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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

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Postsecondary plans are cloudier for more than eight in 10 Oregonians because of COVID-19. (Bob/Adobe Stock)
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The pandemic is causing a massive shift in Americans' higher-education plans. A new analysis from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that 75% of households have changed their postsecondary plans for the fall - and Oregonians are changing their pl

Tillamook Bay Community College partners with local industry to offer workforce training programs. (Lynn Ketchum/Oregon State University)
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Millions of Americans are unemployed, and community and technical colleges could be key to getting them back to work. But one hurdle is a lack of data on the programs schools offer to retrain folks for new jobs. To overcome this barrier, Opportunity America is surveying 1,100 ins

Almost 3.5 million Latinos are enrolled in colleges and universities across the country. (ikostudio/Adobe Stock)
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Latino students are entering college in record numbers, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're getting degrees. Unidos US and the University of North Carolina researched the reasons why some Latino students don't finish college, and finds they're more averse to debt than their

Good communication skills can boost a person's wages up to 20%, according to a new report. (BullRun/Adobe Stock)
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A new report emphasizes the skills workers need that go beyond a degree or certification in order to get a high-paying job. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce identifies skills and abilities employers are looking for, and says communication skills are i

The budget for higher education in Oregon suffered during the last economic downturn and still hasn't recovered. (Bob/Adobe Stock)

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SALEM, Ore. -- State lawmakers should avoid making drastic cuts to higher education, a new report urges. The analysis from Lumina Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation acknowledged slashing funds are likely to be necessary because of the economic fallout from the pandemic. However,

Half of bachelor's degree graduates attended at least two schools before receiving their degrees. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Citing a pair of problems, higher education groups want institutions to make it easier for students to transfer course credits between schools. Members of the Scaling Partners Network say COVID-19 and the economic downturn are likely to lead to more students switching schools. Bu

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

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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)

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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

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