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PNS Daily News - December 5, 2019 


Three out of four legal scholars say a Trump impeachment is justified; 700,000 to lose food assistance; and documents show the coal industry knew about climate impacts in the 1960's.

2020Talks - December 5, 2019 


Former VP Joe Biden's on his "No Malarkey" tour across Iowa, while the House Judiciary Committee had its first hearing with constitutional scholars.

Public News Service - OR: Livable Wages/Working Families

About 688,000 people are expected to be affected by new rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Trump administration's new rule tightening work restrictions for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is drawing strong criticism from hunger-fighting groups. The finalized U.S. Department of Agriculture rule undoes the ability of states to issue waivers on the

There are about 5,700 solar jobs in Oregon, ranking the state 14th overall for solar employment. (anatoliy_gleb/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The clean energy sector is a major jobs provider in Oregon, according to a new report. Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), which describes itself as a national, nonpartisan business group, finds more than 55,000 Oregonians have clean energy jobs – about 60% of all energy

More than 60% of workers at grocery stores are women, according to the Oregon AFL-CIO. (Drobot Dean/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A potential Oregon ballot initiative, if approved, would slow the roll of automation – starting at grocery store checkout lines. The Oregon AFL-CIO, which represents the state's unions, has submitted a measure for approval that would limit the number of self-checkout m

Senate Bill 1049 would cut individual account programs 5-14 percent. The bill is now being challenged before the Oregon Supreme Court. (Cacophony/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Nine Oregon public employees have filed a lawsuit in the State Supreme court, claiming the Legislature violated the state Constitution when it changed the way retirement benefits are paid. In June, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 1049, which cut benefits to current employees in

A new contract at medical centers in central Oregon includes the biggest pay increase for workers in two decades. (SEIU Local 49)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Hospital workers in central Oregon have approved a new contract that will boost their pay and also help low- and middle-income workers afford their medical bills. About 1,400 health-care workers at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene and Springfield will rec

A proposed rule change from the USDA could mean 60,000 fewer Oregonians would receive SNAP benefits, potentially straining resources like food banks. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Anti-hunger advocates are pushing back against a Trump administration proposal that could kick more than three million people off food stamps. Under the current rule, qualified recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families are automatically enrolled in the Supplement

Health-care union members picketed at Kaiser Permanente Clackamas medical campus on June 28. (SEIU Local 49)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Workers at Kaiser Permanente are to rally today over concerns about staffing changes some say are leaving hospitals and medical offices shorthanded. Service Employees International Union Local 49 members are to picket beginning at 11 a.m. at Kaiser Permanente's north Portland medic

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

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