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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


On the rundown; a new poll has Americans turning thumbs down on Trump’s hurricane response; changes in the works to North Carolina’s election law; a move to protect Central California wilderness; and making federal buildings “bird friendly”

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Public News Service - OR: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

Tariffs on solar panels could cost the U.S. 88,000 jobs, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. (Oregon Dept. of Transportation/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon advocates for solar energy say the future won't be as bright if the Trump administration imposes tariffs on imported solar panels. Last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that cheap, foreign-made solar panels are hurting domestic manufacturers, and w

Lifetime senior passes get folks age 62 and older into places such as Crater Lake National Park at a discount. (Andy Melton/Flickr)

CRATER LAKE, Ore. – Oregonians and people across the country age 62 and older have until midnight on Sunday to get a great deal on lifetime passes to national parks and other federal recreational sites. The passes are $10 until Monday when the price increases to $80. It's the first price inc

Oregon has, on average, the third largest class sizes in the nation. (Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon state economists have announced the "kicker" tax rebate will go into effect next year, but economic analysts worry it is punting concerns over schools' financial woes down the road. Many Oregonians see a reason to celebrate the $464 million rebate, which will send money

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is recognized globally for its biological diversity. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Over the weekend, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, one of about two dozen national monuments whose status and borders his agency are reviewing. Zinke met with stakeholders in the region, including state Rep. Pam Marsh of Ashland.

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 new report finds cleaning the Columbia River up for fish would have significant economic value for the region. (Thomas/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A cleaner Columbia River could unlock even more economic potential for the Northwest, according to a new report. In Earth Economics' analysis of the Columbia River Basin, its natural value totals nearly $200 billion dollars annually in food, water, recreation, flood risk reductio

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

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