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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; President Trump disbands two economic councils as CEO’s resign in protest; we will tell you why Iowa, like Trump, has bias issues; plus land trusts are a prime spot to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

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Public News Service - WA: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

A Washington ballot initiative that would allow judges to temporarily suspend access to firearms to people deemed a threat to themselves or others gained 330,000 signatures, supporters say. (Alliance for Gun Responsibility)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Sponsors of a measure that would allow judges to take guns away from people deemed a risk to themselves or others have turned in more than 330,000 signatures one day before the deadline in Washington state. Initiative 1491 would create "Extreme Risk Protection Orders," allowing fam

As of July 2015, Washington State Police estimated the state had 6,000 untested rape kits. (Brylie Oxley/Wikimedia Commons)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Lawmakers in Olympia made history last week when they passed a bill that would set up a system for tracking sexual assault kits. However, the bill doesn't yet have budgetary legs to stand on. House Bill 2530 passed with one week left in the legislative session, leaving it in the

PHOTO: Workers who want the ability to accrue paid sick leave say in many of their jobs, coming to work ill isn't only uncomfortable; it also jeopardizes customers' health. Photo credit: joyt/FeaturePics.com.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A paid day off when a worker or their child is ill isn't an option for about one million people in Washington whose employers don't offer them the ability to accrue hours of sick leave. Today in Olympia, a House committee examines legislation to change that. The idea of paid time

PHOTO: Tacoma has decided it's time for a paid sick leave policy for employers in the city, but the debate continues about whether the current proposal is useful or practical for workers. Photo credit: meggi/FeaturePics.com.

TACOMA, Wash. - Workers in Tacoma are watching City Hall this week, as a proposal to allow them to earn three days of paid sick leave per year is officially introduced at a City Council meeting Tuesday. While they acknowledge it's better to have some paid time off than none, many are speaking out a

SEATTLE - March is Women's History Month and some Washington human rights advocates say it's the right time to remind the Obama administration that women still have not reached equality. Roslyn Solomon, chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission, says her group has been able to persuade the City

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The health care reform debate has taken on a shade of pink. First Lady Michelle Obama held a White House event today (Friday) to make the case that breast cancer is proof of the need for health care reform. Breast cancer survivors, who pay more for health insurance or have been de

SEATTLE - Members of book clubs typically read a book every month and get together to discuss it. But, Mercy Corps, a humanitarian aid group based in Portland with offices in Seattle, wants them to do more than talk - to actually get involved in solving the problems presented in a new book. "Half th

Olympia, WA - While most state services face big budget cuts by the legislature, a few have been spared, more or less. They include home visiting programs, in which nurses and other trained professionals go to the homes of at-risk families who have asked for help. They work with low-income parents o

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