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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - OR: Social Justice

Among Portland airport workers' demands is a call for three paid sick days. (EchoGolf Photography/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak are showing why employees at the Portland International Airport need more support, workers say. Airport workers, including the folks who push wheelchairs, clean airplane cabins and help with baggage, are calling on the Port of Portland to i

Census takers starting in May will be visiting folks who haven't filled out the Census form. (JackF/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregonians have started receiving notices to fill out the 2020 Census and advocacy groups want households to keep one of the most undercounted population in mind: young children. Nationwide, the 2010 Census missed 2 million children from birth to age five. Mandy Yeahpau, commun

About 10% of Oregon's population lives in neighborhoods considered difficult to count for the next census. (Tada Images/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon Food Bank is mobilizing its statewide network to ensure every Oregonian is counted in this year's census. This is the first time Oregon Food Bank is taking part in census outreach efforts. Rae Dunnaville, movement building manager with the organization, says they're in prim

Oregon has the most expensive elections in the country, according to one campaign finance expert. (Helistockter/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon is among a handful of states with no limits on campaign contributions in elections. The 2020 session offers lawmakers another chance to change that. Senate Bill 1524 would cap donations from individuals to candidates for state office at $750, and $15,000 from committees, inclu

Oregon lawmakers passed the first bill in the nation that will allow cities to ban single-family zoning. (Sightline Institute/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. — A historic bill that could strike at Oregon's housing affordability crisis is on its way to the governor's desk. After Senate Republicans returned to Salem, legislators passed a bevy of bills before the end of this year's session, including a measure allowing cities to get rid of

Under a paid family and medical leave bill in the Oregon State Legislature, workers would get 100% of wages while they're out on leave. (designer491/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Senate could help the state join seven other states with paid family and medical leave laws. The paid leave bill that passed in the House last week would allow employees up to 12 weeks away from work in situations such as the birth of a child or to take care of a lov

A movement to award the presidency to the candidate who wins the popular vote would go into effect once states with 270 electoral votes have joined. (SeL/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon could become part of a compact to ensure that the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote is elected. This week, lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 870, which would ensure that the state's seven electoral votes are awarded to the winner of the popular vote. The co

Oregon faces a $623 million shortfall its current budget cycle. (Edmund Garman/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – With the Oregon legislative session set to begin next week, a new report explores how the state could capture more tax revenue from large corporations. The report, authored by consumer and business groups, says Oregon loses $175 million a year through corporate tax avoidance, l

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