PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: We take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have guns; and “ghost” fishing gear is killing whales and seals in oceans.

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Public News Service - OR: Housing/Homelessness

Between 2015 and 2017, homelessness increased six percent in Oregon. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon legislators are considering a way to increase funds for affordable housing efforts around the state. House Bill 4007 would increase the document recording fee when a person buys a home from $20 to $60, to generate about $90 million over two years. The new funds would add

A 2006 study found folks sometimes have a tendency to objectify people experiencing homelessness, dehumanizing the issue. (Sisters of the Road)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The winter will be long for the many Oregonians living without shelter. Cities such as Portland, Bend and Medford face a shortage of affordable housing that has left some people on the streets. Bryn Harding is communications manager for Sisters of the Road, a nonprofit caf

Health groups in Oregon connect affordable housing to adequate health care. (Luis Tamayo/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Researchers find that affordable housing is an integral part of keeping people healthy, and even compare it to a drug prescription plan. New research published on the JAMA Network says investing in housing improves health outcomes for patients and lowers costs for the public

Oregon's big budget shortfall could hinder efforts to fund homelessness service programs. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. -- In the midst of a housing crisis, state lawmakers are looking for a way to provide relief to Oregonians. There is no shortage of stories from people pushed onto the streets and going hungry in Oregon's current housing market. Annaliese Koehler, public policy advocate for Oregon Food

Oregonians are gathering at the Capitol today to push legislators to help ease the state's housing crisis. (AARP)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon's popularity as an attractive destination has had a side effect on housing markets across the state. Oregonians face pressures from many sides. Cities have low vacancy rates, rents are increasing rapidly, and property owners can evict renters without cause, meaning people

Author Chuck Collins calls the recent election the inequality election. (Chelsea Green Publishing)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Chuck Collins used to be among the nation’s richest 1 percent, but more recently he has dedicated his life to fighting wealth inequality in the United States. In his new book "Born on Third Base," Collins tells his story of being born into a wealthy family and eventual

According to new data, the childhood poverty rate in Oregon has decreased since 2011. (Kelly Short/flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Childhood poverty has decreased significantly in Oregon since its peak in 2011, according to new data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In the wake of the Great Recession, the child poverty rate in the Beaver State grew to 24 percent. Since then, data shows the rate has c

The rate of food insecurity was more than 16 percent between 2013 and 2015 in Oregon, according to a USDA report. (PublicDomanPictures/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The only state to see a significant increase in food insecurity rates since the Great Recession is Oregon, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report said more than 16 percent of Oregon households between 2013 and 2015 reported diffic

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