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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - OR: Livable Wages/Working Families

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, labor organizations are honoring America's custodians with Justice for Janitors Day, a recognition of their struggle for fair wages and a safe working environment. In Oregon, the Service Employees International Union Local 49 has released a report on how a new state law

Workers who earn certificates at places such as Portland Community College earn on average $5,000 more, compared with what they'd earn before completing the program. (Adumbvoget/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The traditional college route isn't the only way for Oregon workers to boost their wages. Recipients get big benefits from earning career-focused certificates at institutions such as community colleges, in some cases doubling their wages, according to a new Georgetown Universi

Gov. Kate Brown's proposed tax break would cost the state about $13 million a year, according to the Legislative Revenue Office. (Edmund Garman/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – A special legislative session called by Gov. Kate Brown begins in Salem Monday. Brown is gathering lawmakers in an effort to extend a tax break for so-called pass-through businesses, or those in which profits go to the owner, who then pays taxes on his or her income instead of

The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival recalls the campaign Martin Luther King, Jr. started in 1968. (Warren K. Leffler/Library of Congress)

SALEM, Ore. — A movement Martin Luther King, Jr., started 50 years ago near the end of his life is getting a revival today. The Poor People's Campaign is kicking off 40 days of action in 40 states, including Oregon's capital. The national campaign brings together faith leaders, community lea

Business Impact Northwest facilitates loans for companies often needing $40,000 or less. (atsawin1002/Twenty20)

PORTLAND, Ore. – For people dreaming of opening a small business, finding funds can be a problem. Often, large financial institutions won't hand out small-dollar loans to the smallest fledgling companies. Access to capital is even harder for marginalized populations - entrepreneurial women, pe

People in Oregon prisons are required to work 40 hours a week because of a measure passed in 1994. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

EUGENE, Ore. — After an uproar on campus over prison labor used to make the University of Oregon's furniture, one student reporter decided to see the prison for herself. Frankie Benitez writes for the Daily Emerald and was inspired to check out the the Oregon Corrections Enterprises furnitur

Advocates for social housing point to the success of the

PORTLAND, Ore. – What would it look like if the United States took a few tips from European countries to tackle the affordable housing problem? A new proposal from the People's Policy Project takes those tips and explores how cities could build government-owned housing. Unlike public housin

Nearly one in five Americans 65 and older is putting off retirement. (SeniorServiceAmerica.org)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A conference today in Portland explores the many advantages of hiring older workers, people with disabilities and veterans. AARP Oregon is

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