Thursday, March 30, 2023


Nebraska attorneys develop a workers rights program, the FDA approves over-the-counter sales of the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone, and mayors look for new ways to partner with the federal government.


The Senate repeals authorization of military force in Iraq, the former CEO of Starbucks testifies about the company's worker policies, and Kentucky overrides the governor's veto of gender-affirming care for children.


Small towns respond to a hidden housing and homelessness crisis, a new national weather prediction system will help close the gap between urban and rural forecasting, and more rural communities are eligible for a design project to boost economic development.


Black Americans are the most likely to suffer from insufficient sleep. (ChadBridwell/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Get More Zzz's, Health Experts Say During Sleep Awareness Month

March is Sleep Awareness Month and health experts say Americans are not getting enough of it. United Health Foundation data found more than 32% of …

People are put in precarious positions when they cannot afford their medical bills. (volgariver/Adobe Stock)

Monday, March 27, 2023

OR Nonprofit Hospitals Fail to Provide Financial Aid to Low-Income Patients

Oregon's nonprofit hospitals are not doing enough to provide assistance on medical bills for low-income patients, but a bill in Salem aims to change …

Kids can grow accustomed to foods like vegetables and fruits even if they're picky eaters. ( Stock)
50th Nutrition Month: Introducing Healthy Foods to Picky Eaters

This March marks the 50th anniversary of National Nutrition Month. Making sure children eat healthy can be tricky. Chuck Larimer, an elementary …

Federal and California state regulators stepped in after Silicon Valley Bank's collapse on March 10. (MichaelVi/Adobe Stock)
Bank Collapses Highlight Alternative Structure of Credit Unions

The collapse of two banks has put the U.S. financial sector into focus this week. Some are considering the alternative structures of institutions …

Oregon nurses at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham filed a petition to have their union voluntarily recognized but were denied. (Oregon Nurses Association)
Nurses Fear Fallout from Closure of OR Birth Center

Nurses are concerned about the closure of a Portland-area birth center set to go through today. The Family Birth Center at Legacy Mount Hood …

Country Natural Beef ranchers are in nine western states covering more than 6.5 million acres of land.  (Patrick Jennings/Adobe Stock)
Collaboration Grows 'Regenerative Ranching' Program in Northwest

By Caroline Tracey for Civil Eats.Broadcast version by Deborah Van Fleet for Missouri News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Publ…

The Trojan Nuclear Plant in Oregon was connected to the grid in 1975 and shut down in 1992. (David Falconer/Wikimedia Commons)
'Atomic Bamboozle' Documents 'False Promises' of New Nuclear Tech

A film premiering this week tackles the potential harms of the nuclear industry. Portland State University professor emeritus Jan Haaken directed …

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Slam the Scam Day: Tips for Avoiding Fraud

It's National Slam the Scam Day today, and fraud experts are advising people to keep their eyes open. Carmel Perez Snyder, director of community …

The pygmy rabbit has lost large chunks of its sagebrush habitat in recent decades. (randimal/Adobe Stock)
Western Groups File Petition to Protect Continent's Smallest Rabbit

Advocates are petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to save the smallest rabbit species in North America, the pygmy rabbit. Its habitat…

The Bonneville Dam is located about 40 miles east of Portland, Ore. (Dominic/Adobe Stock)
NW Energy Experts in DC Talking Grid Update, Saving Fish

Northwest energy experts and conservation leaders are in Washington, D.C. to urge policymakers to invest in modernizing the region's power grid…

Currently, Oregonians with felony convictions regain their right to vote after serving their prison terms. (reewungjunerr/Adobe Stock)
OR Bill Would Restore Voting Rights for People in Prison

Oregon lawmakers could restore voting rights to people currently in prison. For the third year in a row, advocates are attempting to get a bill …

The boosted benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be dropped for the first time in three years. (Tada Images/Adobe Stock)
OR Families to See Federal Food Assistance Drop This Month

Emergency allotments to supplement food assistance during the pandemic are ending this month, and Oregon families are likely to take a big hit…


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