PNS Daily Newscast - February 28 2020 

Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 

Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - WA: Consumer

In 2018, there was more than $45 million in credit-union savings accounts for 151,000 children in Washington state. (Northwest Credit Union Association)

LONGVIEW, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee has declared this week Washington Saves Week, and some credit unions are celebrating by promoting young people to save. Heather Snyder, marketing manager of Fibre Federal Credit Union, says the total balance in children's savings accounts currently tops $10 millio

Since 2018, California has had a law in place allowing businesses to prepare food in home kitchens. (Andy Dean/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE -- While a bill to legalize home kitchens for businesses has died in the Washington state Legislature, supporters believe the effort helped create momentum for next session. Under current law, food for public sale has to be prepared in a commercial kitchen. That creates barriers, especially

A bill in the Washington Sstate Legislature would reform how, and how many, medical exams are performed after someone suffers a workplace injury. (Esther Max/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington state Legislature is looking into the issue of independent medical exams that people have to undergo when they're injured at work. After injuring his back on the job, Michael Wickoren had to have two surgeries. He also had six independent medical exams over two-and-

One in five Washington state families cuts costs elsewhere to pay for insulin, according to a new survey. (Allen/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A new survey shows the rising cost of prescription drugs is causing mountains of stress for many Washington state families. In particular, skyrocketing insulin prices are causing families to make tough decisions, according to the AARP Washington survey. One in five families say

Pedestrian deaths in Washington state have doubled over the past decade. (Richard Erikkson/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- Instead of expanding highways, Washington state leaders should focus on local challenges to transportation, one group says. Feet First, an Evergreen State group that promotes walkable communities, says while the state has added Interstate highway lanes, local maintenance has been neglec

Lawmakers in Olympia are considering a bill that would regulate water-rights sales to water banks. (Steve Voght/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash -- Washington state lawmakers are taking up an issue that has vexed western states for decades - how to manage water resources. They want to tackle water speculation, which is squeezing some users. The concern is mostly about who owns water banks, which collect water rights from land

Two-thirds of Washingtonians are worried they don't have enough saved for retirement, according to a recent survey. (jimbophotoart/Adobe Stock)

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the Department of Commerce would operate the retirement savings program. It is actually the Employment Security Department. OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that would give workers a new retirement option. Under

A bill in the Washington state Legislature aims to establish greater accountability for companies that buy debt. (B-A Graphix/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Consumer protections in debt collections are on the docket for Washington state lawmakers this session. One House bill would establish more regulations on debt buyers, the companies that purchase debt from creditors at a discount. Louise Stromberg was pursued by a debt buyer for a

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