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PNS Daily Newscast - July 23, 2019 


A bipartisan deal reached to avert U.S. government default. Also on our Tuesday rundown: a new report calculates the high hospital costs for employers. Plus, new legislation could help protect Florida's at-risk wildlife.

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Public News Service - OR: Youth

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

Oregon State Credit Union organizes

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An Oregon credit union is teaching people how to manage their money – and offering some life lessons along the way. Amanda Brenneman-Brown is the community education director for Oregon State Credit Union in Corvallis. She reaches more than 12,000 a year, teaching and

Oregon has the sixth-largest class sizes in the country, according to the National Education Association. (Aldona_P/Twenty20)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon gets a failing grade for how much it spends on public schools, according to a new report. In its analysis, Education Week gave Oregon an "F" for spending. And for overall education financing, the state did only slightly better, earning a “C-.” Underfunding

More students have mental-health needs and face issues such as homelessness than in the past, the Oregon Education Association says. (laterjay/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – It might start with pencil tapping and end with an outburst that forces teachers to clear the classroom. Educators say disruptions have become a big challenge to their jobs. In this year's legislative session, teachers from around Oregon shared stories of disrupted learning

An initiative to ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons in Oregon needs 88,000 signatures by July 6 to qualify for the November ballot. (George Frey/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. – A group of religious leaders has introduced an initiative that would ban semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines in Oregon. Initiative Petition 43 seeks to outlaw the sale of these weapons and require current owners to undergo background checkouts and register their g

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