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PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2019 


President Trump rattles the Middle East, saying the U.S. will recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights. Also on our Friday rundown: A judge blocks laws limiting the power of the new Wisconsin governor. Plus, momentum builds across party lines to abolish the death penalty.

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Public News Service - OR: Poverty Issues

Medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy. (MargJohnsonVA/Twenty20)

SALEM, Ore. – A measure in the Oregon Legislature aims to make sure hospitals are providing financial help to people who can't afford their medical bills. House Bill 3076 seeks to change the way nonprofit hospitals handle charity care, which has dropped off by 50 percent since 2010, accordin

While food pantries help thousands of Oregonians, Oregon Food Bank notes that SNAP feeds 12 times more people than pantries do. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The federal government's proposed changes to food assistance eligibility has hunger fighting groups across the nation concerned. The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to take away states' ability to issue waivers suspending the three-month limit over three years for the S

Older Oregonians say age discrimination is prevalent in the workplace. (AARP Oregon)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure to combat age discrimination in the workplace, and when older people are looking for jobs. House Bill 2818 received a hearing on Wednesday and would strengthen laws prohibiting age discrimination. A recent AARP survey finds this is p

About half of Oregon SNAP recipients' benefits ran out very early in February, because they'd been delivered two weeks early due to the government shutdown. (kelycuba13/Twenty20)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Federal food benefits are going out to everyone who typically receives them today, bringing relief to folks across the country who got last month's assistance early during the government shutdown. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars for February were dist

Oregon could become the first state to stabilize housing prices through an annual cap on rent increases. (axel.bueckert/Twenty20)

SALEM, Ore. - A statewide measure to address the housing crisis is soaring through the Oregon Legislature. The first-of-its-kind proposal would cap rent increases at no more than 7 percent plus the inflation rate per year, and ban no-cause evictions for tenants who have lived in a building for a ye

A proposal to end single-family zoning could allow for denser housing in Oregon cities. (jonryanjohnson/Twenty20)

PORTLAND, Ore. — In an effort to tackle the affordable housing crisis, Oregon could end single-family zoning this legislative session. Oregon would be the first state to do so if lawmakers who support the idea succeed. Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is drafting legislation that requires cit

More people might rely on food pantries and charitable groups if a work requirement proposal for SNAP is approved. (Compassion Connect/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hunger-fighting groups thought a work requirement for food stamp recipients was dead after it was taken out of the Farm Bill. But the Trump administration has revived it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed to undo states' ability to issue waivers on the three-month

The struggle to find affordable housing is a big reason why more Oregonians are coming to food banks. (Compassion Connect)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Advocates fighting hunger are joining supporters of affordable housing measures on this year's ballot, saying food security and affording a place to live are intrinsically linked. Measure 102 would amend the Oregon Constitution to allow local governments to partner with nonp

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