PNS Daily Newscast UPDATE - October 17, 2019 

Congressman Elijah Cummings has died. Also on the rundown: President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. South Dakota awaits a SCOTUS ruling on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

2020Talks - October 17, 2019 

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, two members of the Squad, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. Plus, some candidates are spending more than they're raising.

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Public News Service - WA: Human Rights/Racial Justice

SEATTLE - Members of book clubs typically read a book every month and get together to discuss it. But, Mercy Corps, a humanitarian aid group based in Portland with offices in Seattle, wants them to do more than talk - to actually get involved in solving the problems presented in a new book. "Half th

Seattle, WA - The long Labor Day weekend is a time for rest and relaxation for most of us, but for the 1,800 members of a state labor organization, it's a time to figure out their next move. Local 793 of the Washington Federation of State Employees staged its second rally Thursday, outside the gates

Seattle – More than 170,000 Washington residents live in the state legally but are not United States citizens. Only a handful of them go through the rigorous process of applying for citizenship, because it is costly and can take years. Several organizations (OneAmerica, the American Immigratio

Seattle, WA - Most of the people being held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma have serious complaints about their living conditions and legal rights. The Center holds people charged with immigration violations. Seattle University Law School students have interviewed detainees there, and w

Portland, OR/Seattle, WA – It's hard enough to get a good-paying job in Washington, but if you're just out of prison, it can seem almost impossible. However, in the Portland area, Multnomah County has joined a small but growing number of employers to strike the question, 'Have you ever been co

'What about the victims?' That's what lawmakers are asking in Olympia as they debate the idea of simplifying state election laws to allow people to vote when they get out of prison. Current law requires them to first complete all the terms of their release, including paying fines and making restitu

Has a recent Washington State Supreme Court decision made it easier for employers to get rid of people with chronic medical conditions? Advocates for people with disabilities say Washington had a perfectly good definition of what constitutes a 'disability,' until the state Supreme Court threw it out

In Washington, people who've been released from prison are only allowed to vote again after they've completed all terms of their sentence, including the financial obligations. The American Civil Liberties Union claims the current law prevents low-income people from fully rejoining society because t

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