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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - WA: Housing/Homelessness

A revision to Washington's estate tax would create an equity-in-housing fund. (Eric Fredericks/Flickr)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state is home to some of the wealthiest people in the country and it also is facing a housing crisis, so lawmakers may tap some state residents' wealth to address the issue. Legislators in Olympia are considering a bill which would revise the estate tax. It would exemp

People can register to vote using a nearby address if they are living unsheltered. (David Lee/Flickr)

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SEATTLE - How do you vote by mail in Washington if you don't have an address? People who are homeless have some options to get their ballots counted in the Evergreen State. Hillary Coleman, community projects manager with Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, says it's important to unders

During his 2020 State of the State address, Gov. Jay Inslee called on lawmakers to act to remedy the state's affordable housing crisis. (Office of the Governor)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inslee called on lawmakers Tuesday to make affordable housing and ending homelessness their top priorities this session. During his State of the State address, Inslee said the entire state is facing a crisis. Last month, he proposed using $300 million from the "rainy day"

More than 130,000 adults in Washington state were evicted from rental properties between 2013 and 2017. (designer491/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE — Most renters facing eviction lack access to legal counsel, and because of that, are set up to fail, says a new analysis. The Center for American Progress brief found nationwide, about 90% of landlords have legal representation in eviction cases, while only 10% of tenants do. Accor

Seattle's preference for single-family homes leads to more driving and more cars. (Joe Wolf/Flickr)

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SEATTLE — For most cities in Washington state, cars are the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions. Could a change to the state's zoning policies get more Washingtonians out of them? Margaret Morales is a senior researcher with Sightline Institute. She said most houses in the Evergree

A big jump in housing costs has coincided with the growing issue of homelessness in Washington state. (Kid Clutch/Flickr)

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SEATTLE — A person earning minimum wage would have to work 75 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Washington state. That's according to the new report, "Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing." The annual analysis of the rental market found Washingtonians would need to earn nea

Last year, a Community Challenge grant funded a Seattle hackathon to develop an app aimed at making the city more livable for aging residents. (Seattle.gov)

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SEATTLE – A grant program is looking for project submissions to help make cities and towns in Washington state and nationwide friendlier to people of all ages and can be developed quickly. AARP is back for a second year with the Community Challenge grant program. Last year, nearly 90 project

The sun is down on Washington's legislative session, and older residents scored big victories, including improvements to the senior property-tax exemption. (dannymac15_1999/Flickr)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Older Washingtonians' pocketbooks got some much-needed relief in the legislative session that wrapped up last week. AARP Washington says lawmakers' support of three bills in particular is going to help seniors get by. The Legislature devoted $1 million to reinstate hearing

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