PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

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The combined voices of more than 20,000 SEIU home care workers in Oregon have caught the attention of the conservative Freedom Foundation, a group that has launched an anti-union ad campaign and, this week, sued SEIU Local 503 and several state department heads. Courtesy: SEIU Local 503.

SALEM, Ore. - An Oregon labor union is the target of a lawsuit challenging its right to represent and charge dues to people who don't want to be union members. The Freedom Foundation filed the suit Thursday. Some members of SEIU Local 503 say they're perplexed by the legal action. Meleta Christian

PHOTO: AARP Oregon says the typical family caregiver is a woman in her 60s who works full or part-time and helps her older parent with transportation and chores, and often oversees medications and personal finances. Photo credit: click/

SALEM, Ore. - A new AARP survey of Oregonians ages 45 and older finds most of them are, or one day will be, caregivers for an aging family member. Groups that want the state to acknowledge that, and pitch in to help, converge on the Capitol today. As lawmakers wrestle with budget decisions, the "C

GRAPHIC: While Oregon places third in a national ranking of states' long-term services and support for people as they age, the report also indicates areas for improvement. Photo courtesy AARP.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's system of caring for seniors and people with disabilities at home with community-based services gets high marks in a new national scorecard. AARP, the Commonwealth Fund, and the SCAN Foundation collaborated to compare states' long-term care services and support systems, an

PHOTO: Pain management clinics in Oregon are working with other medical providers to help people learn to manage chronic pain without prescription drugs. The newest clinic opened this month in Astoria. Photo credit: BVDC on
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ASTORIA, Ore. - A new pain-management clinic in Astoria is the latest step in a statewide effort to curb an epidemic of pain medication abuse in Oregon. The state is ranked first in the nation in deaths from pain prescription overdoses. Many drugs prescribed legally for chronic conditions lead to a

PHOTO: Rebecca Sandoval has occasionally brought her home-care clients to Salem to help convince the Legislature not to cut the hours of in-home services they receive. Photo courtesy of Sandoval.

SALEM, Ore. - Any Oregonian who needs in-home assistance with daily living and some medical needs will be able to use the Oregon Home Care Commission registry and referral system to help find it, when Senate Bill 1542 is signed into law on May 29. Until now, the list of trained and qualified home-ca

PHOTO: The backlog of VA disability claims requires that more Oregon attorneys increase their knowledge of the military culture and legal system in order to better assist veterans. Photo credit:

TIGARD, Ore. - Veterans Day celebrations can be a bright spot in the lives of vets who are otherwise struggling with financial or medical problems. This week, the Oregon State Bar Association is bringing national experts to a seminar for attorneys about handling Veterans Administration disability c

PHOTO: More than 1,000 paper plates are being distributed to Oregon legislators today, all with messages about hunger. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

SALEM, Ore. - One thousand paper plates are being handed to Oregon legislators today, with a message on each plate from an Oregonian who has relied on a local food bank. Food bankers from every corner of the state will be serving up the plates, along with a request for more investment in the Oregon

PHOTO: The Oregon State Capitol is a busy place this week, as lawmakers started their organizational session. The regular session begins on Feb. 1. Photo by Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives.

SALEM, Ore. - State lawmakers showed up in Salem this week for their pre-session, to get organized and receive the governor's State of the State address. They are also hearing from a number of advocacy groups, including AARP. That group offered a briefing about Oregon's long-term care system, which

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