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PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 


Florida's Republican lawmakers vote overwhelmingly to pass so-called "anti-riot" bill; disturbing police camera video of fatal shooting of a 13-year-old in Chicago.


2021Talks - April 16, 2021 


Biden announces tough sanctions on Russia; Pelosi says she won't bring bill to floor expanding Supreme Court; and Harris announces largest ever U.S. investment in childcare.

Public News Service - VA: Welfare Reform

Around 84% of Democrats and only 16% of Republicans polled approve of the Affordable Care Act, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Adobe stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Today is the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Affordable Care Act, and health care advocates say the federal health insurance exchange is more important than ever as we face the coronavirus outbreak. Even as his administration continues to attack the law in courts, President

Shifting Medicaid costs from the federal government to states like Virginia, where the budget is already tight, could mean fewer children are covered. (David Ragusa/Barn Images)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Advocates say that the changes to Medicaid that are part of the proposed Obamacare repeal would likely damage health programs for Virginia children. One part of the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would cut the federal Medicaid budget and turn funding into fixed, per c

Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon is the plaintiff in a campaign-finance case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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WASHINGTON - Another major Supreme Court decision on campaign finance could come as early as next week. In McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission, Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon said his First Amendment rights are violated when he cannot give a $2,600 donation to as many parties and candid

GRAPHIC: Pie chart of who doesn't pay federal income tax. Courtesy of CBPP.

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RICHMOND, Va. – Pundits and politicians are throwing around a lot of numbers these days, and when it comes to taxes – and who is, or who isn't, paying them – one group aims to separate the facts from fiction. Chuck Marr, director of federal tax policy for the Center on Budget and

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RICHMOND, Va. - Quick-cash lenders have found a loophole around Virginia's new law cracking down on predatory lending. Last year, legislators limited payday loans (money borrowed against a person's next pay check at an exceptionally high interest rate). As a result, the governor's office says, the n

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RICHMOND, Va. - President Barack Obama will meet with 100 employees of a Kroger supermarket in Virginia to discuss his plans for health care reform. Kroger says it spent more than $1 billion on health insurance for its employees last year. A highlight of the president's visit will be discussion of

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Richmond, VA – Virginia's Summit on Poverty and Economic Opportunity begins today with a goal of a new plan in a year. The Richmond meeting brings representatives of community groups and think tanks together with government experts to begin the process of developing a plan to reduce poverty.

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Richmond, VA – It's showdown week for state health insurance for kids. More than 80,000 Virginia children will soon learn whether or not they'll get to keep their health insurance coverage. The U.S. House is set to vote Thursday an override of President Bush's recent veto of a bipartisan bill

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