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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 

A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.

2020Talks - September 18, 2020 

Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - OR: Civic Engagement

Oregon Food Bank is supporting a measure that would decriminalize drugs and increase funding for addiction recovery services. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. - September is Hunger Action Month and in Oregon, anti-hunger advocates are volunteering, donating and pledging to "Vote Out Hunger." Susannah Morgan, CEO of the Oregon Food Bank, said hunger is at its highest level in a century because of the economic fallout from COVID-19. And wit

Under the current system, Oregon politicians can often shape voting districts to increase their power. (iQoncept/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon stands out on the West Coast for the way its voting districts are drawn. Unlike neighbors California, Idaho and Washington, redistricting in Oregon is a political process decided by the party in power. The threat of gerrymandering is high. Executive Director of Common Cause

Many see the age of mass incarceration as a successor to segregation and the racist policies of the Jim Crow era. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Policing has been the focal point of protests since George Floyd's death last week. A criminal-justice reform advocate says we also need to understand them as a reaction to mass incarceration. Executive Director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center Bobbin Singh said people who f

Oregon's May 19 primary could help officials work out any kinks in voting before the November general election. (Scott Van Blarcom/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's vote-by-mail system is earning praise during the coronavirus pandemic, but some Oregonians still will need help to get their vote counted. Tom Stenson, deputy legal director for Disability Rights Oregon, says people who are blind or have low vision usually get assistance

Some workers are relying on homemade cloth masks during the coronavirus pandemic. (ravipat/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are in desperate need of protective gear. Masks and gloves are in short supply or nonexistent in hospitals and grocery stores and for home-care workers across the state. Head of the Oregon Nurses Association Sara Lasle

More than three-quarters of Americans believe the CDC and doctors will help reduce their risk from coronavirus. (JHDT Productions/Adobe Stock)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Despite these politically divided times, Americans still are ready to listen to health officials during the coronavirus epidemic. That's according to a February survey from the University of Oregon, which finds trust is high in doctors, and in the Centers for Disease Control and Pr

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

The unincorporated town of Tierra del Mar, Ore., is so small it doesn't have fire hydrants. (Misserion/Flickr)

TIERRA DEL MAR, Ore. -- Residents of a small, coastal Oregon town are continuing to fight Facebook's plan to install a landing spot for the tech giant's undersea cable. Tierra del Mar is an unincorporated city in Tillamook County that is so small, it doesn't have cell-phone service or fire hydrant

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