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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


On the rundown; a new poll has Americans turning thumbs down on Trump’s hurricane response; changes in the works to North Carolina’s election law; a move to protect Central California wilderness; and making federal buildings “bird friendly”

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Public News Service - WA: Budget Policy & Priorities

After-school and summer programs are helping Washington children develop both career and coping skills, according to a report to the State Legislature. (Sparkwind Movement)

SEATTLE – Washington state is improving programs for children after school and in the summer, according to a report to the Legislature, which agreed to help fund the programs. When programs are properly funded and work right, they can improve children's academic, social and emotional abiliti

People are paying more than $1.3 trillion in student loan debt in the United States. (Michael Fleshman/Flickr)

SEATTLE - The college year has started again, and for many students that means anxiety over debt is here again, too. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the class of 2015 in Washington state graduated with an average debt of $24,600. The College for All Act now in Congress ai

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

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