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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 

Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.

2020Talks - September 25, 2020 

Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - WA: Social Justice

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

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)

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)

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

A Pierce County medical examiner has ruled Manuel Ellis' death a homicide. (Cory Doctorow/Flickr)

TACOMA, Wash. -- In the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a Tacoma man, Manuel Ellis, has become part of a somber list of black men who have died in police custody. Gov. Jay Inslee has announced the state is taking over the investigation into Ellis' death on March 3. Civil rights

Norm Stamper was Seattle police chief during the 1999 crackdown on WTO protesters. He calls it a painful learning experience. (Seattle Municipal Archives/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- A former Seattle police chief says American policing needs sweeping change. Norm Stamper was head of the Seattle Police Department from 1994 to 2000, including when police cracked down on World Trade Organization protesters in 1999. Stamper says his officers' actions contributed to conf

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

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,

Cases of coronavirus have exploded in immigrant detention centers across the country. (chatiyanon/Adobe Stock)

TACOMA, Wash. -- Anti-detention activists are holding online protests across the country Thursday to call for the release of immigrant detainees. Groups are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in the confined spaces of detention centers, where social distancing is nearly impossible. U.S. Immi

Former national security advisor Michael Flynn admitted that he lied to the FBI during Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Former federal prosecutors are asking a judge to reject the Justice Department's request to drop its years-long case against former national security advisor Michael Flynn. More than a thousand DOJ alumni filed a friend-of-the-court brief, urging U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to rej

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