May 22, 2015 eClips Supplemental Edition

  • Chemo for the planet: Joe Nocera — Guest Opinion
  • $15 minimum wage transfers wealth: Bloomberg View — Guest Opinion
  • Washington state pot sting finds 4 of 22 shops sold to underage customers
  • Port of Portland pushed to kill carbon fee on propane export terminal and save backers millions annually
  • Washington hires conflict specialist to address state’s wolf issues
  • Los Angeles $15 minimum wage will hurt workers in long term: Megan McArdle — Guest Opinion
  • Portland should lead on ‘ban the box’ policy — Guest Opinion
  • Burned man sues mini-mart, butane suppliers for $11 million over do-it-yourself hash oil explosion
  • State Fair films 150th-anniversary commercial in downtown Portland
  • Neglected for years, remains of veterans unclaimed at Oregon State Hospital to get proper honors
  • Does your state’s driving test include parallel parking?
  • PGE tops in nation for green power sales
  • Josephine County Rejects Safety Levy
  • Northwest Drone Businesses Get FAA Clearance For Takeoff
  • White House bee report resembles state findings
  • Anti-GMO measure goes down
  • Comcast plans Internet service twice as fast as Google Fiber
  • Beware of fake vacation home ads for the Oregon Coast
  • US home sales slide in April amid listing shortage
  • Debit card fraud spikes at ATMs
  • Texting from tower to cockpit could speed flights
  • Key Takeaways From New Census Population Data on Cities
  • How to Keep the Mentally Ill Out of Jail
  • In California, Women Can Soon Get Birth Control Without Ever Seeing a Doctor
  • Why It Might Finally Get Easier to Access Public Data
  • The Dark Side of Government in the Sunshine
  • When Licensing Has Gone Too Far
  • Survey: Aging America comes with greater sense of duty by children
  • Emails reveal: FDA was warned years ago about superbugs in medical scopes
  • The best states for women in America, in 11 maps and charts– Blog
  • If you thought income inequality was bad, get a load of wealth inequality– Blog
  • The best way to way to eliminate the gender pay gap? Ban salary negotiations.
  • These states rob from the poor and give to the rich– Blog
  • Theres really bad news for egg lovers– Blog
  • Senator Calls For Investigation Into Three For-Profit College Chains, Restrictions On Future Campus Sales

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CHEMO FOR THE PLANET: JOE NOCERA — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)What’s the best way to reduce the chances of climate change wreaking havoc on Earth?

The most obvious answer – one we’ve known for years now – is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide we’re pumping into the atmosphere. This can be done, for instance, by putting a price on carbon and thus create powerful market incentives for industries to lower their carbon footprint.
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$15 MINIMUM WAGE TRANSFERS WEALTH: BLOOMBERG VIEW — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)This week, Los Angeles became the third major West Coast city and the biggest in the U.S. to agree to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, an increase that will go into effect by 2020. Los Angeles follows Seattle, which will require employers with 500 workers or more to pay $15 by 2017. San Francisco will require the $15 hourly minimum by 2018.
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WASHINGTON STATE POT STING FINDS 4 OF 22 SHOPS SOLD TO UNDERAGE CUSTOMERS

(Portland Oregonian)Washington state marijuana enforcement officials say four of the 22 legal pot shops tested in an initial round of sting operations this month failed by selling to minors.
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PORT OF PORTLAND PUSHED TO KILL CARBON FEE ON PROPANE EXPORT TERMINAL AND SAVE BACKERS MILLIONS ANNUALLY

(Portland Oregonian)Even as community opposition mushroomed to a proposed propane export terminal in North Portland, the Port of Portland was negotiating in secret to save its Canadian backers millions of dollars annually.
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WASHINGTON HIRES CONFLICT SPECIALIST TO ADDRESS STATE’S WOLF ISSUES

(Portland Oregonian)Washington state has hired a wildlife-conflict specialist to help reduce tensions caused by the state’s growing population of wolves.

