PNS Daily Newscast - July 23, 2019 

A bipartisan deal reached to avert U.S. government default. Also on our Tuesday rundown: a new report calculates the high hospital costs for employers. Plus, new legislation could help protect Florida's at-risk wildlife.

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Public News Service - OR: Women's

Coffee Creek Correction Facility is currently the only women's prison in Oregon. (M.O. Stevens)

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Corrections has decided to hold off on a request for an additional $5 million from the Legislature's Emergency Board to open a second women's prison in the state. The D.O.C. wanted to open a new minimum-security facility for women because of overcrowdin

One in seven Oregon households struggled to put food on the table at some point last year, according to a recent Gallup poll. (Melodi2/Morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - One in seven households in Oregon struggled to afford food last year, according to a new survey conducted by Gallup. Although more than 14 percent of families still struggled with hunger at some point last year, the rate has been steadily decreasing since the Great Recession. In 201

Nearly 700,000 U.S. troops were involved in the first Gulf War. (PHC D. W. Holmes/US Navy)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the ceasefire that ended the first Gulf War. During the short conflict, nearly 700,000 U.S. troops were engaged. Dr. Ronald Grewenow, clinical director at the Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center, says the war produced fewer physical injuri

Women make up just over 26 percent of the solar workforce in Oregon, according to the Solar Foundation. (Brion Wickstrom/Synchro Star)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Women's History Month is wrapping up, and women are making gains in Oregon's solar energy sector, according to The Solar Foundation. The Foundation's report says women made up more than one-quarter of the solar workforce last year. That's 2.5 percentage points above the national a

Only 46 percent of adults in a new study said they participate in

PORTLAND, Ore. - If you're worried your lifestyle isn't healthy enough, you're not alone. Only 2.7 percent of adults have all four healthy characteristics measured in a new study by Oregon State University researchers. This means fewer than three percent of adults in the study were nonsmokers, pe

Wind power supplied more than 12 percent of Oregon's in-state electricity production in 2014, according to the American Wind Energy Association. (Tedder/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A new Oregon law ensures that renewable energy, including wind power, will be a force in the state's future utility plans. By 2040, half the electricity supplied to customers is required to come from renewable-energy sources. The state's commitment should mean more jobs in the wind

Two bills concerning sexual assault await Gov. Kate Brown's signature. (Visitor7/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon's 2016 legislative session has ended, leaving a stack of bills on Gov. Kate Brown's desk to be signed into law. Two of those bills address sexual assault. Senate Bill 1600 lifts the statute of limitations to prosecute first-degree sex crimes from its current 12-year limit. S

Although there are no restrictions on abortion clinics in Oregon, women sometimes have to travel hours to find clinics. (Fibonacci Blue/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case out of Texas today that could affect access to abortion in that state, and states across the country with similar laws will be waiting on the court's decision. However Oregon won't be one of them. Twenty-four states have so-called TRAP laws

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