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Amazon�s Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to fight climate change; and updates from state primary elections.

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - VA: Women's

A third of those who would get health coverage if Virginia expanded Medicaid are parents, and most of them work. (Georgetown University Health Policy Institutešs Center for Children and Families)

RICHMOND, Va. - By not expanding Medicaid to cover working poor adults, Virginia also is shortchanging thousands of children, according to a new study. Georgetown researchers looked at families in the coverage gap, making too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford insurance on

Several looming Congressional budget battles could turn into shutdown standoffs. Graph by National Priorities Project

RICHMOND, Va. - A government shutdown has been delayed at least until December, but a number of budget fights remain. Shutdowns pose a significant threat to Virginia's economy, due to the many federal offices and employees. A temporary agreement over funds for Planned Parenthood delayed the shutdo

Graphic: The advocacy group Voices for Virginia's children says the costs associated with child care are especially worrisome.

RICHMOND, Va. – The cost to have a child keeps climbing in the United States. The latest analysis from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveals that middle-income families with a child born in 2012 can expect to spend about $241,000 on expenses over the next 17 years. Housing is the bigg

PHOTO: Virginia is considering new regulations limiting the use of restraints, like handcuffs, on pregnant inmates.

RICHMOND, Va. - It isn't unusual for inmates to be restrained, but should it happen if they're pregnant or in labor? The Virginia Board of Corrections, under pressure from prisoners' advocates, has OK'd new rules limiting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates. However, the final approval proces

Graphic: Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is under pressure to expand his adoption initiative. Graphic from Executive Office of the Governor

RICHMOND, Va. – As Gov. Bob McDonnell launches an initiative today to increase adoptions of foster children in Virginia, grassroots groups say the state is still leaving out too many prospective parents. Even though single people can adopt, Virginia does not allow two people to adopt the sam

PHOTO: VEA president Meg Gruber fields questions regarding the group's 150th anniversary. Courtesy of VEA.

RICHMOND, Va. - It began in a small church in Petersburg in late December, 1863, with a few concerned men who had gathered to figure out a way to make sure children got their school books, despite the Civil War that was raging in Virginia. Now, 150 years later, the Virginia Education Association has

RICHMOND, Va. - Imagine you are a victim of domestic violence or abuse, and you have a court order against your abuser. You feel unsafe in your home and want to move - to be out of harm's way. Now, imagine your landlord will not let you out of your lease and you are being sued for rent, even though

PHOTO: Gail Alexander-Wright had a heart attack at age 37.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A sharp pain or a tight feeling in the chest, and shortness of breath. By now, most of us have been briefed on the warning signs of a heart attack, but according to the American Heart Association, those are typical signs of a heart attack for men, and the signs are usually quit

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