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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2020 


U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and the Trump public charge rule takes effect Monday.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - WA: Education

About 330,000 Washington state kids are waiting for an after-school program. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- After-school organizations in Washington state are utilizing training and other support systems to create better programs for their students. Open Doors for Multicultural Families is an organization that works with youth with disabilities from culturally diverse communities. It's reachi

Solitary confinement can have detrimental effects on the developing brains of young people, studies have found. (karenfoleyphoto/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A bill to end solitary confinement for young people in Washington state jails and detention facilities is making its way through the State Legislature. The practice has come under increased scrutiny across the country, including from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent P

Programs that emphasize attending school also increase a young person's chances of graduating. (WavebreakmediaMicro)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Advocates for youth and critical programs outside of school are in Olympia today for Youth Development Advocacy Day. Organizations that provide mentoring, case management and expanded learning programs after school and in the summer are letting lawmakers know the importance of thei

Standards for counselors at Washington state's 34 community and technical colleges vary widely among the schools. (Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Counselors play an integral role in helping and guiding students, and can even prevent them dropping out. This year, standards will finally be developed for Washington's community and technical college counselors. Last year, lawmakers approved a task force for this purpose, which

The Zone Project is helping to provide summer programs for children, including free swimming lessons. (Jene Ray/Northeast Community Center)

SPOKANE, Wash. -- An innovative initiative is seeking to lift up an entire neighborhood - and could become a model for other Washington state communities. The Zone Project wants to close the opportunity gap in northeast Spokane, an underserved and low-income area of the city where more than four i

The school bus drivers' union in Renton pushed back against longer hours and won. (Stuart Monk/Adobe Stock)

RENTON, Wash. – School bus drivers in Washington state say unions have helped them receive livable wages and fair working conditions. For the American Federation of Teachers of Washington's local affiliation in Renton, negotiations paid off in its recent contract signing. Renton president

Tacoma's after-school program Write 253 helps students prepare for the team slam poetry competition Louder Than a Bomb. (Johnny Schuler)

TACOMA, Wash. – It's Lights On Afterschool Day, a celebration of the expanded learning opportunities available to children after the final school bell. In Washington state, more than 180,000 kids are in after-school programs, but they're outnumbered by the number of kids who are alone or unsu

Health experts want educators and school staff to consider self-care practices to reduce stress from their demanding work. (Kaiser Permanente)

SEATTLE – Students are back in school and, while much of the education focus is on children, staff members also are back at work – and they're feeling the stress of the job. According to a Gallup poll, 46% of teachers feel high daily stress, which ties them with nurses for the most in

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