The state Department of Fish & Wildlife hired Francine Madden, who is executive director of the Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration in Houston.
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LOS ANGELES $15 MINIMUM WAGE WILL HURT WORKERS IN LONG TERM: MEGAN MCARDLE — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)So Los Angeles is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, and then indexes the wage to inflation, so that it will never fall below this level in real terms. The politicians who have passed this law are understandably very excited that many low-wage workers — perhaps almost half of the city’s labor force — will be getting raises, some from the current minimum of $9.
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PORTLAND SHOULD LEAD ON ‘BAN THE BOX’ POLICY — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Every community is different. And often, our greatest opportunity to create real change is at the local level. That’s why Mayor Charlie Hales is moving forward on a city “ban the box” policy because it’s an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with local business owners and local communities to meet the unique needs
and values of Portland.

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BURNED MAN SUES MINI-MART, BUTANE SUPPLIERS FOR $11 MILLION OVER DO-IT-YOURSELF HASH OIL EXPLOSION

(Portland Oregonian)In a lawsuit that appears to be the first of its kind in the nation, a man who was burned over half of his body when he tried to make a batch of hash oil in his Gresham garage — with guidance from YouTube videos — has filed an $11 million lawsuit faulting the store that sold him the butane necessary for his do-it-yourself project.
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STATE FAIR FILMS 150TH-ANNIVERSARY COMMERCIAL IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon State Fair brought animals, actors and musicians to Portland’s Director Park on Thursday, May 21, 2015, and invited the public to be part of the filming of a 150th-anniversary TV commercial set to air in mid-July.

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NEGLECTED FOR YEARS, REMAINS OF VETERANS UNCLAIMED AT OREGON STATE HOSPITAL TO GET PROPER HONORS

(Portland Oregonian)The cremated remains were forgotten by everyone, moved over the years from cabinets, to closets and, finally, to the basement of a building where they sat neglected for decades.

A measure of dignity — too late, perhaps, but better late than never — comes Friday morning, when the remains of 19 veterans will be laid to rest with full military honors at Southeast Portland’s Willamette National Cemetery.
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DOES YOUR STATE’S DRIVING TEST INCLUDE PARALLEL PARKING?

(Salem Statesman Journal)Freedom-yearning teenagers in Maryland can collectively breathe a sigh of relief, because there’s one less bit of red tape err, orange cone between them and a coveted driver’s license.
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PGE TOPS IN NATION FOR GREEN POWER SALES

(Portland Tribune)Portland General Electric remains at the top of the nations utilities for enlisting customers to buy its green power options.

PGE had the greatest number of participants among utilities for its green power offerings in 2014, according to the annual study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a unit of the U.S. Department of Energy.
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JOSEPHINE COUNTY REJECTS SAFETY LEVY

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)For the fourth time since 2012, Josephine County voters turned down a measure to increase funding for their cash-strapped sheriffs department. The department has only six deputies on staff, after laying off 23 of them in 2012.
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NORTHWEST DRONE BUSINESSES GET FAA CLEARANCE FOR TAKEOFF

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Federal Aviation Administration has recently granted clearance for takeoff to big batches of private drone operators.

More than a dozen Northwest companies are among the beneficiaries of a quickened approval process.
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WHITE HOUSE BEE REPORT RESEMBLES STATE FINDINGS

(Capital Press)-Key elements of White House’s plan to promote honeybee health mirrors recommendations by a Washington state study group.-

A new Obama administration strategy to strengthen honeybees resembles recommendations last year by a Washington state study group.
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ANTI-GMO MEASURE GOES DOWN

(Corvallis Gazette-Times)After a hard-fought campaign marked by contentious public forums, dueling yard signs and vitriolic letters to the editor, Benton County voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure to ban genetically modified organisms on Tuesday.
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COMCAST PLANS INTERNET SERVICE TWICE AS FAST AS GOOGLE FIBER

(OregonBusiness)Comcast announced its plans to provide an Internet service that promises 2-gigabit per second speed.

The company is aiming to implement the connection later in the year, OregonLive.com reports.
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BEWARE OF FAKE VACATION HOME ADS FOR THE OREGON COAST

(KATU)You may want to rent a house on the Oregon Coast this summer. Tricksters are hoping you will bite on their fake ads on the internet.

