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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 

    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Public News Service - Washington

Opt-out alternatives to state regulated workers' compensation plans have little or no legal oversight, according to a new study. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating a new method for employers to opt out of state-regulated workers' compensation plans. Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom is one of the proponents of the opt-out system in which employers provide their own compensation to workers hurt on the job. ...Read More

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Green River United Faculty President Jaeney Hoene held a news conference on the first day of the three-day strike to protest program cuts at Green River College. (Green River United Faculty Coalition)

AUBURN, Wash. - Faculty members at Green River College in south King County are in Day Two of a three-day strike, protesting the college's plans to cut some programs. College President Eileen Ely has said the college will eliminate 11 programs in order to solve a $4 million budget deficit. But J...Read More

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Young peopple who are financially literate become stakeholders in society, according to Suzanne Klenk of the Washington State Employees Credit Union. (pixabay)

SEATTLE – It can sometimes be hard to teach students the importance of understanding how to manage their personal finances. So, at America's Credit Union Conference next month in Seattle, credit unions are reaching out to give Washington educators the resources to teach financial literacy to...Read More

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About 107,000 people have Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia in the state of Washington. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - Alzheimer's disease is the third-leading age-adjusted cause of death in the state of Washington and kills here at the highest rate in the nation, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts analysis released this week. However, state officials are not taking this alarming data lying down. The De...Read More

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Social workers placed Baby Jayden dolls, such as the one above, around Seattle to raise awareness about working conditions. (Charles Loeffler/Twitter)

SEATTLE - Dolls nicknamed Baby Jayden showed up on the streets of Seattle this week, capturing attention on social media and in the news. Social workers placed the dolls around town to represent the children waiting for care because of high caseloads for workers. Charles Loeffler, social service spe...Read More

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Women's advocacy group Ultraviolet Action flew a banner over Amazon's annual shareholders meeting Tuesday that said

SEATTLE - The women's advocacy group Ultraviolet Action has taken to the skies above Seattle, asking the company Amazon to stop selling Donald Trump merchandise in its online marketplace. The group commissioned a plane to fly a banner over Amazon's annual shareholders' meeting today. The banner ...Read More

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Mothers make less than 69 cents for every dollar fathers make in Washington state. (

SEATTLE – Just a week and a day after Mothers' Day, comes Mothers' Equal Pay Day, a date that marks how far into 2016 a mom typically has to work to make up for last year's difference in income between moms and dads. The observance today is based on a National Women's Law Center study that s...Read More

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The American Federation of Teachers of Washington is holding an event on racial equity at Renton Technical College on Saturday. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - As movements such as Black Lives Matter have gained steam, a major topic of discussion is racial equity in public institutions. On Saturday, and with the help of a poetry reading from a Black Lives Matter organizer at lunchtime, the American Federation of Teachers of Washington will addr...Read More

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