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    PNS Daily News - August 31, 20150 

    Among the stories we are following; President Obama renames the nation’s tallest peak; officials close in on a guns in parks policy; the death penalty on trial in California; and how dropping your devices could get you a better night’s sleep.

Public News Service - Oregon

Tours of permaculture in action are part of this weekend's Northwest Permaculture Convergence in Eugene. Credit: Northwest Permaculture Convergence

EUGENE, Ore. - Today and through the weekend, people from across the region are gathering in Eugene for the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, learning how to work with nature and their neighbors to meet more of their basic needs locally. In a world facing many environmental and economic challenge...Read More

Public News Service - OR

An SEIU Local 503 bargaining team has negotiated a pay raise with the state for home-care workers, who will earn up to $15 an hour by 2017. Credit: SEIU Local 503.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A pay raise is on the way for more than 20,000 home-care workers in Oregon. A new contract has been settled with the state by SEIU Local 503 that outlines a pathway of up to $15 an hour by 2017. Home-care workers currently have a base wage of $13.75 an hour. "Some people say, oh, ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

Almost everyone in a CDC report on contact-lens wearers admits to at least one habit that increases their risk of an eye infection. Credit: JDurham/

PORTLAND, Ore. - It might not be the smoke from wildfires that's causing your eye irritation. It's "Contact Lens Health Week," and people who wear them are being encouraged to practice the best possible hygiene habits in order to avoid bacteria that can cause blindness. At the Centers for Disease ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

Hikers are dividing the proposed LNG pipeline route into five sections so people can join the hike as their schedules and hiking abilities allow from Aug. 22 to Sept. 26. Credit: Hike the Pipe.

MALIN, Ore. - A 230-mile gas pipeline means a 230-mile protest for those who oppose the Pacific Connector liquefied natural gas export line that could be built through southern Oregon. The protest starts Saturday. The route for the pipeline between Malin and Coos Bay hasn't quite been finalized, s...Read More

Public News Service - OR

Oregon ranks sixth among states for installed wind capacity. A new national report citing lowest-ever prices for wind power could spark more investment in the industry. Credit: Umptanum/Wikimedia Commons.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Wind energy prices have hit an all-time low and the cost of installing turbines has fallen 20 to 40 percent in the last five years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Its new report says last year's wind-power price contracts with utilities averaged under 2.5 cents ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

The combined voices of more than 20,000 SEIU home care workers in Oregon have caught the attention of the conservative Freedom Foundation, a group that has launched an anti-union ad campaign and, this week, sued SEIU Local 503 and several state department heads. Courtesy: SEIU Local 503.

SALEM, Ore. - An Oregon labor union is the target of a lawsuit challenging its right to represent and charge dues to people who don't want to be union members. The Freedom Foundation filed the suit Thursday. Some members of SEIU Local 503 say they're perplexed by the legal action. Meleta Christian...Read More

Public News Service - OR

Health checkups aren't top-of-mind for most Oregon teens, but getting more young people to get regular screenings is a statewide goal of the Oregon Health Authority. Credit: Mary R. Vogt/Morguefile.

MEDFORD, Ore. – One of Oregon's state health priorities is getting more teens the regular preventive care that will help establish healthy habits in adulthood. But adolescents are busy, and some have to be convinced that it's OK to talk with an adult about their concerns. As a group, teens ma...Read More

Public News Service - OR

La mayoría de los adolescentes de Oregon no tienen como prioridad sus chequeos médicos, pero una meta estatal de las autoridades sanitarias de Oregon (Oregon Health Authority) es que la gente joven se haga monitoreos regulares. Crédito: Mary R. Vogt/Morguefile.

MEDFORD, Ore. – La Oregon Health Authority (Autoridad de la Salud en Oregon) afirma que los adolescentes son uno de los grupos de edad más sub-atendidos en exámenes y otros cuidados preventivos, y las Community Care Organizations (CCOs, Organizaciones de Cuidados de la Comunidad) del...Read More

Public News Service - OR

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