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PNS Daily Newscast - August 3, 2020 

Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.

2020Talks - August 3, 2020 

Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Public News Service - WA: Health

Caregivers in Washington state were able to secure an additional $2.56 an hour in hazard pay for July, August and September. (SEIU 775)

SEATTLE -- In-home caregivers known as Individual Providers are concerned about what budget shortfalls from COVID-19 will mean for bargaining with Washington state. Individual Providers (IPs) help people with disabilities stay in their homes, but they often struggle financially. Gina Denton is an

Because COVID-19 spreads through droplets, being outside can help mitigate some of the risks of contracting the virus. (anzebizjan/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Summer is a cherished time in the Northwest with families going outside to enjoy the sun and warm weather. But the COVID-19 outbreak means folks need to keep some precautions in mind. Dr. Peter Barkett, an internal medicine physician with Kaiser Permanente in Silverdale, says people w

Protests have been ongoing since George Floyd's death in May. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Across the country, workers on Monday are striking for Black lives. Striking workers span industries, including fast food restaurants, health care and hospitals. Some plan to walk off at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds -- the length of time Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauv

The billionaires who call Washington state home saw their wealth increase 28% in the first three months of the COVID-19 outbreak. (primipil/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- During the pandemic, Washington's billionaires have made enough money to cover the state's 2021 budget shortfall -- with $85 billion to spare. According to a new analysis, Washington's 12 billionaires added nearly $90 billion to their wealth between mid-March and mid-June -- the second-h

The Washington state Department of Health and Human Services advises home-care workers to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands frequently. (oatawa/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- As COVID-19 cases increase, home-care workers can get a 31-day supply of personal protective equipment from the State of Washington. Bea Rector, who directs the Home and Community Services Division in the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, said individual providers, or IPs, were

Worst-case cuts in Washington state would slash an estimated $220 million from the Medicaid long-term care services budget. ( Stock)

SEATTLE -- Long-term care advocates in Washington state are rallying against budget cuts they say would be disastrous for the state's most vulnerable residents. As the state grapples with COVID-19's economic fallout, agencies are being asked to consider what cuts look like. The worst-case scenario

With states looking at budget shortfalls because of COVID-19, public workers could be the first to suffer from cuts. (peuceta/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Union workers say it's time for Congress to support public-sector workers and pass the HEROES Act. The $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus legislation passed in the House in May would provide $875 billion to state and local governments, which have been hit hard by COVID-19. Carissa Hahn is

Gov. Inslee has ordered Washingtonians to wear face coverings in public. (tiko_photographer/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE - Many men believe they're less vulnerable to COVID-19, and that has consequences for how safe they really are during the pandemic. A new survey conducted in the U.S. and U.K. finds women are more likely to wear face masks than men. Family medicine physician Dr. Scott Itano with Kaiser Per

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