The Problem Solvers saw an ad from Craigslist for a house in Lincoln City. We contacted the poster, and he said by e-mail that we could have the house for Fourth of July weekend, for $680, including a $200 security deposit we would get back after renting.
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US HOME SALES SLIDE IN APRIL AMID LISTING SHORTAGE

(KATU)Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in April due mainly to relatively few listings and rising prices, providing evidence of the housing sector’s uneven recovery.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes fell 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million
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DEBIT CARD FRAUD SPIKES AT ATMS

(KGW)Crooks are staging attacks at ATM machines like never before.

Most of the attacks involve tiny skimming devices they install on the machines, which steal your debit card information so they can make counterfeit cards and use them to spend your money.
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TEXTING FROM TOWER TO COCKPIT COULD SPEED FLIGHTS

(KGW)After two years of testing, the Federal Aviation Administration is preparing to expand the use of a new technology that allows air traffic controllers and pilots to communicate via text, speeding up the process of clearing flights for takeoff.
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KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM NEW CENSUS POPULATION DATA ON CITIES

(Governing)-Plus view data and estimates for dozens of jurisdictions.-

The Census Bureau released new population estimates Thursday, showing where cities stand in attracting and retaining residents.

The latest estimates, current as of July 2014, cover all cities, towns and other subcounty jurisdictions.

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HOW TO KEEP THE MENTALLY ILL OUT OF JAIL

(Governing)Paton Blough has served multiple jail terms as a result of mental illness.

He said his various offenses included brandishing a shotgun, reckless endangerment, destruction of civic property, spitting on a police officer, being a public nuisance and threatening a public official. Never was he charged with being mentally ill.
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IN CALIFORNIA, WOMEN CAN SOON GET BIRTH CONTROL WITHOUT EVER SEEING A DOCTOR

(Governing)-California will be the first U.S. state where pharmacists can prescribe birth control. Will others follow?-

Battling the highest rate of unintended pregnancy in the world, reproductive health advocates in America have pushed for years for letting women get birth control without a prescription. California and possibly Oregon is taking one step closer to that.
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WHY IT MIGHT FINALLY GET EASIER TO ACCESS PUBLIC DATA

(Governing)-Congress is looking into legislation that would make state and local data more accessible.-

At a recent public finance conference at Indiana University, I found myself commiserating with a researcher who was muddling through public pension data. Governments file much of the data he needs in annual reports in PDF format.
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THE DARK SIDE OF GOVERNMENT IN THE SUNSHINE

(Governing)-While transparency may promote government accountability and reduce corruption, rules to improve openness in government also can have negative consequences.-

Like motherhood, ice cream and the all-expenses-paid vacation, seemingly everybody should like transparency in government. The specter of elected or unelected officials making decisions behind closed doors conjures up visions of corruption and would seem to signify government on behalf of private interests. For this reason, most democratic governments, to varying degrees, now operate under various laws and rules intended to promote openness.
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WHEN LICENSING HAS GONE TOO FAR

(Governing)-License requirements are intended to improve the safety of services like nail salons. But in many other professions, the negative effects of licensing can outweigh the positive.-

Hard to believe but true: The licensing of occupations has only become a common phenomenon post World War II. Thirty percent of U.S. workers now earn their living at professions that states license. Sixty years ago, that number was closer to 5 percent.
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WIND POWER IS POISED TO SPREAD TO ALL STATES

(New York Times)All 50 states could become wind energy producers, according to an Energy Department report released Tuesday, once the next generation of larger, taller turbines in development hits the market.

The bigger machines reaching as high as 460 feet could eventually make faster winds at higher altitudes an economical source of electricity, an important part of reaching the nations goals in fighting global warming, said Ernest Moniz, the secretary of energy.

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HOW A CHILDHOOD VACCINE REDUCES RISK OF A CANCER– BLOG

(New York Times)Young children are routinely vaccinated against Haemophilus influenza type B, or HiB, a bacterium that can cause meningitis and other serious problems. But the HiB vaccine has an added benefit: It reduces the risk for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, the most common childhood cancer, and now scientists know why.
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SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS FOUND TO DROP IN YOUNG, DEFYING PERCEPTIONS

(New York Times)The rate of severe mental illness among children and adolescents has dropped substantially in the past generation, researchers reported Wednesday, in an analysis that defies public perceptions of trends in youngsters mental health.
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A $15 MINIMUM WAGE BOMBSHELL IN LOS ANGELES — OPINION

(New York Times)There are many ways to look at the minimum wage increase in Los Angeles from the current $9 an hour to $15 by 2020 some hopeful, some cautionary, all good.

