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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - WA: Social Justice

One in five Washington state families cuts costs elsewhere to pay for insulin, according to a new survey. (Allen/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A new survey shows the rising cost of prescription drugs is causing mountains of stress for many Washington state families. In particular, skyrocketing insulin prices are causing families to make tough decisions, according to the AARP Washington survey. One in five families say

The Working Families Tax Credit would return an average of $350 for qualified families. (JohnKwan/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state lawmakers want to open up a working class tax credit to more residents, including people who are undocumented, student visa holders and some survivors of domestic violence. Although the Working Families Tax Credit was passed in 2008, it has yet to receive funding

GEO Group's contract to operate the Northwest Detention Center expires in 2025. (Common Language Project/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington lawmakers could bring an end to private prisons in the state this session. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Human Services, Re-entry and Rehabilitation held a public hearing on a bill that prohibits new, and phases out existing, contracts for private detention fac

Solitary confinement can have detrimental effects on the developing brains of young people, studies have found. (karenfoleyphoto/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A bill to end solitary confinement for young people in Washington state jails and detention facilities is making its way through the State Legislature. The practice has come under increased scrutiny across the country, including from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent P

Protesters line up on Friday outside an immigrant holding station in Ferndale, Wash., where they believe a man brutally handled by ICE was being held. (Community to Community Development)

EVERSON, Wash. -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are being accused of brutally taking a Washington man into custody. A farmworker, who only wants to be identified by his first name, Madardo, was in the car with his wife and children when ICE pulled him over in Everson. According to his

Washington state still has an estimated backlog of more than 6,500 untested sexual assault kits. (Sgt. Rebecca Linder/defenseimagery.mil)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- As Washington state continues to test its backlog of sexual assault kits, lawmakers also are looking to reform how kits are managed. A sexual assault kit is a collection of evidence gathered following a rape allegation. One of the first hearings of the session, scheduled for Tu

A capital gains tax could be on the docket for Washington state lawmakers in their upcoming session. (CrackerClips/Adobe Stock)

TACOMA, Wash. - How can Washington state create a more just society in 2020? Two experts say the state should tax its way toward that goal. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy ranks Washington last in the nation in terms of tax-system fairness, with low-income residents shouldering the b

Hundreds of immigrants have been detained outside courthouses across Washington state since 2017, according to the state Attorney General's office. (Joe Wolf/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing the federal government over its policy of immigration arrests near courthouses. He says the policy violates states' rights to operate their own justice systems under the 10th Amendment and impedes an individual's right to access the

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