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PNS Daily News - September 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - OR: Community Issues and Volunteering

Late summer, which is harvest season, is the busiest time of year for food banks in Oregon, but they often have fewer volunteers to lend a helping hand. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. – With the country going through a divisive and stressful time, could volunteering be one answer for healing local communities? Recent events like the protests in Charlottesville, Va. have left many Americans looking for ways to make a more positive impact. It may not be the

There are nearly 800,000 DACA recipients across the country. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. -- Undocumented immigrants living on the West Coast who were brought here as children are in Salem today to defend their legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Attorneys general from ten states plan to file a lawsuit against DACA on September 5, and the T

Summer Academy in Baker City provides interactive summer learning opportunities for children. (Jason Todd/Summer Academy 2017)

BAKER CITY, Ore. – Children cherish summer as a time when they are free from school, but the lack of academics can leave them behind in class the next year, educators say. That's especially the case for students from low-income families who often don't have the resources for summer learning

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

Letter carriers are collecting nonperishable food items on Saturday in partnership with local food banks. (RDPixelShop)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – On Saturday, letter carriers are making fighting hunger as simple as checking the mail. Oregonians can leave nonperishable food items in bags or boxes near their mailboxes for collection. The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the largest single-day food drive in the country.

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

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was expanded from 65,000 to 113,000 acres under President Obama, meaning it could be subject for review under a new executive order. (Bob Wick/BLM)

ASHLAND, Ore. – President Donald Trump's executive order asking the U.S. Department of the Interior to review national monuments could put the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon in the administration's sights. On Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol, the House Natural Resources Comm

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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