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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: Livable Wages/Working Families

Many Washington workers are feeling the squeeze between low wages and a high cost of living, and experts say that's hurting their family lives. A forum this weekend at Seattle Town Hall will look at what employers can do to help those workers balance jobs and families. The event is sponsored by th

Construction companies in Washington may be paying one-third or more of their workers under the table, and this month, a special legislative panel begins investigating the problem. Union representatives say the "underground economy" is unfair to contractors who play by the rules and get outbid for

Seattle, WA - Today is "Equal Pay Day," calling attention to the difference in wages between women and men. The wage gap costs women hundreds of thousands of dollars during their working lives, and not just in paychecks, but in their chances for a secure retirement. In Washington, women make up a

Payday lending is a $1.4 billion business in Washington, and the best customers are working families in financial crisis. This session, legislative committees have considered 15 bills to "reform" the industry, and several are still in play, but consumer groups say none of them would do what is neces

Washington's minimum-wage workers got a 30 cent an hour cost-of-living increase beginning this week, giving the state the best minimum wage in the nation. John Burbank with the Economic Opportunity Institute in Seattle says the annual increase is good for everyone in the state. "Low-wage people ten

Seattle, WA - Those who work around the statehouse will spend at least some of the holiday season dissecting Governor Gregoire's new budget, unveiled this week in preparation for the new legislative session in January. For the most part, the budget focuses on education, job creation and health car

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