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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - WA: International Relief

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - It's "crunch time" in Copenhagen at the world climate conference. Negotiators for 120 countries are working out a tentative agreement for reducing fossil fuel pollution. Then the leaders of those nations will show up to vote on it at the end of the week. There's been some contr

SEATTLE - Women are weighing in on the issue of climate change. Members of the League of Women Voters (LWV) visited Congress last week to speak on behalf of other women - those in poor nations where changing climate and weather patterns are affecting farms and families. They made a case for looking

SEATTLE - Members of book clubs typically read a book every month and get together to discuss it. But, Mercy Corps, a humanitarian aid group based in Portland with offices in Seattle, wants them to do more than talk - to actually get involved in solving the problems presented in a new book. "Half th

SEATTLE - No matter how grim the state budget forecast, it will never be as bad as what some countries around the world are going through. The 2009 "Failed States Index" lists the world's most unstable nations; it has Somalia, Sudan and Zimbabwe at the top, with Afghanistan and Iraq not far behind.

SEATTLE – Food shortages peak in many areas around the globe during the summer months, and women around the world could be working together to solve them. That's the thought behind a new hunger-fighting campaign, "One Table." Mercy Corps in Seattle is part of this new fundraising effort aime

Seattle, WA - This week's earthquakes in Pakistan and rebel attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo have one thing in common: an immediate need for humanitarian aid. Seattle-based Mercy Corps has teams in both places. In the quake area, where thousands are now homeless, it has set up a medical

Seattle, WA - When Russia invaded the former Soviet Republic of Georgia last week, a group of humanitarian aid workers didn't plan to be in the middle of the fighting. But now the team from Mercy Corps, with offices in Seattle, is in a unique position to help some of the evacuees, handing out emerge

Seattle, WA - Relief is on the way - from the Northwest to North Korea. Seattle-based organizations are leading the first U.S.-funded hunger relief mission to the isolated country in eight years. Joy Portella with Mercy Corps, one of the groups involved, says high global food prices are hitting Nor

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