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    PNS Daily News - December 22, 20140 

    A variety issues to start the week on our nationwide rundown including; the shooter is reported to have bragged before he assassinated a pair of NYPD officers; when pigs fly-a drone captures rare images of North Carolina pig farms; and a caution to Santa’s helpers, lotto tickets can be worse than coal for stocking stuffers.

Public News Service - Oregon

PHOTO: The Oregon Foster Youth Connection says foster families often don't have enough money to supply equipment, transportation and other costs so kids can participate in extracurricular activities. The group will ask the Oregon Legislature to help. Photo credit: surpasspro/

PORTLAND, Ore. – The process of seeing a new law passed can be long and complicated, but it's a challenge foster children in Oregon are taking on – even some children who aren't old enough to vote. Members of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection are current and former foster children, ag...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: CEOs of a dozen venture capital firms say the solitude and recreation available on public land can be viewed as economic opportunities to attract new business to the West. Photo of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives, on Wikimedia Commons.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A dozen leaders of venture capital and investment firms say they think the United States should be "investing" in protecting more public land. Members of the new "Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition" say they'll encourage Congress and the president to expand national p...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Heart disease and stroke are on the top-five list for causes of death in Oregon, and the Oregon Stroke Care Committee wants to ensure that, no matter where a stroke occurs, the nearest hospital is fully prepared. Photo credit: werg/

PORTLAND, Ore. - This has been a big year for Oregon's efforts to improve care for stroke victims. A state task force was formed and just had its fifth meeting since June. It's working on collecting data from around the state to determine how prepared each hospital is to handle stroke emergencies - ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Getting more 3- and 4-year-olds into preschool in Oregon, and more kids into full-day kindergarten, are among the education priorities in Gov. John Kitzhaber's budget proposal for the next biennium. Photo credit: kali9/

SALEM, Ore. - The state budget proposal from Gov. John Kitzhaber this week sets the tone for what looks to be months of tough decisions ahead in Salem. In pre-session meetings the last couple of days, legislators heard some of the reasoning behind the budget line items, as well as public reactions....Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: So many choices, so little time. Adults are the first line of defense when toy-shopping, to give every item a close look for choking hazards, unsafe coatings and other potential problems. Photo credit: XLH/

PORTLAND, Ore. – Before wrapping toys purchased as gifts this holiday season, it may be time to take a closer look at them. A rubber duck, backpack, shopping-cart play set and a tambourine all are on store shelves despite potential hazards, according to the annual Trouble in Toyland report f...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: One important aspect of planning a charitable food drive is determining how to get heavy barrels from the donation site to the local food bank. Photo courtesy Community Connection of Northeast Oregon.

MEDFORD, Ore. - It's the time of year when generosity comes to the forefront, and if a charitable food drive is on the list for your business, church, or city, there are some good ideas around the state for making it work. Carmen Gentry, food bank manager at Community Connection of Northeast Oregon...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Loneliness is one of the toughest things about aging. AARP is asking people to commit to spending one day a month with an older relative or neighbor, to make a meaningful connection between generations. Photo credit: tobkatrina/

PORTLAND, Ore. – It may be time for a new holiday tradition – or an early New Year's resolution – to spend time with an older person in your family or your neighborhood, and to make it a monthly commitment. AARP points out that amid Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Mo...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: How many beers are too many? It can be an expensive question if you're arrested for driving drunk. Plan ahead for holiday festivities and agree on a designated driver before you need one. Photo credit: Kinugraphik/

PORTLAND, Ore. - In a new survey commissioned by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 72 percent of respondents who have used a designated driver said they did so to avoid getting arrested. Defense attorney Omar Nur says that's good thinking. Nur says the price tag for getting through the court pr...Read More

Public News Service - OR

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