PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - OR: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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 one-time appropriation of $300,000 from legislators to the Oregon Food Bank Network would increase pantries' capacity for fresh produce. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. — Healthy meals at Oregon food pantries are becoming the norm, but they present a challenge: How does the state's network of food banks make sure perishable food such as produce stays fresh? Today, leaders from the Oregon Food Bank Network are meeting with state legislators in Sa

Late summer, which is harvest season, is the busiest time of year for food banks in Oregon, but they often have fewer volunteers to lend a helping hand. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. – With the country going through a divisive and stressful time, could volunteering be one answer for healing local communities? Recent events like the protests in Charlottesville, Va. have left many Americans looking for ways to make a more positive impact. It may not be the

The Harvest Share at Portland State University provides fresh fruits and vegetables to students. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Hiding in plain sight on college campuses in Oregon are students who aren't sure where their next meal is coming from. Surveys at the University of Oregon, Oregon State and Portland State University have found that more than half of students at all three schools are consider

The Portland Timbers are a member of the Green Sports Alliance, which is helping teams, stadiums and fans go green. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Sports reach millions of viewers each year and attract thousands of fans to every game, which means teams and athletes have a lot of influence. The Green Sports Alliance recognizes that the footprint for stadiums and arenas is big. So it's focusing on sustainable ways to pro

Letter carriers are collecting nonperishable food items on Saturday in partnership with local food banks. (RDPixelShop)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – On Saturday, letter carriers are making fighting hunger as simple as checking the mail. Oregonians can leave nonperishable food items in bags or boxes near their mailboxes for collection. The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the largest single-day food drive in the country.

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

Food banks in Oregon want members of the immigrant and refugee community to feel safe in their pantries. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Fear among immigrants in Oregon might be leaving some families hungry. Many food pantries across the state report a decline in visits by people who may be fearful of being deported. Last weekend, a pantry manager at an Oregon Food Bank partner agency was detained at his home by I

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