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PNS Daily Newscast - May 24, 2019 


President Trump's reported to be ready to sign disaster relief bill without money for border security. Also on the Friday rundown: House bills would give millions a path to citizenship; and remembering California’s second-deadliest disaster.

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Advocates are meeting in Salem to discuss ways to fix the state's affordable-housing shortage. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. - Representatives from food banks across Oregon are stepping out of the pantry to discuss the state's housing crisis with lawmakers in Salem today. Affordable housing for Oregon's growing population has become a statewide issue, and legislators are proposing a number of bills to address

Residential applications for solar panels in Oregon nearly doubled last year. (Oregon Department of Transportation)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The job's report remains "sunny" for Oregon's solar energy sector. According to the National Solar Jobs Census of 2015, produced by the Solar Foundation, the industry added workers 12-times faster than the jobs growth rate for the whole U.S. economy last year. The Energy Trust of

In lieu of a ballot measure to end the use of coal power in Oregon, major utilities offered to negotiate a transition plan and timeline. (columbia114/morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A new approach and new timeline for state energy policy awaits the Oregon Legislature for consideration. Utilities, clean-energy groups and consumer advocates have just unveiled a plan to ensure the state will be coal-free by 2030, and that the state's two largest power companies

Tours of permaculture in action are part of this weekend's Northwest Permaculture Convergence in Eugene. Credit: Northwest Permaculture Convergence

EUGENE, Ore. - Today and through the weekend, people from across the region are gathering in Eugene for the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, learning how to work with nature and their neighbors to meet more of their basic needs locally. In a world facing many environmental and economic challenge

The Northwest Energy Coalition is asking the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to take into account the expenses of coal plants in the region, not just the four-state area shown in red, in its new forecast document known as the Seventh Northwest Power and Conservation Plan. Courtesy: Northwest Energy Coalition.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Northwest Power and Conservation Plan guides many utility-related decisions in the Northwest and is updated every five years. The newest draft of what is known as the Seventh Plan is being called into question for not taking some important expenses into account in its forecast.

PHOTO: Oregon's densely forested O-and-C lands encompass slightly more than 2.6 million acres, and the Bureau of Land Management wants more public input as it updates the master plan to manage them. Photo credit: Chris Thomas

PORTLAND, Ore. - Groups are lining up for and against five possible alternatives for managing 2.6 million acres of Western Oregon forests known as the O&C lands. The Bureau of Land Management is updating the 20-year-old Northwest Forest Plan. To timber industry groups, the complex options boil down

PHOTO: A giant inflatable coal plant is near the steps of the Capitol today for a rally in support of legislation that would require power companies to eliminate coal-generated electricity from the grid by 2025. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign.

SALEM, Ore. - Renewable energy and coal are in a tug-of-war in Salem today. It's a literal demonstration in front of the Capitol steps to draw attention to debate on the Coal to Clean Energy legislation (SB 477; HB 2729), which would move electric utilities toward more local, renewable energy. Amy

PHOTO: The nonprofit group Solar Oregon has a two-year goal to add 10,000 more homes and businesses across the state to the list of those powered by energy from the sun. A federal tax credit for solar installations is set to expire at the end of 2016. Photo credit: Farina6000/FeaturePics.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - This has been a bright year for solar power in Oregon and the more than 130 businesses around the state that are associated with it. In 2013, seven megawatts of solar electric capacity was installed statewide, and the 2014 total is expected to be higher, according to Solar Oregon.

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