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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - OR: Education

About 200 military veterans now are students at the Oregon Institute of Technology's Klamath Falls campus. (seanlockephotography/Adobe Stock)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Former military members going to college at one southern Oregon school are doing what they can to help their local compatriots. The Student Veterans Program at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls is finding ways to support the community through its "Vets Helpi

Students are likely to continue learning remotely through the rest of the year in Oregon. (Seventyfour/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The virtual challenges of remote learning are becoming a reality for teachers across Oregon. Lindsay Ray, a high-school math teacher in Beaverton, said this semester will be an uphill battle, with many teachers instructing from their living rooms and never meeting their students i

Lumina Foundation's goal is for 60% of Americans to have post-high-school educational credentials by 2025. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- New research finds more Americans have credentials beyond high school, but the country could pick up the pace on its education goals. In Lumina Foundation's latest report, A Stronger Nation, which tracks postsecondary attainment -- including college degrees and other high-quality

Earning certificates can come at a quarter of the cost of long-term bachelor's programs. (svetazi/Adobe Stock)

By Jon Marcus for The Hechinger Report Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Public News Service Reporting for The Hechinger Report-Oregon News Service HENDERSON, Nev. -- The menu at the diner where Amy Nelson likes to take a break from work is notable for its side dishes, including caramelized b

Borrowers held more than $120 billion in private student loan debt in 2019. (Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Congress has granted federal student loan borrowers a reprieve during the pandemic, but the market has been less forgiving for people with private loans. Stephanie O'Donnell-Peters is a massage therapist in Portland, out of work since mid-March. Combined, she and her husband have

It's unclear if Oregon students will return to the classroom this academic year. (shangarey/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- With schools closed, Oregon teachers are finding other ways to support students and their communities. Claudia McClellan is a Spanish teacher at Westview High School in the Beaverton School District. After classes were suspended, McClellan grew concerned about her students' well-

Census takers starting in May will be visiting folks who haven't filled out the Census form. (JackF/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregonians have started receiving notices to fill out the 2020 Census and advocacy groups want households to keep one of the most undercounted population in mind: young children. Nationwide, the 2010 Census missed 2 million children from birth to age five. Mandy Yeahpau, commun

Under an Oregon bill, part-time college and university faculty would have to pay only 10% of their insurance premium costs. (Gorodenkoff/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. - Part-time college professors are struggling to afford health care. A bill in the Oregon Legislature would change that. Adjunct faculty at Oregon colleges and universities may not be eligible for health insurance, even if they teach a full load by working at multiple institutions. Sar

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