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PNS Daily Newscast - Monday, Aug 21st, 2017 


Here are some of the stories we're covering today: big protest planned against President Trump today,a huge gathering in Maine on Sunday mourning the loss of three people killed during a white nationalist rally and it's eclipse day but a moon of a different sort caught the country's attention about twenty five years ago.

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Public News Service - OR: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

Winter storms in January caused more than $17 million in damage in eastern Oregon. (Ore. Office of Emergency Management)

NYSSA, Ore. — The federal government's decision not to provide aid for Oregon counties after damaging winter storms has some in eastern Oregon asking, "What about us?” The state is appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision not to provide assistance to the region, whi

Oregon lawmakers in Salem are grappling with a $1.4 billion budget shortfall. (Chris Phan/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore -- As Oregon educators watch Salem to see how education funding will fare in this year's negotiations, they also are keeping one eye on the uncertainty at the federal level. A 2018 budget from the Trump administration is expected next week and most likely will include large cuts to dome

Oregon's big budget shortfall could hinder efforts to fund homelessness service programs. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. -- In the midst of a housing crisis, state lawmakers are looking for a way to provide relief to Oregonians. There is no shortage of stories from people pushed onto the streets and going hungry in Oregon's current housing market. Annaliese Koehler, public policy advocate for Oregon Food

Deaths from opioid abuse reached an historic high in 2015, according to the CDC. (frankieleon/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- As the opioid crisis continues to haunt the country, communities are looking for ways to fight back. Opioid use causes about 91 deaths a day in the United States and resulted in an historic high of 33,000 deaths in 2015. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said tha

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