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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 


U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


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Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - OR: Youth

Oregon's cigarette tax rate ranks 32nd in the nation. (berkut_34/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon would have the highest tax on a pack of cigarettes on the West Coast if a ballot measure passes in November. Anti-smoking advocates are hoping increasing the tax by $2 from its current rate of $1.33 will get more smokers to consider quitting. Kay Graven is the former lead

Lumina Foundation's goal is for 60% of Americans to have post-high-school educational credentials by 2025. (zimmytws/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- New research finds more Americans have credentials beyond high school, but the country could pick up the pace on its education goals. In Lumina Foundation's latest report, A Stronger Nation, which tracks postsecondary attainment -- including college degrees and other high-quality

Earning certificates can come at a quarter of the cost of long-term bachelor's programs. (svetazi/Adobe Stock)

By Jon Marcus for The Hechinger Report Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Public News Service Reporting for The Hechinger Report-Oregon News Service HENDERSON, Nev. -- The menu at the diner where Amy Nelson likes to take a break from work is notable for its side dishes, including caramelized b

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

The Double Up Food Bucks program is available in roughly half of Oregon's farmers markets. (Farmers Market Fund)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A program that helps food-benefit recipients purchase fresh fruits and vegetables is set to expand with additional funding from Oregon. The Double Up Food Bucks program matches every dollar up to $5 or $10 spent at farmers markets for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progra

Last year, 70,000 kids in Oregon benefited from the Summer EBT program. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. – One in five Oregon children is food insecure, and that insecurity skyrockets during the summer without access to nutritious meals at school. Summer hunger could be worse this year because of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to end the Summer Electronic Benefits Tr

Oregon has work to do to ensure children have quality education opportunities and live in financially stable homes, according to a new report. (SupportPDX/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon is falling behind other states when comes to the well-being of its children, a new report says. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks the state 31st overall in its measure of how children are doing in four categories: economic well-being, edu

Gov. Kate Brown will face off against challengers Knute Buehler and Patrick Starnes in a debate where young people will question candidates. (Gov. Kate Brown/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon youth will take the reins in the state's first gubernatorial debate this October. It will be the first time children and young people guide a forum for candidates. The debate will be hosted by Children First for Oregon, Portland television station KOIN 6 and Pamplin Me

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