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PNS Daily Newscast - October 28, 2020 


A technical error rejected your ballot? Take action. Plus, doctors sound off on harmful health impacts of tailpipe emissions.


2020Talks - October 28, 2020 


The window is closing to mail ballots in states like GA, MI and WI that require them to be received before Election Day. Experts recommend going in-person if possible.

Public News Service - VA: Youth

New research shows a strong correlation between vaping and catching coronavirus. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Vaping and cigarette smoking are significant risk factors for COVID-19, according to new research from Stanford University published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. And this month, a Henrico County, Virginia-based program for parents and teens will present importa

Students in the

ARLINGTON, Va. -- While many summer internships and jobs for students have been canceled because of COVID-19 shutdowns, one nonprofit has launched a six-week paid remote program that offers Washington, D.C., high school students hands-on work experience as problem-solving consultants. The Educatio

The daily population in Virginia's youth detention centers plummeted by more than 50% from 2015 to 2018. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Juvenile detentions have plummeted dramatically during the pandemic, according to a new report, bolstering efforts by reform groups. The survey of juvenile-justice agencies in 30 states including Virginia revealed a 24% drop in the number of young people held in local detention cen

About 33 percent of Virginia high school students have used e-cigarettes at some point, according to the CDC. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Even as the Trump administration raised the age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 last month, Virginia lawmakers have introduced three bills to make it even harder for teens to access tobacco products. The bills aim to increase the state cigarette tax six fold, ban the sales of all

African-American children in Virginia are seven times as likely as white children to live in poverty. (Aksinia/Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – Despite a long period of economic expansion since the Great Recession, the state of Virginia saw no progress in reducing child poverty since 2008, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Kids Count data snapshot shows that 5% of children in the state,

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans a year, according to the American Lung Association. (realworkhard/Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — Bills to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and nicotine vapor products from 18 to 21 sailed through Virginia's General Assembly. But some health groups say the focus is in the wrong place. The legislation has received overwhelming support from many including Govern

Centering gratitude in one's life can help people mentally and physically beat the stress of the holidays and be happy.  (badski007/Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – What are you grateful for this holiday season? The answer could be good for your health. An array of studies shows expressing gratitude can reduce levels of stress and feelings of loneliness, which can in turn improve physical health by leading to more sleep and energy or e

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has found children who are eligible for Medicaid health coverage miss fewer school days because of illness or injury. (Pixabay)

BRISTOL, Va. – Teachers and education advocates say Virginia's move to expand Medicaid is not just important to the 400,000 low-income people now eligible for health care, but it's also a big win for students and public schools. The switch to draw down federal dollars to help cover the unins

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