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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


On the rundown; a new poll has Americans turning thumbs down on Trump’s hurricane response; changes in the works to North Carolina’s election law; a move to protect Central California wilderness; and making federal buildings “bird friendly”

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Public News Service - VA: Women's Issues

The healthcare bill passed in the U.S. House repeals protections for people with preexisting conditions, and rules against annual and lifetime coverage limits. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – The healthcare bill just passed by Republicans in the U.S. House is facing opposition from groups representing doctors, hospitals and seniors. The American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and AARP all are sharply criticizing the revised American Health Care

For women working on conservation issues in Virginia, such as Giles Harnsberger, left, current challenges are turning into opportunities for growth. (Groundwork RVA)

RICHMOND, Va. - Women working in Virginia on conservation issues say they sometimes struggle to be heard - but the way their younger peers are joining the fight gives them a lot of hope. Giles Harnsberger, director of Groundwork RVA, said people can feel sidelined, both as environmentalists and as

Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn is sponsoring legislation to permit full-year prescriptions for birth control pills. (The Office of Del. Filler-Corn)

RICHMOND, Va. – As the General Assembly enters its final stretch, two bills dealing with reproductive issues still have a chance of passing. One would end state funding for Planned Parenthood. It resembles similar anti-abortion legislation in Congress and other state capitols. Margie Del C

Many Virginia progressive groups are praising Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virgini.

RICHMOND, Va. – While voters across the country may wonder about Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton's new vice presidential pick, many progressive groups from his home state say they like him. For Democratic voters nationally, Kaine's positions on trade and financial regulation have

The JMU team won the second

RICHMOND, Va. - University students staying up all night isn't unusual unless they're "hacking" solutions for folks who struggle to care for family members. Teams from seven Virginia colleges worked 25 hours straight in the second annual "Caring for the Caregiver Hack." James Madison University'

A bill before the General Assembly would require the cooling of corpses to 40 degrees or lower before burial, but supporters of home funerals say it's unnecessary. (Mogens Engelund/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. - Legislation that would require the cooling of human corpses to 40 degrees or lower before burial or cremation is being described as unnecessary by proponents of "green burial" and home-based funerals. They claim that the Dead Bodies Storage Bill sponsored by Kenneth C. Alexander, a

A resident of Virginia has returned to the country with the Zika virus, but since the virus is carried by mosquitoes, health officials are very confident it won't spread. (Joaquim Alves Gaspar/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. - One person returning to Virginia from overseas has tested positive for the Zika virus, but health officials are confident transmission here is impossible. Dr. Laurie Forlano is the state health department's top epidemiologist. She says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A third of those who would get health coverage if Virginia expanded Medicaid are parents, and most of them work. (Georgetown University Health Policy Institutešs Center for Children and Families)

RICHMOND, Va. - By not expanding Medicaid to cover working poor adults, Virginia also is shortchanging thousands of children, according to a new study. Georgetown researchers looked at families in the coverage gap, making too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford insurance on

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