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Consumer health advocates urge governor to sign bill package; NY protests for Jewish democracy heighten as Netanyahu meets UN today; Multiple Utah cities set to use ranked-choice voting in next election.

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The Pentagon wants to help service members denied benefits under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," advocates back a new federal office of gun violence prevention, and a top GOP member assures the Ukrainian president more help is coming.

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An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides the most food aid to families in the nation. (jetcityimage/Adobe Stock)
Oregonians in Need During Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month, and many Oregonians are struggling to get the food they need. At the organization's annual state of hunger …

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Seven in 10 Oregonians over age 45 have been caregivers for a loved one. (anut21ng Stock/Adobe Stock)
Assisted Living Week: Access to Long-Term Care Critical, Oregonians Say

This week is National Assisted Living Week, highlighting the hard work put in to help older people and people living with disabilities. Many …

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More than four million Americans have signed up for the SAVE plan to make their loan repayment more manageable. (mnirat/Adobe Stock)
How to Navigate Student Loan Payment Restart and Potential Scams

The pause on student loan repayments is over, meaning people will have to start paying back their debts for the first time in three years, starting …

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Phishing scams, in which message senders or callers pretend to be from a legitimate entity, have been the most prevalent crime in recent years. (MargJohnsonVA/Adobe Stock)
NW Credit Unions Push Back on Text Message Scammers

Oregon and Washington credit unions are working together to tackle text message scammers. Credit unions in the region have seen a sharp increase in …

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The Coffee Creek Correctional Facility is located in Wilsonville, Oregon, south of Portland. (Twelvizm/Wikimedia Commons)
Panel Meets on Unsafe Condition at OR Women's Prison

A report on conditions in Oregon's only women's prison has prompted Gov. Tina Kotek to assemble an advisory panel which will meet for the first time …

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Kaiser Permanente employeee Keven Dardon spoke in Salem this session in favor of a safe staffing bill in Oregon hospitals. (SEIU Local 49)
Over Labor Day Weekend, Kaiser Workers Take Strike Authorization Vote

As Labor Day approaches, health care workers at Kaiser Permanente are weighing authorizing a strike to demand better working conditions. The …

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Under a new law, there can be only one nurse per patient in operating rooms and during active labor and delivery. ( Stock)
Implementation to Begin for OR's First-in-Nation Nurse-Patient Ratios

A law to decrease Oregon nurses' workload goes into effect Friday. Passed by state lawmakers this session, it includes the first nurse-to-patient …

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The Biden administration has announced $196 million going out to 169 culvert repair projects across the country. (Jacob/Adobe Stock)
Federal Investment 'Incredible Opportunity' to Improve NW Fish Passage

Fish passage is set to improve in the Northwest with an investment from Congress's bipartisan infrastructure law. The Biden administration has …

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Oregon high school students felt less engaged last year than the year before, according to the YouthTruth survey. (coachwood/Adobe Stock)
Survey of OR Students Provides Guidance as School Returns

The new school year is approaching and schools in Oregon are using data to figure out what students need to feel like they belong. The organization …

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States involved in the interstate teacher mobility compact have formed a commission to get the agreement off the ground. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)
Interstate Compact Makes Moving Easier for Teachers

An agreement between ten states will make it easier for teachers' credentials to transfer when they move. The Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact …

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With a grant from AARP Oregon, the Sutherlin Library Foundation will help close the digital divide for local residents. (
Grants Help Make Four OR Communities More Age-Friendly

Four Oregon organizations have received grants from AARP Oregon to help make their communities more age friendly. One of the chosen projects is the …

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Community health centers serve one in 11 people across the country. (Kirsten Davis, Stock)
Week Spotlights Community Health Centers Removing Barriers to Care

Events across the country are marking this as National Health Center Week, including in Oregon. Community health centers provide affordable health …

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