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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - OR: Poverty Issues

After a year in existence, workers have saved more than $4.5 million through the OregonSaves retirement program. (angieyoyo/Twenty20)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Support for Oregon's retirement savings program remains high, according to a new survey. OregonSaves, an alternative savings program for workers whose employers don't offer retirement plans, began phasing in a year ago. Since then, support for the program has grown, DHM Rese

Oregon has had an active wildfire season and thousands of acres continue to burn. (Kari Greer/U.S. Forest Service)

THE DALLES, Ore. — A food bank is helping people in fire-ravaged areas of eastern Oregon. The Columbia Gorge Food Bank is serving The Dalles and rural Wasco, Hood River and Sherman counties, where thousands of acres have burned, and continue to burn, in wildfires this summer, displacing many i

The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival recalls the campaign Martin Luther King, Jr. started in 1968. (Warren K. Leffler/Library of Congress)

SALEM, Ore. — A movement Martin Luther King, Jr., started 50 years ago near the end of his life is getting a revival today. The Poor People's Campaign is kicking off 40 days of action in 40 states, including Oregon's capital. The national campaign brings together faith leaders, community lea

The goal of this year's Stamp Out Hunger for Oregon and Clark County, Wash., is to collect 1.2 million pounds of  food. (Oregon Food Bank)

PENDLETON, Ore. — This weekend, Oregonians and people across the nation will fight hunger at their mailboxes. On Saturday, people can leave nonperishable food items in bags or boxes near their mailboxes and their local letter carriers will pick them up. Stamp Out Hunger, now in its 26th year

Factors such as access to healthy foods play a critical role in our health. (Wendell/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. — How do the structures and conditions of our society affect our health? That's a question panelists will be exploring at an event on Friday hosted by the Oregon Health Forum. Rebecca Ramsay, a panelist and executive director of CareOregon, said structural factors, such as inc

Advocates for social housing point to the success of the

PORTLAND, Ore. – What would it look like if the United States took a few tips from European countries to tackle the affordable housing problem? A new proposal from the People's Policy Project takes those tips and explores how cities could build government-owned housing. Unlike public housin

Between 2015 and 2017, homelessness increased six percent in Oregon. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon legislators are considering a way to increase funds for affordable housing efforts around the state. House Bill 4007 would increase the document recording fee when a person buys a home from $20 to $60, to generate about $90 million over two years. The new funds would add

A one-time appropriation of $300,000 from legislators to the Oregon Food Bank Network would increase pantries' capacity for fresh produce. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. — Healthy meals at Oregon food pantries are becoming the norm, but they present a challenge: How does the state's network of food banks make sure perishable food such as produce stays fresh? Today, leaders from the Oregon Food Bank Network are meeting with state legislators in Sa

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