PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - OR: Rural/Farming

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - One of the parties in the negotiations for the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) officially left the table this week and joined ten other organizations to propose an alternative agreement. The Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) is now part of the new Klamath

PORTLAND, Ore. - On International Human Rights Day, some in Oregon can see the possibility of immigration reform in Congress, including the faith community. At interfaith candlelight vigils this evening in Portland and across the country, religious leaders will make the point that it makes more sens

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregonians over age 60 are a bigger and more diverse group than ever before, according to U.S. Census data. This week, at an Aging and Diversity forum in Portland, participants learned that, by 2050, half of Oregon will be made up of racial minorities, and that rural Oregon is poore

BEND, Ore. - Oregon 2nd District Congressman Greg Walden will be greeted - and perhaps grilled - today in Bend by a coalition of groups who think he should be doing more to support immigration reform. His Web site does not mention immigration as an issue, and the Republican has been strictly conserv

PORTLAND - The federal government says food prices fell slightly in July, which is good news for the 600,000 Oregonians receiving food stamps - about one in six, according to June estimates by the Oregon Department of Human Services. CareOregon has been counseling low-income families about smarter f

Salem, OR – The H1N1 virus has made its unwelcome appearance in Oregon, with three confirmed cases and 19 more being tested, according to the state Public Health Division. Most of the focus so far has been on human health, preventing more people from being infected with the illness, commonly k

Ontario, OR – It's Hunger Awareness Week in Oregon through May 3, and food bank locations are scrambling to meet record demand in many areas of the state. To help drum up donations, on Thursday and Friday Gov. Ted Kulongoski will hop aboard an Oregon Food Bank truck to run a multi-city deliver

Hermiston, OR – Oregon farm workers are expressing concern for their livelihoods after the U.S. Labor Department announced changes this week to the process farmers use to hire agricultural workers from other countries. Both farmers and workers have been critical of the H2A (agricultural guest

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