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    PNS Daily News - March 3, 20150 

    Today’s news features stories from coast to coast including: the Supreme Court to decide the fate of Obamacare subsidies; oil transport issues front and center in the west; and research points to one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict.

Public News Service - Oregon

PHOTO: Some Oregon schools have joined others across the country offering breakfast during first period so kids don't have to show up early for a cafeteria meal. March 3-6 is National School Breakfast Week. Photo courtesy of Chalkbeat Colorado.

McMINNVILLE, Ore. - This is National School Breakfast Week, and a chance for hunger-fighting advocates in Oregon to push for getting more meals to more kids during the school day. "Let's Do Breakfast Oregon" is a new awareness campaign to encourage more schools to serve breakfast in the first fe...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: How green is your thumb? Prospective vegetable gardeners living on tight budgets can sign up for Seed to Supper courses in 15 Oregon counties this spring to learn the basics. Photo courtesy Oregon Food Bank.

PORTLAND, Ore. - It soon will be time to garden in Oregon, and in 15 counties around the state, volunteers are teaching "Seed to Supper" courses beginning in March. Seed to Supper was created through Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon State University Extension Service to help adults on limited budget...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: A new report says safety-net programs are proving their worth, keeping about 153,000 children above the poverty level in Oregon, although their funding has been cut and continues to be threatened. Photo credit: Erdosain/

PORTLAND, Ore. - Government safety-net programs are keeping 153,000 children in Oregon above the federal poverty level. That's the finding of a new report that recommends using a more comprehensive poverty calculation from the U.S. Census Bureau, in addition to the Federal Poverty Level standard. L...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Lakeview is the county seat of Lake County, one of Oregon's least populated areas. Internet service is provided here by small broadband businesses, as the media giants haven't seen it as profitable. Photo courtesy Lake Co. Chamber of Commerce.

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to classify the Internet as a public utility, allowing it to be more closely regulated to ensure fairness, or what is known as "net neutrality." But smaller Internet service providers are asking to ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Oregon schools are following the leads of other states and trying some new approaches to ensure more students start their days with a healthy breakfast, including serving it in the classroom. Photo courtesy Hoquiam (Wash.) School District.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon schools last year fed breakfast to 112,000 children - kids who might otherwise go without a morning meal. But the state slipped from 20th to 23rd in the latest national rankings for school breakfast participation by the Food Research and Action Center. The report showed that...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: It was a standing-room-only crowd at Wednesday's Port of Portland Commission meeting, as workers for airport service subcontractors shared their concerns and heard commissioners' preliminary suggestions for improving Portland International Airport as a workplace. Photo credit: Jesse Stemmler.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Workers at Portland International Airport (PDX) got a chance on Wednesday to address their concerns directly to the Port Commission about subcontractors' working conditions and policies. At the meeting, commissioners shared their own first draft of "Workplace Initiatives" for Airpo...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: The timber industry is just one sector of Oregon's economy watching the Trans-Pacific Partnership's progress for clues about what the massive trade agreement will mean for local jobs and mills. Photo credit: Binkski/

PORTLAND, Ore. - After five years of negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is getting closer to being presented to Congress - and labor, manufacturing and government watchdog groups maintain the results could be disastrous. The TPP is a massive international trade agreement between the United...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Tests can be tough! Today, state lawmakers hear testimony in Salem about whether they accurately measure students' learning. One bill gives parents the ability to excuse students from the standardized tests. Photo credit: DoctorKan/

SALEM, Ore. – Today in Salem, the House Education Committee hears testimony on five bills that all have to do with standardized testing in public schools. The legislation urges Oregon lawmakers to rethink the state's reliance on standardized tests, or at least, lower the stakes for schools a...Read More

Public News Service - OR

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