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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Health groups in Oregon connect affordable housing to adequate health care. (Luis Tamayo/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Researchers find that affordable housing is an integral part of keeping people healthy, and even compare it to a drug prescription plan. New research published on the JAMA Network says investing in housing improves health outcomes for patients and lowers costs for the public

More than $200 million could be cut from the Oregon Health Plan if Referendum 301 is rejected. (Compassion Connect/Flickr)

THE DALLES, Ore. -- Groups are mobilizing to protect the heath coverage of 350,000 Oregonians from an initiative heading for January's ballot. Measure 101 challenges House Bill 2391 - passed by this year's Legislature and supported by most health insurers and providers - which funds insurance for

Coordinated Care Organizations provide health-care services to about 1 million Oregonians. (Alterfines/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's unique approach to bringing together health coverage for state residents is celebrating five years. Coordinated Care Organizations are the umbrellas to an array of services for people on the Oregon Health Plan, the state's version of Medicaid. In the pre-CCO world, said Er

A new program from CareOregon is helping the state's tribal members get transportation and more to access culturally appropriate health services. (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A new care coordination model is helping Oregon's tribal members access the health care they have been promised. This week, CareOregon started its program for Native Americans in the Oregon Health Plan fee-for-service program, and developed it with nine federally-recognized

Two bills passed by the Oregon Legislature aim to divert more people from prison. (Jeff Clark/Bureau of Land Management)

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon legislative session ended this week, and according to advocates for people in prison, sentencing reform was a big winner. House Bill 3078, known as the "Safety and Savings Act" and passed last week, would divert women convicted of certain property crimes - often driven by d

A legally questionable measure passed in several Oregon counties attempts to void a state law requiring background checks for private party gun transfers. (tigerlily713/Pixabay)

LAKEVIEW, Ore. -- A measure challenging gun regulations is popping up around the state. Since 2015, four counties have passed a measure known as the Second Amendment Preservation ordinance, and commissioners in Malheur, Union and Lake counties have heard the same measure in the past few weeks. The

A new report finds that one-quarter of the people on Oregon's death row have an intellectual disability. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. — One-quarter of people on Oregon's death row most likely suffer from some form of intellectual disability or brain damage, according to a new report. The Fair Punishment Project found that, alongside those with intellectual disabilities, people who endured severe childhood tr

A new report says the number of people incarcerated could be cut drastically without endangering the public. (LisaRedfern/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nearly 40 percent of people are behind bars for no compelling public safety reason, according to a new report. The Brennan Center for Justice report, How Many Americans are Unnecessarily Incarcerated? looks at state and federal prison populations, and suggests numbers could be

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