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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: Social Justice

Gov. Jay Inslee was sworn in for his third term Wednesday. (Office of Gov. Jay Inslee)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Jay Inslee was sworn in for his third term as Washington state governor and delivered his State of the State address Wednesday. Inslee focused on the COVID-19 crisis and laid out a vision for an equitable recovery from the pandemic. Misha Werschkul, executive director of the Wash

More than 200 federal judges have been appointed since President Trump took office.(Mariakray/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- A lot of focus is on the likely confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court today. But federal judicial appointments to lower courts could be just as crucial to the legacy of the Trump presidency. Larry Shannon, government affairs director at the Washington State Associa

In a new report, the Economic Opportunity Institute lays out recommendations it says would prompt a faster recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic than Washington saw after the Great Recession. (Wikimedia Commons)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - As Washington state lawmakers consider how to recover from the economic effects of COVID-19, a new report from the Economic Opportunity Institute recommends changing the state tax structure to make it more progressive, instead of reducing public services. During the last recession

Bellingham's 12-member Immigration Advisory Board meets once a month. (CascadeCreatives/Adobe Stock)

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- The City of Bellingham began convening its Immigrant Advisory Board over the summer. But some immigrant communities and their advocates say the board's impact has been hindered. The group meets once a month. Marisol Chapina, co-founder of Raid Relief to Reunite Families, start

Protesters in Seattle have been in the streets for months now, ever since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Wikimedia Commons)

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SEATTLE - For the second time, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has filed a motion of contempt against the City of Seattle on behalf of Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County, in a lawsuit over police response to protests. A federal judge this summer barred Seattle officers from us

Protests have been ongoing since George Floyd's death in May. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- Across the country, workers on Monday are striking for Black lives. Striking workers span industries, including fast food restaurants, health care and hospitals. Some plan to walk off at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds -- the length of time Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauv

COVID-19 cases have surged in Yakima County among farmworkers. (trongnguyen/Adobe Stock)

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A group of Latino Washingtonians are suing Yakima County over its election structure. They say the county's reaction to the pandemic exposes why the system needs to be reformed. Countywide voting gives the slight-white majority in the area control, with only one Latino ever servin

The rate of Black and Latinx young people admitted to jails has fallen faster than the rate for white youth during the pandemic. (luaeva/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- Fewer young people are being admitted to jails because of COVID-19, according to data from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. And the drop has been bigger for youth of color than their white peers. Data from about a third of juvenile detention facilities finds total admissions were down

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