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PNS Daily News - May 22, 2017 


Today’s news highlights several issues: a new era in U.S. – Arab relations? The Catholic church commits to major fossil fuel divestment before G-7 meetings. And some farmers are accused of using immigration threats to discourage legal claims.

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Public News Service - OR: Arts & Culture

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival provides workshops for high school students in the state. (Kim Budd/Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

ASHLAND, Ore. – The proposed budget from the Trump administration would slash funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to zero, and that could mean fewer children in Oregon will be exposed to art. The state's world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival hosts hundreds of students each y

Native American artist Clay with the Native American Youth and Family Center provides a mural for a side of the Bunk Bus. (Rick Rappaport)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Help will be rolling in for oil pipeline protestors at Standing Rock all the way from the Northwest, in the form of a retrofitted school bus. The Portland Climate Action Coalition, or CAC - made up of social and environmental justice groups - is working on what it calls the "Bunk

This weekend, Richard Wilhelm and Sue Arbuthnot were at Diamond Craters, southeast of Burns, filming for their documentary about the issues raised in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge armed occupation. (Hare in the Gate Productions)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Two Oregon filmmakers are among those who will closely follow the trial of Ammon and Ryan Bundy and their co-defendants on federal conspiracy and weapons charges. Documentary filmmakers Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm live part-time in Burns, where they noticed an anti-governmen

Children pick up new languages more quickly than adults because of the flexibility of the adolescent brain. (U.S. Dept. of Education)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A new study of bilingual and monolingual toddlers could be reason for Oregon parents to share this story in two languages. Research in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology shows children learning two languages perform better at certain problem-solving tasks than their mon

New research shows that gut bacteria and other microbes influence mate selection as well as other parts of our biology. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

PORTLAND, Ore. – New research shows microbes in our body will help pick our sweethearts for Valentine's Day this weekend, though exactly how our bacteria play cupid isn’t clear yet. Dr. William Miller, author of "The Microcosm Within," says two studies prove falling in love is a matter

The Burns Paiute Tribe holds a Wednesday news conference to voice their concerns about the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (Burns Paiute Tribe)

BURNS, Ore. - Anti-government protesters occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns may be getting the lion's share of publicity, but residents of Harney County are making some efforts to amplify their voices as well. Petitions are circulating among the locals requesting that the ar

It is Employ Older Workers Week. In Oregon, 13 percent of the workplace civil rights complaints to the state are about age discrimination. Courtesy: AARP

PORTLAND, Ore. - This is "Employ Older Workers Week," and within five years, the U.S. Labor Department says one in four Americans on the job will be age 55 or older. Some companies are adapting to this demographic shift better than others, according to AARP. Its report on older workers released ear

PHOTO: Lakeview is the county seat of Lake County, one of Oregon's least populated areas. Internet service is provided here by small broadband businesses, as the media giants haven't seen it as profitable. Photo courtesy Lake Co. Chamber of Commerce.

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to classify the Internet as a public utility, allowing it to be more closely regulated to ensure fairness, or what is known as "net neutrality." But smaller Internet service providers are asking to

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