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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - VA: Children's 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

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

The federal government doesn't allow raw milk to be sold across state lines because of the health risks associated with lack of pasteurization. (Couleur/Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is being asked to allow sales of raw milk across state lines - something that's been illegal for 30 years. Virginia has seen occasional disease outbreaks from people drinking unpasteurized milk. But a group known as the Real Food Consumer

Data from The Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that locking up juvenile offenders when they are not really a threat can change the young person for life. (Richard Ross/AECF)

RICHMOND, Va. – A program to help keep juvenile offenders out of pre-trial detention is showing big results for Virginia. The state and some local jurisdictions have worked with The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative since 2003. Beth Stinnett, program ma

Shifting Medicaid costs from the federal government to states like Virginia, where the budget is already tight, could mean fewer children are covered. (David Ragusa/Barn Images)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Advocates say that the changes to Medicaid that are part of the proposed Obamacare repeal would likely damage health programs for Virginia children. One part of the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would cut the federal Medicaid budget and turn funding into fixed, per c

Toney McNair, Virginia's 2017 Teacher of the Year, says state lawmakers could be doing more to help educators make a difference in the students' lives. (Virginia Education Assn.)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia's Teacher of the Year says connecting with students is a calling, even an assignment for him, and he says lawmakers should provide the resources needed to help. The General Assembly is debating Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget plan, including the first statewide teacher p

Matt Brown was born with heart defects, but his family says medical research has meant he can climb to the top of the steps featured in the movie

RICHMOND, Va. - Funding from the American Heart Association to study heart defects is doing a lot of good in Virginia, according to families and medical researchers. The Heart Association and the Children's Heart Foundation recently announced grants totaling more than $1 million for projects in sev

The Obama administration has been a strong proponent of Head Start nationally, but advocates say Virginia should do more to fill in the gaps between local programs. (Whitehouse.gov)

RICHMOND, Va. — Access to quality Head Start programs varies widely, according to new research. Children's advocates say Virginia can help close educational disparities by equalizing that. The "State(s) of Head Start" report found the early education programs vary greatly from one community

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