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PNS Daily Newscast - June 2, 2020 


President Trump berates governors as 'weak' amid growing racial unrest; an interfaith group sees a link between protests and climate change.

2020Talks - June 2, 2020 


Eight states plus Washington DC have primaries today, even as cities determine how to move forward in the wake of massive protests nationwide; President Trump says he'll deploy active US troops to quell them.

Public News Service - WA: Civil Rights

Hispanic and African-American populations in King County make up a disproportionate number of confirmed coronavirus cases. (H_Ko/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- While cases of coronavirus are going down in Washington state, racial disparities increasingly are being laid bare. According to the Washington State Department of Health, white people are 68% of the state's population, but make up 43% of cases. Meanwhile, 13% of the state is Hispanic,

People can register to vote using a nearby address if they are living unsheltered. (David Lee/Flickr)

SEATTLE - How do you vote by mail in Washington if you don't have an address? People who are homeless have some options to get their ballots counted in the Evergreen State. Hillary Coleman, community projects manager with Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, says it's important to unders

NWDC Resistance is part of a lawsuit against ICE that accuses the agency of illegally targeting one of its members. (Common Language Project/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- Newly revealed emails show U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials discussed taking away the "clout" of a Washington state activist. The emails were released as evidence in a lawsuit against ICE by two immigrant rights groups, accusing the agency of intentionally targeting a

A Washington State Supreme Court decision on releasing public employees' information has raised concerns, particularly for survivors of domestic violence. (tashatuvango/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A lot of information can be gleaned from a birth date. That's why Washington state public employees are raising safety concerns about a recent state Supreme Court decision – and hope lawmakers will correct it. In October, justices sided with the Freedom Foundation that

A bill creating a path to legal status for farmworkers would also require farms to adopt E-Verify, a controversial system used to check employment eligibility. (ablokhin/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – Farm-industry leaders are cheering a bill in Congress that would provide a path to legal status for the workers they hire. But those laborers remain skeptical. Co-authored by Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington (4th District), the Farm Workforce Modernization Act lays out a years-long

More than 130,000 adults in Washington state were evicted from rental properties between 2013 and 2017. (designer491/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE — Most renters facing eviction lack access to legal counsel, and because of that, are set up to fail, says a new analysis. The Center for American Progress brief found nationwide, about 90% of landlords have legal representation in eviction cases, while only 10% of tenants do. Accor

Community to Community Development helped pass legislation in Washington state this year that provides more oversight to a federal guest-worker program. (Community to Community Development)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A unique grassroots organization that supports immigrant and farmworkers' rights in Washington state is celebrating 15 years of fighting back. Community to Community Development is holding its 15th anniversary in Bellingham, highlighting some of its accomplishments over t

Members of the military aren't able to sue in cases of medical negligence because of a 1950 U.S. Supreme Court decision. (U.S. State Department/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Congress's defense spending package could provide military service members and their families more legal protections. The House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act includes provisions that ban forced arbitration clauses so service members can take consumer and

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