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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Public News Service - OR: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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

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

Hunger-fighting advocates are worried that new budget proposals in Salem could hurt their efforts to help feed the hungry. (Lindsay Trapnell/Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Legislature is diving into ways to make up for a $1.7 billion budget deficit, with proposals from the governor and lawmakers to carve out funds from food-assistance programs. However, advocates say that could exacerbate the state's worsening hunger problem. Data from the U.

The EPA and FDA have listed trout among the

PORTLAND, Ore. - Two federal agencies have released new advice on how much and which types of fish are safe to eat, especially for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. The Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency say more than 90 percent of fish are safe to eat. Th

Some food-assistance programs in Oregon are offering culturally-relevant meals to families in need. (Oregon Food Bank)

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – Even when people are down on their luck, not every meal is the same. Some food-assistance programs in Oregon now take into consideration the cultural relevance of the ingredients and foods they are serving. The extra thought helps. Mike Fleck, executive director of Commu

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