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PNS Daily Newscast - January 20, 2021 


On this Inauguration Day, civil-rights groups urge Congress to pass the "For the People Act;" Leader McConnell puts blame on Trump for riots at the U.S. Capitol.


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The nation honors lives lost to COVID; America's 46th President set to take office; and the Senate begins confirmation hearings for Biden's cabinet.

Public News Service - WA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

The Child and Adult Care Food Program serves more than 4.2 million children healthy meals and snacks each day. (Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- Some child-care providers in Washington state can get reimbursed to serve healthy meals. The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program also helps cover costs for emergency homeless shelters and adult-care centers. It's specifically aimed at organizations that serve low-income families.

The Renton school district serves about 15,500 students. (Marc Sanchez/Adobe Stock)

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RENTON, Wash. -- School bus drivers want to help students struggling during the pandemic, but drivers in the Renton school district feel like their plans to provide more aid have been stymied. Beth DeCou is a driver in the district and president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 6367. Sh

States are closely watching negotiations over a novel coronavirus relief package in Congress. (sherryvsmith/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- Members of Congress are back in Washington, D.C., after their summer recess and novel coronavirus relief is the biggest looming issue in front of them. Because of COVID-19's hit to the economy, the situation for Washingtonians is dire: 445,000 households do not have enough food, impacti

The Seattle demonstrations against the World Trade Organization in 1999 are seen as turning point in how police handle protests. (Steve Kaiser/Flickr)

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SEATTLE - In the past week of demonstrations over George Floyd's death, videos on social media have shown police across the nation using force to subdue protesters. In some cases, the extra force has been a response to property damage. The scenes are similar to the 1960s. In response Pat Gillham,

Since 2018, California has had a law in place allowing businesses to prepare food in home kitchens. (Andy Dean/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- While a bill to legalize home kitchens for businesses has died in the Washington state Legislature, supporters believe the effort helped create momentum for next session. Under current law, food for public sale has to be prepared in a commercial kitchen. That creates barriers, especially

The Tilth Alliance, its Seattle community garden seen above, is bringing together farmers and farmworkers in Yakima this weekend. (CAJC: in the PNW/Flickr)

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Washingtonians who work the land to provide their neighbors with food are coming together, as the production season slows down. The 45th annual Tilth Conference starts today in Yakima and the focus is on "growing a resilient future." Erin Murphy, statewide education coordinat

Families spend about $300 more each month on meals during the summer, compared with their food costs during the school year. (Aleksei Potov/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE — While summer provides a break from school, it also can be a season of hunger for some kids. A bill in Congress could help address this issue. Congressman Rick Larsen, D-Wash., is co-sponsoring the Summer Meals Act of 2019 to better integrate summer education and meals programs and

Stroke is the sixth-leading cause of death in Washington state. (cameravit/Adobe Stock)

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TACOMA, Wash. — May is American Stroke Month, and a few tips can help people lower their chances of having a stroke. According to the American Heart Association, up to 80% of strokes are preventable, and a healthy lifestyle can go a long way. Dr. Dennis Wang is the medical director of stroke

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