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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - WA: Health

Western State Hospital staff want more screening after a patient tested positive for coronavirus last week. (WFSE)

LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- Some workers at Washington state's psychiatric facility near Tacoma are growing increasingly concerned about the health of patients and themselves during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Mike Yestramski, a psychiatric social worker at Western State Hospital and president of the W

A survey of Seattle-area small businesses this week found more than 40% might have to close entirely because of fallout from the novel coronavirus. (coolhand1180/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Small-business owners are on the front lines as the novel coronavirus exacts its economic toll. Washington state businesses have felt sharp and immediate pain since Gov. Jay Inslee's order to close bars and restaurants last week. Fresh Chalk, a Seattle-based online platform where people

Washington workers can use paid sick leave from their employers and apply for the state's new Paid Family and Medical Leave program if they feel ill. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Washington state's sick leave policies are in the spotlight as the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc on workers and businesses. Marilyn Watkins, policy director for the Economic Opportunity Institute, says Washington has enacted some of the most far-reaching and progressive paid leave laws

COVID-19 is affecting people's finances, especially gig-economy workers. (Koonsiri/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE - Financial institutions are preparing for the economic impact of the new coronavirus. In Washington state, credit unions are offering services to help mitigate financial stress and the virus's effect on people's livelihoods. Ann Flannigan, vice president for public relations with the Wash

Bills that would have helped Washington state meet its net-zero emissions climate goal failed to pass in the Legislature. (vivalapenler/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Groups seeking action on climate change and forest fires say the Washington state Legislature did not go far enough to slow the crisis this session. Lawmakers adjourned yesterday, abandoning bills that would have targeted the state's biggest greenhouse-gas emitting sector - transp

No one has tested positive for coronavirus at the Northwest Detention Center, according to ICE. (Common Language Project/Flickr)

TACOMA, Wash. -- Immigrants' advocacy groups are urging officials to monitor the health of people in the Northwest Detention Center during the coronavirus outbreak. The Shutdown NWDC Coalition, representing more than 200 groups across Washington state, is calling on the Tacoma-Pierce County Health

Car emissions contribute to bad air days, especially during summer months. (elcovalana/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In the final week of the legislative session, Washington state lawmakers are considering expanding the Clean Air Act to regulate mobile sources of pollution. The Clean Air Act Authority bill is the result of a state Supreme Court decision in January, which ruled that the state ca

King County has launched a campaign to combat racism during the spread of coronavirus. (KingCounty.gov)

SEATTLE -- The spread of the novel coronavirus has put Asian American communities on edge as racism ramps up across the country. There are reports of physical attacks on Asian Americans in places such as New York City, although no incidents have been reported in Washington state. But Naomi Ishis

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