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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump fixer Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: higher smoking rates causing some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - WA: LGBTQIA Issues

Men in same-sex marriages make almost 20 percent less than men in opposite-sex marriages in Seattle. (rich_villanueva_photography/Twenty20)

SEATTLE — The U.S. Census provides important information on communities, but it won't be counting the number of LGBTQ people in 2020 - and that's a problem, according to a new report. The Census Bureau will count same-sex marriages, as it has in the past. But the Bureau rescinded a question

Washington state anti-discrimination laws remain intact despite the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to side with a Colorado bakery owner this week for refusing to serve a same-sex couple. (Davis Staedtler/Flickr)

SEATTLE - After siding with a Colorado bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple this week, the U.S. Supreme Court will look at a petition for a similar case from Washington state on Thursday. Although the court ruled 7-2 in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the decision was narrowly fo

Business Impact Northwest helped Hood Famous Bakeshop, a small Filipino-inspired dessert bakery, get off the ground. (Lauren Stelling)

SEATTLE – For people dreaming of opening a small business, finding funds can be a problem. Often, large financial institutions won't hand out small-dollar loans to the smallest fledgling companies. Access to capital is even harder for marginalized populations - entrepreneurial women, people of

In 2015, the Washington Human Rights Commission passed a rule that guarantees people access to bathrooms designated for the gender with which they live. (Checkingfax/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE -- Petitioners have one more day to collect signatures for an initiative that would allow people to use only bathrooms designated for the gender they were assigned at birth. Initiative 1552 would repeal the Washington Human Rights Commission's 2015 rule that guaranteed people access to bat

Artists collaborated with the group Forward Together to create cards for Mamas Day, depicting families of traditionally marginalized communities. (Melanie Cervantes/Forward Together)

REDMOND, Wash. – In recent years, groups that represent marginalized communities have given Mother's Day a makeover. "Mamas Day" was started in 2011 as a way to celebrate moms who typically are left out of the "traditional" maternal depiction. The Strong Families campaign of the social-justi

The U.S. Census Bureau says a draft category on sexual orientation and gender identity was submitted to Congress in error, and quickly erased it. (taskforce.org)

SEATTLE -- Members of the LGBTQ community say they are feeling erased after proposed questions on sexual orientation and gender identity were removed from a draft of the 2020 Census this week. The U.S. Census Bureau, which is required to submit a list of categories to be tracked on the Census thre

Young voters, like Cris Romero above, are discussing their feelings about the election today at a conference in Seattle. (Courtesy Photo)

SEATTLE – Young people voting for the first time in this election may never see another presidential faceoff like it again. Today in Seattle at the National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning, where the theme is "Dare to Disrupt," young, first-time voters will open up about their fe

One of Washington's first same-sex marriages after the passage of the Washington State Marriage Equality Act in 2012. (Seattle Municipal Archives)

TACOMA, Wash. — Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages. Since then, the number of gay and lesbian couples living together and married has gone up from 38 percent to 49 percent, according to a

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