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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike, and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - OR: Livable Wages/Working Families

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

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

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