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PNS Daily News - October 26, 2020 


Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court moves toward a final vote; judicial appointments issue looms in the election; and five COVID-19 infections confirmed within VP Mike Pence's inner circle.


2020Talks - October 26, 2020 


Youth voter turnout has been high in early voting. And presidential candidates court swing-state voters in the last days until November 3.

Public News Service - OR: Consumer

Oregonians in eight counties affected by the major September wildfires can apply for Disaster SNAP benefits starting Friday. (Bonnie Moreland/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Disaster food benefits are available for Oregonians in eight counties affected by September's massive wildfires. Dan Haun is director of self-sufficiency programs at the Oregon Department of Human Services. He said the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or 'D-SNAP'

Oregon has about $1.5 million in grants left for small businesses that missed out on federal aid. (chinnarach/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, Ore. - Oregon is helping small businesses hurt by COVID-19 and left behind by federal relief. Community Development Financial Institutions, including four credit unions in the state, are processing and distributing the funds that the Legislature approved this month. About $1.5 million in g

Mercy Flights' mobile paramedics can offer up to 30 days of transitional support after someone is discharged from the hospital. (Jason Quigley)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- First responders are reaching beyond emergencies to support people in southern Oregon. Mercy Flights is the emergency transportation provider in Jackson County. Meg Wills, population health portfolio manager with the coordinated-care organization Jackson Care Connect, said her org

Some Oregonians have used OregonSaves as an emergency fund during the pandemic. (Minerva Studio/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A novel program to help Oregonians save for retirement is celebrating three years of operation. OregonSaves is an alternative savings program for workers whose employers don't offer retirement plans. Part of the secret to its success is that employees must opt out of the program, w

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

A $250 million wildlife crossing pilot program is included in the Senate version of a major transportation bill. (Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Highway crossings play an integral role in keeping drivers and wildlife safe. Wildlife advocates want the U.S. House of Representatives to include more funding for these projects in its transportation bill. The Oregon Department of Transportation reports about 7,000 vehicle-wil

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

Borrowers held more than $120 billion in private student loan debt in 2019. (Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Congress has granted federal student loan borrowers a reprieve during the pandemic, but the market has been less forgiving for people with private loans. Stephanie O'Donnell-Peters is a massage therapist in Portland, out of work since mid-March. Combined, she and her husband have

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