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PHOTO: Fresh food and farmers were on hand, along with representatives of the Oregon Food Bank, when Gov. John Kitzhaber signed legislation on Thursday reinstating and increasing the Crop Donation Tax Credit. Photo credit: Kara Walker, Office of Oregon House Republicans.

SALEM, Ore. – Encouraging farmers to plant an extra row or acre of food for charity is the goal of the Crop Donation Tax Credit signed into law on Thursday by Gov. John Kitzhaber. The state used to have a 10 percent tax credit to help farmers offset the cost of planting and harvesting food d...Read More

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PHOTO: Martin Martinez shares his financial fitness tips in workshops for teens at College Dreams. Martinez is a graduate of the Oregon IDA Initiative. Photo courtesy of Martinez.

MEDFORD, Ore. - Almost $9 million is being divvied up among nine nonprofit organizations in Oregon to pass along to people who prove they can manage their personal finances and save for the future. The Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative provides matching money to people of low or...Read More

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PHOTO: The Ash Grove Cement plant near Durkee, Ore., says it has spent $20 million in recent years to reduce the amount of mercury and other pollutants released into the air from the cement-making process. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

PORTLAND, Ore. - On the eve of Earth Day, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can no longer let cement plants off the hook for fines if the plants - or kilns - release dangerous pollution and claim it was the result of what's known as an "upset" or a m...Read More

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PHOTO: One in five families receiving TANF assistance in Oregon gets only a monthly check, rather than the training or job placement help such families could have had before the state cut these services in the recession. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Ore. – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is designed to be short-term help for very low-income families with children. And in Oregon, it could be a lot more effective, according to a new state audit of the program from the Oregon Secretary of State's office. TANF combin...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Workers are exposed to silica dust in construction industries. OSHA is proposing rules to minimize exposure, since the dust is linked to chronic respiratory illnesses and deaths. Photo: New Jersey Dept. of Health

Salem, OR - OSHA recently wrapped up nearly three weeks of hearings on a proposed rule to limit workers' exposure to silica dust. General construction, masonry and foundries are examples of industries where exposure is common. Silica dust is connected to respiratory illnesses and silicosis - an inc...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: New research finds most people assume curtailing water use is the best way to save it, when making habits and appliances more efficient actually works better. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Jackson County commissioners have asked the governor to make theirs the fifth Oregon county so far this year with an official drought emergency. As the state faces low snowpack levels and another hot, dry summer, new water conservation research out of the Midwest could be helpf...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Richard Leider, keynote speaker at this week's OSU Gerontology Conference, says having a purpose in life is key to being healthier, happier and aging well. Photo courtesy AARP.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – This week, several hundred medical professionals and caregivers got up to speed on the latest research on aging at the OSU Gerontology Conference. Keynote speaker Richard Leider is a best-selling author who has spent three decades interviewing people age 65 and older. He say...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Mossy Creek, a tributary of the Salmon River, is one of many smaller Oregon streams that doesn't receive Clean Water Act protections. The EPA has proposed a rule to protect more small or seasonal streams. Photo credit: Nic Callero, National Wildlife Federation.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule it says will clarify which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act - and, perhaps just as important, which are not. For Oregon, the difference could be critical for hundreds of miles of streams, as well as for ...Read More

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