PNS Daily Newscast - August 21, 2019 

The Trump administration weakens banking regulations; and events this weekend mark the 400th anniversary of slavery in the United States. (Broadcaster Note: Our 6-min. newscast now has an optional outcue at 3 minutes: “This is PNS.”)

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Public News Service - OR: Mental Health

Portland, OR - About 3,000 people are expected to hold hands while spanning the Interstate Bridge connecting Oregon and Washington this Labor Day. The Hands Across the Bridge event will celebrate the success of treatment and recovery for alcohol and drug addiction, and is part of September's Nationa

PORTLAND, Ore. - A kayaking team is traveling 130 miles of the Columbia River from Portland to the Pacific Ocean this week, to help veterans experiencing rough waters. One of the paddlers, Portland resident Andy Maser, says the idea is to raise awareness and money for charities involved in designing

EUGENE, Ore. - When it comes to health care reform, you may get more accomplished by chatting than by shouting. That's the hope of some Oregon workers who have been going door to door, asking that people write or call their Congressional reps to let them know how they feel about the country's health

PORTLAND, Ore. - The more you weigh, the more you pay - at least, when it comes to medical expenses. From 2001 to 2006, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) says, spending on health care for obese adults rose by 36 percent, compared to 25 percent for normal-weight adults. Dr. Helen

SALEM, Ore. - The "will of the voters" had to bend a little over the weekend to accommodate Oregon's budget woes, as the Senate passed a major public safety measure, HB 3508, now headed for the governor's desk. It's a major compromise for those who voted for Measure 57 in November, to increase penal

Portland, OR – The nation's drug court programs celebrate their 20th anniversary this month, including Multnomah County's, the second-oldest in the country. The programs in dozens of Oregon counties around the state are designed as alternatives to incarceration that save taxpayers money. They

Salem, OR – Oregon women are ending this Sexual Assault Awareness Month on the statehouse steps in Salem, asking lawmakers to not cut too deeply into the $4.5 million Oregon Domestic & Sexual Violence Services (ODSVS) budget that helps to support about 50 shelters for women and children leavin

Tangent, OR – Oregon's labor union locals want to do more to help their members and others in their communities who have been laid off. AFL-CIO leaders from around the state are meeting today to trade ideas and information, such as how to file for unemployment insurance and what emergency reso

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