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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 

    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Public News Service - Oregon

PHOTO: For months, Oregon labor groups have joined others in marches and rallies against the Trans Pacific Partnership. They say the 12-nation trade agreement will cost U.S.-based jobs. Photo courtesy Oregon AFL-CIO.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon workers will rally Saturday in six cities to keep their congressional delegation well aware of opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). On Thursday, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., brokered a deal with Senate Republicans that is expected to slow but most likely not kill th...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: On Thursday, Oregon lawmakers will read handwritten messages on hundreds of paper plates from food bank clients from across the state, as part of advocacy efforts for the Oregon Hunger Response Fund. Photo courtesy Oregon Food Bank.

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon lawmakers may not be eating off paper plates this week - but they may be reading a few. Oregon Food Bank network sites across the state have been collecting handwritten messages on paper plates from people who need food assistance to get through the month. They'll share them th...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Not all the structural problems of Oregon bridges are age-related. ODOT crews also stay busy repairing damage caused by vehicles. Photo courtesy Oregon Dept. of Transportation.

SALEM, Ore. - There's a good news and bad for Oregon in a report on how states are doing in keeping bridges safe and in good repair. The American Road and Transportation Builders Association ranks Oregon 33rd for its number of structurally deficient bridges - in this case, the higher the number, the...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: A walk in beautiful country can be good for mind and spirit as well as the body. This day hike is with Friends of the Columbia Gorge at Elowah Falls. Photo credit: Michael Drewry, Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Today is National Walking Day, when the American Heart Association reminds people there are countless ways to improve their health by putting one foot in front of the other. Not exciting enough? You can make walking more of an adventure by choosing a scenic trail and inviting some ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Oregon ranks seventh in the nation for online ads for jobs that require at least a four-year degree, according to a new report that analyzes the ads for promising career fields for graduates. Photo credit: DodgertonSkillhause/

SALEM, Ore. - Many of Oregon's fastest growing career fields require four-year college degrees and a new report says nowadays, the type of degree a student earns matters more than ever. Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce analyzed online job ads by state to pinpoint promi...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: A giant inflatable coal plant is near the steps of the Capitol today for a rally in support of legislation that would require power companies to eliminate coal-generated electricity from the grid by 2025. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign.

SALEM, Ore. - Renewable energy and coal are in a tug-of-war in Salem today. It's a literal demonstration in front of the Capitol steps to draw attention to debate on the Coal to Clean Energy legislation (SB 477; HB 2729), which would move electric utilities toward more local, renewable energy. Amy...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: A new accounting of greenhouse-gas emissions connected to oil, gas and coal extracted from federal lands shows that more than 20 percent of those emissions in the entire United States can be traced to public lands. Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management.

SALEM, Ore. - A new accounting of greenhouse-gas emissions connected to oil, gas and coal extracted from federal lands shows that more than 20 percent of those emissions in the United States can be traced to public lands. The report from The Wilderness Society and Center for American Progress calle...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: In the Medford area, lower-income new or expectant moms can earn vouchers for taking healthy steps for themselves and their babies. The vouchers can be redeemed for baby supplies. Photo courtesy of Jackson Care Connect.
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MEDFORD, Ore. - A Medford health plan is taking a unique approach to encourage new mothers to get their babies off to the best possible start and it's hoping the idea spreads to other parts of the state. In Jackson County, Jackson Care Connect is rewarding its expectant members for taking healthy ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

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