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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 


A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.


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Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - OR: Livable Wages/Working Families

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

Older Oregonians say age discrimination is prevalent in the workplace. (AARP Oregon)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure to combat age discrimination in the workplace, and when older people are looking for jobs. House Bill 2818 received a hearing on Wednesday and would strengthen laws prohibiting age discrimination. A recent AARP survey finds this is p

Nearly 100,000 Oregon children live in poverty despite having at least one working parent. (SupportPDX/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon lawmakers want to extend and increase a tax credit for working families. House Bill 3028 would boost the state's Earned Income Tax Credit to 20 percent of the federal tax credit, from its current level of 8 percent. Janet Bauer, a policy analyst for the Oregon Center for Public

The national #RedforEd movement came to Salem on President's Day with the March for Our Students. (Oregon Education Association)

SALEM, Ore. — Thousands of Oregonians were in the capital on President's Day, rallying for students, teachers and education. The March for Our Students attracted more than 4,000 people from across the state to brave the cold and tell lawmakers it's time to step up education funding in Oregon

Oregon could become the first state to stabilize housing prices through an annual cap on rent increases. (axel.bueckert/Twenty20)

SALEM, Ore. - A statewide measure to address the housing crisis is soaring through the Oregon Legislature. The first-of-its-kind proposal would cap rent increases at no more than 7 percent plus the inflation rate per year, and ban no-cause evictions for tenants who have lived in a building for a ye

The government has been partially shutdown for three weeks, leaving federal employees furloughed or working without pay. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – For federal employees, a dreaded a day in the government shutdown is upon them. Today is the first time in the shutdown that they won't receive a paycheck. One place federal workers in the Northwest might look to as they juggle their budgets is their local credit union, as m

Gladys Hernandez, a passenger service assistant at Portland International Airport, says she has struggled to afford necessities while living on an hourly wage of $12. (SEIU Local 49)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland International Airport workers have scored a major victory and will start receiving a minimum wage of $15 an hour starting in 2019. The wage increase from $12 to $15 will go to passenger service assistants, who transport passengers through the airport. Workers have b

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