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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - OR: Health Issues

More than $200 million could be cut from the Oregon Health Plan if Referendum 301 is rejected. (Compassion Connect/Flickr)

THE DALLES, Ore. -- Groups are mobilizing to protect the heath coverage of 350,000 Oregonians from an initiative heading for January's ballot. Measure 101 challenges House Bill 2391 - passed by this year's Legislature and supported by most health insurers and providers - which funds insurance for

Folks on Medicare have a chance to review their prescription drug plans during open enrollment, which starts Sunday. (frankieleon/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Open enrollment for Medicare begins this Sunday, which means about 800,000 participants in Oregon have the opportunity to review their Medicare plans. People across the country have until December 7 to look at making changes to their current plans, or to sign up for Medicare. Lis

Coordinated Care Organizations provide health-care services to about 1 million Oregonians. (Alterfines/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's unique approach to bringing together health coverage for state residents is celebrating five years. Coordinated Care Organizations are the umbrellas to an array of services for people on the Oregon Health Plan, the state's version of Medicaid. In the pre-CCO world, said Er

Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people in Las Vegas, had 23 guns in his hotel suite, many of them modified with a device that allows for the rapid fire of ammo. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. – More than a week has passed since the tragic shooting in Las Vegas. Since then, Congress and even the National Rifle Association have talked about regulating guns in at least one small way – by banning a device known as a bump stock that makes a semiautomatic weapon sh

The Siletz River Ecosystem in Lincoln County provides some of the drinking water for the county's residents. (osunikon/Flickr)

NEWPORT, Ore. – Can a river defend itself in court? On Monday, a judge in Newport will answer that question in the case of the Siletz River Ecosystem. Last May, Lincoln County residents approved a measure banning aerial pesticide spraying – a measure that stated the river had the "ri

In 2015, there were 12 overdose deaths for every 100,000 Oregonians. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Thursday is International Overdose Awareness Day, and medical experts in Oregon and across the nation are fighting the growing epidemic of this preventable cause of death. The opioid epidemic has gained national attention as the number of deaths has soared in recent years.

A new program from CareOregon is helping the state's tribal members get transportation and more to access culturally appropriate health services. (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A new care coordination model is helping Oregon's tribal members access the health care they have been promised. This week, CareOregon started its program for Native Americans in the Oregon Health Plan fee-for-service program, and developed it with nine federally-recognized

Pesticides are usually sprayed from aircraft in the clear-cutting of forests near the Siletz River. (Rio Davidson/Lincoln County Community Rights)

NEWPORT, Ore. – The Siletz River ecosystem could take some novel legal action in an Oregon case over a measure banning aerial pesticides. In May, Lincoln County residents passed a measure outlawing the spraying of pesticides from aircraft. The measure is the first of its kind in the nation.

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