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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: The U.S. Senate shoots down a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

Public News Service - Oregon

PHOTO: More than nine of ten Oregon children in state custody are placed with relatives or foster families, and only four percent in group homes or institutional care, earning the state high marks from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: AimeeLow/

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon leads the nation in a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report that says children in state custody do best when they're cared for in family settings. Oregon has the lowest percentage of kids placed in group homes or institutional care, at 4 percent. Of the 8,200 Oregon children in ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Memorial Day weekend is the start of high-alert season for wildland firefighters, who expect to put in some long hours in Oregon's tinder-dry backcountry this year. Photo credit: Tom Iraci/U.S. Forest Service.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The wildfire season unofficially starts this week, as more people head for Oregon's scenic places for the summer's first holiday weekend. In a state with almost 33 million acres of federal land, the agencies that manage it have some advice for hikers and campers. While man...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: For some in Oregon, the biggest challenge in going to college is how to pay for it. A new report says tuition has risen 31.5 percent since 2008, as the state's investment in higher education has dropped 33.5 percent in the same time period. Photo credit: Hmm360/Morguefile.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon ranks sixth in the nation in the amount the state has cut from higher education funding since the onset of the recession. According to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, tuition has gone up an average of 29 percent nationally, or about $2,000 more ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: To encourage food donations, organizers of the Stamp Out Hunger drive in Glide, Ore., even promised to shave their heads in 2010. And it worked! The town collected 8,000 pounds of canned goods for the local food pantry. Photo courtesy of UCAN.

GLIDE, Ore. - Mothers Day weekend has become synonymous with the "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive, when letter carriers from across the country collect food donations on their mail delivery routes. In Oregon, it's a critical weekend for small-town food banks, since the food collected locally stays in ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: There's a lot to see and a lot of country to cover in the Owyhee Canyonlands, and a new group of outdoor enthusiasts based in Ontario is committed to doing just that. Photo credit: Chris Hansen

ONTARIO, Ore. – There's a new friends group in Oregon, dedicating time and sharing enthusiasm for the Owyhee Canyonlands. Friends of the Owyhee is part of an informal network of individuals who volunteer to help preserve special places, while enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded people. ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Oregon's densely forested O-and-C lands encompass slightly more than 2.6 million acres, and the Bureau of Land Management wants more public input as it updates the master plan to manage them. Photo credit: Chris Thomas

PORTLAND, Ore. - Groups are lining up for and against five possible alternatives for managing 2.6 million acres of Western Oregon forests known as the O&C lands. The Bureau of Land Management is updating the 20-year-old Northwest Forest Plan. To timber industry groups, the complex options boil down...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: AARP Oregon says the typical family caregiver is a woman in her 60s who works full or part-time and helps her older parent with transportation and chores, and often oversees medications and personal finances. Photo credit: click/

SALEM, Ore. - A new AARP survey of Oregonians ages 45 and older finds most of them are, or one day will be, caregivers for an aging family member. Groups that want the state to acknowledge that, and pitch in to help, converge on the Capitol today. As lawmakers wrestle with budget decisions, the "C...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: NRCS Earth Team volunteer Shawn McKay (front) talks with a rancher in Union County about options to redevelop a livestock watering system and help protect a stream that provides important salmon habitat. Photo courtesy National Resources Conservation Service.

PORTLAND, Ore. - On this Earth Day, farms and ranches across Oregon are getting land and wildlife conservation ideas and assistance from a group known as the Earth Team. It's the Natural Resources Conservation Service volunteer organization, made up of 15 people in Oregon who put in about 1,200 hou...Read More

Public News Service - OR

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