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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


2020Talks - August 13, 2020 


Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first public appearance and running mates. President Trump called Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for baseless conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - OR: Civil Rights

Portland, OR – Starting a new life can be difficult enough after a felony conviction, but Multnomah County is removing at least one barrier. The county is eliminating a question on its job applications: the one that asks if the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony. County officials ha

Salem, OR – The failure of a petition drive to force a public vote on Oregon's new gay-rights laws isn't the end of the fight. Opponents of a new domestic partnership law, and a law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, are expected to file initiatives t

Portland, OR – Libraries across Oregon are putting an interesting array of books on display this week, ranging from children's stories to classics. It's not unusual, except for the fact that all of these titles have been banned or faced challenges in schools and libraries for their content. Li

Anti-gay rights activists want voters to have their say on two newly approved gay rights laws. The conservative groups submitted over 55,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office Wednesday in an effort to place a referendum on the November 2008 ballot. The referendum asks the public to vote

Ashland, OR – The recent use of a Taser to subdue a University of Florida student at a public gathering has the nation talking, and it's a particularly timely topic in Oregon, where two local police departments are reconsidering their guidelines for Taser use. The Ashland Police Department h

The Iraq War is ringing up a pretty expensive price tag in Oregon. A new report from the USAction Education Fund shows Oregon taxpayers are picking up almost $4 billion of the tab. Kari Coch with Oregon Action’s Iraq War Coalition says that's money sorely needed here at home for things like he

Rallying Oregonians called on Congress Tuesday to celebrate the nations' birthday by "restoring the Constitution and the rule of law" for the upcoming Fourth of July. In Medford, Eugene and Portland, they joined thousands of others demonstrating across the nation. At the top of their list is the Mi

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the government to investigate evidence that taxpayer dollars are funding religion in the "Stop and Think" program, a service of the Oregon-based Lane Pregnancy Support Center. Jann Carson with the ACLU of Oregon says a contract requiring presenters to hav

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