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Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9 percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand.

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Public News Service - VA: Youth Issues

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

Children of Virginia's working poor haven't benefited enough from the economic recovery, according to the latest Kids Count survey. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

RICHMOND, Va. – Children in Virginia are faring worse, and the state's ranking on key measures of caring for them has fallen, according to the latest Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT report. The annual survey found about 40,000 more Virginia children are living below the federal poverty l

PHOTO: While progress has been made nationally, Virginia saw a sight step back in the number of qualified, low-income children in summer feeding programs in the commonwealth in 2014. Photo courtesy of LetsMove.gov

RICHMOND, Va. - More low-income children across the country are being fed school-style lunches during the summertime, but that number is somewhat lower in Virginia than in previous years. According to LaTonya Reed, director of Virginia Hunger Solutions, Virginia has made progress over the last seve

GRAPHIC: Virginia teachers and parents with the Put Kids First coalition are pressing for a full restoration of funding for public education. They say class sizes and other budget-related issues are hurting learning. Graphic courtesy of Put Kids First.

RICHMOND, Va. - A group of Virginia parents and teachers want restoration of funding for public education. They say big classes and other budget-related issues are hurting students. Virginia now spends 83 percent per student compared to what it spent in 2009, adjusted for inflation. Public schools

PHOTO: The arrest of an African-American University of Virginia student is sparking protests and investigations in Charlottesville. Photo courtesy of the U.VA. Black Student Alliance.

RICHMOND, Va. - Public concern and outrage are rising after the bloody arrest of an African-American University of Virginia student. Martese Johnson was injured while being taken into custody just before 1 a.m. Wednesday. By Wednesday night, as many as 1,000 people, mostly UVA students, were rallyi

PHOTO: As lawmakers get ready to consider the public education budget, teachers and other observers say funding cuts are eroding the nationally recognized quality of some of Virginia's public education system. Photo courtesy of Drew Central Schools.

RICHMOND, Va. – As Virginia lawmakers get ready to consider funding for public education, teachers and other observers are warning that past budget cuts are already eroding nationally-recognized excellence. The Virginia General Assembly has cut public school funding by nearly one-sixth in th

PHOTO: Outreach and efforts to increase access already are meaning more Virginia kids getting enough to eat, in school and out, according to First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and the No Kid Hungry campaign. Photo courtesy of Drew Central Schools.

RICHMOND, Va. - A new coalition including Virginia's First Lady already is seeing results in an effort to reduce childhood hunger. Organizers with the group Share Our Strength say their No Kid Hungry campaign is getting unprecedented attention from First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. Josh Wachs, chief s

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

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