For starters, uncharted territory is rapidly being charted. Los Angeles is the fourth city, and by far the largest, to enact a $15 minimum in the past year.
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PUFFY, FEATHERED STICKING POINT OF A $612 BILLION HOUSE BILL

(New York Times)Representative Bruce Westerman, an Arkansas Republican, spoke for many Americans this week when he conceded during a House hearing that he had never laid eyes on a sage grouse. Had he seen one, he surmised, he would have thought a bobwhite quail got friendly with a Dominecker hen.
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SURVEY: AGING AMERICA COMES WITH GREATER SENSE OF DUTY BY CHILDREN

(USA Today)More Americans are providing personal and financial care to aging parents, often in tandem with assisting adult children, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday.
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EMAILS REVEAL: FDA WAS WARNED YEARS AGO ABOUT SUPERBUGS IN MEDICAL SCOPES

(USA Today)State and federal health officials privately urged the Food and Drug Administration nearly six years ago to alert hospitals about contamination risks from specialized medical scopes that have been tied to a recent series of deadly superbug outbreaks.
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THE BEST STATES FOR WOMEN IN AMERICA, IN 11 MAPS AND CHARTS– BLOG

(Washington Post)Minnesota is the best state for women in America.

Thats according to the Institute for Womens Policy Research, a nonprofit that on Wednesday published the final two reports in a sprawling seven-part series exploring how women are faring in the states. The Status of Women in the States series, an update on a set of reports from 2004, represents an ambitious attempt to quantify gender inequality in the statesand provide fodder for the national discussion.
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IF YOU THOUGHT INCOME INEQUALITY WAS BAD, GET A LOAD OF WEALTH INEQUALITY– BLOG

(Washington Post)When we think about and discuss economic inequality in this country, we usually focus on income inequality: The CEO who makes 300 times more than his workers, or the fact that the top 20 percent of earners rake in over 50 percent of the total earnings in any given year.

But there’s another type of inequality that gets a lot less attention.
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THE BEST WAY TO WAY TO ELIMINATE THE GENDER PAY GAP? BAN SALARY NEGOTIATIONS.

(Washington Post)-At the bargaining table, women are in a no-win situation.-

Ellen Pao, interim chief executive of Reddit, announced last month a ban on salary negotiations at the social media company. Her stated goal: to eliminate the persistent disadvantage that women have at the bargaining table.
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THESE STATES ROB FROM THE POOR AND GIVE TO THE RICH– BLOG

(Washington Post)The federal tax code is a powerful for reducing income inequality: in general, high-earners are taxed at higher rates than low-income people, with a significant part of that money going toward programs that help the poor, like food stamps and other safety net payments.
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THERES REALLY BAD NEWS FOR EGG LOVERS– BLOG

(Washington Post)This past December, the first case of avian flu was reported in Oregon. The second, in Washington state, was documented in early January. The third was detected six days later. And the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh all surfaced before months end.
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SENATOR CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO THREE FOR-PROFIT COLLEGE CHAINS, RESTRICTIONS ON FUTURE CAMPUS SALES

(Consumerist)The struggle to protect students from potentially harmful for-profit college chains continued today as Illinois Senator Dick Durbin urged the Department of Education to investigate the business practices of three of the countrys largest propriety education companies ITT Educational Services, Career Education Corporation, and Education Management Corporation.
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May 22, 2015 eClips

