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    PNS Daily News - September 2, 20150 

    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; a manhunt underway for three suspected cop killers in Chicago; the fatal shooting of a San Antonio man prompts a call for body cameras; a settlement should end indefinite solitary confinement in California; and some tips on keeping back to school kids healthy.

Public News Service - Washington

This backyard includes edible landscaping, a passive solar retrofit and a 6,500-gallon rainwater catchment system. In 2000, it was a conventional lawn. Credit: Northwest Permaculture Convergence.

SEATTLE - Today and through the weekend, people from across the Northwest are gathering in Eugene, Ore., for the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, learning how to work with nature and their neighbors to meet more of their basic needs locally. In a world facing many environmental and economic chal...Read More

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Amidst this summer's devastating wildfires in Washington, a team of attorneys is offering legal assistance free of charge. Credit: U.S. Interior Department

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - As hundreds of acres continue to burn in Washington, a team of attorneys across the state is helping wildfire victims with their questions about insurance claims, repair contractors, finding public assistance and more. It's a busy summer for members of the Washington State Assoc...Read More

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A small-business coalition says building a large oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver would change the city's character and culture, and end up costing more jobs than it creates. Credit: Washington Department of Transportation.

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Small businesses in Vancouver say the city is becoming its own economic powerhouse and doesn't need an oil-shipping terminal to create jobs. Members of the group "Vancouver 101" estimate that if only one in 30 businesses now in the area moves or closes because of a proposed Tesor...Read More

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More than 1,700 wind turbines dot the Washington landscape, but the state gets less than seven percent of its energy from wind. That could change as a new national report cites record low prices for wind power and turbine installation. Credit: Jeffrey G. Katz/Wikimedia Commons.

SEATTLE - In the Northwest, a new U.S. Department of Energy report could mean a resurgence of interest and investment in wind farms. It says energy from wind has hit a record low price, with the performance rising and the cost of installing turbines falling 20 to 40 percent in the last five years. ...Read More

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Home-care workers and clients across the state, including this Snohomish County group, have been holding summer picnics and barbecues to celebrate a new two-year contract with the state. Credit: SEIU 775 Northwest.

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A barbecue in Vancouver this weekend is just one event across Washington where home-care aides are celebrating their new contract with the state that, for the first time, includes a retirement benefit. Just three months ago, caregivers for older Washingtonians and people with dis...Read More

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Los prestadores de servicios de cuidado y los clientes de todo el estado, incluso este grupo del Condado Snohomish, han estado celebrando “pic-nics” de verano y barbacoas para festejar un nuevo contrato por dos años con el estado. Cortesía de SEIU 775 Northwest.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Los prestadores de servicios de cuidado a domicilio se están congregando en reuniones en todo el estado para celebrar su nuevo contrato por dos años que estipula sueldos, prestaciones y otros aspectos laborales. El acuerdo aumenta el pago por hora, establece un fo...Read More

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Social Security turns 80 this month. More than 1.2 million Washingtonians receive monthly benefits, including almost 91 percent of those over age 65. Credit: Chris Thomas.

SEATTLE - The 80th birthday of Social Security is next week, and every 2016 presidential candidate has ideas for changing the system - whether that means strengthening it or scrapping it. It's expected to be among the topics of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders' remarks this weekend in Seattle. M...Read More

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There's plenty of retirement investment advice out there, but it can be confusing and fraught with hidden fees. At a Seattle summit, legislators from across the country are discussing their constituents' retirement security. Credit: Chris Thomas.

SEATTLE – State legislators from around the country are meeting in Seattle today and one of the topics is how to help people save for retirement. Both Washington and Oregon have taken steps this year to launch workplace savings plans for employees of small businesses. At the National Confe...Read More

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