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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - WA: Disabilities

An app in development at the University of Washington could be an inexpensive way to more accurately diagnose concussions in youth sports. (C Watts/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Football season is here again and, while the National Football League and college football sometimes are seen as punting on the issue, concussions are a big deal. But it isn't always easy to know when an athlete has a concussion. Researchers at the University of Washington have d

People in Washington and across the country see passage of the American with Disabilities Act, 27 years ago today, as a major civil-rights victory. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

SEATTLE - The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 27 today, and its advocates are celebrating the legislation and also looking at the future of their movement for equality. The ADA changed the landscape of the country and made it easier for people with disabilities to seek accommodations, althoug

Veterans with pre-existing conditions could see health care costs go up under the GOP's health-care bills. (Robert Shields/Army Medicine)

SEATTLE – A new report finds nearly a half-million veterans would lose health coverage over the next decade under the GOP's health-care bills. About 1.8 million veterans rely on Medicaid, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress. Nearly a quarter of those vets would los

Parent caregivers testified in support of respite-care legislation in Olympia last week. (SEIU 775)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The parents of children with disabilities who need around-the-clock supervision are urging Washington state lawmakers to pass bills that would make it easier for them to take a break. HB 1322 and SB 5360 outline a bipartisan plan to cut the number of training hours needed by

Self-driving cars still are in their testing phase but one day could improve the lives of people with disabilities. (Don DeBold/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state lawmakers are in the beginning stages of developing regulations for self-driving cars, but they're already being asked to keep people with disabilities in mind. A research paper commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation and Securing America's Future Energy e

Two Washington state lawmakers, Sen. Barbara Bailey and Rep. Steve Tharinger, have been recognized for their work supporting caregivers. (AARP)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – AARP is recognizing three Washington state leaders as advocates in the halls of Olympia for caregivers. Gov. Jay Inslee, state Rep. Steve Tharinger, and state Sen. Barbara Bailey were recognized as Capitol Caregivers, who champion policies for both family and professional ca

Every year, hardy Washingtonians take a dive into frigid waters around the state to raise money for the Special Olympics. (Special Olympics Archive)

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Some hardy Washingtonians are taking a cold and invigorating dip this winter to raise money for the Special Olympics. In the Polar Plunge Series, people get charitable pledges to dive into freezing waters across the Evergreen State, starting with the Tri-Cities area on Saturday.

A federal judge has ordered that Washington state must evaluate the mental competency of inmates in jail within two weeks. (the_kid_cl/flickr)

SEATTLE – Washington state owes nearly $500,000 in fines over the last month for failing to provide mental competency evaluations within a week to inmates in jail. The state has been fined $500 a day for each inmate who waits between 7 and 13 days for an evaluation, and a $1,000 each day aft

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