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PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

Public News Service - WA: Criminal Justice

Voting rights could expand to about 21,000 Washingtonians in community custody, with legislation coming to the Statehouse in 2020. (Scott Van Blarcom/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – While many Washingtonians with felony convictions had their voting rights restored a decade ago, barriers – and confusion – remain. A bill in next year's legislative session aims to rectify that. Democratic state Sen. Patty Kuderer of Bellevue wants to allow people in co

Neighbor spoofing is a tactic used by robocallers that makes it seem as if the call is coming from a number with a local area code. (massimo vernicesole/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – Robocalls to Washingtonians are picking up, and AARP Washington has launched a new campaign urging people not to fall for their scams. Washingtonians received nearly 560 million automated calls last year. Doug Shadel, state director of AARP Washington, says harassing and threatenin

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

CAIR offers bystander intervention training to help people deescalate harassment of people of color in public. (CAIR-Washington)

SEATTLE — Reports of hate crimes rose across the nation in 2017, and grew at an even faster pace in Washington state. Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show the number of hate crime incidents rose by 17 percent nationally over 2016 numbers, and by 32 percent in the Evergree

Thirty-eight people were killed by police in Washington state last year and nearly a third showed signs of a mental health crisis, according to the Washington Post. (De-Escalate Washington)

SEATTLE – A measure to strengthen accountability of police officers who use lethal force and that requires more mental health crisis training has passed with large support from Washington state voters. Initiative 940, which received nearly 60 percent approval, removes a barrier in state law

About 90 percent of people of European descent can expect to have a third cousin on the genealogical DNA website GEDMatch, according to one geneticist. (Libertas Academica/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The use of online genetic databases has helped to crack cold murder cases recently, including two decades-old murders in Washington state. But this technique also is raising ethical questions. The publicly available genealogy site GEDMatch was most notably used to catch the Golde

U.S. appellate judges heard nearly 60,000 cases in 2017. (Joe Wolf/Flickr)

SEATTLE — U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin confirmation hearings next week. But one legal expert says President Donald Trump already has made a big impact on the judiciary - and workers' rights are hurting for it. Trump has far outpaced previous presidents at this point

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