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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


Featured on today’s rundown; LGBTQ Americans excluded from the 2020 Census; we take a look at how Trump’s energy policies could hurt the sector’s biggest jobs creator; plus how overturning online privacy rules may especially impact immigrants.

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Public News Service - WA: Consumer Issues

Students from Walla Walla University gathered in Olympia last month to urge lawmakers to fully fund the State Need Grant. (Jose Acosta/Walla Walla University)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Students receiving the State Need Grant are urging the Washington State Legislature to fully fund the grant program so that more students can afford higher education. Last year, 24,000 students were eligible but did not receive grants because the program wasn't properly fund

Repeal of the of the Affordable Care Act could hurt Washington state seniors, AARP says. (Jacoblund/iStockphoto)

SEATTLE – Opposition to the GOP's proposed American Health Care Act is growing, including from organizations and even some Republican lawmakers. AARP is also speaking up against the current replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Mike Tucker, volunteer state president for AARP Washington, s

Washington state lawmakers are considering a Student Loan Bill of Rights to protect students from deceptive practices of loan providers. (Tom Woodward/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill to hold student loan providers accountable for their services. Passed in the House last week, the Senate is considering the Student Loan Bill of Rights. House Bill 1440 gives students protections as consumers of loan servic

A bill in the Washington state Legislature would give independent contractors portable benefits. (Karlis Dambrans/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A new bill in the Washington state Legislature could help the growing number of workers without permanent jobs get benefits that go with them from job to job. Lawmakers in Olympia have introduced House Bill 2109, which would set up portable, prorated accounts that give worke

Distracted-driving deaths have risen dramatically, prompting Washington state lawmakers to introduce a bill to stop it. (Sakkawokkie/iStock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – State lawmakers want to stop a habit that could be as harmful to Washingtonians as drinking and driving: using a cell phone while driving. Deaths from distracted driving have been on the rise in Washington state. Between 2014 and 2015, deaths rose from 130 to 171. House Bill

Berta Alvarado (right) traveled from southeastern Washington to Washington, hoping to speak with her representatives about the future of health care. (Service Employees Int'l. Union)

OTHELLO, Wash. – As members of Congress come back to their home districts for a recess, people across the country are demanding that lawmakers hold public meetings to discuss the future of health care. Only a few lawmakers from Washington state have scheduled town hall meetings to address th

Advocates are in Olympia today urging lawmakers to protect older adults from financial exploitation. (TheDigitalWay/Pixabay)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Thousands of Washingtonians are calling on state lawmakers to protect older adults from financial exploitation. Advocates delivered nearly 8,000 petitions to lawmakers in every district today, asking them to pass companion bills HB 1153 and SB 5099. The bills would increase th

Self-driving cars still are in their testing phase but one day could improve the lives of people with disabilities. (Don DeBold/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state lawmakers are in the beginning stages of developing regulations for self-driving cars, but they're already being asked to keep people with disabilities in mind. A research paper commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation and Securing America's Future Energy e

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