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PNS Daily News - June 27, 2017 


The GOP health plan would reportedly leave 22 million uninsured; part of the president’s travel ban unblocked; and the Feds agree to investigate ways to protect an endangered wild cat. Those stories and more coming up.

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Despite White House claims to the contrary, new analysis finds the budget for federal safety-net programs at a historic low. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

RICHMOND, Va. – Even a 25-percent cut to SNAP - enough to leave thousands more in Virginia hungry - can't make the White House budget math add up, according to a new analysis. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says President Donald Trump's first budget would slash the Supplemental N

Social Security took American seniors from being the highest poverty age group to one of the most secure.(Social Security Works)

RICHMOND, Va. -- A proposal to change how Social Security is funded is being attacked as a sneaky way of undermining the program. The Trump administration is floating what's been described as a trial balloon - end the separate payroll taxes deducted for Social Security and replace them with genera

Toney McNair, Virginia's 2017 Teacher of the Year, says state lawmakers could be doing more to help educators make a difference in the students' lives. (Virginia Education Assn.)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia's Teacher of the Year says connecting with students is a calling, even an assignment for him, and he says lawmakers should provide the resources needed to help. The General Assembly is debating Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget plan, including the first statewide teacher p

Virginia teachers such as Carmen Sitton say low pay can get in the way of doing a job they love. (Lisa Sale)

RICHMOND, Va. – Teaching can be a tough way to make a living, Virginia educators say. So, they're looking to the General Assembly for help with low pay. According to the Virginia Education Association, state teachers make $7,200 less than the national average. Carmen Sitton, a second-grade

A new poll finds strong support among conservatives for policies supporting renewables and clean energy, and waning support for coal and nuclear power. (Evan Hansen)

RICHMOND, Va. - President-elect Donald Trump's position on renewables and clean energy is worrying environmentalists - but according to a new national poll, his voters strongly favor them. The post-election survey found that nearly 90 percent pf all voters support more government action to speed up

Virginia industries could save billions and help the state meet carbon goals through energy efficiency, according to new research. (Brown, Smith and Kim - Georgia Tech)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia manufacturers and industries would gain billions in benefits from better energy efficiency, while also cutting their carbon output, according to two new studies. Jennifer Kefer, executive director of the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, said its research found industrial

Census figures show states such as Virginia that have not expanded Medicaid are seeing much slower progress in getting people insured. (CBPP, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures)

RICHMOND, Va. - Census data shows record progress in getting Americans covered by health insurance, but it's going much more slowly in Virginia. About 9 percent of Americans lack insured health care, according to 2015 figures, the lowest level ever recorded. However, the Census Bureau said states s

A new poll shows strong support for a state fund designed to bring grocery stores to Virginia food deserts. (American Heart Association)

RICHMOND, Va. – A new poll finds Virginia voters strongly support a state fund to help bring grocery stores to underserved communities. Allie Atkeson, campaign manager of the Voices for Healthy Kids program with the American Heart Association, says the program found voters are especially con

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