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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - WA: Budget Policy & Priorities

A timber harvest plan would have covered 1.8 million acres of land on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest. (Steve Sadowski/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- A federal judge has blocked a logging project in the nation's largest forest and conservation groups say that's a big win in the battle against climate change. The judge put a temporary injunction in place against a project that would have opened logging on 1.8 million acres in Alaska's

A survey of Seattle-area small businesses this week found more than 40% might have to close entirely because of fallout from the novel coronavirus. (coolhand1180/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Small-business owners are on the front lines as the novel coronavirus exacts its economic toll. Washington state businesses have felt sharp and immediate pain since Gov. Jay Inslee's order to close bars and restaurants last week. Fresh Chalk, a Seattle-based online platform where people

Washington workers can use paid sick leave from their employers and apply for the state's new Paid Family and Medical Leave program if they feel ill. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Washington state's sick leave policies are in the spotlight as the novel coronavirus wreaks havoc on workers and businesses. Marilyn Watkins, policy director for the Economic Opportunity Institute, says Washington has enacted some of the most far-reaching and progressive paid leave laws

Shoreline Community College's dental hygiene program is feeling the effects of the college's budget shortfall. (Wikimedia Commons)

UPDATE: Shoreline Community College says it's proposing to only cut one faculty position and add three. It also says the dental-hygiene program will be off limits from cuts. SHORELINE, Wash. -- With a budget shortfall looming, faculty members at a Washington state community college are concerned ab

Car emissions contribute to bad air days, especially during summer months. (elcovalana/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In the final week of the legislative session, Washington state lawmakers are considering expanding the Clean Air Act to regulate mobile sources of pollution. The Clean Air Act Authority bill is the result of a state Supreme Court decision in January, which ruled that the state ca

Community supervision terms for people released from prison currently run consecutively rather than all at once. (Ulia Koltyrina/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Legislation in Olympia would reduce community supervision terms for people with multiple felonies. But corrections officers are concerned it could spread out an already thin workforce. Under the bill, supervision terms -- which are carried out after a person is released from pr

Pedestrian deaths in Washington state have doubled over the past decade. (Richard Erikkson/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- Instead of expanding highways, Washington state leaders should focus on local challenges to transportation, one group says. Feet First, an Evergreen State group that promotes walkable communities, says while the state has added Interstate highway lanes, local maintenance has been neglec

Repair and maintenance costs in Washington state's national parks exceed $420 million. (Jonathan Miske/Flickr)

SEATTLE - With a divisive impeachment trial over, advocates for public parks are hoping Congress can focus now on an issue with bipartisan support - national parks. The Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act would fund repairs sorely needed in the country's national park system. Deferred maintenan

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