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PNS Daily Newscast - September 24, 2020 


President Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power post election; and COVID vaccine #4 needs volunteers.


2020Talks - September 24, 2020 


A new report highlights importance of keeping guns away from the polls; and Florida wants an investigation of a fund to help pay returning citizens' court fees and fines so they can vote.

Public News Service - OR: Toxics

The U.S. House and Senate finally update the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act to identify cancer-causing chemicals more quickly. (National Cancer Institute)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Today is World Cancer Day, and if you look around your house, you might find water bottles, canned food, and an old mattress contaminated with chemicals that could give you cancer. While some states have banned these potential cancer causers, federal agencies have had their hands

Full page newspaper ads and a social media blitz are reminding Oregon lawmakers of one priority they didn't advance in the 2015 Legislature. Courtesy: Sierra Club

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Legislature doesn't start again for five months, but advocates for clean energy are already trying to get lawmakers' attention. The Sierra Club launched an Oregon ad campaign this week on social media and in some major newspapers, suggesting legislative leaders step up

PHOTO: A giant inflatable coal plant is near the steps of the Capitol today for a rally in support of legislation that would require power companies to eliminate coal-generated electricity from the grid by 2025. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign.

SALEM, Ore. - Renewable energy and coal are in a tug-of-war in Salem today. It's a literal demonstration in front of the Capitol steps to draw attention to debate on the Coal to Clean Energy legislation (SB 477; HB 2729), which would move electric utilities toward more local, renewable energy. Amy

GRAPHIC: The EPA's National Radon Action Month is an annual effort in January to get more people to test their homes for radon. It's odorless and invisible, so many folks assume it isn't a problem, but radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Image courtesy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Testing their home for radon just drops off some people's to-do list - which is why January is Radon Action Month. Radon is a dangerous byproduct of decaying uranium that seeps through soil and into houses and other buildings in some areas, and it's the second-leading cause of lung

PHOTO: Leaky fuel hoses and fuel trucks in need of maintenance are some of the concerns cited by behind-the-scenes workers for airline subcontractors at Portland International Airport. Photo credit: starush/FeaturePics.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - This week kicks off the busy holiday travel season, and at Portland International Airport (PDX), hundreds of behind-the-scenes workers shift into high gear to accommodate the crowds. Those who work for the airline subcontractors say it isn't easy when their employers don't always pr

PHOTO: In Vermont, legislation to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients is set to go into effect in 2016 but is being challenged in court. There are November ballot measures in Oregon and Colorado. Photo courtesy Center for Food Safety.

PORTLAND, Ore. - After two terms in Congress and a couple of Democratic nominations for president, former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich is putting his campaign skills to work in Oregon. Kucinich and his wife are making appearances this week in support of Measure 92, to require labeling foods mad

PHOTO: Some Northwest fishermen say the 'thrill of the catch' would be a lot less thrilling if coal shipments compromise air and water quality on the Columbia River. Photo credit: Nic Callero.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Northwest fishing community says state and federal agencies ought to be trolling for a lot more information before allowing coal export terminals to be built along the coast. Fishermen are signing a petition that warns more coal could mean fewer fish and jobs in Oregon's

PHOTO: Kids are especially susceptible to chemicals, and parents might be surprised to find out how many were found in recent lab tests of everyday outdoor picnic products. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. – There may be more than ants and sunburns to worry about at this year's picnics and barbecues. A coalition of consumer watchdog groups has released results of tests on products commonly used at backyard get-togethers and found 96 percent of them contained at least one chemica

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