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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 


U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


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Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - OR: Livable Wages/Working Families

Under an Oregon bill, part-time college and university faculty would have to pay only 10% of their insurance premium costs. (Gorodenkoff/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. - Part-time college professors are struggling to afford health care. A bill in the Oregon Legislature would change that. Adjunct faculty at Oregon colleges and universities may not be eligible for health insurance, even if they teach a full load by working at multiple institutions. Sar

In 2019, the AARP Foundation Tax Aide program helped nearly 45,000 Oregonians with their taxes. (alfexe/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregonians stressed out over tax season can get free help on their returns. The AARP Foundation Tax Aide program provides assistance across the country on state and federal taxes. More than 100 sites are available in Oregon. State coordinator for the program Bob Bruce said while

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., was one of 68 signers to House leadership calling for a vote on a package of union protections. (Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. House has committed to voting on a comprehensive bill supporting union organizing before Presidents' Day. The announcement comes after 68 representatives, including Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., sent a letter to the House leadership urging the lawmakers to bring the Protecti

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

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