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PNS Daily Newscast - November 14, 2019 


New evidence arises from the first impeachment hearing; one in four federal student loan borrowers defaults early on; and growing proof that vaping isn't the healthy alternative it was thought to be.

2020Talks - November 14, 2019 


It's World Diabetes Day, and health care, including the high cost of insulin and other drugs, is a top issue for many voters. Plus, do early states like Iowa and New Hampshire have an outsized role in the nomination process?

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Public News Service - OR: Climate Change/Air Quality

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill that requires cities to allow mixed housing types, such as tiny homes. (Mark McClure/Sightline Institute)

PORTLAND, Ore. — A conference next month will explore how tiny homes can be a big part of life in Oregon. The Build Small Live Large 2019 summit is a biennial event, looking this year at housing affordability. It comes on the heels of a bill passed in the Oregon Legislature earlier this year

At least 20 events are planned across Oregon for the Global Climate Strike. (ink drop/Adobe Stock)

BEND, Ore. – Oregonians are joining people around the world today in a call for action on climate change. The youth-led Global Climate Strike is mobilizing folks to walk out of school and work and implore leaders to step up to the demands of a climate crisis. It's taking place three days bef

Hang drying clothes is an environmentally friendly alternative to power hungry dryers. (directline.com/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – For Oregonians looking to become greener, environmental groups are suggesting that people pull their clothes out of the dryer this week. The Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club and Solar Oregon are hosting Hang Dry Your Laundry for Climate Change Week. Joe Wachunas, a Solar

Some opponents of Oregon's cap-and-trade bill say it could allow the state to pursue a more aggressive approach to fighting climate change. (Portland General Electric/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Could the death of the cap-and-trade bill in the Oregon Senate be an opportunity for the state to design stronger action on climate change? Senate Republicans haven't returned to Salem, even after Democratic Party Senate President Peter Courtney announced the proposal no longer

While there are no fracking wells in Oregon, potential for fracturing has been identified in the Willamette Valley. (Calin Tatu/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon legislators have voted to place a moratorium on the oil and gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The state Senate voted to place a five-year ban on the practice. That is only half the timespan the House approved in March, but the House is ex

Oregon lawmakers are considering an ambitious bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions. (Waterkeeper Alliance Inc./Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – A little more than halfway through the session, advocates for action on climate change see a lot of potential in the Oregon State Legislature. Environmental and clean energy groups got their first major victory in March when lawmakers passed a bill banning offshore oil drilling

Amendments to the 2018 Farm Bill could lead to more salvage logging on public lands. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – More than 200 scientists have sent a letter to members of Congress urging lawmakers to remove logging provisions from the 2018 Farm Bill, saying the amendments could worsen wildfire conditions in the West. The House version of the Farm Bill opens up salvage logging on landsc

Firefighting costs for the U.S. Forest Service topped $2 billion in 2017. (April Davis/Oregon National Guard)

EUGENE, Ore. – Firefighting season is in full swing, with tens of thousands of acres burning in Southern Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge. Are there ways the U.S. Forest Service can cut down on the ballooning costs of fire suppression? Cassandra Moseley, a research professor at the Univer

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