress to protect the “lands of the free;” and a new report deems cell towers and power lines threats to wildlife.

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Public News Service - VA: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

A Republican-controlled Senate committee has rejected a number of gun-control bills in favor of pro-gun legislation, including one last week. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia law bars people taking guns, knives and other weapons into religious meetings unless a person has what is termed a "good and sufficient reason" to carry one - but a state lawmaker wants to lift the ban. Senate Bill 372 by Sen. Ben Chafin, a Russell County Republican,

Supporters say public funds could be leveraged to bring needed investment in grocery stores for Virginia communities that need them. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Supporters say a state grocery store investment fund to be considered by lawmakers would help Virginia communities without easy access to fresh food. The fund is designed to make investment capital cheaper and easier to get for companies that want to run grocery stores in wha

Doctors say they are worried that more - and sicker - children will show up in emergency rooms if Congress fails to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Healthcare systems, including Virginia's, are now bracing for chaos as Congress failed to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program. According to a new analysis by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, half of all state CHIP programs will have to shut down by th

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