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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: Family/Father Issues

According to the census, Virginia has a lower poverty rate than the United States as a whole, while the District of Columbia has a higher rate. (U.S. Census Bureau)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Census data shows the poverty rate is slowly going down in Virginia and the District of Columbia, but it is still higher than it was before the Great Recession. Nearly 11 percent of households in Virginia, and more than 17 percent in the District of Columbia struggled with poverty

Social Security is 81 years old, and AARP Virginia is taking the opportunity to remind folks about why the program is important. (AARP)

RICHMOND, Va. - It's Social Security's birthday, and some program supporters are using the anniversary to remind the public why it's so important. FDR signed Social Security into law in August of 1935. Since then, it's been vital to people like Yvonne Staton of Lorton. After working two decades for

Now that summer vacation has started, teachers are stressing the need to keep kids engaged in learning. (Woodley Wonderworks - Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. - With schools in Virginia out for the summer, educators stress that we should keep our young students connected to learning, to avoid the "summer slide." Alexandria 4th grade teacher Christina Bohringer said research confirms that children lose ground if they don't keep reading and

Progress Virginia makes may in part depend on dealing with the one in six state children growing up in poverty. (Beatrice Murch/Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia risks its future if it fails to help the more than a quarter million children living in poverty, say child advocates. The recent Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation moved the state up three spots to eleventh in overall child welfare. Margaret Nimmo Holland

Carolyn Powell says CPR saved her life, and gave her the chance to go to American Heart Association events with her family. (Carolyn Powell)

RICHMOND, Va. - CPR is simple, just call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. And CPR saves lives like Carolyn Powell's. Powell is a Mechanicsville mother whose heart stopped while she was checking on her son one night, seven years ago. Her husband heard their son crying and fou

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'

Organizers say National Walking Day. Apr. 6, is a good time to add a little exercise to your life. (American Heart Association)

RICHMOND, Va. - Elisa Douglas says National Walking Day could be a matter of life and death for Virginians. She says walking certainly saved her. The Mechanicsville mother of four volunteers as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, which sponsors the national call to exercise on April

No Roof Left Behind is a group of roofing contractors who collaborate to make some deserving homeowners dry, warm and very happy. (No Roof Left Behind)

RICHMOND, Va. - What might best be described as a "roofers' charity" is now taking nominations in Virginia for folks who may need a new roof at no cost and the whole process is open and very community-run. No Roof Left Behind is a group of roofing contractors in 70 communities, including two in Vir

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