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

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon congressional delegation is cosponsoring new legislation this week to reauthorize what are commonly called "county payments." It is federal money given to rural counties that are made up mostly of national forestland that doesn't generate any local tax revenue. The program e

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - A record 1,024,000 emergency food boxes were distributed in the year that ended June 30, according to the Oregon Food Bank - the first time the 1 million mark has been reached in a single year. Rachel Bristol, the food bank's chief executive officer, says the only way they wer

JOSEPH, Ore. - This week, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is tracking the Imnaha wolf pack in northeast Oregon, with orders to kill two of the four wolves. The department says the pack has killed seven domestic cows or calves a year for the past two years, so it intends to shoot th

JOSEPH, Ore. - About a dozen conservation groups are protesting a state agency's decision last month to kill two gray wolves it says were killing livestock. The groups contend there are non-lethal methods to keep wolves and cattle apart, but say neither the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (OD

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon lawmakers are being asked to prioritize funding for food. About 100 representatives of the Oregon Food Bank network from around the state came to the capital on Wednesday to emphasize that basic needs will continue to rise as budgets for health and human services are slashed at

DAYVILLE, Ore. - Groceries in Oregon set the average person back about $2.54 per meal, but in some counties, you can add a dollar or more to that figure. A new survey by the anti-hunger group Feeding America shows food prices by county, and the highest in Oregon are in Crook and Wheeler counties.

UMATILLA, Ore. - State governments and tribal governments have a lot in common. Both have people who need jobs and services, and fewer dollars to provide them. In Oregon, there's at least one place where government seems to be working - and working well. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Ind

PORTLAND, Ore. - It's not exactly the "aloha" you'd expect from Hawaii. Conservation groups and the Yakama Nation have filed a lawsuit to stop barges loaded with Hawaiian garbage from making their way to a landfill in the Northwest. The trash would be unloaded at Longview, Wash., and sent by rail to

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