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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; President Trump disbands two economic councils as CEO’s resign in protest; we will tell you why Iowa, like Trump, has bias issues; plus land trusts are a prime spot to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

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Public News Service - VA: Immigrant Issues

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

Virginia's voting population is slowly changing, due to immigration and the rise of often excluded groups.

RICHMOND, Va. - With new voters migrating to the state, observers say Virginia is very gradually trending in a progressive direction. Jon Liss, co-executive director with New Virginia Majority, says more immigrants, people of color and other traditionally liberal voters help explain why Democrats h

Several looming Congressional budget battles could turn into shutdown standoffs. Graph by National Priorities Project

RICHMOND, Va. - A government shutdown has been delayed at least until December, but a number of budget fights remain. Shutdowns pose a significant threat to Virginia's economy, due to the many federal offices and employees. A temporary agreement over funds for Planned Parenthood delayed the shutdo

A new survey of Latino voters finds them focused on environmental issues, and willing to pay more for clean power to fight climate change. Chart by Latino Decisions.

RICHMOND, Va. - Latino voters are as focused on protecting the environment as they are on immigration reform, according to a new poll. The national survey done for Earthjustice and GreenLatinos found four out of five very concerned about clean air, clean water and climate change. Adrian Pantoja i

PHOTO: Commercial office cleaners are rallying on the streets to commemorate the Justice for Janitors movement, as talks begin on contracts that cover about 75,000 commercial cleaners in the eastern U.S. Photo courtesy 32BJ SEIU.

ARLINGTON, Va. – Janitors plan to rally on the streets of Arlington during rush hour tomorrow, as contract talks start for more than 10,000 office cleaners in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Virginia House Delegate Alfonso Lopez of Arlington will speak at the rally, commemorating the 25th an

PHOTO: Noel, a 16-year-old from El Salvador, told a reporter he is walking to the U.S. to help his mother, who has cancer. Photo credit: Joseph Sorrentino.

RICHMOND, Va. - A crackdown in Mexico backed by the United States is making Central American refugees more vulnerable and not keeping them from trying to come north. An investigation in the magazine "In These Times" says when large numbers of Central American children showed up in the U.S. last s

PHOTO: Immigration reform activists occupied dozens of U.S. congressional offices over what they call the

WASHINGTON - Calling the nation's broken immigration system a "moral crisis," activists Wednesday occupied scores of congressional offices - including the office of Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-McLean). A press release from one of the many groups taking part said it was targeting 35 "hard-line

PHOTO: According to reports from Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch, children half the smoking age are working in America's tobacco fields, including this fifteen-year-old in North Carolina. Photo by Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch.

RICHMOND, Va. – Children, half the smoking age, are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields in Virginia and North Carolina. It’s hard to tell how many or how old they are, but one study has found some are younger than 18. Baldemar Velasquez, president of the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizi

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