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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that could keep the state from having to build a second women's prison. (Ztranger/iStockphoto)

SALEM, Ore. - As the population at Oregon's sole women's prison swells, lawmakers are left with a choice: Should the state build a new women's prison or consider alternatives to lower the prison population? House Bill 3078, known as the "Safety and Savings Act," which is to get a hearing in the Ore

A program in Jackson County gives out vouchers for baby supplies in exchange for families' healthy prenatal and post-natal care. (Redphotographer/iStockphoto)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- An innovative program in Jackson County rewards families who practice healthy prenatal and post-natal care with vouchers that can be redeemed for baby products. Jackson Care Connect, a Coordinated Care Organization in Medford, developed its "Starting Strong" program to give new fa

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 –

While Oregon's poverty rate has fallen slightly since its height in 2011, the rate is still 15.4 percent. (Oregon Center for Public Policy)

PORTLAND, Ore. — In Oregon, the number of people living in poverty in 2015 exceeded the total population of the 17 counties east of the Cascades, according to analysis from the Oregon Center for Public Policy. Despite nationwide improvements in the economy, 15.4 percent of Oregonians lived b

Measure 97 could add $3 billion a year to Oregon's budget for education, health care and senior services. (Cel Lisboa/Unsplash)

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregonians will get their ballots one week from today, and among the biggest initiatives they will decide on is Measure 97, which would create a 2.5 percent tax on corporations that make $25 million in gross sales. Campaign contributions for and against the measure have swelled as th

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-

According to new data, the childhood poverty rate in Oregon has decreased since 2011. (Kelly Short/flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Childhood poverty has decreased significantly in Oregon since its peak in 2011, according to new data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In the wake of the Great Recession, the child poverty rate in the Beaver State grew to 24 percent. Since then, data shows the rate has c

Coffee Creek Correction Facility is currently the only women's prison in Oregon. (M.O. Stevens)

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Corrections has decided to hold off on a request for an additional $5 million from the Legislature's Emergency Board to open a second women's prison in the state. The D.O.C. wanted to open a new minimum-security facility for women because of overcrowdin

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