PNS Daily Newscast _ March 31, 2020 

Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 

During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - WA: Cultural Resources

PHOTO: It's prime time to raft the Sauk River in northwestern Washington, and the town of Darrington is hoping people won't stay away in the aftermath of this year's deadly Oso mudslide. Photo courtesy Adventure Cascades.

DARRINGTON, Wash. – Before becoming widely known for the devastating Oso mudslide in March, Snohomish County was perhaps best known for its outdoor recreation. The conservation community is lending a hand to help restore that reputation. Nine Washington groups have created a colorful broch

PHOTO: If you lived overseas, would you choose Seattle as a vacation destination? Last year, 2.8 million international visitors did. Photo credit: Bosenok/iStockphoto.

SEATTLE – On Thursday, President Barack Obama outlined a push to encourage more international travelers to the United States – to spend money and create local jobs for the Americans who feed them, house them and show them around. Washington state is already ahead of that curve, with al

PHOTO: Residents of the San Juans say having portions of the islands designated as a national monument assures them local input on management of that land. Photo credit: Linda Hudson.

SEATTLE - It has been one year since the San Juan Islands National Monument was created by President Obama, and island residents are concerned that other communities will not get the same chance, if a bill that just passed in the House makes its way through Congress. The legislation would make it m

PHOTO: In addition to breathtaking views of places such as Fisher Peak, the North Cascades National Park complex reported contributing $26.4 million to the local economy in 2013. Photo credit: Autumn Carlsen, National Park Service.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - President Obama wants to allocate more money to the National Park Service to spruce up the parks for the agency's 100th birthday, and Congress will decide whether to go along with that request in the next few weeks. The president is proposing a small increase of $55 million in the N

PHOTO: The Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin, Wash., will be closed until mid-March, 2014, as a money-saving move for the National Park Service. Photo credit: NPS on flickr.

SEATTLE - North Cascades National Park has closed a visitor center early and curtailed its winter operations more than usual. It's just one example of what many national park sites are doing to cope with smaller budgets and uncertainty about the future. Congress is aiming for a new budget deal by mi


SEATTLE - This month marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, and in the state of Washington, that dream has new meaning for young people of all races, who attend "Freedom School." It's a nine-day course for youth (ages 15 to 21) that covers the history of raci

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Today in Olympia, one topic is workers' privacy in social media. A House committee looks at a bill that would allow employers to be sued and fined for requiring a worker, or prospective employee, to hand over passwords for online accounts as a condition of employment. Widespread u

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SAN JUAN ISLANDS, Wash. - Today, President Obama designates the San Juan Islands National Monument, a series of 75 small parcels of land scattered on multiple islands in three Washington counties, totaling about 1,000 acres. It is a goal local residents have sought for years, to protect scenic spots

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