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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Health groups in Oregon connect affordable housing to adequate health care. (Luis Tamayo/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Researchers find that affordable housing is an integral part of keeping people healthy, and even compare it to a drug prescription plan. New research published on the JAMA Network says investing in housing improves health outcomes for patients and lowers costs for the public

The DACA program protects more than 800,000 people nationwide. (David McNew/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. -- People in Oregon and across the nation are staging a walkout today to send a message to members of Congress that it's time to pass a clean Dream Act. With only a month left in the 2017 session, advocates for immigrants' rights hope to spur the House and Senate to pass a bill protect

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has targeted undocumented immigrants outside of courthouses. (John Moore/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. — As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests become increasingly visible in Oregon, many wonder what it actually means to be a sanctuary state. Earlier this year, Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order forbidding state agencies from helping immigration officials fi

Communities of color want to ensure their communities have a seat at the table as Oregon moves to a renewable energy economy. (OPAL Environmental Justice)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A coalition of organizations of color called the Just Transition Alliance is working to fight for climate justice and holding an assembly this weekend. Groups such as OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon - or APANO - and Rural Organizat

Late summer, which is harvest season, is the busiest time of year for food banks in Oregon, but they often have fewer volunteers to lend a helping hand. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. – With the country going through a divisive and stressful time, could volunteering be one answer for healing local communities? Recent events like the protests in Charlottesville, Va. have left many Americans looking for ways to make a more positive impact. It may not be the

There are nearly 800,000 DACA recipients across the country. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. -- Undocumented immigrants living on the West Coast who were brought here as children are in Salem today to defend their legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Attorneys general from ten states plan to file a lawsuit against DACA on September 5, and the T

Oregon has a backlog of about 4,900 untested rape kits, according to a 2015 report. (April Davis/Oregon Military Dept. Public Affairs)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Justice Department has released a first-of-its-kind report detailing the best practices for handling sexual-assault kits. In Oregon, that number is in the thousands. The report from the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the Justice Department, includes 35 recom

Two bills passed by the Oregon Legislature aim to divert more people from prison. (Jeff Clark/Bureau of Land Management)

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon legislative session ended this week, and according to advocates for people in prison, sentencing reform was a big winner. House Bill 3078, known as the "Safety and Savings Act" and passed last week, would divert women convicted of certain property crimes - often driven by d

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