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PNS Daily Newscast - August 3, 2020 

Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.

2020Talks - August 3, 2020 

Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Public News Service - VA: Civic Engagement

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RICHMOND, Va. - As the new coronavirus pandemic increases depression and anxiety for folks across the nation, a mental health campaign is boosting support for vulnerable military veterans. The Veterans Administration launched its "Now Is the Time" program to help veterans deal with emotional chall

Groups want to move local elections in Virginia from May 5 to Nov. 3. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Concern over public gatherings during the coronavirus crisis has spurred voting-rights groups to press Virginia's General Assembly to move the date of local elections from May to November. The Legislature is set to reconvene Wednesday and will vote on Gov. Ralph Northam's recommen

Groups are urging Gov. Ralph Northam to allow voters to submit absentee ballots in upcoming elections without having to give an excuse. (ACLU)<br /><br />

RICHMOND, Va. -- As COVID-19 continues to spread in Virginia, AARP Virginia is calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to take steps to increase the health care workforce and ensure the safety of voters in upcoming elections. In a letter to the governor, the group asked him to lift restrictions to allow out

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says rail service in America is

RICHMOND, Va. -- Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is critical of the federal government's use of gas taxes and its failures to improve rail service -- issues that both are hot topics in Virginia. The United for Infrastructure conference in Las Vegas, billed as the first 2020 campaign event to

Sen. Elizabeth Warren stirs up the crowd at her first presidential campaign rally in Virginia last week. (Wikimedia Commons)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren became the first presidential candidate after the New Hampshire primary to visit Virginia last week. Virginia is one of the top four states holding primaries on Super Tuesday, with 99 delegates available. The Massachusetts senator pumped up a crowd of more t

Virginia is poised to pass a law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses, which Democrats in the Legislature had tried to pass for years. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. - Several thousand undocumented immigrants in Virginia could get driver's licenses if a bill passed in the General Assembly this week becomes law. Immigrants' rights groups are hailing the move, which they say would make life easier for residents without legal status. Nayeli Montes i

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam supports this session's legislation that rescinds a law requiring voters to show photo identification in order to vote. (Wikimedia Commons)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia is poised to become the first state to repeal a law that says voters have to show a photo ID before casting a ballot. The House of Delegates on Tuesday passed a bill to drop the photo ID requirement, in place since 2013, and the Senate approved the same move last week. The

A new lawsuit launched by Virginia's attorney general challenges the original deadline to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. (Wikimedia)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has joined with attorneys general from Nevada and Illinois to file a federal lawsuit arguing the Equal Rights Amendment must be added to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit comes just days after Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the amend

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