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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


Featured on today’s rundown; LGBTQ Americans excluded from the 2020 Census; we take a look at how Trump’s energy policies could hurt the sector’s biggest jobs creator; plus how overturning online privacy rules may especially impact immigrants.

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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

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

A proposed tax in Portland would apply only to companies at which CEO salaries are at least 100 times greater than their median employee salaries. (mSeattle/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – If you found out the CEO of your company was making a hundred times or more what you were making, would you want your city to do anything about it? The City of Portland just might. This Wednesday, the Portland City Council will hold a public hearing on a surtax that would

While Oregon's poverty rate has fallen slightly since its height in 2011, the rate is still 15.4 percent. (Oregon Center for Public Policy)

PORTLAND, Ore. — In Oregon, the number of people living in poverty in 2015 exceeded the total population of the 17 counties east of the Cascades, according to analysis from the Oregon Center for Public Policy. Despite nationwide improvements in the economy, 15.4 percent of Oregonians lived b

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