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More than a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against the Minneapolis Police officer involved in the death of George Floyd; we report on what's behind the current tensions.

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Republican Voters Against Trump just launched and plans to spend $10 million on the 2020 campaign. And President Trump signed an executive order making social media companies liable for content their users post.

Public News Service - WA: Health

Cases of coronavirus have exploded in immigrant detention centers across the country. (chatiyanon/Adobe Stock)

TACOMA, Wash. -- Anti-detention activists are holding online protests across the country Thursday to call for the release of immigrant detainees. Groups are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in the confined spaces of detention centers, where social distancing is nearly impossible. U.S. Immi

In Seattle's South Park neighborhood, a cleanup coalition formed after the Duwamish River was declared a Superfund site in 2001. (Jovelle Tamayo/YES! Media)

By Lornet Turnbull for Yes! Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Public News Service Reporting for the YES! Magazine Media-Washington News Service SEATTLE -- When Seattle Public Schools announced it was suspending classes in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Lashanna Williams naturally thoug

Hispanic and African-American populations in King County make up a disproportionate number of confirmed coronavirus cases. (H_Ko/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- While cases of coronavirus are going down in Washington state, racial disparities increasingly are being laid bare. According to the Washington State Department of Health, white people are 68% of the state's population, but make up 43% of cases. Meanwhile, 13% of the state is Hispanic,

Workers at seven fruit-packing companies in the Yakima Valley are on strike. (Edgar Franks/Familias Unidas por la Justicia)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Farm and fruit-packing workers are considered essential. And in Washington state, they're roiled in struggles for better working conditions. Yakima County is the biggest hotspot for coronavirus cases on the West Coast, and the fruit-packing warehouses in the area have been a vecto

Jose Atil is a paraeducator for English language learners in Vancouver, Wash., and also works at Camp Evergreen, a day care program for the children of first responders. (PSE SEIU Local 1948)

SEATTLE -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the next round of coronavirus relief, and some essential workers in Washington state are watching the bill closely. Jose Atil, a paraeducator for English language learners in Vancouver and a member of the Public School Employees of Washingt

University of Washington workers say they need more Plexiglas barriers in the hospitals. (Justin Lee/Washington Federation of State Employees)

SEATTLE -- University of Washington hospital workers are feeling vulnerable as the state inches back to normal. Custodial staff at Harborview Medical Center and UW Medical Center say they need more protective gear and safety measures in place. Paula Lukaszek, a plumber at UW and president of the Am

One scam popping up recently claims there is a vaccine or treatment for coronavirus. (MUHAMMADROHAIZAD/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Scammers are taking advantage of Americans' heightened state of anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic. Kay Tomlinson is a fraud-prevention specialist in Washington state with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. She said there are a variety of scams circulating right now, including "can't-mi

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, made more timely by the stresses of the coronavirus outbreak. (ipopba/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- The coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders are increasing the need for mental health resources. To protect folks from the virus, one health care provider is supporting them at a safe distance with a digital resource at no cost to members. The app, MyStrength, is now available fr

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