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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people in Las Vegas, had 23 guns in his hotel suite, many of them modified with a device that allows for the rapid fire of ammo. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. – More than a week has passed since the tragic shooting in Las Vegas. Since then, Congress and even the National Rifle Association have talked about regulating guns in at least one small way – by banning a device known as a bump stock that makes a semiautomatic weapon sh

An expert in child traumatic stress says parents should be proactive and check in with their children about the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. - As Americans continue to reel from the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, it's important to know how to help children cope with this tragic event. Dr. Melissa Brymer, director of terrorism and disaster programs for the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, said parent

A legally questionable measure passed in several Oregon counties attempts to void a state law requiring background checks for private party gun transfers. (tigerlily713/Pixabay)

LAKEVIEW, Ore. -- A measure challenging gun regulations is popping up around the state. Since 2015, four counties have passed a measure known as the Second Amendment Preservation ordinance, and commissioners in Malheur, Union and Lake counties have heard the same measure in the past few weeks. The

People at a Black Lives Matter gathering in Josephine County on Aug. 9 were met with a counter-protest by members of the Oath Keepers. (Rural Organizing Project)

JOHN DAY, Ore. - The small-town sheriff who made front-page headlines in Oregon this week also tops an investigative report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group says Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer is part of a growing movement of law-enforcement officers who swear to uphold the Constitut

Advocates for gun-law reform believe it's possible to enact an assault-weapons ban that reaches from California north to Washington. (Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Advocacy groups, lawmakers, even the governor are calling for reform of Oregon's gun laws. The group Ceasefire Oregon, along with its sister organization in Washington, are joining with others to help create a "West Coast Wall," an assault-weapons ban stretching from Washington to C

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is now a massive crime scene and will remain closed for several weeks. (U.S. Department of Transportation)

PORTLAND, Ore. - After 41 days of occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the standoff between anti-government protesters and law enforcement ended peacefully last week. Even after the arrest of the group's leadership three weeks ago and the shooting death of its spokesman, the FBI work

Even some Portland city-dwellers took the time to make their views known about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns. (Rural Organizing Project)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - About 350 people gathered in Burns, Ore., on Monday for a local rally to tell the last few armed anti-government occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and their supporters, to go home. Protests and pickets are a daily occurrence now in Burns, and they're spreading acro

PHOTO: Saturday's Justice for Youth event in Portland is one of 20 around the nation calling attention to how mandatory minimum sentencing laws for some crimes affect juveniles. Photo credit: dblight/iStockphoto.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 600 youths are behind bars in Oregon, and nearly half of them were sentenced as adults. On Saturday, their advocates are getting together in Portland for what they're calling a "community awareness and healing event." The groups want to call attention to what they say is

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