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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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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.

A new report ranks Oregon fourth overall among states for its long-term care system. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon ranks fourth in the nation for providing long-term care options for its residents, according to a report released today. The report measures the care available in states based on accessibility, choice and quality, and also assesses their support for family caregivers and the tr

A bill in Salem could keep some reproductive-health services in place even if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. (Western States Center)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregonians are hoping for some action in Salem on a bill aimed at expanding and protecting access to reproductive-health services. House Bill 3391, known as the Reproductive Health Equity Act, would require health plans to cover health care services, drugs, devices and procedur

Deaths from opioid abuse reached an historic high in 2015, according to the CDC. (frankieleon/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- As the opioid crisis continues to haunt the country, communities are looking for ways to fight back. Opioid use causes about 91 deaths a day in the United States and resulted in an historic high of 33,000 deaths in 2015. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said tha

Paul Ryan and the GOP have released a new version of the American Health Care Act, and could hold a vote on it this week. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

PORTLAND Ore. – An amended version of the GOP health-care bill was rumored to get a vote as soon as today, despite outcry from many of the same groups that opposed the original version of the bill. In Congress, Democrats are threatening a government shutdown if Republicans bring the American

An Oregon Senate bill would give low-income Pacific Islanders in the U.S. under the COFA treaty access to dental care.  (domoyega/iStockphoto)

SALEM, Ore. – Denied access to Medicaid more than 20 years ago, low-income Pacific Islanders in Oregon are gaining their coverage back. People here under the Compact of Free Association, or COFA treaty from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau are granted legal

Access to health care has led to a decrease in hunger among Oregonians, according to surveys by Oregon Food Bank. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act Thursday, and advocates fighting hunger in Oregon want lawmakers to keep in mind that affordable health care is a key part of addressing hunger. Advocates are concerned that the GOP's replacement plan could

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