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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; President Trump disbands two economic councils as CEO’s resign in protest; we will tell you why Iowa, like Trump, has bias issues; plus land trusts are a prime spot to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

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Public News Service - OR: Livable Wages/Working Families

Battery technology allows people to store solar energy in the event of a blackout  or a solar eclipse. (Support PDX/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Not even Monday's solar eclipse could cast a shadow on the trend toward solar energy in Oregon. People are following lower costs. According to the Energy Trust of Oregon, the cost for installation of solar panels on homes has gone down 17 percent since 2014. Lizzie Rubado, the trus

The Oregon Legislature has passed an education budget that now heads to Gov. Kate Brown's desk. (Edmund Garman/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon House on Tuesday passed an education budget of $8.2 billion for the next two years, but educators say they're being shorted once again. Even legislators warned the funding amount will mean cuts for some school districts, fewer teachers and larger class sizes. Oregon educato

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

Congress is considering two bills that could make it harder for states to set up retirement savings programs. (Tax Credits/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Two resolutions in the U.S. Senate have put Oregon's state-facilitated retirement plan dead in their sights, potentially rolling back rules that help private sector workers save for retirement. More than half of Americans don't have access to a company pension plan at work. Und

Three bills in the Oregon Legislature target wage theft, which is a multi-million-dollar problem in some industries. (torbakhopper/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Claims from wage violations over the past decade in Oregon total at least $45 million, and that could just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of stolen wages. Kate Suisman, coordinator of campaigns and alliances for the Northwest Workers' Justice Project, says wage theft is muc

Crab fishermen on the West Coast are on strike because of a price drop for Dungeness crab. (J. Newman/California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife)

WARRENTON, Ore. -- Dungeness crab dinners could be hard to come by in Oregon and along the West Coast because of a dispute over the price crabbers get for their catch. Fleets from Central California to the Canadian border are refusing to fish as the crabbing season opens along the coast. The strik

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing rule changes to the payday-loan industry. (frankieleon/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau mulls over national rule changes to short-term lending, Oregon families have already been hurt and could even go hungry trying to pay back loans. Oregon offers a little extra protection. It is among the 18 states with some regulation

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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