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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2020 


U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and the Trump public charge rule takes effect Monday.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - OR: Immigrant

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement contract provides $820,000 a year to a jail in The Dalles, Ore. (Andrei/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. -- A bipartisan bill in the Oregon Legislature could end a federal immigration agency's contract with a local jail. House Bill 4121 would prohibit the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility, or NORCOR, in The Dalles from renewing contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

About 10% of Oregon's population lives in hard-to-count neighborhoods. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Philanthropic groups are partnering with the state of Oregon to ensure hard-to-count areas are included in the 2020 census. The Census Equity Funders Committee of Oregon consists of nearly 40 groups, including the Meyer Memorial Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation and Un

Renato Quintero, a janitor in Hillsboro, Ore., says he wants to get along with everyone. He's worried he could be stopped and questioned more often by police if Measure 105 passes. (SEIU Local 49)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Some people of color in Oregon are afraid racial profiling by police could become more frequent if a measure to repeal the state's sanctuary status passes in November. Measure 105 would roll back a 31-year-old law that forbids the use of state and local resources to enforce federal

Oregon sheriffs disagree about how the state's sanctuary law effects crime. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Tensions are building among law enforcement in the fight over Oregon's sanctuary law, which voters could decide to repeal in November. Recently, 16 county sheriffs announced support for Measure 105, which would get rid of the state's 31-year-old statute that prohibits use of

Oregon's sanctuary laws were passed more than 30 years ago. (maginnis/Twenty20)

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon's status as a sanctuary for immigrants will go before voters this November. If the laws are repealed, local and state law-enforcement agencies could work more closely with the federal government on enforcing immigration law. Andrea Williams is executive director of the i

Business Impact Northwest facilitates loans for companies often needing $40,000 or less. (atsawin1002/Twenty20)

PORTLAND, Ore. – For people dreaming of opening a small business, finding funds can be a problem. Often, large financial institutions won't hand out small-dollar loans to the smallest fledgling companies. Access to capital is even harder for marginalized populations - entrepreneurial women, pe

Clergy have been gathering stories from immigrant detainees inside of a jail in The Dalles. (Yanely Rivas)

THE DALLES, Ore. – A year ago, federal immigration detainees at a county jail in The Dalles engaged in their first hunger strike over conditions in the facility. This weekend, advocates for immigrant rights and faith leaders from around the state will be back to highlight the stories of detain

The immigrant rights group Causa is advocating for the passage of Senate Bill 1563 by Oregon lawmakers. (Courtesy of Causa)

SALEM, Ore. - Advocates for immigrants' rights are gathering in Salem today to meet with Oregon legislators. The organization Causa will be at the Capitol to support immigrant communities across the state. The group's executive director, Andrea Williams, said state lawmakers in recent years have do

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