PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 

44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 

Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - OR: Livable Wages/Working Families

Springfield, OR – This morning, the Oregon AFL-CIO is picketing three gas stations in the Springfield area. Merlene Martin is a school employee in Cottage Grove, where she says coworkers are taking second jobs to make ends meet. She's not sure what reaction she and others will get with their p

Portland, OR - Gov. Ted Kulongoski has really stirred the pot by issuing specific challenges to food businesses and other industries during "Hunger Awareness Week." Demand for emergency food is up nearly 20 percent in some Oregon towns, with the highest jumps in rural and coastal communities. But wi

Silverton, OR – Does it really pay to be a union member? A new five-year study says 'yes' and provides state-by-state figures to back up the claim. In Oregon, union membership means, on average, $1.67 more per hour for workers in jobs that typically are the lowest-paid. That amounts to about $

Portland, OR – Not everybody can afford to attend tonight's Republican campaign fundraiser in Portland – but that's not stopping some people from showing up. Presidential candidate John McCain's dinner costs about $15,000 dollars per person to attend, but he's also being asked to meet wi

Portland, OR – Non-profit day labor centers, like the one opening Tuesday in Portland, are springing up around the country to match day workers with employers and to help them look out for their rights as they fill in at landscaping, construction and moving companies. Nik Theodore, a profess

Portland, OR – As people in the Northwest struggle with rising costs for food and fuel, they're also realizing they are not the only ones. A humanitarian aid organization with offices in Portland and Seattle says it's receiving reports from its workers in a dozen countries that emergency food

Portland, OR – Oregon families are working harder than ever to pay their bills, and a new national report says in most Oregon counties it takes 25 percent more money to rent an apartment than it did eight years ago. Wages in the same time period have gone up less than six percent, according to

Portland, OR - Advocates of affordable housing in Oregon say they're glad to see the resignation of U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson. They say that during his four years at HUD's helm, Jackson consistently cut federal funding for low-income housing and rent-subsidy progr

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