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PNS Daily Newscast _ March 31, 2020 


Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - VA: Civic Engagement

AARP’s Take a Stand campaign aims to keep Social Security at the center of the presidential race discussions.(AARP)

RICHMOND, Va. - AARP Virginia and its allies are playing a key part in keeping Social Security central to the presidential campaign. The Take a Stand campaign asks the candidates how they would keep Social Security viable for the long term. amd AARP has electronically delivered petitions to CNN and

Coastal flooding is one of the issues moving a coalition of 50 separate Virginia groups to press for climate action. (NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. - A broad coalition is pushing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to speed the state's transition away from fossil fuels and interestingly, it's not just environmentalists. A coalition of 50 groups wrote to the governor asking how his office will implement an Environmental Protection Agency plan t

The director of Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice will take questions from the public in a town hall meeting in Richmond Thursday night. Credit: Richard Ross for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

RICHMOND, Va. - The head of Virginia juvenile justice will take questions from the public Thursday in Richmond. Organizers say the town hall is a chance to talk about reforming the system. The director of Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice, Andy Block, will sit down with young people and fam

Virginia's voting population is slowly changing, due to immigration and the rise of often excluded groups.

RICHMOND, Va. - With new voters migrating to the state, observers say Virginia is very gradually trending in a progressive direction. Jon Liss, co-executive director with New Virginia Majority, says more immigrants, people of color and other traditionally liberal voters help explain why Democrats h

AARP is recruiting volunteers to pack one million meals for hungry seniors on the National Mall on Sept. 11. The Virginia AARP is kicking off a statewide food drive the same day. Graphic courtesy AARP.

RICHMOND, Va. – AARP is marking the 14th anniversary of 9/11 by feeding the hungry in Virginia and in the nation's capital. The Virginia AARP kicks off its 10-day statewide food drive on Friday, and the AARP Foundation is recruiting thousands of volunteers to pack one million meals on the Nat

PHOTO: Arlington did well when measured by a new online interactive livability index set up by AARP. Photo courtesy of Flicker and Arlington County.

RICHMOND, Va. - A new livability index rates Arlington and four other Virginia communities as good places to "stay healthy, get around and enjoy life." AARP's new interactive online tool compares locations for housing, transportation, neighborhood services, health and the environment. It also consi

PHOTO: An amended gift limit is making the ethics bill just passed by the Virginia General Assembly more palatable to watchdogs. Photo of the state Capitol's interior courtesy of Wikimedia.

RICHMOND, Va. – After passing an ethics bill that drew criticism and amendments from the governor, the Virginia General Assembly has added lawmaker gift limits to legislation that is earning guarded praise. Embarrassed by the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell, the assembly passed

GRAPHIC: Several government watchdog groups say they want Gov. Terry McAuliffe to press for changes to a newly passed ethics bill, which they describe as

RICHMOND, Va. - Saying it could actually make some ethics dilemmas worse, several watchdog groups are calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to press for changes to Virginia's just-passed ethics legislation. Aaron Scherb, director of legislative affairs for Common Cause, said the General Assembly was emba

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