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PNS Daily Newscast - February 27, 2020 


Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - OR: Livable Wages/Working Families

As Oregonians honored Labor Day, a new study found most workers have little to celebrate -- at least, in terms of their paychecks. The report from the Oregon Center for Public Policy shows that, after four years of economic expansion, most of the income gains are benefiting corporations and/or house

Keeping the lights on is a necessity in any household, but for many Oregon families it's a struggle. Thanks to the legislature, more Oregon seniors and families with children will get some help. A bill that expands the Oregon Energy Assistance Program is on its way to the governor's desk. Jim Abrah

Salem, OR - Oregon lawmakers, labor leaders and others are hoping the U.S. Senate will follow Oregon's lead and pass the Employee Free Choice Act this week. State lawmakers passed a bill last week that gives workers the right to sign forms to join a union, instead of an employer controlled election

Gas prices topped $3.40 in Oregon last week, and that's putting a big squeeze on household budgets. But there may be some relief in sight as Congress considers higher fuel efficiency standards, which would be the first improvement since 1975. Corky Senical with NeighborImpact in Redmond comments it'

Today's labor laws aren't working for the middle class anymore, according to the AFL-CIO's national organizing director during a stop to support the long efforts of Roseburg nurses to form a union. Stewart Acuff said it shouldn't be that hard to fight for more staff to provide better care for patie

Salem, OR - As Oregon's population ages, more and more residents are needing long term care. Nursing home workers from across the state gathered in Salem Thursday to ask lawmakers to make sure those people are safe and get the best quality care. Nursing home worker Carlotta Davison says there jus

Oregon voters want the doors closed on payday lenders in the state. A new poll from AARP Oregon shows nearly 80 percent of voters say the state needs cap interest rates at 36 percent annually on all payday and similar loans. Gwen Curran with AARP Oregon says without the cap, payday lenders will fi

Mandatory meetings, bathroom breaks taken away and thinly veiled threats of being fired-those are some of the stories workers from across Oregon brought to lawmakers on Wednesday. They say that's what happened when they tried to form unions. A House committee is considering three bills to give work

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