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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2018 


A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus power out for much of Puerto Rico; and some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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Public News Service - OR: Consumer Issues

Just six debt-buying companies have filed more than 75,000 cases in Oregon over the past five years. (Morgan/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Debt collectors are overburdening Oregon courts to pursue debts that consumers may not even owe, according to a new report. The Center for Responsible Lending study found that debt cases cost Oregonians $18 million a year between 2014 and 2016. Debt buyers, or companies that purcha

People in Oregon prisons are required to work 40 hours a week because of a measure passed in 1994. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

EUGENE, Ore. — After an uproar on campus over prison labor used to make the University of Oregon's furniture, one student reporter decided to see the prison for herself. Frankie Benitez writes for the Daily Emerald and was inspired to check out the the Oregon Corrections Enterprises furnitur

An Oregon fishing guide says fishers worry about the effects of ethanol on their outboard motors. (Michelle B./Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A bill to reform the biofuels mandate could reverse a decade of destruction to America's grasslands, according to environmental groups. The GREENER Fuels Act would gradually reduce the amount of biofuels such as corn ethanol in the nation's fuel supply. It also would stop

Nearly 64 percent of bottled water comes from municipal taps, according to a new report. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Sales are skyrocketing for the bottled water industry, but what are companies actually selling to customers? In its new report "Take Back the Tap," Food and Water Watch researchers look at the booming business of bottled water, which surpassed soda in sales in 2016. The grou

Under Oregon's new retirement savings program, people are saving about $50 per paycheck. (American Advisors Group/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon is listening to businesses on how to tweak the state’s novel saving option for employees as the program continues its roll out. OregonSaves is an alternative for workers whose employers don't offer a retirement savings option, giving employees the chance to save pa

A bill in the Oregon State Legislature would require companies to explain prescription drug price jumps of more than 10 percent. (ccPixs.com/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregonians are being warned about a group that is using what’s called deceptive practices to oppose a prescription drug-pricing bill in the State Legislature. The Register-Guard in Eugene has revealed the group Caregiver Voices United is funded by the pharmaceutical drug

Attorneys general in 22 states, including Oregon, are suing to reverse the FCC's decision on net neutrality. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. — A bill in the state House aims to restore net neutrality as a priority in Oregon after the Federal Communications Commission repealed the policy late last year. House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson said she will add a net neutrality amendment to House Bill 4155, legislatio

A bill in the Oregon House would require prescription drug companies to report data on their drug costs in other countries. (TBIT/Pixabay)

SALEM, Ore. — A bill in the Oregon Legislature aims to make prescription drug prices transparent and hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for large jumps in cost. House Bill 4005 would require drug manufacturers to explain cost increases above 10 percent for drugs that cost more than $1

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