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Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, the Chicago Teachers Union goes on strike, and retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - VA: Poverty

Many retirees in Virginia live on incomes of less than $20,000 a year, primarily from Social Security benefits. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. — With state and local elections in Virginia less than a month away, AARP Virginia says it's prime time for voters to get candidates to address retirement security issues. The typical working household nearing retirement in the Commonwealth has a little over $14,000 in savings,

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,

Earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour full-time works out to $15,000 a year, which is below the federal poverty level for a family of two.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia business owners on Labor Day are being urged to offer a living wage to all of their employees. The Living Wage Coalition of Central Virginia launches its campaign Monday to encourage employers in Charlottesville to pay workers at least $15 an hour. Kim Crate

Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Richmond were among the top 10 cities in the United States for high eviction rates, according to a 2016 report. (Adobe Stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond needs to do more to help stem what some see as an eviction crisis, according to a new report. The city should establish a centralized office for tenants to seek legal advice when facing an eviction, according to the report written by law students from Yale and Stanfor

During the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday, folks can buy qualifying goods such as school supplies, clothing, and hurricane and emergency-preparedness items without paying sales tax. (Adobe stock)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia's sales tax holiday begins Friday and lasts until late Sunday night. The three-day event aims to help families save money on state and local taxes for back-to-school items, which especially will help low-income families in the Commonwealth, according to Margaret Nimm

According to the nonprofit group Feeding America, one in six children in Virginia struggles with hunger. (Pixabay)

ROANOKE, Va. – People around the country are stepping up to to help fight hunger, including for the nearly 900,000 struggling with food insecurity in the Commonwealth. September is Hunger Action Month and in Virginia, one in eight people faces hunger across the state. For many, one issue is t

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of acute and chronic illness globally, in America, and in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — The expansion of Medicaid in Virginia is a huge boost to those with cardiovascular disease, one of the top causes of death in the state. After four years of back-and-forth over the expansion, Gov. Northam is expected to sign the state budget Thursday that would extend health

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a pediatrician who made Medicaid expansion a centerpiece of his campaign in 2017, is expected to sign the legislation soon. (Twenty20/Esther Visier)

RICHMOND, Va. – Last week's vote on the state budget ended years of partisan gridlock over whether the Commonwealth should expand the publicly funded health-care program for the poor known as Medicaid. Now the focus turns to the challenge of getting more than 400,000 residents covered. A fig

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