  • The drowning season: Warm weather, cold water and no life jackets add to death toll
  • Bill protecting Oregon workers from retaliation for discussing wages advances to Senate
  • What’s my college degree worth? 11 most valuable majors in Oregon
  • Port of Portland pushed to kill carbon fee on propane export terminal and save backers millions annually
  • John Kitzhaber’s once-powerful education board will die
  • Narrow weed killer no-spray zones endorsed by House committee
  • Oregon Senate confirms controversial Fish and Wildlife pick
  • Oregon’s kicker tax rebate would be suspended under bill from Beaverton legislator
  • New life, good prospects for contraceptive-access bill — Opinion
  • Vandalism ‘invisible cost to taxpayers,’ ODOT says; Portland-area incidents total $250,000 a year
  • Toxic algae warning lifted at Detroit Lake
  • Minto bridge of dreams becomes reality
  • Senate passes bill keeping domestic abusers from having guns
  • Oregon’s new state park rough, magical
  • Agency seeking members for health insurance committee
  • State looking into claims worker exposed to spray
  • Oregon legislators renew effort to expand pesticide spraying buffer
  • Bill to limit grounds for expulsions clears Oregon House
  • Capitol project advocates seek first chunk of funds
  • State Solar Energy Grants Shine Heavily On Central, Southern Oregon
  • Oregon Holds White House Conference On Aging
  • Dock Workers Tally Votes For New Contract, Results Expected Friday
  • WSU Researcher Says Drought Could Get Worse
  • Oregon Governor Has Ceremonial Signing For Conversion Therapy Bill
  • California Drought May Benefit Oregon
  • Wandering wolf leaves Malheur County for Grant County
  • GMO mediation bill encounters opposition
  • Early crop gives NW cherry growers high hopes
  • Bill would change elections process
  • Medical marijuana changes attitudes on recreational pot
  • Insurers expect healthier customers in 2016, still want to raise prices
  • Razor clamming closure extended to entire Oregon coast
  • Oregon businesses face destruction from future earthquake
  • Aerial spray bill to get legislative hearing
  • Business group urges compromise in Clean Fuels impasse
  • Graph of the Week: Oregon Population– Blog
  • Beware of used cars with missing parts
  • Applications for US jobless aid up, but from very low level
  • Rent in Portland skyrockets as city preps for even more new residents
  • Senate passes bill keeping domestic abusers from having guns
  • Bill to limit grounds for expulsions clears Oregon House
  • GOP Says ‘I Told You So’ After Oregon Democrats Introduce Kicker Bill
  • California Drought May Benefit Oregon
  • Board votes against Native American mascots for schools
  • Bill: Put kicker money towards OR education
  • Wyden, Dems target unfair consumer contracts
  • Oregon police boosting holiday weekend patrols
  • Senators hail FAA red-tape cuts for UAS test sites
  • Senate panel OKs bill to let VA doctors discuss medical pot
  • Wyden bill aims to boost credit union small-biz loans
  • The Most Bike-Friendly Cities In The U.S., Ranked
  • Oregon Health CO-OP Gives Cash for Staying Healthy

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THE DROWNING SEASON: WARM WEATHER, COLD WATER AND NO LIFE JACKETS ADD TO DEATH TOLL

(Portland Oregonian)Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the summer season.
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BILL PROTECTING OREGON WORKERS FROM RETALIATION FOR DISCUSSING WAGES ADVANCES TO SENATE

(Portland Oregonian)A bill that would protect Oregon workers from employer retaliation for discussing their pay in the workplace is headed to the Senate floor for final legislative approval.
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WHAT’S MY COLLEGE DEGREE WORTH? 11 MOST VALUABLE MAJORS IN OREGON

(Portland Oregonian)In an annual study released just in time for graduation, Georgetown University tries to answer the question on many students’ minds: what is my major actually worth?
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PORT OF PORTLAND PUSHED TO KILL CARBON FEE ON PROPANE EXPORT TERMINAL AND SAVE BACKERS MILLIONS ANNUALLY

(Portland Oregonian)Even as community opposition mushroomed to a proposed propane export terminal in North Portland, the Port of Portland was negotiating to save its Canadian backers millions of dollars annually.
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JOHN KITZHABER’S ONCE-POWERFUL EDUCATION BOARD WILL DIE

(Portland Oregonian)Early in his third term, Gov. John Kitzhaber created a powerful overarching education board that he pledged would forge dramatic improvements statewide.
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NARROW WEED KILLER NO-SPRAY ZONES ENDORSED BY HOUSE COMMITTEE

(Portland Oregonian)An Oregon House of Representatives committee on Thursday endorsed an industry-backed bill that would slightly restrict the aerial spraying of herbicides in Oregon’s forests.
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OREGON SENATE CONFIRMS CONTROVERSIAL FISH AND WILDLIFE PICK

