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PNS Daily Newscast - January 24, 2020 


The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues; and KY lawmakers press ahead on requiring photo IDs for voters.

2020Talks - January 24, 2020 


Businessman Tom Steyer and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the two billionaires in the Democratic primary, have spent far more than the rest of the Democratic hopefuls combined. But Steyer also uses grassroots tactics. What do other candidates and voters think about the influence of money in elections?

Public News Service - OR: Urban Planning/Transportation

Oregon is looking into ways to make its electrical grid more secure in the wake of a potential disaster like the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. (USGS/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon will be getting some help in preparing its energy grid for natural disasters such as the large Cascadia earthquake scientists believe could devastate the Northwest. The state has been chosen by the National Governors Association for a "policy academy," which will include

In lieu of a ballot measure to end the use of coal power in Oregon, major utilities offered to negotiate a transition plan and timeline. (columbia114/morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A new approach and new timeline for state energy policy awaits the Oregon Legislature for consideration. Utilities, clean-energy groups and consumer advocates have just unveiled a plan to ensure the state will be coal-free by 2030, and that the state's two largest power companies

Portland International Airport janitor Julie Hayden spoke at a national rally this week in support of a $15 minimum wage and the right to join a union. Courtesy: SEIU

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's busiest airport isn't among the seven where service workers went on strike on Thursday, but janitors, baggage handlers, wheelchair assistants and others at Portland International Airport say they have all the same complaints. Julie Hayden, who works as a janitor at PDX, ca

Surely signs such as this won't be necessary to get Oregon motorists to slow down, pay attention and reduce the number of fatal crashes involving older pedestrians. Credit: Ariadna/Morguefile.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Surgeon General decreed on Wednesday that walking should be a bigger priority to improve the nation's health – but in Oregon, both city dwellers and rural residents may be risking their lives just crossing a road. According to The State of Pedestrian Safety rep

PHOTO: It was a standing-room-only crowd at Wednesday's Port of Portland Commission meeting, as workers for airport service subcontractors shared their concerns and heard commissioners' preliminary suggestions for improving Portland International Airport as a workplace. Photo credit: Jesse Stemmler.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Workers at Portland International Airport (PDX) got a chance on Wednesday to address their concerns directly to the Port Commission about subcontractors' working conditions and policies. At the meeting, commissioners shared their own first draft of "Workplace Initiatives" for Airpo

PHOTO: The nonprofit group Solar Oregon has a two-year goal to add 10,000 more homes and businesses across the state to the list of those powered by energy from the sun. A federal tax credit for solar installations is set to expire at the end of 2016. Photo credit: Farina6000/FeaturePics.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - This has been a bright year for solar power in Oregon and the more than 130 businesses around the state that are associated with it. In 2013, seven megawatts of solar electric capacity was installed statewide, and the 2014 total is expected to be higher, according to Solar Oregon.

PHOTO: A 58,000-acre parcel of public land, Sutton Mountain could be protected as federal wilderness now that local government has signed off on a plan that includes adding amenities to Wheeler County services. Photo credit: Copyright Jim Davis. Used with permission.

MITCHELL, Ore. – A potential new wilderness area for Wheeler County appears to have the support it needs to get it to Congress after a decade of discussion, but no legislation. The Sutton Mountain area near the town of Mitchell is adjacent to the Painted Hills and John Day Fossil Beds Nation

PHOTO: A new survey of workers who keep airplanes clean and fueled, load baggage and assist passengers at Portland International Airport outlines their concerns about working conditions, hourly wages, and overall lack of benefits. Photo credit: TravinkovStudio/iStockphoto.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Workers at Portland International Airport are urging airline passengers to look beyond its recent designation as "America's Best Airport" to the working conditions behind the scenes. People who clean the planes, assist passengers, and handle baggage say that, like other major air te

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