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PNS Daily Newscast - June 4, 2020 


Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 


The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Public News Service - OR: Urban Planning/Transportation

PHOTO: The National Climate Assessment comes out every four years.  Image courtesy of Microsoft images.

PORTLAND, Ore. - An all-day town-hall-style meeting at Portland State University today gathers experts who are concerned about climate change to discuss what the Northwest states are doing about it. Their framework is the new draft National Climate Assessment (NCA), a summary of what's happening wit

PHOTO: John Day Dam. Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwest Division.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Dams, locks and levees on waterways in the Northwest and across the nation are in bad shape, according to a new government report by a national panel of engineers and scientists. The report says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has had an inadequate maintenance budget for so long t

BURBANK, Wash. - The Army Corps of Engineers is testing the oil used in dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers to see if it contains PCBs, chemicals which can contaminate the water around the dams. The Corps says the tests are a precaution after oil leaks were discovered in December at the Ice Harbor

SALEM, Ore. - The 2011-2013 state budget Gov. John Kitzhaber unveiled on Tuesday calls for an eight percent overall spending increase, but no new taxes. Individually, however, many state programs and agencies are slated for cuts in the fine print. For human services, the governor is suggesting 40 p

PORTLAND, Ore. - For Oregonians over age 55, cohousing might be just the answer to living independently but having the support of neighbors and friends. A Portland development is one of five in the country to receive awards from the National Association of Home Builders and AARP, as good living opt

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. - Some East Portland residents will soon be asked to help design their perfect neighborhood. It's part of a trend in city planning, as public health researchers make the case that healthier, safer housing and neighborhoods mean healthier residents, especially children. A Portland gro

PORTLAND, Ore. - Congress begins October with another huge priority on its plate - a new national energy policy to curb climate change and create jobs in the process. The House already passed a bill this summer, while the Senate version was introduced Wednesday. The goal of the Senate legislation is

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