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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Ramped-up ICE activity has left many Oregon immigrants fearful and unsure how to prepare for potential detention. (U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement)

PORTLAND, Ore. – As immigration officials ramp up detentions and deportations in Oregon and across the country, immigrant families are left wondering how to prepare. The Trump administration's new policy leaves nearly everyone in the country that is not a legal resident open to deportation.

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

There are about 24,000 DACA-eligible people in Oregon, according to the Migration Policy Institute. (Doug Geisler/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Immigrant communities across Oregon are preparing to take President-elect Donald Trump at his word regarding ramping up deportations during his presidency. Andrea Williams, executive director of Causa, an immigrant-rights organization in Oregon, said state protections –

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

Native American artist Clay with the Native American Youth and Family Center provides a mural for a side of the Bunk Bus. (Rick Rappaport)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Help will be rolling in for oil pipeline protestors at Standing Rock all the way from the Northwest, in the form of a retrofitted school bus. The Portland Climate Action Coalition, or CAC - made up of social and environmental justice groups - is working on what it calls the "Bunk

Earlier this year, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill that will help low-income citizens of Pacific Island nations get health insurance. (Oregon DOT/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Open enrollment for healthcare plans has begun, and for the first time in two decades low income Pacific Islanders in Oregon are eligible for coverage as well. Earlier this year, low income citizens of the Compact of Free Association, or COFA, nations of Micronesia, the Marshall

Only an estimated 35 percent of victims report sexual assault cases to police, according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice. (Sasha Freemind/Unsplash)

ASHLAND, Ore. – A police department in southern Oregon is handling sexual assault cases in a new way, focusing on giving options to victims. Ashland Police Department Detective Carrie Hull created the You Have Options program three years ago to give victims of sexual assault more control ove

Parents and advocates for English-language learners gathered for a recent summit on Oregon's ELL programs. (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- With the start of a new school year, there's renewed interest in a bill passed unanimously by the Oregon Legislature in 2015, aimed at improving programs for Oregon's 57,000 students learning English. Many school districts have struggled to provide proper instruction for English-

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