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    PNS Daily News - May 29, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown; former House Speaker Hastert charged with lying to the FBI about alleged hush money; a veto promised in North Carolina versus a marriage objections bill; thousands of New Yorkers get an Obamacare fix on artificial limbs; and Wyoming “ground zero” for federal sagebrush.

Public News Service - Washington

PHOTO: Coho salmon prefer to spawn in smaller streams, and water quality watchdogs are not convinced the EPA's new Clean Water Rule does enough to protect the fish from pollution. Photo courtesy Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.

SEATTLE - It's been years in the making, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released a new Clean Water Rule, which supporters say will better protect streams and wetlands from pollution – and opponents say either goes too far, or doesn't go far enough. In past years, U.S....Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Workers from the Department of Social and Health Services show the placards they'll sport for Wednesday's 15-minute unity break, a coordinated action in more than 80 locations to show solidarity among state workers. Photo courtesy Washington Federation of State Employees.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - State workers in more than 80 locations across Washington are planning what might be seen as a mini-strike today at noon. They're calling the 15-minute walkout a "Unity Break," saying the goal is to get state lawmakers' attention and reinforce the importance of the work done by sta...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Caring for grandchildren can pose challenges in Washington, where relatives are not eligible for as much state assistance as foster parents. Photo credit: rockhouse57/

SEATTLE - When children can't live with their parents, Washington's "Family First" policy is to place them with another family - either with relatives or a foster family - and it's working. According to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report, 94 percent of the more than 10,000 Washington children i...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Leisurely retirement isn't in the cards for the 462,000 Washingtonians ages 45 to 64 who have saved less than $25,000 for retirement. A new state plan to allow small business employees to save through at-work payroll deductions should help. Photo credit: Wax115/Morguefile.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington has taken a step toward addressing the retirement savings crisis in the state. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law on Monday to create an online marketplace where small business owners can choose from low-cost retirement plans offered by financial service companies. ...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Wildland fire fighting crews and equipment are ready if needed over the Memorial Day weekend, but state and federal land management agencies are hoping they won't be. Photo credit: Tom Iraci/U.S. Forest Service.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The first unofficial week of summer coincides this year with Gov. Jay Inslee's declaration of a statewide drought emergency. On Washington's 12 million acres of federal land and almost 13 million acres of state-owned forestland, fire prevention is an intensely collaborative ...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Home-care workers want the ability to put 23 cents an hour of their pay into a trust fund for future retirement benefits, but the idea is getting pushback from some state senators. Photo credit: Sarah Lloyd.

CENTRALIA, Wash. - A bus tour isn't part of most home-care workers' days, but on Tuesday, dozens participated in a "Day of Action" to advocate for retirement savings for people in their industry. The bus made strategic stops in the communities of some Republican state legislators who oppose the ide...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: The cargo-shipping business is booming at the Port of Seattle, prompting some to ask why the port needs to open its Terminal 5 to a company that repairs oil rigs. Photo courtesy Port of Seattle.

SEATTLE - Port of Seattle commissioners will appeal a Seattle Department of Planning and Development finding against a Shell Oil contractor leasing Terminal 5 as its homeport for repairing oil rigs on their way to Alaska. But late Tuesday, port commissioners also voted to warn the contractor that it...Read More

Public News Service - WA

FOTO: Los trabajadores de cuidados a domicilios quieren que se destinen 23 centavos de cada hora de su paga para un fondo futuro destinado a los beneficios de retiro, pero la idea está recibiendo oposición de algunos senadores estatales. Crédito de la foto: Sarah Lloyd.

CENTRALIA, Wash. – Los auxiliares de cuidados a domicilio que ayudan a los washingtonianos mayores y a gente con discapacidades han propuesto un fondo de retiro para ayudar a asegurar que no serán indigentes cuando ellos envejezcan y tal vez también necesiten cuidados. Un viaje en a...Read More

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