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PNS Daily Newscast - June 26, 2019 


Mueller to testify in open session; migrant children returned to troubled detention center; plus ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and seeking justice for Native Americans killed at Wounded Knee.

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Under a paid family and medical leave bill in the Oregon State Legislature, workers would get 100% of wages while they're out on leave. (designer491/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Senate could help the state join seven other states with paid family and medical leave laws. The paid leave bill that passed in the House last week would allow employees up to 12 weeks away from work in situations such as the birth of a child or to take care of a lov

Oregon has work to do to ensure children have quality education opportunities and live in financially stable homes, according to a new report. (SupportPDX/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon is falling behind other states when comes to the well-being of its children, a new report says. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks the state 31st overall in its measure of how children are doing in four categories: economic well-being, edu

Oregon lawmakers have been grappling with the state's public employees' retirement system debt since the 2008 recession. (Chris Phan/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon educators are gathering on the Capitol steps today (Wednesday) to oppose a bill that would make changes to the Public Employees Retirement System. One of the biggest concerns for public employees about Senate Bill 1049 is it cuts money from PERS members' retirement accou

The rapidly increasing price of prescription drugs leaves some people to make difficult decisions about where to spend their money. (Darwin Brandis/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon lawmakers are looking at ways to address the spiking costs of prescription drugs. Two bills in the Legislature could bring down prices, which would be a relief to older Oregonians. According to a U.S. Senate report from last year, the prices for some commonly prescribed, name-b

Despite an improving economy, anti-hunger advocates say hunger is a

SALEM, Ore. – Hunger-relief advocates are gathering in Salem today to urge lawmakers to root out hunger in Oregon. Hundreds of folks from food banks across the state are expected to travel to the capital for Hunger Response Day. Phillip Kennedy-Wong, public policy advocate with Oregon Food Ba

Fewer than half of Americans could pay for an unexpected expense of $1,000, such as a major car repair, without having to use a credit card or borrow the money. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Saving and knowing how to handle your money is the theme for April. This month is Youth Savings Month, Financial Literacy Month and Credit Union Month. A recent Bankrate study highlighted how unprepared most Americans are for a financial emergency, finding that only 40 percent of

Medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy. (MargJohnsonVA/Twenty20)

SALEM, Ore. – A measure in the Oregon Legislature aims to make sure hospitals are providing financial help to people who can't afford their medical bills. House Bill 3076 seeks to change the way nonprofit hospitals handle charity care, which has dropped off by 50 percent since 2010, accordin

While food pantries help thousands of Oregonians, Oregon Food Bank notes that SNAP feeds 12 times more people than pantries do. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The federal government's proposed changes to food assistance eligibility has hunger fighting groups across the nation concerned. The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to take away states' ability to issue waivers suspending the three-month limit over three years for the S

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