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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


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Public News Service - WA: Disabilities

Parent caregivers testified in support of respite-care legislation in Olympia last week. (SEIU 775)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The parents of children with disabilities who need around-the-clock supervision are urging Washington state lawmakers to pass bills that would make it easier for them to take a break. HB 1322 and SB 5360 outline a bipartisan plan to cut the number of training hours needed by

Self-driving cars still are in their testing phase but one day could improve the lives of people with disabilities. (Don DeBold/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state lawmakers are in the beginning stages of developing regulations for self-driving cars, but they're already being asked to keep people with disabilities in mind. A research paper commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation and Securing America's Future Energy e

Two Washington state lawmakers, Sen. Barbara Bailey and Rep. Steve Tharinger, have been recognized for their work supporting caregivers. (AARP)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – AARP is recognizing three Washington state leaders as advocates in the halls of Olympia for caregivers. Gov. Jay Inslee, state Rep. Steve Tharinger, and state Sen. Barbara Bailey were recognized as Capitol Caregivers, who champion policies for both family and professional ca

Every year, hardy Washingtonians take a dive into frigid waters around the state to raise money for the Special Olympics. (Special Olympics Archive)

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Some hardy Washingtonians are taking a cold and invigorating dip this winter to raise money for the Special Olympics. In the Polar Plunge Series, people get charitable pledges to dive into freezing waters across the Evergreen State, starting with the Tri-Cities area on Saturday.

A federal judge has ordered that Washington state must evaluate the mental competency of inmates in jail within two weeks. (the_kid_cl/flickr)

SEATTLE – Washington state owes nearly $500,000 in fines over the last month for failing to provide mental competency evaluations within a week to inmates in jail. The state has been fined $500 a day for each inmate who waits between 7 and 13 days for an evaluation, and a $1,000 each day aft

In the last two decades, the number of mobile clinics in the nation has grown to nearly 2,000, according the Mobile Health Clinics Association. (Giuseppe Bollanti/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE - A trip to the clinic can be costly and time-consuming for individuals and families in Washington who work and have little time to take off, but an innovative approach brings clinics to clients. Mobile health clinics are gaining popularity for people with limited or no access to a convent

In the Jordanian refugee camp of Zaatari there are around 10 births per day, according to the UN. (UK Department for International Development)

SEATTLE - Syria will enter its fifth year of a civil war next month, and since the fighting started nearly 4 million refugees have fled across the country's borders. The displaced refugees end up in camps in bordering countries such as Jordan and Turkey, where medical supplies are hard to come by,

Supporters say the CARE Act would keep family caregivers better informed and better prepared when loved ones are released from the hospital. (Xenia/morguefile)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington legislators are considering an idea that just became a state law in Oregon and Nevada. The CARE Act outlines rules for hospitals so when patients are discharged, they have a caregiver on record who can help with the transition. Among older patients, Medicare says one in

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