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PHOTO: Microphone in hand, Royce Markley addressed policymakers at a luncheon last week. Members of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection shared their views about problems with the foster care system and outlined possible solutions. Photo credit: Nathaniel Schwab, Children First For Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. - Copies of the new Oregon Bill of Rights for Foster Children are being sent to every foster home and group home this week, and given to foster children and the people who work with them. Now, the same team of kids who developed it is making new recommendations to policymakers. They ...Read More

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PHOTO: The National Association of Letter Carriers meets every other year. At this week's meeting in Philadelphia, members discussed possibilities for modernizing the U.S. Postal Service and avoiding service cutbacks.  Photo credit: Michael Shea, National Assn. of Letter Carriers

PORTLAND, Ore. - It's birthday cake and protest rallies for U.S. Postal Service employees in Oregon and across the country. The Postal Service is 239 years old on Saturday, and letter carriers had their convention this week in Philadelphia. Oregon's Jamie Partridge was there. A retired carrier, Pa...Read More

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PHOTO: Dave Fidanque with the ACLU of Oregon says Central American children who have come to the U.S. seeking asylum have a right to legal representation and an immigration hearing before being summarily deported. Photo courtesy of the Oregon AFL-CIO.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Most have not traveled this far north yet, but Oregonians are already expressing concern for the thousands of children and teens crossing the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty in their Central American homelands. On Wednesday a group of labor, religious and immigrants' rig...Read More

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PHOTO: The financial picture for some Oregon families is as flimsy as paper, according to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report. It says parents of about one-third of all children in the state lack secure employment. Photo credit: Nelosa /

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon has made significant progress in the health and financial strength of families, but the state has some work to do in other categories. The highlight of new state-by-state findings in the 2014 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is Oregon's jump from 17th ...Read More

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PHOTO: Community Health Centers serve more than 22 million people nationwide, mostly low-wage workers and the uninsured. They say they'd have to cut that number by 25 percent if Congress doesn't reauthorize some of their funding in 2015. Photo credit: Fotosmurf03/

MEDFORD, Ore. – Oregon's Community Health Centers are making a case to Congress to not let some of their operational funding expire next year, saying they're seeing more low-income patients than ever. The centers are local clinics that treat patients no matter their insurance status or abili...Read More

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PHOTO: In July last year, Oregon summer meal programs served almost 688,000 lunches statewide. Their goal is to ensure that lower-income children don't go without nutritious food when school isn't in session. Photo credit: Monkey Business Images /

PRINEVILLE, Ore. – July is when more children turn out for free meals in their communities than any other summer month – and at almost 750 sites across the state, hungry children are being fed. Oregon's numbers are down a little bit in the latest report on Summer Nutrition Programs. It...Read More

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PHOTO: Gilchrist State Forest is Oregon's newest state forest, created in part with money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Photo courtesy Oregon Department of Forestry.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Gov. John Kitzhaber gave an official "early welcome" this week to new money slated to come into the state from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Slightly more than $43 million is coming to states for grants for local projects to promote conservation and recreation uses n...Read More

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PHOTO: At an Oregon Food Bank FEAST in Cottage Grove in April, community members discuss priorities for their town's food system, from local agriculture to food waste, and how to improve them. Photo courtesy Oregon Food Bank.

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - Big things are happening to fight hunger in some of the smallest towns in the state. Oregon Food Bank's FEAST program is bringing communities together to talk about their individual food-related concerns, and to work on improvements. Spencer Masterson, community resource devel...Read More

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