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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - VA: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Cannabis use disorder is more common among white men ages 45 to 54, research shows. (Adobe stock)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Young people who use marijuana frequently are more than twice as likely to have a stroke compared with those who don't use the drug at all, according to a new study. The study to be published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke is one of the first to specificall

Five companies are expected to open Virginia's first medical cannabis dispensaries in 2019. (gjbmiller/Pixabay)<br />

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia lawmakers have managed to rid the state of common restrictions around the approval of medical marijuana, but an effort to decriminalize possession of small amounts of weed might be a nonstarter for Republicans in control. Instead of being sentenced up to 30 days in j

Medicaid is fifty years old, and research suggests it'd been very good for Virginia children. Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health.

RICHMOND, Va. – Medicaid turns 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Two in seven Virginia children receive services though the healthcare program, which was created primarily for poor families and those wit

PHOTO: Margaret Nimmo Crowe with Voices for Virginia's Children says an event Thursday in Charlottesville will be a chance for an important, ongoing conversation about how Virginia should handle children's mental health needs. Picture by Ashley Everette, courtesy of Voices for Virginia's Children.

RICHMOND, Va. - With reforms underway in Virginia for children's mental health services, lawmakers and advocates want to hear from people dealing with the issues every day. Voices For Virginia's Children is hosting a community conversation Thursday in Charlottesville. Executive director Margaret

PHOTO: The federal Department of Transportation is launching a new campaign to encourage pedestrian safety.

RICHMOND, Va. - It's safer to be a pedestrian in Virginia than in most other states. A new report from the federal Department of Transportation finds less than ten percent of traffic fatalities in Virginia involved pedestrians, compared with 21 percent in neighboring Maryland and 20 percent in Washi

PHOTO: The General Assembly is considering several drug-testing bills. Photo credit: ACLU VA

RICHMOND, Va. - Several bills winding their way through the Virginia Legislature this session involve drug testing for people applying for public assistance. While some proponents say it's a good idea to test people so that the taxpayer isn't subsidizing drug use, opponents argue the measure is unco

RICHMOND, Va. - May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and professionals are working hard to remove barriers to care for the more than 300,000 Virginians who suffer from forms of mental illness such as depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorder. Left untreated, mental illness can lead to serious issue

PENNINGTON GAP, Va. - A small, rural area of southwestern Virginia was a launching pad in the 1990s for a then-newly-approved pain-relief drug, Oxycontin. According to locals, drug addiction and crime became rampant as a result. The town of Pennington Gap was populated mostly by coal miners and lo

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