(Portland Oregonian)The state Senate has confirmed two of Gov. Kate Brown’s appointments to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, including one who drew vocal opposition from recreational fishing interests.
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OREGON’S KICKER TAX REBATE WOULD BE SUSPENDED UNDER BILL FROM BEAVERTON LEGISLATOR

(Portland Oregonian)Rep. Tobias Read said Thursday that he’s introduced legislation to suspend the projected $473 million kicker tax rebate and instead divert the money to schools and to the state’s rainy-day fund.
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NEW LIFE, GOOD PROSPECTS FOR CONTRACEPTIVE-ACCESS BILL — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Knute Buehler is a Republican member of a legislative body dominated so thoroughly by Democrats that his caucus may be an election or two away from earning a spot on the Endangered Species List.
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VANDALISM ‘INVISIBLE COST TO TAXPAYERS,’ ODOT SAYS; PORTLAND-AREA INCIDENTS TOTAL $250,000 A YEAR

(Portland Oregonian)To get a few cents’ worth of scrap wire, vandals caused an estimated $2,000 in damage to an Oregon Department of Transportation sign valued at $20,000.
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TOXIC ALGAE WARNING LIFTED AT DETROIT LAKE

(Salem Statesman Journal)Detroit Lake has a clean bill of health just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.
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MINTO BRIDGE OF DREAMS BECOMES REALITY

(Salem Statesman Journal)Henry Fuqua has been a Salem resident since 1963.
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SENATE PASSES BILL KEEPING DOMESTIC ABUSERS FROM HAVING GUNS

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Senate approved a measure on Thursday aimed at making it harder for people convicted of domestic violence or under a restraining order to keep their firearms.
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OREGON’S NEW STATE PARK ROUGH, MAGICAL

(Salem Statesman Journal)When I told Dominic Monahan, a Eugene lawyer, that I was going to explore Oregon’s new state park on the John Day River, he smiled and said, “The old Murtha ranch.”
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AGENCY SEEKING MEMBERS FOR HEALTH INSURANCE COMMITTEE

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is looking for applicants to a 12-person rulemaking committee charged with setting provider network standards for health insurers.
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STATE LOOKING INTO CLAIMS WORKER EXPOSED TO SPRAY

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Seneca denies that Darryl Ivy, a spraying company truck driver, was hit by improperly applied herbicides-

Two state agencies are investigating allegations that an aerial spraying company exposed a worker to weed killers last month while spraying on Douglas County forestland owned by Seneca Jones Timber Co.

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OREGON LEGISLATORS RENEW EFFORT TO EXPAND PESTICIDE SPRAYING BUFFER

(Eugene Register-Guard)House Democrats are breathing some new life into a bid to curb aerial herbicide spraying on Oregons private timberlands.

In a surprise move, the House Rules Committee on Thursday revived a key concept pushed unsuccessfully by anti-spraying advocates earlier this session: the mandating of no-spray buffers around private homes and schools.

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BILL TO LIMIT GROUNDS FOR EXPULSIONS CLEARS OREGON HOUSE

(Eugene Register-Guard)A measure trimming back the reasons school children can be kicked out of school in order to address what supporters call the school-to-prison pipeline cleared the Legislature on Thursday with bipartisan support.
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CAPITOL PROJECT ADVOCATES SEEK FIRST CHUNK OF FUNDS

(Portland Tribune)The official request is in: Advocates seek $161.8 million for the first two years of a four-year Capitol renovation project whose total price tag is $337 million.
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STATE SOLAR ENERGY GRANTS SHINE HEAVILY ON CENTRAL, SOUTHERN OREGON

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon Department of Energy announced $1.5 million in grants Thursday to developers across the state. Of the 17 projects the department funded, all but one involves solar power.
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OREGON HOLDS WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON AGING

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A couple of hundred people converged on the Willamette Valley town of Lebanon on Wednesday for the Oregon White House Conference on Aging.
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DOCK WORKERS TALLY VOTES FOR NEW CONTRACT, RESULTS EXPECTED FRIDAY

