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    PNS Daily News - August 5, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; federal funding for Planned Parenthood remains uncertain as another political showdown looms; and America’s failing roads are costing drivers hundreds of dollars in extra vehicle service and maintenance expense each year; and we report on a major wilderness designation in Idaho.

Public News Service - Washington

PHOTO: 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. Photo 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

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: One of the proposed helicopter landing sites for military training, which has drawn criticism from some quarters, is located within two miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Photo credit: Mark Wolf-Armstrong.

METHOW, Wash. - More than two dozen recreation and conservation groups have voiced their concerns about a U.S. Army plan to shift some helicopter training from Colorado to Washington for pilots from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A few of the proposed training spots are in southwest Washington, but othe...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrived in the Seattle area to protests, and left Elliott Bay in mid-June. Photo credit: Jeff Dunnicliffe for The Backbone Campaign/Flickr.

SEATTLE – It's back to court on Friday for the Port of Seattle, and conservation groups that contend the port commissioners didn't conduct an environmental assessment before signing a lease to allow repair of oil-drilling rigs at the port. The groups maintain the water pollution risks are ob...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: About 2,000 AmeriCorps members fan out across Washington to help in schools, on conservation projects and more. But the national budget for this community-service organization is on the chopping block in the U.S. House of Representatives. Photo courtesy of Serve Washington.

SEATTLE - Communities across Washington would feel the effects of proposed cuts to federally supported volunteer programs. People who are accepted into the AmeriCorps service organizations are tutors in grade schools, do conservation and disaster-response work, help veterans transition into college...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: From walking paths to a skateboarding area, Rotary Community Park in Woodinville was developed in part with Land and Water Conservation Fund grants. Photo courtesy City of Woodinville.

SEATTLE - Two U.S. senators, Washington Democrat Maria Cantwell and Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, have forged an agreement to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund. But the deadline is tight, with just two months before the fund expires. The money is used to preserve and improve access to ...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: A new report asks the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to revise its latest forecast of utility needs and costs, to take into account the fact that out-of-region coal plants co-owned by Northwest utilities will cost customers more in coming years. Photo credit: mantasmagorical/

SEATTLE - The Northwest Power and Conservation Plan guides many utility-related decisions in the Northwest and is updated every five years. The newest draft of what is known as the Seventh Plan is being called into question for not taking some important expenses into account in its forecast. A new ...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: AARP's Public Policy Institute estimates the national value of unpaid family care for loved ones rivals the $469 billion annual sales of the four major tech companies combined. Photo credit: Chris Kirzeder/Alzheimer's Association.

SEATTLE - Nearly 20 percent of people over age 25 juggle jobs while they provide care for a family member who is older or has a disability. AARP's new report on family caregiving outlines caregivers' health and career challenges. It says more than half of caregivers surveyed feel "overwhelmed" by ...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: What's worse, post-surgery: the recovery, or the medical bill? This month, Washington gets a new state law that brings hospital bill-collection practices in line with other types of debt collectors. Photo credit: Skeeze/Pixabay.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington is changing some of the rules about how hospitals collect money from patients, with a new state law that brings them into line with other types of debt collectors. The move is, in part, the result of investigations and a 2014 court settlement over MultiCare Health ...Read More

Public News Service - WA

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