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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Graduate students who work at the University of Washington could see their taxes go up by $5,000, according to a student employees' union. (Intel Free Press/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Cash-strapped graduate students in Washington state and across the country are watching the tax debate in Congress closely. A provision in the House GOP's bill to overhaul the tax code, which passed last week, would turn tuition waivers offered by universities into taxable income.

More than 11 million kids nationwide are alone or unsupervised after class ends, according to the Afterschool Alliance. (School's Out Washington)

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Today communities in Washington and across the nation celebrate Lights On Afterschool Day. Now in its 17th year, the day highlights programs that keep kids safe and engaged beyond school hours. According to the Afterschool Alliance, more than 11 million children nationwide are

Multiple organizations, including AFT Washington, are protesting U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos's visit to Bellevue today. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Protestors plan to greet Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in Bellevue today, where she is scheduled to speak at an annual fundraiser for the Washington Policy Center, a free-market think tank. The center says it invited DeVos to speak because she's one of the nation's top po

Antitrust laws may not be effective at busting up modern day technology companies. (David Ryder/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – Nowhere is the trend toward market consolidation, or monopolization, more apparent than in the technology industry. In August, Seattle-based Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market, raising questions about whether the company is becoming a monopoly. Washington state also is home to an

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case Monday that could affect whether nearly 25 million workers have the right to file class-action lawsuits against their employers. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – Workers in Washington state and across the country watched the U.S. Supreme Court closely Monday as justices heard oral arguments in a case to determine whether employers can ban class-action lawsuits. The case, Epic Systems Corporation versus Lewis, involves arbitration agreements

Seattle is the fastest growing big city in the country, but some worry its growth is leaving some communities behind. (Andrew E. Larsen/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Like many cities across the country, Seattle is finding great wealth often brings great wealth disparity. The Emerald City has the fifth highest median income among large U.S. cities, is home to two tech giants in Amazon and Microsoft and is the nation's fastest growing big city.

There are more than 800,000 family caregivers in Washington state. (Hauoratrust/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE – Health care professionals, providers and educators are gathering to brainstorm ideas for making sure the future is more friendly for older Americans. The sixth annual Elder Friendly Futures Conference is taking place at the University of Washington Thursday and Friday and bringing t

People with criminal records often struggle to find employment once they are out of prison. A new website aims to help. (TeroVesalaienen/Pixabay)

SEATTLE – It can be hard to find a job, but imagine doing it with a criminal record. An estimated 70 million people have records – including more than 1.5 million Washingtonians – and they often struggle to find companies willing to hire them. That's why Richard Bronson started

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