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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: Community Issues and Volunteering

The AARP Community Challenge grant is seeking proposals that make places such as parks vibrant places for people of all ages. (Mediteraneo/adobe stock)

SALEM, Ore. -- Communities around Oregon have a chance to fund quick action projects that bring people of all ages together. The AARP Community Challenge grant program is calling for ideas that improve people's lives and can be completed in a few months. It's the program's fourth year. Last year

The unincorporated town of Tierra del Mar, Ore., is so small it doesn't have fire hydrants. (Misserion/Flickr)

TIERRA DEL MAR, Ore. -- Residents of a small, coastal Oregon town are continuing to fight Facebook's plan to install a landing spot for the tech giant's undersea cable. Tierra del Mar is an unincorporated city in Tillamook County that is so small, it doesn't have cell-phone service or fire hydrant

Salem, Ore., Mayor Chuck Bennett says his city is planning to make itself more friendly for older Oregonians. (City of Salem)

PORTLAND, Ore. – AARP is holding a summit Monday to explore how to make cities great places for people of all ages to live. The Age-Friendly Oregon Summit features leaders from around the state, including Gov. Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. Keynote speaker Gil Penalosa is found

In a survey, nearly half of Oregonians age 40 and older say they are a current or former family caregiver. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. – November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the important role these folks play in many people’s lives. There are about 460,000 family caregivers in Oregon, providing care worth nearly $6 billion a year, according to AARP Oregon. In doing this l

The Student Success Act will make $1 billion a year available to education in Oregon starting in 2020. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. – As Oregon teachers and communities celebrate the Student Success Act, the first phase in how funding will be doled out is beginning. The bill's passage marked a major milestone for education, which has seen disinvestment since a 1990 ballot measure limited the dollars availa

AARP volunteers helped 45,000 Oregonians with their taxes earlier this year. (stevepb/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The nation's largest free tax-aid program is looking for volunteers in Oregon. For more than 50 years, the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program has assisted people with low and moderate incomes file their taxes. More than 1,000 volunteers helped 45,000 Oregonians file their 20

Oregon has a unique system for public input into its Medicaid program through community advisory councils. (DarkoStojanovic/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregonians are playing an active role shaping the Oregon Health Plan, the state's Medicaid program. Boards known as community advisory councils are well-established – if little known – steering committees that ensure the health needs of their communities are bein

Accessible transportation and affordable housing are important parts of making cities friendly for people of all ages. (Randy Rasmussen/AARP Oregon)

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed today Age-Friendly Oregon Day, recognizing communities' efforts to make the state livable for people of all ages. AARP has been urging cities and states to consider how to prepare for the country's rapidly aging population. AARP Oregon state direc

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