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PNS Daily Newscast - November 20, 2017 


On our Monday nationwide rundown; decision day for the Keystone XL pipeline; a border patrol agent killed in the line of duty in Texas; and time is running out to comment on fees that could double or triple at many National Parks in 2018.

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Public News Service - VA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Even ignoring the cuts to taxes on wealthy estates, analysts say the tax bill ends up helping the rich much more than the middle class and working families. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Analysts say the tax bill moving quickly through Congress benefits corporations, rich professionals and wealthy families at the expense of the national deficit and, ultimately, everyone else. Republicans have promised that the tax bill will raise wages. But they admit the bill wou

Critics charge Ed Gillespie's promises rely on unrealistic economic projections. (Gillespie for Governor)

RICHMOND, Va. – Republican Ed Gillespie is promising both tax cuts and more public-school funding, but he's counting on big revenue from economic growth, which might not happen. According to the Virginia Education Association, Gillespie's tax cuts would mean $400 million less for schools whe

Conservationists say they're worried about what a huge gas pipeline would do to the Appalachian Trail. (Appalachian Trail Conservancy)

RICHMOND, Va. – A new report details the impacts a huge natural gas pipeline would have on the Appalachian Trail, and some of America's most cherished forest lands. Part of the Too Wild to Drill report looks at where the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) runs along the Appalachian Trail near th

AARP Virginia's program

RICHMOND, Va. – The hashtag for We Want To Know – WW2K – may be Virginians' key to getting candidates for public office to answer questions. AARP Virginia is running its We Want to Know program again this election season. The group promises that if you ask a civil question that c

The massive damage Hurricane Harvey has caused in Texas can't help but prompt concern along the Virginia coast. (U.S. Army/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. – The bad news is that coastal Virginia is at risk from a storm like Harvey. The good news is, there's a ready source of funding for the storm mitigation the area badly needs. Estimates are that the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads region is the second-most vulnerable urban cente

Industrial accidents like the Deepwater Horizon disaster are just one fear of opponents of offshore drilling in the Atlantic. (U.S. Coast Guard/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. -- The public has until Thursday to comment on the first step towards a proposal that could open the Virginia coast to offshore drilling. The Trump administration may roll back an Obama-era plan to make much of the Atlantic coast off-limits to oil and gas exploration and development.

Virginia teachers now make less than their peers in 32 other states. Teachers say that forces them to take second or even third jobs. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia teachers make almost $8,000 a year less than the national average. And educators say many have to keep second or even third jobs to make ends meet. The latest annual survey just released by the National Education Association found Virginia has fallen to 32nd in the countr

Cancer survivor Rusty Williams credits the Affordable Care Act with saving his life. (Dan Heyman)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Folks who got healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act are closely watching as the new healthcare bill is drafted in the Senate - including some who say Obamacare saved their lives. The Senate "repeal and replace" legislation is still being negotiated behind closed doors,

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