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Featured on today’s rundown; LGBTQ Americans excluded from the 2020 Census; we take a look at how Trump’s energy policies could hurt the sector’s biggest jobs creator; plus how overturning online privacy rules may especially impact immigrants.

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Public News Service - VA: Social Justice

AARP is voicing concerns that the American Health Care Act now in Congress would significantly raise health-insurance costs for people in their 50s and 60s. (Architect of the Capitol)

RICHMOND, Va. – Attacking what it calls an age tax and saying it undermines Medicare, AARP is coming out strongly against the GOP's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. The main proposal to replace Obamacare would allow insurance companies to charge people in their 50s and 60s much more

Shifting Medicaid costs from the federal government to states like Virginia, where the budget is already tight, could mean fewer children are covered. (David Ragusa/Barn Images)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Advocates say that the changes to Medicaid that are part of the proposed Obamacare repeal would likely damage health programs for Virginia children. One part of the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would cut the federal Medicaid budget and turn funding into fixed, per c

The family of Jamycheal Mitchell say they have been gratified to see mental-health reforms move through the legislature this year. (the Mitchell family/Youtube)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The state's General Assembly has taken a number of steps to strengthen Virginia's mental health services. And the family of Jamycheal Mitchell has said it was deeply gratifying to see the reforms. Mitchell was the young mentally ill man who was arrested for stealing $5 worth of sn

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

Nonpartisan vote protection hotlines are up and running and will be taking calls through election day. (The Election Protection Coalition)

RICHMOND, Va. -- There’s a nonpartisan election-protection hotline from The Election Protection Coaltion: 866-OUR-VOTE. The coalition is made up of more than a hundred groups working to protect the right to vote nationally. Arusha Gordon, associate counsel with the Lawyers' Committee for Ci

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's efforts to restore voting rights to restored felons is part of the electoral landscape in Virginia this year. (Office of Gov. McAuliffe/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. -- One big unknown this presidential election season is how voter turnout will be affected by the highly charged, partisan atmosphere. This will be the first election since the U.S. Supreme Court repealed important elements of the Voting Rights Act. Judith Browne Dianis, executive di

A new report finds young offenders spend longer locked up because of court fines and fees. (Juvenile Law Center)

RICHMOND, Va. - Young people in Virginia's juvenile-justice system often end up jailed longer because of their inability to pay fines and court fees, according to a new analysis by the Juvenile Law Center. Its report, "Debtors' Prison for Kids," found that many young offenders stay locked up or on

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