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PNS Daily Newscast - April 15, 2021 


President Biden sets a date certain to end America's longest war, and more information could be the decider for some reluctant to get the COVID vaccine.


2021Talks - April 15, 2021 


With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate takes up anti-Asian American hate crimes legislation, and President Biden officially announces a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Public News Service - WA: Welfare Reform

Food banks in Washington state are filling the gap for everyone from federal employees to small business owners in communities outside national parks. (Paul Joseph Brown/Northwest Harvest)

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SEATTLE – Food banks across the state are feeling the stress as the government shutdown brings more people through their doors. Thomas Reynolds is the CEO of Northwest Harvest, which distributes to a network of 375 food banks statewide. As an example of the strain, he notes the White Center

Some immigrant families in Washington state are shying away from getting prenatal care and other medical assistance because of a Trump administration proposal. (maginnis/Twenty20)

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The public comment window closes Monday on a Trump administration proposal that would make it harder for people to obtain legal status if they've received public assistance. Immigrants' rights groups say it already is affecting communities. The "public charge" rule change

The sun is down on Washington's legislative session, and older residents scored big victories, including improvements to the senior property-tax exemption. (dannymac15_1999/Flickr)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Older Washingtonians' pocketbooks got some much-needed relief in the legislative session that wrapped up last week. AARP Washington says lawmakers' support of three bills in particular is going to help seniors get by. The Legislature devoted $1 million to reinstate hearing

The U.S. House-passed version of the GOP tax bill could lead to $25 billion in cuts to Medicare next year. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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AUBURN, Wash. – On Thursday, the House approved the GOP's efforts to overhaul the nation's tax code. But some health professionals are concerned the bill will lead to cuts in programs like Medicare. The changes to the tax system are estimated to increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion in the n

Washington lost more than 16-hundred child-care providers over the past six years, according to a report. (Seattle Parks/Flickr)

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DES MOINES, Wash. – With kids out of school for summer vacation, working parents face the higher seasonal costs of child care. In Washington state, care for a child younger than four can range from $8,000 to nearly $16,000 a year, which is about the same as in-state tuition for a public colleg

AARP Washington is sponsoring the U.S. Senate candidates' debate this Sunday at Gonzaga University. (AARP Washington)

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SPOKANE, Wash. – It's debate season and this Sunday, the Washington State Debate Coalition hosts incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and her Republican Party rival, Chris Vance, at Gonzaga University. Cathy MacCaul, advocacy director for AARP, which is lead sponsor for the debate, says both can

Only about 1 in 10 Americans is eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, according to the CDC. (Prayitno/flickr)

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SEATTLE – This week is National Farmers Market Week, and farmers in Washington want you to try something new. The U.S. Department of Agriculture started Farmers Market Week 17 years ago to promote fresh fruits and vegetables and highlight the work of farmers across the country. In Washingt

A new analysis shows long-term care for Washington's aging population could cost $6.3 billion by 2030. (Pixabay)
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Olympia, WA - A report released today (Monday) outlines some of the roadblocks Washington state faces for funding long-term care for its growing number of older residents. It coincides with a rally at the state Capitol, where speakers will discuss options for funding senior services in the future. C

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