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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


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Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - OR: Housing/Homelessness

With residents feeling especially isolated, AARP is calling on long-term care facilities to make sure they stay connected with family members. (Daniel/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- AARP Oregon wants families with loved ones in nursing homes to consider asking more questions when working with facilities. Residents of long-term care facilities are one group known to be at higher risk from the new coronavirus. As of mid-April, more than half of COVID-19 deaths

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

Oregon lawmakers passed the first bill in the nation that will allow cities to ban single-family zoning. (Sightline Institute/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. — A historic bill that could strike at Oregon's housing affordability crisis is on its way to the governor's desk. After Senate Republicans returned to Salem, legislators passed a bevy of bills before the end of this year's session, including a measure allowing cities to get rid of

Oregon's care organizations have launched the

PORTLAND, Ore. – Health care doesn't stop after a person leaves the doctor's office. Factors outside of the traditional care setting such as housing play a pivotal role in a person's overall health. Michael Mellick, a housing case manager with CareOregon, says anybody who has experienced chr

Oregon could become the first state to stabilize housing prices through an annual cap on rent increases. (axel.bueckert/Twenty20)

SALEM, Ore. - A statewide measure to address the housing crisis is soaring through the Oregon Legislature. The first-of-its-kind proposal would cap rent increases at no more than 7 percent plus the inflation rate per year, and ban no-cause evictions for tenants who have lived in a building for a ye

A proposal to end single-family zoning could allow for denser housing in Oregon cities. (jonryanjohnson/Twenty20)

PORTLAND, Ore. — In an effort to tackle the affordable housing crisis, Oregon could end single-family zoning this legislative session. Oregon would be the first state to do so if lawmakers who support the idea succeed. Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is drafting legislation that requires cit

The struggle to find affordable housing is a big reason why more Oregonians are coming to food banks. (Compassion Connect)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Advocates fighting hunger are joining supporters of affordable housing measures on this year's ballot, saying food security and affording a place to live are intrinsically linked. Measure 102 would amend the Oregon Constitution to allow local governments to partner with nonp

Older Oregonians on fixed incomes are hurting in the state's current affordable housing crisis. (Anne Worner/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A measure on Oregon's ballot this year aims to remove restrictions in the state's constitution and open up more affordable housing. Referred to voters by state legislators, Measure 102 would amend the state constitution so that bond funds raised by local governments could be

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