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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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Public News Service - VA: Civic Engagement

Richmond, VA - Just four days remain to apply for an absentee ballot in Virginia; the deadline to get an application form to your local voter registration office is Tuesday. Vicki Williams, the absentee voting and voting education coordinator for the state Board of Elections, says an absentee voter

Richmond, VA - Virginians need more protection against rising health insurance costs and canceled policies - and the state isn't providing it, according to a new report. The "Families First Report" was compiled by Families USA, a national consumer advocacy group focusing on healthcare issues. It giv

Wakefield, VA - Some "bright" new ideas on energy policy will enlighten the annual "shad planking" in Wakefield this week. Shad planking is a fish-smoking cooking technique, but over the past 60 years, the phrase has become synonymous with politicking and campaign signage galore, as a result of this

Richmond, VA – The "to do" lists are ambitious as the General Assembly gets underway this week. The governor is proposing new investments in mental health care as a result of the Virginia Tech shootings, but there are other issues at stake for Virginians as well. Ben Greenberg with the Virgi

Richmond, VA – Many Virginians think state government would kick off the New Year on the wrong foot by booting citizen environmental boards. A strong turnout is expected at a public hearing today on a bill that would strip authority from these boards, which help decide how much pollution busin

Richmond, VA – Santa knows his stuff: He always checks his list twice. Virginians concerned about the security of their state's voting machines want to do that, too, but it will take state legislation to accomplish. Local election watchdogs want Virginia's voting machines to be audited to ma

Arlington, VA – What's to like about higher poverty rates, climate change, disappearing species and other gloomy topics? The visionary author who wrote "Diet for a Small Planet" in 1971 and co-authored several more books says the good news is that such "gloomy issues" and their solutions alrea

The number of Virginia homes and businesses being searched secretly by the government is -- well, secret -- but it is on the rise. A new report tracks an increase in wiretaps, phone usage and library record requests, all in the name of national security, and says the variety of information and frequ

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