PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers and Granite State advocates say they oppose the get tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: a protest against the expansion of tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - OR: Livable Wages/Working Families

Nearly one in five Americans 65 and older is putting off retirement. (

PORTLAND, Ore. – A conference today in Portland explores the many advantages of hiring older workers, people with disabilities and veterans. AARP Oregon is

Between 2015 and 2017, homelessness increased six percent in Oregon. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon legislators are considering a way to increase funds for affordable housing efforts around the state. House Bill 4007 would increase the document recording fee when a person buys a home from $20 to $60, to generate about $90 million over two years. The new funds would add

Under Oregon's new retirement savings program, people are saving about $50 per paycheck. (American Advisors Group/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon is listening to businesses on how to tweak the state’s novel saving option for employees as the program continues its roll out. OregonSaves is an alternative for workers whose employers don't offer a retirement savings option, giving employees the chance to save pa

Sexual harassment and assault are pervasive in the janitorial industry, women's and workers' advocates say. (deepcove/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Months before the #MeToo movement gained steam, Oregon lawmakers passed legislation to protect women working in the shadows, literally. Now that law is in effect. At the beginning of this year, janitorial contractors started joining a registry that ensures they're in complian

Large donors contributed 14 times as much as small donors to Oregon candidates and ballot measure campaigns in 2016. (Cacophony/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Big money dominated the 2016 elections in Oregon, according to a new report. The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group or "OSPIRG" found about 720 individuals and businesses, contributing $5,000 or more, collectively donated nearly $35 million to candidates and ballot

Women across the country took part in this year's Women's March ten days ago. (Mobilus In Mobili/Flickr)

SEATTLE – While President Donald Trump addresses Congress tonight, women will be holding their own State of the Union. Groups representing sexual-assault survivors, mothers, communities of color and many more are gathering at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., for the "State of Our

Congress provided funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program through March. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program hasn't done much to alleviate stress for states and parents going into the new year. Known as CHIP, the program helps cover nine million children nationwide, including near

Saving money regularly is a good way for people to better manage their finances in the New Year. (nattanan23/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – While many people will make working out and physical fitness their New Year's resolutions, folks should also consider becoming more financially fit. Getting your money in line may not be as glamorous as getting a gym membership, but it could help you survive times of financi

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