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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to congress. Also on our rundown: more evidence that the rent is too, damn, high; Marathon County braces for sulfide mining; and the focus on recycling this weekend for Earth Day in North Dakota.

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Public News Service - OR: Poverty Issues

Advocates for social housing point to the success of the

PORTLAND, Ore. – What would it look like if the United States took a few tips from European countries to tackle the affordable housing problem? A new proposal from the People's Policy Project takes those tips and explores how cities could build government-owned housing. Unlike public housin

Between 2015 and 2017, homelessness increased six percent in Oregon. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon legislators are considering a way to increase funds for affordable housing efforts around the state. House Bill 4007 would increase the document recording fee when a person buys a home from $20 to $60, to generate about $90 million over two years. The new funds would add

A one-time appropriation of $300,000 from legislators to the Oregon Food Bank Network would increase pantries' capacity for fresh produce. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. — Healthy meals at Oregon food pantries are becoming the norm, but they present a challenge: How does the state's network of food banks make sure perishable food such as produce stays fresh? Today, leaders from the Oregon Food Bank Network are meeting with state legislators in Sa

Sexual harassment and assault are pervasive in the janitorial industry, women's and workers' advocates say. (deepcove/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Months before the #MeToo movement gained steam, Oregon lawmakers passed legislation to protect women working in the shadows, literally. Now that law is in effect. At the beginning of this year, janitorial contractors started joining a registry that ensures they're in complian

Large donors contributed 14 times as much as small donors to Oregon candidates and ballot measure campaigns in 2016. (Cacophony/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Big money dominated the 2016 elections in Oregon, according to a new report. The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group or "OSPIRG" found about 720 individuals and businesses, contributing $5,000 or more, collectively donated nearly $35 million to candidates and ballot

Oregon has made big strides in health coverage for residents since it expanded Medicaid, but the state needs to raise more money to keep the system in place. (sasint/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Medical professionals are turning out in the final stretch before Tuesday's special election to support Measure 101, which would continue to fund health care for low income Oregonians. The Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Nurses Association, and hospitals such as Legacy He

Congress provided funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program through March. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program hasn't done much to alleviate stress for states and parents going into the new year. Known as CHIP, the program helps cover nine million children nationwide, including near

A 2006 study found folks sometimes have a tendency to objectify people experiencing homelessness, dehumanizing the issue. (Sisters of the Road)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The winter will be long for the many Oregonians living without shelter. Cities such as Portland, Bend and Medford face a shortage of affordable housing that has left some people on the streets. Bryn Harding is communications manager for Sisters of the Road, a nonprofit caf

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