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PNS Daily Newscast - April 22, 2019 


The vigilante accused of holding migrants at border to appear in court today. Also on our Monday rundown: The US Supreme Court takes up including citizenship questions on the next census this week. Plus, Earth Day finds oceans becoming plastic soup.

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Nearly 700,000 U.S. troops were involved in the first Gulf War. (PHC D. W. Holmes/US Navy)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the ceasefire that ended the first Gulf War. During the short conflict, nearly 700,000 U.S. troops were engaged. Dr. Ronald Grewenow, clinical director at the Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center, says the war produced fewer physical injuri

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is now a massive crime scene and will remain closed for several weeks. (U.S. Department of Transportation)

PORTLAND, Ore. - After 41 days of occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the standoff between anti-government protesters and law enforcement ended peacefully last week. Even after the arrest of the group's leadership three weeks ago and the shooting death of its spokesman, the FBI work

Backers of Oregon's Gatekeeper program say it saves the state money by training volunteers to look in on elderly Oregonians and those with disabilities. But state lawmakers cancelled its funding in 2015. (Store to Door)

SALEM, Ore. – Backers of a program that trains folks to be observant in their dealings with isolated Oregonians across the state want the Legislature to restore the program's funding. Gatekeepers are often delivery drivers, meter readers and bank tellers who interact with older or homebound

Young people who suggested and worked on successful legislation for kids in foster care were at the signing ceremony earlier this year with Gov. Kate Brown. (Oregon Foster Youth Connection)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon is at the forefront of states working to give kids in foster care the same opportunities as in other families and the young people themselves are making it happen. They've seen state legislation pass this year based on their ideas for opening their own savings accounts, and e

Family members want to support crime survivors, but often aren't sure what to do or say. (sgarton/morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Getting through the holidays comes with special challenges for people who have been crime victims, and there's a new, Oregon-based website packed with information to assist them. "Help. Hope. Heal" is an online guide for family members who aren't sure what to do or say to help a su

They won't be fancy, but they'll be free. Mobile phones for lower-income Oregonians who qualify will include unlimited calls to CareOregon for health-related questions. Credit: Alivmann/morguefile.com
Available In Spanish

PORTLAND, Ore. - Getting more free mobile phones into the hands of more low-income Oregonians is the goal of a new partnership. SafeLink Wireless, an emergency mobile phone provider, and CareOregon, the nonprofit that provides health plan services for Medicaid members, have teamed up to offer free

Affordable vision insurance is one gap detailed in a new report about the challenges many Oregonians face in getting health coverage. Credit: TPSDave/pixabay.com

SALEM, Ore. - The Affordable Care Act may have prompted more people to sign up for health insurance. But in Oregon, a new report says 383,000 residents remain uninsured. Some can't get coverage, and others can't pay for it. The Oregon Health Equity Alliance is a coalition making 10 recommendations

According to a new survey, 95 percent of Oregon educators say standardized testing takes up far too much school time. Credit: Taliesin/Morguefile.

SALEM, Ore. – Some Oregon educators say the Smarter Balanced Assessment they're using to test students is neither "smarter" nor "balanced" enough. A new report issued by the Oregon Education Association (OEA) compiled survey responses from more than 1,200 Oregon educators, and found that 95 p

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