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PNS Daily Newscast - February 28 2020 


Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - OR: Philanthropy

PORTLAND, Ore. - In an attempt to stretch tight budgets, more low-income Oregonians are signing up for the Lifeline telephone assistance program. It's a $13.50 discount off a family's monthly phone bill. Until recently, the discount only could be applied to residential landlines, but now it has bee

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon is almost at the top of a list that states don't want to be on. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics, we're second in the nation for the number of families who aren't sure they'll have enough food, day to day. More than 3,000 Oregon letter carriers will try

PORTLAND, Ore. - The state Long-Term Care Ombudsman needs more eyes and ears around Oregon to help advocate for the more than 50,000 Oregonians who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Many are vulnerable and unsure of their rights, or even how to speak up for themselves, when quest

PORTLAND, Ore. - Almost two-thirds of Oregon domestic violence programs participated in a recent National Census of Domestic Violence Services, counting how much and what types of assistance they provided in a single 24-hour period. Results released this week find that in a single day, almost 600 Or

PORTLAND, Ore. - At income tax time, keeping yourself honest is one thing - keeping your tax preparer honest is just as important. Unlicensed preparers who may not be up-to-date on tax law changes, and scam artists trying to steal money and identities, are just two of the perils. In Oregon, anyone w

SALEM, Ore. - This week, an army of volunteers visits shelters, food pantries, tent cities and even jails in an attempt to count the number of homeless people in every state. In the 2008 survey, Oregon topped the list for the highest per-capita number of homeless people, at just over one-half percen

SALEM, Ore. - It is not uncommon for Oregon teachers to dip into their own pockets to purchase school supplies for a special project, or to meet a student's individual need - for a coat, socks, even eyeglasses. At year's end, a tax rule that would allow teachers to write off some of their supply pur

PORTLAND, Ore. - The countdown to Christmas has begun and, for the person who has everything, there is one gift with international importance, to fit almost any budget. A Mercy Kit sends donation money to a Mercy Corps program selected by the donor in any of 40 countries. Seth Rue, assistant progr

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