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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - WA: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Washington state still has an estimated backlog of more than 6,500 untested sexual assault kits. (Sgt. Rebecca Linder/defenseimagery.mil)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- As Washington state continues to test its backlog of sexual assault kits, lawmakers also are looking to reform how kits are managed. A sexual assault kit is a collection of evidence gathered following a rape allegation. One of the first hearings of the session, scheduled for Tu

A Washington State Supreme Court decision on releasing public employees' information has raised concerns, particularly for survivors of domestic violence. (tashatuvango/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A lot of information can be gleaned from a birth date. That's why Washington state public employees are raising safety concerns about a recent state Supreme Court decision – and hope lawmakers will correct it. In October, justices sided with the Freedom Foundation that

A Washington ballot initiative that would allow judges to temporarily suspend access to firearms to people deemed a threat to themselves or others gained 330,000 signatures, supporters say. (Alliance for Gun Responsibility)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Sponsors of a measure that would allow judges to take guns away from people deemed a risk to themselves or others have turned in more than 330,000 signatures one day before the deadline in Washington state. Initiative 1491 would create "Extreme Risk Protection Orders," allowing fam

As of July 2015, Washington State Police estimated the state had 6,000 untested rape kits. (Brylie Oxley/Wikimedia Commons)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Lawmakers in Olympia made history last week when they passed a bill that would set up a system for tracking sexual assault kits. However, the bill doesn't yet have budgetary legs to stand on. House Bill 2530 passed with one week left in the legislative session, leaving it in the

PHOTO: Workers who want the ability to accrue paid sick leave say in many of their jobs, coming to work ill isn't only uncomfortable; it also jeopardizes customers' health. Photo credit: joyt/FeaturePics.com.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A paid day off when a worker or their child is ill isn't an option for about one million people in Washington whose employers don't offer them the ability to accrue hours of sick leave. Today in Olympia, a House committee examines legislation to change that. The idea of paid time

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

SEATTLE - March is Women's History Month and some Washington human rights advocates say it's the right time to remind the Obama administration that women still have not reached equality. Roslyn Solomon, chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission, says her group has been able to persuade the City

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The health care reform debate has taken on a shade of pink. First Lady Michelle Obama held a White House event today (Friday) to make the case that breast cancer is proof of the need for health care reform. Breast cancer survivors, who pay more for health insurance or have been de

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