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PNS Weekend Newscast - May 27th, 2016 


In the news this weekend: an attack in Egypt kills over two dozen people, President Trump's son in law is under the microscope in the Russian spying investigation, and it may take an entire village to save the planet.

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Public News Service - WA: Consumer Issues

Utility company Avista is working with Spokane-area universities to develop more efficient electric grids. (Washington State University)

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Two utility companies in Washington have been awarded $3.5 million each from the state's Clean Energy Fund for research into making city electric grids more efficient. Their projects are just the beginning of efforts to make cities smarter. Spokane-based Avista Utilities will use

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SEATTLE, Wash. - With scams on the rise, more people find themselves asking, "Is this for real?" Nearly 80 percent of Washingtonians report being the target of an imposter scam last year, according to a survey released today by AARP. The survey also revealed that people are overconfident: While 85

Twitter stakeholders could commission a study to see what the company would look like as a user-owned cooperative. (Esther Vargas/Flickr)

SEATTLE – What if ownership of the social media website Twitter was turned over to its users? That question isn't just hypothetical anymore. Shareholders at this year's annual meeting will vote whether to commission a study on what cooperative ownership would look like for the technology com

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

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

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