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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - VA: Housing/Homelessness

About 12% of Virginia's households with children have fallen behind on their rent during the pandemic, which could lead to an eviction crisis. (Adobe stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- With the economy stalling and millions of Americans still out of work because of the pandemic, Virginia housing advocates are urging Congress to quickly pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to bring relief to families being pushed into poverty. The American Res

If Congress passes it, a new bipartisan stimulus bill would provide $13 billion for Americans needing emergency food assistance during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- One GOP senator called it a "Christmas miracle," as a bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a $908 billion, two-part stimulus plan. At first look, one Virginia organization says it would still pose challenges for folks hit hard by the pandemic. Kim Bobo, executive director at

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has banned evictions in the state until June 30, a response to the high unemployment rate in the pandemic, but it may not be deterring some property owners. (Adobe Stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Out-of-work renters across Virginia say they're receiving eviction notices, even though last week Gov. Ralph Northam banned evictions through the end of June. The moratorium is a response to an unemployment rate that's ballooned to almost 11% in the pandemic. However, some landlord

Hundreds of Virginians are evicted from their homes every day. (Adobe stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia joins a growing number of states and cities across the nation halting evictions in response to potential lost wages during the new coronavirus crisis. Christie Marra, the Virginia Poverty Law Center's director of housing advocacy, said the Commonwealth's three-week ban wil

More than $45 billion is locked up in security deposits in the U.S. rather than circulating in the economy, according to Virginia Del. Mark Keam of Fairfax.  (Adobe Stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. - With the skyrocketing cost of housing, a Virginia lawmaker has proposed an alternative to the traditional apartment security deposit. House Bill 1333 aims to let landlords accept security deposit insurance instead of what can amount to thousands of dollars for first and last month'

Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Richmond were among the top 10 cities in the United States for high eviction rates, according to a 2016 report. (Adobe Stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond needs to do more to help stem what some see as an eviction crisis, according to a new report. The city should establish a centralized office for tenants to seek legal advice when facing an eviction, according to the report written by law students from Yale and Stanfor

The Eviction Lab placed Richmond second in the nation, with an eviction rate of 11.44 percent in 2016. (Pixabay)

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RICHMOND, Va. — After a recent New York Times article revealed Richmond has one of the highest eviction rates in the country, housing advocacy groups gathered this week to figure out how to solve the problem. The data from Princeton University's Eviction Lab showed that half of the 10 larges

According to a new survey, U.S. jails hold ten times more mentally ill individuals than hospitals. Jamycheal Mitchell died in jail after being arrested for stealing five dollars worth of snacks. (Youtube/the Mitchell family)

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RICHMOND, Va. -- U.S. jails are overrun with mentally ill inmates and are ill-equipped to deal with the problem, according to a recent survey of corrections staff. The study found that on average 16 percent of prisoners in the U.S. correctional system are seriously mentally ill. The study’s

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