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PNS Daily News - July 25, 2017 


Another Obamacare repeal showdown expected in the Senate; the President’s son-in-law in the hot seat in the Russia probe; and a setback for federal immigration agents. We’re covering those stories and more on today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - WA: Consumer Issues

Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced a rule this week banning forced-arbitration clauses. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

SEATTLE -- This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a rule that consumer groups say is a big win for Americans who want to settle corporate wrongdoing in court. The rule bans companies from using forced-arbitration clauses in order to avoid lawsuits, meaning consumers can once

Washington and 18 other states are suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for failing to implement regulations on for-profit colleges as scheduled on July 1. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

SEATTLE - Washington is one of 19 states suing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for delaying a rule set to go into effect July 1 - a delay that has left many college students in limbo. The rule was intended to help students who took out loans to attend for-profit colleges that ended up taking a

The prototype for a battery-free cell phone developed at the University of Washington was built with cheap, off-the-shelf components. (Mark Stone/University of Washington)

SEATTLE – Cell-phone users are excited that the prototype for a battery-free cell phone might mean they could cut the cord to their chargers in the future. But the developing technology also may be a boon for the environment. Developed at the University of Washington, the battery-free cell p

Electric cars are catching on in Washington, and motorists now have a scenic byway dotted with charging stations. (Wash. State House Republicans/Flickr)

WENATCHEE, Wash. – This summer, electric car owners will have the chance to explore the Evergreen State's "electric highway." Stretching from Everett to Spokane, U.S. Highway 2 is the first scenic byway in the country lined with charging stations for electric vehicles. At the beginning of Ju

Veterans with pre-existing conditions could see health care costs go up under the GOP's health-care bills. (Robert Shields/Army Medicine)

SEATTLE – A new report finds nearly a half-million veterans would lose health coverage over the next decade under the GOP's health-care bills. About 1.8 million veterans rely on Medicaid, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress. Nearly a quarter of those vets would los

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

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 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

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