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    PNS Daily News - February 9, 20160 


    Our news today zeros-in on issues from around the nation including: It’s New Hampshire’s turn to select presidential candidates but not all voters are fully decided; some West Virginians sympathizing with the water woes of Flint, Michigan; and a go-to indicator may be mis-categorizing millions of Americans as unhealthy.

Public News Service - Oregon

Advocates are meeting in Salem to discuss ways to fix the state's affordable-housing shortage. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. - Representatives from food banks across Oregon are stepping out of the pantry to discuss the state's housing crisis with lawmakers in Salem today. Affordable housing for Oregon's growing population has become a statewide issue, and legislators are proposing a number of bills to address...Read More

Public News Service - OR

New research shows that gut bacteria and other microbes influence mate selection as well as other parts of our biology. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

PORTLAND, Ore. – New research shows microbes in our body will help pick our sweethearts for Valentine's Day this weekend, though exactly how our bacteria play cupid isn’t clear yet. Dr. William Miller, author of "The Microcosm Within," says two studies prove falling in love is a matter...Read More

Public News Service - OR

The Iron Gate Dam is one of four slated for removal if all parties agree on amendments to the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement. (California Trout)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - A plan for the Klamath Basin water-use agreements may have expired in Congress, but at least part of it was resuscitated this week. The states of Oregon and California, the utility PacifiCorp and two federal agencies, the Commerce and Interior Departments, say they're moving...Read More

Public News Service - OR

The U.S. House and Senate finally update the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act to identify cancer-causing chemicals more quickly. (National Cancer Institute)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Today is World Cancer Day, and if you look around your house, you might find water bottles, canned food, and an old mattress contaminated with chemicals that could give you cancer. While some states have banned these potential cancer causers, federal agencies have had their hands...Read More

Public News Service - OR

The deadline to apply for the Oregon Promise tuition program is March 1. (Oregon GEAR UP)

PORTLAND, Ore. - High school seniors have less than a month to apply for the first "Oregon Promise," a state grant covering tuition for community colleges, trade and technical schools. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher or have passed the GED within six months of applying for...Read More

Public News Service - OR

Even some Portland city-dwellers took the time to make their views known about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns. (Rural Organizing Project)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - About 350 people gathered in Burns, Ore., on Monday for a local rally to tell the last few armed anti-government occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and their supporters, to go home. Protests and pickets are a daily occurrence now in Burns, and they're spreading acro...Read More

Public News Service - OR

No matter what type of home heat source, assistance is available for low-income Oregonians who can't afford their utility bills. (C. Thomas)

REDMOND, Ore. - Oregonians at risk of falling behind on their home-heating bills this winter have some options. Funds are still available for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which isn't always the case this far into the season. To get help, households have to apply and sho...Read More

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown has proposed raising the minimum wage in order keep up with the costs of essentials like rent and food. (The All-Nite Images/flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Minimum wage is a top priority for Oregon lawmakers as the legislative session begins today. Hearings are scheduled this week to discuss Gov. Kate Brown's latest proposal to increase the minimum wage over the next six years to $14.50 in the Portland area and $13.25 in the rest ...Read More

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