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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Public News Service - Washington

Owners of small shops and restaurants are hoping folks will rush past the big box-store discounts to buy local on Small Business Saturday. Credit: jzlomek/

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Small shops and restaurants around the state are looking for a good crowd for "Small Business Saturday," a day when people are urged to spend their money at local merchants instead of national chains. In Walla Walla, it's the first holiday season of self-employment for Karie Br...Read More

Public News Service - WA

Seasonal workers help the U.S. Forest Service with a variety of jobs, including public outreach at events like Pacific Crest Trail Day. Courtesy: USFS Pacific Northwest Region

SEATTLE - You'll have to get organized in the next few days if you want to be considered for a job working in one of the 16 national forests in Washington and Oregon next spring or summer. The U.S. Forest Service is hiring more than 1,000 seasonal workers, but the time to apply is short - only one ...Read More

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Spokane-area residents pack an Oct. 27 meeting about Avista's continued use of power generated from coal. Courtesy: Sierra Club

SPOKANE, Wash. – Avista, the electric utility that serves much of eastern Washington, is planning its next 20 years of power output – and some customers aren't happy that part of it is coal power. The public comment period ends Friday evening on Avista's 20-year Integrated Resource Pla...Read More

Public News Service - WA

Monthly Social Security benefits were paid starting in 1940. Anyone who receives benefits today should be sure they're maximizing them. Credit: SSA History Archives

SEATTLE - Most people think of reaching retirement age and collecting Social Security as going hand in hand, but that doesn't have to be the case. When making decisions about when to stop working and start taking Social Security benefits, according to one expert, the majority of people aren't consid...Read More

Public News Service - WA

Yes, it might be free, but it's also a free-for-all for scammers when people make online purchases from unsecured wireless networks. Credit: Bruce Carlson, AARP Washington.

SEATTLE – Just as some people eagerly await the holiday shopping season, it's also a favorite time of year for crooks and cons, and a new survey shows Washingtonians are giving them plenty of opportunity. The AARP Fraud Watch Network found more than two-thirds of people surveyed failed a basi...Read More

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A New York Times probe of forced arbitration clauses in consumer and employment contracts finds they most often tip the justice scales on behalf of corporations. Credit: southernfried/

SEATTLE - A New York Times investigation is making waves across the country this week for exposing the potential pitfalls of signing common consumer contracts. It may be for cellphone service, an assisted-living apartment, an online purchase or even a new job. Today's typical contract says if thin...Read More

Public News Service - WA

Rafters on the Wenatchee River may not mix well with helicopters landing in the nearby Enchantment Peak area. Credit: Wildwater River Guides

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. - The comment period has just closed for a U.S. Army proposal to do helicopter training exercises in some scenic Washington recreation spots. Joint Base Lewis-McChord says its crews could practice landing helicopters on local mountains rather than flying to Colorado, as they do n...Read More

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Health experts are advising people to get a flu shot now to be protected throughout flu season. Credit: DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile

SEATTLE - The change in weather has Washingtonians preparing for the winter months and for many, that includes getting a flu vaccine. Dr. John Dunn, co-director of vaccination with Group Health Cooperative, says those who decide to be vaccinated shouldn't delay, because it takes a few weeks for it t...Read More

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