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PNS Daily Newscast - November 14, 2019 


New evidence arises from the first impeachment hearing; one in four federal student loan borrowers defaults early on; and growing proof that vaping isn't the healthy alternative it was thought to be.

2020Talks - November 14, 2019 


It's World Diabetes Day, and health care, including the high cost of insulin and other drugs, is a top issue for many voters. Plus, do early states like Iowa and New Hampshire have an outsized role in the nomination process?

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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

From 2009 to 2013, African-American maternal mortality rates ranged from 60 to 105 deaths per every 100,000 live births, compared with 27 to 35 deaths among white women, according to the Virginia Department of Health. (Pixabay)

[STORY UPDATED 7/09/19] RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia's Medicaid agency has launched a new outreach program to help lower the maternal mortality rate of black women, but birth workers who care for women of color say the state can do a lot more. Noting that black mothers in Virginia consistently h

The House of Delegates deadlocked 50-50 on a bid to force a full floor vote on the gender-equality measure known as the Equal Rights Amendment. (Kristen Proctor/Twenty20)

RICHMOND, Va. - Republicans in Virginia's House of Delegates succeeded in stopping a Democratic-led effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment by a single vote. The proposed amendment would establish gender equality as a principle in the U.S. Constitution. Although it had the support of two Republ

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and has been since a 2011 decision by the United States Breastfeeding Committee. (Jordan Whitt/StockSnap)

RICHMOND, Va. – The Trump administration caused a recent uproar when it tried to shut down a global resolution to encourage breastfeeding. However, health advocates say they'll be setting the record straight this week, during World Breastfeeding Week. The resolution urged governments to prote

Reproductive rights advocates are using the U.S. Supreme Court's 2016 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt to challenge some of Virginia’s decades-old abortion laws. (Michael Warholik/Twenty20)

RICHMOND, Va. – Using the U.S. Supreme Court's 2016 landmark court ruling in support of abortion rights, a group of women's healthcare providers filed suit this week, arguing that the Commonwealth has failed to remove restrictive abortion laws they see as unconstitutional. Reproductive right

HPV infections are normally sexually transmitted, but not all cervical cancers originate from viral infections. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — According to the National Cancer Institute, cervical cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in women in their 20s and 30s. But health care professionals say cervical cancer also is highly preventable. January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, but with just a fe

Today's rally in support of reproductive freedom includes a plea for what organizers say is full reproductive justice for all women. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam continues his longtime support for women's reproductive rights, by rallying alongside women at the State Capitol today on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Despite the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that established a woman's right to end a pregnancy, wom

According to the ASPCA, a study in Wisconsin found 68 percent of domestic-violence survivors reported their abusers were also violent toward their animals. (Pixabay)

NORFOLK, Va. — Killing, harming or threatening to harm beloved pets are weapons used by domestic abusers to manipulate victims into silence, but new legislation by Virginia U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine would extend protections to survivors and their pets. The Centers for Disease

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