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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 


GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 20, 2020 


Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - WA: Consumer

Lower than usual flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere could be a good sign for the United States as winter approaches. (DimaBerlin/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Health professionals are concerned about the overlap this winter of flu season and the COVID-19 pandemic, and are asking that people prepare themselves. Raj Sundar, a family-medicine physician for Kaiser Permanente in Burien, said colder weather will make it especially tricky for avoidin

Even before the pandemic, an estimated 15 million Americans, including a disproportionate number of BIPOC residents, had trouble paying their utility bills. (Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- A state agency holds a public hearing this week on guideline changes for utility companies in Washington. At issue is a moratorium on disconnections during the pandemic, and groups are calling for a host other moves to protect vulnerable customers. The Washington Utilities and Transport

The Nooksack River is crucial salmon habitat for the Northwest. (Patrick McNall/Flickr)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Construction crews have begun work to remove the Middle Fork Nooksack Dam near Bellingham, restoring a crucial river for salmon. The project is decades in the making and is critical as fish species in the Northwest dwindle. Steven Day, project engineer for the City of Bellin

Workers at seven fruit-packing companies in the Yakima Valley are on strike. (Edgar Franks/Familias Unidas por la Justicia)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Farm and fruit-packing workers are considered essential. And in Washington state, they're roiled in struggles for better working conditions. Yakima County is the biggest hotspot for coronavirus cases on the West Coast, and the fruit-packing warehouses in the area have been a vecto

Jose Atil is a paraeducator for English language learners in Vancouver, Wash., and also works at Camp Evergreen, a day care program for the children of first responders. (PSE SEIU Local 1948)

SEATTLE -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the next round of coronavirus relief, and some essential workers in Washington state are watching the bill closely. Jose Atil, a paraeducator for English language learners in Vancouver and a member of the Public School Employees of Washingt

One scam popping up recently claims there is a vaccine or treatment for coronavirus. (MUHAMMADROHAIZAD/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- Scammers are taking advantage of Americans' heightened state of anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic. Kay Tomlinson is a fraud-prevention specialist in Washington state with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. She said there are a variety of scams circulating right now, including "can't-mi

First Lady Trudi Inslee discusses caregivers during the coronavirus pandemic on Spread The Facts. (TVW)

SEATTLE -- Washington state has teamed up with the television network TVW and AARP to provide older adults with facts on how to protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. The series "Spread the Facts" provides the public an opportunity to submit questions. On April 16, First Lady Trudi

Pollution levels in Washington state could rise under the state Department of Ecology's flexible enforcement of regulations. (Scott Garner/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- Washington state and the federal government say they are relaxing enforcement of environmental regulations during the coronavirus outbreak. The Washington State Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say the virus could interfere with industries' ability to c

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