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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Public News Service - WA: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

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

Two Washington state lawmakers, Sen. Barbara Bailey and Rep. Steve Tharinger, have been recognized for their work supporting caregivers. (AARP)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – AARP is recognizing three Washington state leaders as advocates in the halls of Olympia for caregivers. Gov. Jay Inslee, state Rep. Steve Tharinger, and state Sen. Barbara Bailey were recognized as Capitol Caregivers, who champion policies for both family and professional ca

As big banks such as Wells Fargo come under scrutiny, smaller community banks and credit unions are looking to be consumers' alternatives. (NikolayF/pixabay)

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Thursday is International Credit Union Day, and the case for these kinds of institutions has grown stronger with customers as scandal continues to rock one of the country's biggest banks. Credit unions have become the alternative to big-name financial institutions for nearly half

Seattle, Spokane and Olympia have joined the ranks of cities that celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day. (Joe Mabel/flickr)

SEATTLE -- Cities in Washington state and across the country are telling Christopher Columbus to step aside, and will instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples' day Monday. Olympia, Spokane, and most recently, Yakima have joined the ranks of cities that are dispensing with Columbus Day in order to cele

Two-thirds of fourth graders aren't reading at grade level, according to a study from Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Reading Partners)

SEATTLE – The school year is in full swing once again, and some students might dread that their reading skills aren't up to par. But a new report from Reading Partners Seattle shows all these students might need is more one-on-one help. Afi Tengue, the literacy support group’s execut

The Council on American-Islamic Relations chapter in Seattle received 34 reports of hate crimes against Muslims or those perceived as Muslim. (Seattle City Council/flickr)

SEATTLE -- Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. In the wake of the tragedy, American-Muslim communities across the country saw a surge of hate speech and hate crimes. And discrimination against these communities has lingered. Arsalan Bukhari, executive director at W

Two hikes are taking place at San Juan Island, above, as part of Latino Conservation Week. (Jeff Clark/BLM Oregon/Washington)

SEATTLE - It's Latino Conservation Week, and groups across the nation are focused on access to public lands for Latino communities. All this week, groups will be hosting events outdoors for Latino families to promote recreation and the protection of natural resources. Maite Arce, president and CEO

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