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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - OR: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Groups are calling on Oregon lawmakers to pass standards for ethnic studies in the state's public schools. (APANO)

SALEM, Ore. — A coalition of groups wants to bring the stories and contributions of underrepresented communities into classrooms across Oregon. The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, will be in Salem Monday to urge lawmakers to pass House Bill 2845, which would create an advisory grou

Members of the faith community say torture is in direct conflict with their religious values. (Robin Kirk/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Despite efforts from politicians such as Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden to have a report on the CIA's torture program declassified, it is looking increasingly unlikely President Obama will open it up to the public in his last week in office. Obama signed an executive order banning to

There are about 24,000 DACA-eligible people in Oregon, according to the Migration Policy Institute. (Doug Geisler/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Immigrant communities across Oregon are preparing to take President-elect Donald Trump at his word regarding ramping up deportations during his presidency. Andrea Williams, executive director of Causa, an immigrant-rights organization in Oregon, said state protections –

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

Earlier this year, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill that will help low-income citizens of Pacific Island nations get health insurance. (Oregon DOT/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Open enrollment for healthcare plans has begun, and for the first time in two decades low income Pacific Islanders in Oregon are eligible for coverage as well. Earlier this year, low income citizens of the Compact of Free Association, or COFA, nations of Micronesia, the Marshall

APANO and its partnering organizations are canvassing potential voters before November's election. (Kathy Wai/APANO)

PORTLAND, Ore. – With the election one month away, Oregonians who identify as Asian or Pacific Islanders are urging their quarter million compatriots to vote. Jenny Kim, founder of the Korean American Coalition of Oregon, said her organization is one of the many partnering with the Asian Pac

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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