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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: Health

Some farmworkers say they've struggled to get access to protective gear to keep working safely during the pandemic. (littlewolf1989/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Many farmworkers in Washington state say they feel left behind and in the dark in the coronavirus pandemic. Considered essential personnel, farmworkers have continued doing their jobs. But Executive Director of the farmworkers' rights group Community to Community Development Rosalinda G

Desirae Hernandez wears a homemade mask because of the lack of personal protective equipment for at-home caregivers. (Desirae Hernandez)

SEATTLE -- At-home caregivers are looking after the people most vulnerable to COVID-19 and need more protective gear to do their jobs, according to Sterling Harders, president of the caregivers' union SEIU 775. Harders says that this week Washington state agreed to put in-home caregivers -- who a

Washingtonians out of work from COVID-19 are eligible for unemployment, but should wait until at least April 18 to apply. (fabioderby/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- The coronavirus pandemic is taking a financial toll on Washington state families, but there are options to help them get through this crisis. Already, Washington is seeing record numbers of unemployment claims -- more than 300,000 first-time claims over the past two weeks. Marilyn Wat

Many vendors are  accepting only electronic forms of payment because of fears of COVID-19. (Anna Fedorova/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- The coronavirus outbreak is wreaking financial havoc for many people. But credit unions are assuring their members that their money is safe. Rick Metsger, a native of the Northwest and former chair of the National Credit Union Administration, says COVID-19 has created a unique situati

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

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