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PNS Daily Newscast - Monday, Aug 21st, 2017 


Here are some of the stories we're covering today: big protest planned against President Trump today,a huge gathering in Maine on Sunday mourning the loss of three people killed during a white nationalist rally and it's eclipse day but a moon of a different sort caught the country's attention about twenty five years ago.

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Public News Service - WA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Gov. Jay Inslee at his last contract signing session with the state worker's union in 2015. (Laura Reisdorph/Washington Federation of State Employees)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state workers receive recognition for their hard work today as Gov. Jay Inslee signs the contracts negotiated by their union last year. Lawmakers spent two special sessions working on a budget deal before finally agreeing to give state employees a 6 percent increase in

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear cases on President Donald Trump's so-called travel ban in October. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

SEATTLE – President Donald Trump is celebrating a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices decided on Monday to let parts of his so-called travel ban go into effect. The court will hear the case in October, but in the meantime the Trump administration can bar travel from six Muslim-

Clouds are gathering over the Washington State Capitol as the clock winds down for lawmakers to come to a budget agreement. (Manuel Iglesias/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A possible state government shutdown is looming in Washington, and that's especially bad news for state employees. Lawmakers entered their third special session this week to negotiate a budget, but if no deal is reached by July 1, thousands of state workers will be temporari

The ballooning cost of housing could also be fueling the rise in homelessness across Washington state. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

SEATTLE -- The door to even modest housing is shut to Washingtonians working low-income jobs, according to a new report. The National Low Income Housing Coalition's annual study, called "Out of Reach: The Rising Cost of Housing," provides data by state on the widening gap between what workers make

Democrats in Olympia have proposed raising taxes on larger corporations to fix the state's budget. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – As budget negotiations continue in Olympia, small business owners are supporting House Democrats' plan to restructure the business and occupation tax. The House has proposed raising rates 20 percent for businesses making more than $250,000 in gross revenue and exempting any

State lawmakers have started their second special session in Olympia. (Washington State House Republicans)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The seemingly never-ending budget talks in Olympia have become much more dire for thousands of the state's employees. Friday, the state budget office formally notified AFSCME, the union that represents Washington state employees, that workers could be temporarily laid off if

Uncertain how education will be funded in Washington state, school administrators say they typically plan for the worst-case scenario. (wsilver/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The clock is ticking again this year for the Washington State Legislature to figure out how to address the Supreme Court's McCleary decision that requires the state to properly fund schools. As legislators hammer out details behind closed doors in a special session, what do

The Trump administration has proposed cutting more than $9 billion from the federal Department of Education budget. (JJ Thompson/Unsplash)

SEATTLE - Teachers and education staff are watching closely this week to see what happens with the Trump administration's proposed cuts to Education Department programs, as Congress works on a budget for next year. The proposal slashes more than 13 percent, or $9 billion, off the agency's budget. W

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