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PNS Daily News - June 26, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s news including: it’s a key week for Republicans drumming up support for health care legislation; mayors from around the country speak out against Trump’s climate policies; and why some cattle producers have a beef with the USDA.

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Retailers stole about $15 billion from their employees each year between 2013 and 2015, according to a new report. (torbakhopper/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Retail employers are stealing as much from their employees as shoplifters are stealing from their stores, according to a new report. The progressive policy organization Demos compared minimum-wage theft data from the Economic Policy Institute and shoplifting data from the Global Reta

The federal Summer Food Service program provides funding for children's meals while school is out. (School's Out Washington)

EVERETT, Wash. - Summer vacation is here, and while that means fun in the sun, for some it also means a lot of hungry days. Children who normally rely on free and reduced-price lunches are able to get meals through the federal Summer Food Service Program. However, the Food Resource and Action Cente

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

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

May Day rallies across the country are expected to be ramped up this year in opposition to the Trump administration. (Chuck Taylor/Flickr)

PASCO, Wash. -- Today is May Day, and Washingtonians are rallying with people across the country in support of laborers and immigrant communities. Otherwise known as International Workers' Day, May Day now is also associated with immigrants' rights. The Tri-Cities area has been planning May Day pr

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

The Trump administration has proposed cutting federal funding for after-school and summer programs. (School's Out Washington)

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Members of Congress return to the Capitol next week for budget negotiations, and what they decide could have a big impact on children and what they do after school. Under the Trump budget proposal, funding for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, which help fund

The ACLU of Washington says children in Grays Harbor County have routinely been held in detention without adequate legal representation. (AlexRaths/iStockphoto)

SEATTLE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington says children charged with crimes aren't getting the legal help they deserve, and it wants the state to change that. The ACLU filed a lawsuit last week against the Office of Public Defense for allegedly failing to provide proper lega

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