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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - WA: Welfare Reform

PHOTO: The U.S. Census Bureau has come up with a supplemental calculation to update the Federal Poverty Level created in the 1960s. A new report says it underscores the importance of safety-net anti-poverty programs that effectively shift the child poverty rate in Washington from 28 percent to 13 percent. Photo credit: Photobunny/FeaturePics.com

SEATTLE - The federal poverty level is outdated, according to a report that recommends a newer calculation developed by the U.S. Census Bureau for a more accurate picture of families in need. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report says what's known as the "Supplemental Poverty Measure" is more rea

OLYMPIA, Wash. – At an AARP luncheon today, panelists from both political parties are sharing their views about the budget impasse at the state Capitol, and what it means for seniors, with voters over age 50. With the legislative session halfway over, there isn't much love in the air on this

SEATTLE - President Obama isn't the only person sounding off about the nation's budget crisis. Washingtonians over age 50 are packing into meetings being held around the state by AARP to discuss the budget/deficit situation. The organization says its members will not accept any cuts to Social Securi

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Nursing home workers are voicing support for a new funding source for nursing homes in Washington. It's known as a Quality Assurance Fee, and it is already used in more than 30 other states. Nick Federici, legislative director for Washington United for Quality Nursing Home Care, s

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Almost 1,000 state lawmakers, including 64 from Washington, have signed a petition asking their federal counterparts for lower health care costs, a public insurance option, and shared responsibility for these costs by government, employers and individuals. No matter what Congress u

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Senate Health Committee's approval of a plan to require people to get health insurance – with government subsidies to help pay for it – gave folks in Spokane plenty to talk about last night. At a packed "Divided We Fail" public meeting, doctors, patients and sm

Olympia, WA - This year's Hunger Action Day at the Washington Legislature may seem more like standing in place than action, as advocates for children, senior citizens, working families and food banks visit the statehouse to urge lawmakers not to cut current funding levels for anti-hunger programs. T

Seattle, WA – If there's good news in a new national report that cites fewer homeless people, in Washington State and across the country - it may only be temporary. The National Alliance to End Homelessness warns the economic crisis threatens to swell the ranks of the homeless once again, by m

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