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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


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Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - WA: Youth

Washington state students walked away from financial reality fairs with a new appreciation for their parents. (Kalani/Adobe Stock)

RICHLAND, Wash. — Northwest credit unions are giving high school students a taste of real-world budgeting. About 800 Washington state high school students attended financial reality fairs sponsored by local credit unions across the state this year, providing young people a crash course in mana

One in 10 eighth graders tried e-cigarettes in 2018, according to a Washington state survey. (aleksandr_yu/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – With the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes rising, what can parents do to stop the trend? According to the 2018 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, 30% of 12th graders in the state used vaping products, up from 20% in 2016. Dr. Susanna Block, a pediatrician with Kaiser

A federal grant program funds after-school and summer opportunities such as this one in White Salmon for nearly 18,000 Washington kids. (School's Out Washington)

SEATTLE — For the third year in a row, the Trump administration has proposed eliminating funding for after-school and summer-learning programs. President Donald Trump's proposed 2020 budget cuts funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program by $1.2 billion. In the past, Tru

Jeff Chale (middle) questioned Washington lawmakers about a law that bars him from filing wrongful death claims on behalf of his daughter. (Washington State Assn. for Justice)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Emily Locke was crossing the street when she was hit by a car and died two months ago. Locke, who had the rare genetic disease Coffin-Siris Syndrome, was known for her advocacy work around the world. Her mother, Cindy Locke, says she had many admirers, including a movie prod

The Yakima Valley Farm Worker's Clinic provides a safe place for 1,400 young people in eastern Washington to go after school. (Yakima Valley Farm Worker's Clinic)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Advocates for youth development and learning programs outside the classroom will be in Olympia on Tuesday. One priority is to boost the role that after-school and summer programs play in preventing children from getting involved in crime and drug use. Beth Monfils coordina

Washington STEM and its partners want to triple the number of under-represented students in STEM fields by 2030. (Washington STEM)

SEATTLE – How will Washington state diversify its workforce as technology radically changes the jobs landscape? One answer is investment in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education for underserved students. By 2030, two-thirds of family-sustaining job openings in the E

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill in 2016 aimed at improving educational outcomes for foster youth. (Jay Inslee/Flickr)

SEATTLE – New research highlights the instability young people in foster care face, and the barriers this can create as they transition into adulthood. The Annie E. Casey Foundation report shows that moving in and out of foster care placements, unstable placement settings, and leaving the sy

More than 11 million children nationwide are alone or unsupervised after class ends, according to the Afterschool Alliance. (School's Out Washington)

SEATTLE – Communities across the country on Thursday mark Lights on Afterschool Day – a celebration of the expanded learning opportunities available to school children once the final bell rings. In Washington state, more than 200,000 children are unsupervised after class and more than

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