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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


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Members of the faith community say torture is in direct conflict with their religious values. (Robin Kirk/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Despite efforts from politicians such as Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden to have a report on the CIA's torture program declassified, it is looking increasingly unlikely President Obama will open it up to the public in his last week in office. Obama signed an executive order banning to

PHOTO: An enthusiastic crowd broke ground for the new veterans' housing project in Roseburg. Courtesy of NeighborWorks Umpqua.

ROSEBURG, Ore. - One in six homeless people in the United States is a veteran. Oregon groups are helping them access social services and housing in some creative ways, as part of a nationwide push to end homelessness among vets. Last month, construction began in Roseburg for one of the first apartme

PORTLAND, Ore. - The thought of $1 trillion is hard for most people to fathom, but a group of students from Portland's Jefferson High School has attempted to put it into perspective. The students produced a short film called, "Love is Louder than Guns," which was chosen to be featured at the "If I

PORTLAND, Ore. - The countdown to Christmas has begun and, for the person who has everything, there is one gift with international importance, to fit almost any budget. A Mercy Kit sends donation money to a Mercy Corps program selected by the donor in any of 40 countries. Seth Rue, assistant progr

Portland, OR – As a half million people half the world away in Pakistan flee their homes because of armed fighting, an Oregon-based aid group is on the ground to help those families in need. Mercy Corps is handing out emergency kits this week, and Portland-based personnel are arriving in Pakis

Auburn, WA – What a way to spend New Year's Eve. A team from Mercy Corps is in the Gaza Strip, rounding up emergency aid supplies for people panicked by the fighting that has killed or injured at least 1,000 in the past few days. The Portland-based global relief agency has been running job pro

Portland, OR – Today is the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, and the National Priorities Project has released a state-by-state estimate of what the war has cost. For Oregon, the price tag is $4.2 billion already spent, with another $1.8 billion budgeted. The numbers are expected

Portland, OR – As Oregonians start the holiday shopping season this morning, a new study shows that it might be wise to consider some alternative gift ideas this year. The report shows as materialism in children increases, they also experience a decrease in self-esteem. Some experts say one w

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