PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app


PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 

Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.

2020Talks - September 25, 2020 

Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

After-School Funding on Federal Chopping Block

February 27, 2008

Seattle, WA – School districts and after-school care providers are "ringing bells" in Washington today. They're worried there will be less federal money for after-school programs if Congress goes along with a $300 million cut being proposed by the Bush administration, which includes $4 million less for Washington state.

U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spelling unveils a new plan today to give vouchers to parents to pay for after-school care, instead of helping to fund the after-school programs themselves.

Janet Frieling, network director of the advocacy group School's Out Washington, says that would mean less after-school resources, in a state that already doesn't have enough.

"This is a huge switch in this program; we do not think it would be a good idea. It will really undermine the existing community partnerships that have been built; it will really pull the rug out from under a lot of quality programs."

Frieling estimates that, in Washington, after-school care will be available to 4,000 fewer children if the voucher system is implemented. She says the federal money now spent on after-school care amounts to about $75,000 per program, per year, and some programs won't survive without it.

"It is not a lot of money, but it helps to leverage a lot of community resources, and it brings in other partners to the table."

More on the issue is at

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA