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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

Public News Service - Washington

PHOTO: President Obama has authorized multiple new national monuments during his time in office, including portions of the San Juan Islands. A newly-formed group of venture capital CEOs says it's a smart move for those areas' economies. Photo credit: Jeff Clark, Bureau of Land Management, on Wikimedia Commons.

SEATTLE — There's a link between successful start-ups and the great outdoors - and members of a new national coalition say it's a profitable one that should be encouraged. Leaders of a dozen investment and venture capital firms have formed the "Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition." At ...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Tacoma has decided it's time for a paid sick leave policy for employers in the city, but the debate continues about whether the current proposal is useful or practical for workers. Photo credit: meggi/FeaturePics.com.

TACOMA, Wash. - Workers in Tacoma are watching City Hall this week, as a proposal to allow them to earn three days of paid sick leave per year is officially introduced at a City Council meeting Tuesday. While they acknowledge it's better to have some paid time off than none, many are speaking out a...Read More

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PHOTO: A view of the Snoqualmie Valley shows why the area is prized for its beauty, even with its proximity to some of the state's most densely populated areas. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness expansion legislation protects another 22,000 acres of the area. Photo credit: Kevin Geraghty.

SEATTLE - Some new wilderness is coming to the state of Washington as part of a pile of public lands and defense spending bills rolled into one big vote. The legislation, which passed the U.S. Senate on Friday after approval in the House the previous week, adds 22,000 acres to the existing Alpine L...Read More

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PHOTO: Holiday generosity is a Washington tradition, but nowadays it's smart to check everything out before you buy or donate, from cash gift cards to shopping websites, to the charities seeking end-of-year contributions. Photo credit: Batman2000/FeaturePics.com.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - It's fine to put a few dollars in the red Salvation Army kettles this time of year, but if you're planning larger contributions to charity, there's more to be done than opening a wallet. Holiday giving is one of the areas where well-meaning Washingtonians and their money are easily...Read More

Public News Service - WA

PHOTO: Before wrapping children's holiday gifts, look at them with an eye for safety hazards. While there are some toy safety standards and guidelines, there's no guarantee a product has been tested. Photo credit: Songbird/FeaturePics.com.

SEATTLE – Before wrapping toys purchased as gifts this holiday season, it may be time to take a closer look at them. A rubber duck, backpack, shopping-cart play set and a tambourine all are on store shelves despite potential hazards, according to the annual Trouble in Toyland report from the...Read More

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PHOTO: Recommendations from the Washington Dept. of Ecology outline how to fund and prepare for oil-shipment emergencies, when tribes and conservation groups think the focus should be on curtailing oil transport through the state. Photo credit: marpalusz/FeaturePics.com

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Ecology made recommendations this week for what the state could do to handle and fund the risks that come with increased shipments of oil by rail and water. Its report says 3 million gallons a week already move through Washington by train, a numb...Read More

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PHOTO: Washington's laws against drunk driving are more stringent this year, making a designated driver an even smarter strategy for holiday parties. Photo credit: Feverpitch/FeaturePics.com

EVERETT, Wash. - A designated driver should be part of this season's planning process for festivities that include alcohol, and one Washington attorney's advice is to arrange for that driver well before they're needed. In a new survey by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 72 percent of people who've u...Read More

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PHOTO: Up, up and away...unless there are problems. During the busy holiday travel season, airline passengers are urged to know their rights in case of flight delays, cancellations, lost luggage and other potential hassles. Photo credit: travinkovstudio/iStockphoto.com

SEATTLE - Airports will be bustling this week with folks catching flights to their Thanksgiving destinations. Sea-Tac International expects more than 600,000 travelers. While the thought of delays or cancellations may be stressful, airline passengers can take some comfort in knowing they have some ...Read More

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