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PNS Daily News - October 16, 2019 


Farmers in DC to discuss trade and the rural economic crisis; also Lily Bohlke reports on the Democratic debate -- from 2020 Talks.

2020Talks - October 16, 2019 


Last night in Ohio the fourth Democratic debate covered issues from health care, gun control and abortion to the Turkish invasion of Syria. What's clear: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has replaced former VP Joe Biden as the centerstage target.

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Student loan debt is an increasing problem for many. Courtesy: Federal Department of Education

RICHMOND, Va. - Student loan debt in the state is high and rising and it's a real problem for some. An annual survey by the Institute for College Access & Success found that last year's Virginia grads who took out loans left school owing more than $26,000. The national figure is nearly $30,000, an

More American children are getting health care coverage, but the rate of coverage in Virginia is stagnant. Credit: National Institutes of Health

RICHMOND, Va. – More children are getting health care coverage nationally, according to a new study from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. But Virginia is falling behind. Georgetown and the advocacy group Voices for Virginia's Children say the rate of uninsured ch

A new nonpartisan coalition says the time is right to reform Virginia's juvenile justice system. Credit: Richard Ross for the Annie E. Casey Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. - The time is right to reform Virginia's juvenile justice system, according to a new nonpartisan coalition called RISE for Youth. The coalition wants to replace the big juvenile prisons with community-based corrections. States around the country have been changing how they treat young

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

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