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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.


2020Talks - September 23, 2020 


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

Earning certificates can come at a quarter of the cost of long-term bachelor's programs. (svetazi/Adobe Stock)

By Jon Marcus for The Hechinger Report Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Public News Service Reporting for The Hechinger Report-Oregon News Service HENDERSON, Nev. -- The menu at the diner where Amy Nelson likes to take a break from work is notable for its side dishes, including caramelized b

The Oregon Worker Relief Fund aims to distribute $1.3 million per week to Oregonians without legal status. (Molly Adams/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Left out of the last stimulus bill from Congress, Oregonians without legal status are getting aid within the state. The Oregon Worker Relief Fund aims to distribute $1.3 million a week among people who are undocumented. With the infrastructure to distribute money built out, the pr

Gig workers make up about a 10th of the workforce and that number is expected to rise during the pandemic.(Angelov/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- During the COVID-19 pandemic, workers for online platforms who shop for groceries and deliver food have become essential for many people stuck at home. But they face an uphill battle for recognition as well as remuneration. Heidi Carrico is a Portland-based grocery shopper for

Jose Avalos, who works at Kaiser Permanente in Clackamas, Ore., won't receive $2,700 in stimulus money because of his wife's immigration status. (Jose Avalos)

CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- Couples with mixed immigration status aren't eligible for coronavirus relief stimulus payments, and that's hitting some families hard. Jose Avalos is a U.S. citizen with three children who works as a housekeeper for Kaiser Permanente in Clackamas, putting him on the front lines o

One in six coronavirus patients in Oregon is a health-care worker. (Mikhaylovskiy/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon hospital workers are on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis, and some remain financially vulnerable as well. A new analysis from Service Employees International Union Local 49 found that the median pay for one in five Oregon hospital workers isn't a living wage. Of 6

Norma Martinez, a janitor in Portland, has been able to keep her health insurance because she is employed during the pandemic. (SEIU Local 49)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The coronavirus outbreak has left many Oregonians unemployed, but some businesses are working to preserve an often overlooked group of workers -- janitors. Companies such as Nike and Intel have committed to keeping their janitorial staff working and not cutting hours. Janitors ar

Some workers are relying on homemade cloth masks during the coronavirus pandemic. (ravipat/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are in desperate need of protective gear. Masks and gloves are in short supply or nonexistent in hospitals and grocery stores and for home-care workers across the state. Head of the Oregon Nurses Association Sara Lasle

Among Portland airport workers' demands is a call for three paid sick days. (EchoGolf Photography/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak are showing why employees at the Portland International Airport need more support, workers say. Airport workers, including the folks who push wheelchairs, clean airplane cabins and help with baggage, are calling on the Port of Portland to i

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