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    PNS Daily News - July 6, 20150 

    Updates on a variety of issues on our rundown including; Greece says no to an austerity bailout plan; a new U.S. overtime proposal impacts family time; health coverage updates for LGBT couples and folks from the Lone Star State; and the latest on the cougar hunt quota

Public News Service - Washington

PHOTO: More than 200 cougars a year are killed by hunters in Washington. Animal rights' organizations are asking the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to change its recent decision to increase the cougar quota in some hunting units. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

SEATTLE – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is being asked to rethink its decision to allow more cougars to be killed during hunting season. The recommended quota, based on in-state university research, has been 12 to 16 percent of the cougar population – but the commission in...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Gov. Jay Inslee has been putting in some long days and evenings, along with members of the Washington Legislature, and they're still not quite done with education-related issues and how to fund them.  Photo courtesy AARP Washington.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee calls the operating budget he signed into law this week "forward-thinking, responsible and fair." Most Washingtonians would add, '...and a long time coming,' after multiple special sessions and votes that aren't quite over. Bernal Baca is the government affa...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: A new law in Washington state will require nursing homes to have enough staff on duty to give each resident 3.2 hours of direct care daily, starting in July 2016. Photo courtesy University of South Florida.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed what is known as "safe staffing" legislation for nursing homes. The bill was proposed after persistent concerns that at too many facilities, too few caregivers are on hand to meet the needs of residents, and that both groups' safety is at risk as a result...Read More

Public News Service - WA

FOTO: En el estado de Washington, una nueva ley exigirá que los hogares de retiro tengan suficiente personal en servicio para darle a cada residente 3.2 horas diarias de atención directa, a partir de julio del 2016. Foto cortesía de la University of South Florida.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Los proveedores de cuidados en las casas de retiro han calificado de "innovadora" la legislación que firmó este martes el Gobernador Jay Inslee. Se trata de la Ley 1274 (House Bill 1274), que crea un sistema “basado en valores” para los hogares de retiro;...Read More

Public News Service - WA

GRAPHIC: The tan area of this map of Washington indicates a statewide mercury advisory for fish consumption for children and women of childbearing age. Mercury is one of the pollutants the EPA is trying to regulate, but the U.S. Supreme Court says the agency must consider the impact of costs to industry. Map courtesy Washington State Dept. of Health.

SEATTLE – The EPA was handed a setback by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The justices voted five to four that before the agency put a new rule into effect to control toxic pollution from power plants, it should have considered the cost to industry to comply with it. The decision doesn't r...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: No one wants a repeat of the Mills Canyon fire or any other summer wildfire. But if blazes ignite, dozens of Washington State Association for Justice members say they're ready to help fire victims with legal advice, quickly and free of charge. Photo courtesy Washington Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

TACOMA, Wash. – When someone's home or barn is going up in flames, their first thought is probably not, "Where's an attorney?" But soon enough, they might find they need one. This summer, more than 50 members of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) will be on call statewide to ...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Members of the Green Plate Special club celebrate the addition of raised garden beds to their school's STEM program. Photo credit: Marissa Rousselle.

SEATTLE - Today is National Summer Learning Day, a nod to programs that prompt kids to sign up, show up and learn something new. Kids may not realize it, but summer programs also help ensure that their academic skills don't backslide by fall. Summer is a new chance to introduce the STEM fields. At ...Read More

Public News Service - WA

Niñas celebran el nacimiento de nuevos retoños en sus "cajas verdes" de la escuela.

SEATTLE – Este viernes es el Día Nacional de Aprendizaje de Verano, una celebración dedicada a los programas de todo el país que mantienen despiertas las destrezas de los niños entre un año escolar y otro y los animan a inscribirse, asistir y aprender algo nuevo. Tal v...Read More

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