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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - OR: Civic Engagement

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

Three initiatives awaiting review in Oregon would put certain restrictions on the sale of semi-automatic firearms, including raising the purchase age to 21. (ARTFULLY-79/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Some faith leaders want 2020 to be the year Oregon passes what they see as better gun-control laws. The group Lift Every Voice Oregon, made up of leaders from different faiths, has submitted three petitions for measures to appear on the November 2020 ballot. The measures would rest

The Sunrise Movement plans to continue climate strikes through the 2020 election. (Sue/Adobe Stock)

EUGENE, Ore. – Less than three months after what may have been the biggest climate strike in history, young people again are taking to the streets today to call for action on climate change. Organizers estimate at least four million people around the world showed up for the Global Climate St

The Student Success Act will make $1 billion a year available to education in Oregon starting in 2020. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. – As Oregon teachers and communities celebrate the Student Success Act, the first phase in how funding will be doled out is beginning. The bill's passage marked a major milestone for education, which has seen disinvestment since a 1990 ballot measure limited the dollars availa

At least 20 events are planned across Oregon for the Global Climate Strike. (ink drop/Adobe Stock)

BEND, Ore. – Oregonians are joining people around the world today in a call for action on climate change. The youth-led Global Climate Strike is mobilizing folks to walk out of school and work and implore leaders to step up to the demands of a climate crisis. It's taking place three days bef

A movement to award the presidency to the candidate who wins the popular vote would go into effect once states with 270 electoral votes have joined. (SeL/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon could become part of a compact to ensure that the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote is elected. This week, lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 870, which would ensure that the state's seven electoral votes are awarded to the winner of the popular vote. The co

Meals on Wheels ramps up its services for the holiday season and is looking for volunteers. (Pyoung K. Yi/U.S. Navy)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Organizations that serve older Oregonians are in need of some helping hands, and they say volunteers could help folks have a brighter holiday season. Groups like Elders in Action need people to raise awareness about elder abuse, and the Oregon-run organization State Health I

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