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PNS Daily Newscast - June 26, 2019 


Mueller to testify in open session; migrant children returned to troubled detention center; plus ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and seeking justice for Native Americans killed at Wounded Knee.

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation places Washington state 29th in education in its annual report. (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

SEATTLE – Washington state still has more progress to make on child well-being, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks the Evergreen State 16th overall in its measure of how children are doing in four categories: economic well-being, educat

Health-care workers face a higher rate of violence on the job than most other employment sectors. Some in Congress say OSHA should do more to address it. (sudok1/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – A bill in Congress to address workplace violence for health-care and social-service workers is moving closer to a vote in the House. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration finds health-care workers were four times more likely than average private-sector workers to face v

A farmworker holds up a sign that says

MATTAWA, Wash. – Workers on a farm in south central Washington state have gone on strike over what they see as threats from management to meet production standards. The laborers on King Fuji Ranch in Mattawa, a small town north of the Tri-Cities, say they contacted the farmworker union Famil

More than 250,000 salaried workers in Washington state would be eligible for overtime pay by 2026, under a proposed rule. (shutterdemon/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – Salaried workers in Washington state who log long hours on the job soon could be eligible for overtime pay. The Department of Labor and Industries has proposed raising the threshold for overtime pay for the first time in more than four decades. Currently any salaried worker makin

The clean-energy sector already provides nearly 83,000 jobs in Washington state. (agnormark/Abode Stock)

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee is signing one of the most comprehensive clean energy bills in the country today. Washington state lawmakers passed Senate Bill 5116 last month, committing the state to a carbon-free electricity grid by 2045, and the bill lays out, step by step, how it will get there.

Washington state's assistant attorneys general gained the right to collectively bargain in the Legislature this year, with support from state's largest public-employee union. (jessica45/Pixabay)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state's assistant attorneys general say gaining the right to unionize this year could help solve their job-retention issues. The state's 600 assistant attorneys general often fly under the radar, but they work on an important variety of cases, including child welf

At least 14 community and technical colleges have actions planned to send a message to Washington state lawmakers about funding their schools. (Rachel Samanyi/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Faculty, staff and their supporters at several state community and technical colleges in Washington are walking out today to urge the state Legislature to boost funding for their schools. Faculty and administrators at community and technical colleges say the state needs to f

Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed adding 800 full-time employees to Washington state's two psychiatric hospitals. (Office of the Governor/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Employees at Washington's state-owned psychiatric hospitals say there's an urgent need to boost funding for their facilities, citing growing safety concerns for staff and patients. Assaults by patients have been on the rise at both Western State and Eastern State hospitals, includi

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