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PNS Daily Newscast - June 29, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; Majority Leader McConnell busy trying to quickly revise the Senate health care bill; a new report says the GOP’s plans would leave a half a million veterans uninsured; and we take you to a Tennessee Kurdish community that’s getting relief from deportations.

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Donald Trump has so far refused to release his tax returns. Journalists say those documents are crucial to getting a financial picture of a candidate. (Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has so far refused to release his tax returns. But what could be learned if he did? Tax forms are one of the best ways to answer some of the most important questions about any candidate, not just Trump, said Mark Horvit, executive

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., co-founder of the cyber-crime caucus and seen here using Skype, says the DNC hack could have profoundly disturbing implications. (Warner's Office)

RICHMOND, Va. — Charges the Russians may have hacked the Democratic National Committee to help Donald Trump are "extraordinarily disturbing" to Virginia Senator Mark Warner. Warner sits on the Intelligence Committee and co-founded a cyber security caucus. He said we have to be careful not to

PHOTO: An amended gift limit is making the ethics bill just passed by the Virginia General Assembly more palatable to watchdogs. Photo of the state Capitol's interior courtesy of Wikimedia.

RICHMOND, Va. – After passing an ethics bill that drew criticism and amendments from the governor, the Virginia General Assembly has added lawmaker gift limits to legislation that is earning guarded praise. Embarrassed by the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell, the assembly passed

GRAPHIC: Several government watchdog groups say they want Gov. Terry McAuliffe to press for changes to a newly passed ethics bill, which they describe as

RICHMOND, Va. - Saying it could actually make some ethics dilemmas worse, several watchdog groups are calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to press for changes to Virginia's just-passed ethics legislation. Aaron Scherb, director of legislative affairs for Common Cause, said the General Assembly was emba

PHOTO: In the five years since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, analysis shows that American elections have become increasingly influenced by big, anonymous political donations.

RICHMOND, Va. - In the five years since the Citizens United decision, big anonymous money has grown increasingly important in the American political system and observers say it shows no sign of slowing. The Center for Public Integrity has been monitoring spending by the big, outside groups empowere

Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon is the plaintiff in a campaign-finance case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

WASHINGTON - Another major Supreme Court decision on campaign finance could come as early as next week. In McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission, Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon said his First Amendment rights are violated when he cannot give a $2,600 donation to as many parties and candid

PHOTO: According to the Virginia Public Access Project, the gubernatorial candidates have accepted 35-thousand dollars in contributions this year from payday and car title lenders, their founders, or related donations. Photo credit: Microsoft images

RICHMOND, Va. - According to a coalition of faith leaders in Virginia, political candidates are taking money from the state's most disadvantaged people when they accept campaign contributions from predatory lenders. According to Holly Coy, program director for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Publ

RICHMOND, Va. - The U.S. Justice Department has approved Virginia's voter ID law, which means that when voters head to the polls in November, they will need specific forms of identification for their vote to be counted. Groups that opposed the legislation are now mobilizing to make sure voters are i

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