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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


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A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

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A bill that could bring major changes to Oregon's criminal justice system has a public hearing set for this week. (blackday/Adobe Stock)

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SALEM, Ore. -- A bill in the Oregon Legislature proposes major reforms to the state's criminal justice system. House Bill 2002 is a sweeping measure that would scale back the system's reach, from limiting what offenses send a person to jail, to reforming mandatory minimum sentences, to reducing the

Demetria Hester was assaulted by self-described neo-Nazi Jeremy Christian in 2017. She now organizes Moms United For Black Lives in Portland. (Paul Dunn/YES! Magazine)

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By Isabella Garcia for Yes! Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Public News Service Reporting for the YES! Magazine Media - Oregon News Service Collaboration PORTLAND, Oregon, August 20 - It's the 84th day of consecutive protest against police brutality and systemic racism in Portland, Oregon.

About 900 Portland airport workers will see pay raises over the next year, according to the Port commission. (Oran Viriyincy/Flickr)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Port of Portland has outlined pay raises for airport workers including baggage handlers, wheelchair assistants and airplane cleaners. But workers said the raises need to come sooner. Service Employees International Union Local 49 members are also asking for more paid sick day

A new Politico poll confirms that voters' views of whether the 2020 election was fair depends largely on which presidential candidate they voted for. (Larry/Adobe Stock)

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EUGENE, Ore. - There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the U.S. election, despite President Donald Trump's claims. But fraud allegations from Trump and some members of the Republican Party are affecting the nation's perception of the voting process. A Politico poll found 70% of Republica

Increased premiums are a major sticking point in contract negotiations between Legacy Health and its workers. (Christian Delbert/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Some workers at Portland-area hospitals are concerned that hiking their own health-insurance premiums could push them to the brink financially. Members of the Service Employees International Union Local 49 working at the Legacy Health facilities say a proposed premium increase of

In some Oregon counties, election workers are available to go to the homes of people with disabilities if they need assistance with completing their ballots. (Adobe Stock)

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SALEM, Ore. - Advocates for people living with disabilities say Oregon has taken some major steps to ensure that everyone has the help they need navigating the voting process - even during a pandemic. Tom Stenson - deputy legal director at Disability Rights Oregon - said the state, with its all-mai

Protests for racial justice have continued every night in Portland for more than three months. (David Geitgey Sierralupe/Flickr)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A fatal shooting in Portland over the weekend has left tensions high across the country. The shooting took place on Saturday after a pro-Trump caravan rolled through the city. The man shot was wearing a shirt and hat identifying the far-right group Patriot Prayer. Eric Ward is

One study concludes facial-recognition technology was up to 100 times more likely to misidentify people of color. (Leszek/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland is poised to pass the strongest ban on facial-recognition technology in the country next month. Nearly a year in the making, the Portland City Council is considering two ordinances. The first would ban government use of facial recognition technology - already passed in

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