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PHOTO: Oregon agriculture groups say many farms are critically shorthanded. Some farmers say they'll support Measure 88, allowing Oregon residents who don't have the necessary paperwork for a driver's license to get a driver's card instead. Photo credit: PattieS/

SALEM, Or. - Oregon farmers have two things in common heading into fall – they're busy and they're shorthanded. So, many say they are supporting a ballot measure that would allow people to get driver's cards, no matter their immigration status. Opponents of the driver's card have warned allow...Read More

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PHOTO: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made a major statement recommending caution in cell phone use earlier this year. Then, last week, the agency suddenly rescinded the cautionary language on its website. It had been the first federal agency to acknowledge risks from electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) emitted by mobile phones. Photo credit: Nyul/

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently became the first federal agency to acknowledge health risks from cell phone use. Then, without explanation, the agency suddenly backtracked on its findings. Sometime before early June, the CDC posted significant new word...Read More

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PHOTO: Sport, commercial and tribal fishermen all have indicated opposition to the idea of a terminal to fill coal barges at the Port of Morrow. This week, the Oregon Department of State Lands denied a permit request by its developers. Photo credit: visionsofmaine/

PORTLAND, Ore. - The state of Oregon has denied a permit to the company proposing a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow in the Columbia River Gorge - but Ambre Energy says it is considering "the full range of options" to move forward with its plans. So are the fishermen who have lined up to fight t...Read More

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PHOTO: Social workers are starting to navigate the topic of improving their clients' financial health with an online toolkit first tested in Oregon. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile.

EUGENE, Ore. - A new online toolkit that was tested in Oregon is showing social service case managers how to talk about and help improve their clients' personal finances. Groups and agencies that advise lower-income Oregonians about the assistance they need can now also offer options on achieving a...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Clatsop County may soon be known for more than its beautiful beach scenery. It has been selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, the Way to Wellville, with a $5 million prize at stake. Photo credit: Steven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons.
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ASTORIA, Ore. - Clatsop County on the Oregon Coast is one of five communities in the U.S. selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, with a prize of $5 million. Several Oregon communities applied, but Clatsop County is the only Oregon finalist. The project is called the "Way to Wellvill...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Oregon Food Bank picks up 1,000-pound bins of onions every other week from River Point Farms in Hermiston, for distribution to emergency food pantries across the state. Photo courtesy River Point Farms.

HERMISTON, Ore. - As farmers spend the next few months bringing in their bounty, Oregon Food Bank is asking more of them to rethink what they do with the produce that is perfectly good to eat but not quite good enough to market. Food, almost past its prime, is often donated to food banks, but it req...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: At Ontario's Next Chapter Food Pantry, emergency food boxes help SNAP dollars stretch further for local residents. A new national report says more rural households depend on SNAP benefits than those in urban areas. Photo credit: Daniel Root, PhotoForce.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Hunger is often characterized as a big-city problem, but a new study shows that isn't the case based on who's receiving SNAP or food stamp benefits. The Center for Rural Affairs examined Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) use for a five-year period ending in 20...Read More

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PHOTO: Nothing good on TV? Media watchdog groups warn that the content and pricing of cable service is at risk with the rumored mega-mergers of some of the largest providers. Photo credit: marcelopoleze/

PORTLAND, Ore. - Comcast wants to acquire Time Warner Cable; they're the two biggest cable TV companies. T-Mobile and Sprint - the third- and fourth-largest wireless providers - are rumored to want to merge, and 21st Century Fox's Rupert Murdoch reportedly wants to take over Time Warner - the media ...Read More

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