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    PNS Daily News - April 2, 20150 

    A variety of issues from coast to coast including; Arkansas lawmakers being sent back to the drawing board on their religious freedom bill; California clamps down on water usage, but neighboring states pass on restrictions; and Autism Awareness Month highlights the dangers of wandering.

Public News Service - Oregon

PHOTO: A walk in beautiful country can be good for mind and spirit as well as the body. This day hike is with Friends of the Columbia Gorge at Elowah Falls. Photo credit: Michael Drewry, Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Today is National Walking Day, when the American Heart Association reminds people there are countless ways to improve their health by putting one foot in front of the other. Not exciting enough? You can make walking more of an adventure by choosing a scenic trail and inviting some ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Oregon ranks seventh in the nation for online ads for jobs that require at least a four-year degree, according to a new report that analyzes the ads for promising career fields for graduates. Photo credit: DodgertonSkillhause/

SALEM, Ore. - Many of Oregon's fastest growing career fields require four-year college degrees and a new report says nowadays, the type of degree a student earns matters more than ever. Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce analyzed online job ads by state to pinpoint promi...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: A giant inflatable coal plant is near the steps of the Capitol today for a rally in support of legislation that would require power companies to eliminate coal-generated electricity from the grid by 2025. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign.

SALEM, Ore. - Renewable energy and coal are in a tug-of-war in Salem today. It's a literal demonstration in front of the Capitol steps to draw attention to debate on the Coal to Clean Energy legislation (SB 477; HB 2729), which would move electric utilities toward more local, renewable energy. Amy...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: A new accounting of greenhouse-gas emissions connected to oil, gas and coal extracted from federal lands shows that more than 20 percent of those emissions in the entire United States can be traced to public lands. Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management.

SALEM, Ore. - A new accounting of greenhouse-gas emissions connected to oil, gas and coal extracted from federal lands shows that more than 20 percent of those emissions in the United States can be traced to public lands. The report from The Wilderness Society and Center for American Progress calle...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: In the Medford area, lower-income new or expectant moms can earn vouchers for taking healthy steps for themselves and their babies. The vouchers can be redeemed for baby supplies. Photo courtesy of Jackson Care Connect.
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MEDFORD, Ore. - A Medford health plan is taking a unique approach to encourage new mothers to get their babies off to the best possible start and it's hoping the idea spreads to other parts of the state. In Jackson County, Jackson Care Connect is rewarding its expectant members for taking healthy ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: The 2015 Progress Report issued by Children First for Oregon shows very little progress for the state's children, with too many still in poverty and lacking access to early education. Photo credit: amyelizabethquinn/

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Progress Report for Oregon Children released today notes a lack of progress on issues connected to a child's success in life. Children First for Oregon issued the report, which found that a child in Oregon has a one-in-five chance of being poor, even if at least one parent work...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: The U.S. Forest Service takes public comment this week as part of a yearlong look at how to revise the Northwest Forest Plan, which has been in place since 1994. Photo credit: influenz/

PORTLAND, Ore. - After 20 years, the U.S. Forest Service is looking for ideas on how to update the Northwest Forest Plan. The first public meeting is Tuesday in Portland. Since 1994, the plan has been the overarching management strategy to balance conservation and timber harvest in the Northwest, o...Read More

Public News Service - OR

PHOTO: Sara Domek of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers helps chop down juniper on Hart Mountain in Lake County. Oregon has managed to clear an estimated 68 percent of the invasive conifers, which crowd out native sagebrush and threaten sage-grouse habitat. Photo credit: Nick Dobric, Oregon Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

BEND, Ore. - Oregon is a standout for local collaboration as ranchers, conservation groups, and state and federal agencies work together on public and private land to keep the greater sage-grouse off the endangered species list. A new report details the first five years of the Sage-Grouse Initiativ...Read More

Public News Service - OR

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