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PNS Daily Newscast - April 27, 2018 


A historic summit between North and South Korea. Also on the Friday rundown: teachers continue their fight for funding; the EPA chief grilled on Capitol Hill; and remembering those who’ve lost their lives on the job.

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Public News Service - VA: Poverty Issues

Virginia state lawmakers aim to finish work on the budget during a special session April 11 to avoid a government shutdown. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia’s governor has set April 11 as the date for a General Assembly special session to settle a budget standoff over Medicaid expansion. The General Assembly adjourned over the weekend without passing a budget because of differences among Republicans over Medicaid ex

Savings under the House Medicaid expansion proposal would go to public education, with more than $69 million in additional Virginia Lottery proceeds for K-12 school districts to spend as they see fit, without requiring local matching money. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. — A major roadblock to Medicaid expansion has been removed in the Virginia House of Delegates, as the Republican-controlled chamber included the expansion in the state budget proposal on Sunday. The budget represents a dramatic political turnaround by the House, and a show of b

Supporters say public funds could be leveraged to bring needed investment in grocery stores for Virginia communities that need them. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Supporters say a state grocery store investment fund to be considered by lawmakers would help Virginia communities without easy access to fresh food. The fund is designed to make investment capital cheaper and easier to get for companies that want to run grocery stores in wha

Doctors say they are worried that more - and sicker - children will show up in emergency rooms if Congress fails to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Healthcare systems, including Virginia's, are now bracing for chaos as Congress failed to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program. According to a new analysis by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, half of all state CHIP programs will have to shut down by th

The tax bill now being debated in Congress could have a major impact on Virginia health insurance. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. -- In its current form, the U.S. Senate tax bill would raise health insurance premiums and force millions of people to lose access, according to a new analysis of federal figures. Health economist Emily Gee with the Center for American Progress estimates nearly 300,000 Virginians wou

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

Despite White House claims to the contrary, new analysis finds the budget for federal safety-net programs at a historic low. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

RICHMOND, Va. – Even a 25-percent cut to SNAP - enough to leave thousands more in Virginia hungry - can't make the White House budget math add up, according to a new analysis. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says President Donald Trump's first budget would slash the Supplemental N

Social Security took American seniors from being the highest poverty age group to one of the most secure.(Social Security Works)

RICHMOND, Va. -- A proposal to change how Social Security is funded is being attacked as a sneaky way of undermining the program. The Trump administration is floating what's been described as a trial balloon - end the separate payroll taxes deducted for Social Security and replace them with genera

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