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    PNS Weekend Update - January 24, 20150 

    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; The Supreme Court agrees to hear a lethal injection case; we’ll take you Oregon where low-wage workers are rallying this weekend for a raise; and to a state that is pondering whether it should take back some tax exemptions.

Public News Service - Oregon

PHOTO: Oregon's minimum wage may be higher than most states, but it still isn't enough to support a family. That's the premise of a Saturday 'Living Wage Rally' in Salem. Opponents of raising it say the minimum wage was never intended to support a family. Image credit: mybaitshop/

SALEM, Ore. - Taking a day off isn't something many of Oregon's low-wage workers can afford to do. But some say they can't afford not to weigh in on the living-wage debate in Salem. At noon on Saturday, a diverse group is expected to rally on the Statehouse steps in support of a minimum wage of $15...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Oregon was one of the states to go on record in opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to lift political spending limits for corporations as part of their free-speech rights. But five years later, it's still the law of the land. Photo credit: Lucidology/

CORVALLIS, Ore. - It's the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's "Citizens United" ruling, and some Oregonians have been working for five years to counteract it. The ruling removed limits on the amount of money that corporations, associations and unions can spend on political campaigns. In...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Fewer Oregon Health Plan members are seeing this sign. Emergency room visits by Medicaid recipients are down by 21 percent, according to a new state report. Photo credit: Chris Bradshaw/
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Medicaid expansion in Oregon last year didn't mean a spike in costs or emergency-room use, according to a report released this week by the Oregon Health Authority. The state said Medicaid costs for inpatient hospital services have decreased about 5.5 percent since 2011, despite add...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Students from Oregon State University Cascades spent last year's MLK Day helping at the Bend Community Center. This year, the list of Central Oregon projects has grown from 10 to 22. Photo credit: Michelle Bauer.

BEND, Ore. - It's less than a week until the nation commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The holiday in King's name has become a national day of service, and some Oregonians have taken that mission to heart. In Central Oregon, Volunteer Connect has lined up 22 projects for chari...Read More

Public News Service - OR

GRAPHIC: The EPA's National Radon Action Month is an annual effort in January to get more people to test their homes for radon. It's odorless and invisible, so many folks assume it isn't a problem, but radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Image courtesy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Testing their home for radon just drops off some people's to-do list - which is why January is Radon Action Month. Radon is a dangerous byproduct of decaying uranium that seeps through soil and into houses and other buildings in some areas, and it's the second-leading cause of lung...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: On July 1, recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Oregon. The process to create and implement regulations to sell it, however, will take about a year. Photo credit: greg346/

SALEM, Ore. – A survey posted by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) asks Oregonians how they want the agency to implement the state's new law on selling marijuana for recreational use. About 10,000 people already have shared their opinions by taking the online survey, and it's only ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: The nonprofit group Solar Oregon has a two-year goal to add 10,000 more homes and businesses across the state to the list of those powered by energy from the sun. A federal tax credit for solar installations is set to expire at the end of 2016. Photo credit: Farina6000/

PORTLAND, Ore. - This has been a bright year for solar power in Oregon and the more than 130 businesses around the state that are associated with it. In 2013, seven megawatts of solar electric capacity was installed statewide, and the 2014 total is expected to be higher, according to Solar Oregon. ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: MEDS, which stands for My Easy Drug System, is a way to encourage dialogue between a patient and doctor or pharmacist about the medications they're taking and how they feel about them. Photo credit: Chris Thomas.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - If you're spending the holidays with a loved one who takes multiple prescription medications, there's a simple new way they can keep track of what they're taking and why. The My Easy Drug System (MEDS) was designed to prompt conversation between patients and their doctor or pharmac...Read More

Public News Service - OR

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