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is expected to announce Friday whether or not its members will ratify a new five-year contract agreement with their employers.
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WSU RESEARCHER SAYS DROUGHT COULD GET WORSE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The drought conditions in Washington that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee last week to declare an emergency are likely to grow worse because of a strengthening El Nino tropical weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean, a weather researcher for Washington State University said Thursday.
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OREGON GOVERNOR HAS CEREMONIAL SIGNING FOR CONVERSION THERAPY BILL

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Gov. Kate Brown held a ceremonial signing Thursday for a bill to stop therapists from performing conversion therapy on minors.
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CALIFORNIA DROUGHT MAY BENEFIT OREGON

(Jefferson Public Radio)The agriculture industry in California is in the midst of its worst drought in decades and that may inadvertently be having a positive impact on Oregon.
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WANDERING WOLF LEAVES MALHEUR COUNTY FOR GRANT COUNTY

(Capital Press)-A lone wolf that took up residence in Malheur County for more than five weeks has moved West into Grant County.-

A lone wolf that inexplicably spent more than five weeks in an area of Malheur County not considered typical wolf habitat has moved on.

The wolf, known as OR22, moved into Grant County over the weekend, said Philip Milburn, a district wildlife biologist in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlifes Ontario office.

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GMO MEDIATION BILL ENCOUNTERS OPPOSITION

(Capital Press)-A bill that would encourage mediation over GMO conflicts in Oregon is now facing opposition after initially facing no controversy.-

After an uncontroversial start, legislation that would require mediation for disputes over biotech crops in Oregon is now facing opposition from critics of genetic engineering.

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EARLY CROP GIVES NW CHERRY GROWERS HIGH HOPES

(Capital Press)-Pacific Northwest cherry growers are just starting to harvest a lighter crop with more defects but are delighted by the prospect of record June volume and good prices.-

With an early but lighter crop, Pacific Northwest cherry growers anticipate a second year of record June volume and excellent Fourth of July sales.

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BILL WOULD CHANGE ELECTIONS PROCESS

(Argus Observer)A movement to elect the president of the United States by popular vote is gaining steam in the Oregon Legislature and other states, but local opinion on the issue is split.
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MEDICAL MARIJUANA CHANGES ATTITUDES ON RECREATIONAL POT

(Bend Bulletin)-The number of medical cardholders in Deschutes County continues to increase-

Rick Gilliland looked forward to three days of office hours at the Bend branch of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, a clinic on NE Third Street.

More than 150 people had signed up for consultations with a visiting physician who, for a fee, would review their medical records and their applications for state medical marijuana cards

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INSURERS EXPECT HEALTHIER CUSTOMERS IN 2016, STILL WANT TO RAISE PRICES

(Bend Bulletin)-High claims costs drove multimillion-dollar losses in 2014-

The premium hikes insurers are proposing for Oregonians next year although likely to be pared down significantly before theyre finalized offer telling insight into the health of those who braved the states bungled exchange to sign up for coverage in 2014.
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RAZOR CLAMMING CLOSURE EXTENDED TO ENTIRE OREGON COAST

(The World)The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have extended the closure of all razor clamming to include the entire Oregon coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The closure includes razor clams on all beaches, rocks, jetties and bays from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border.
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OREGON BUSINESSES FACE DESTRUCTION FROM FUTURE EARTHQUAKE

(OregonBusiness)An earthquake would completely destroy many Oregon businesses, highlighting the urgent need for the private and public sectors to collaborate on shoring up disaster preparedness, said panelists at an Oregon Business breakfast summit today.
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AERIAL SPRAY BILL TO GET LEGISLATIVE HEARING

(OregonBusiness)Spraying companies are gearing up to defend an industry-backed bill aiming to limit aerial timber spraying.
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BUSINESS GROUP URGES COMPROMISE IN CLEAN FUELS IMPASSE

(OregonBusiness)As Republicans promise to stall the passage of a transportation package until the Clean Fuels program is amended, the Oregon Business Association is leaning on the legislature to end the standoff.
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GRAPH OF THE WEEK: OREGON POPULATION– BLOG

(Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)The fact that Oregon receives a large influx of migrants in any given year is well known. In both good times and bad, Americans choose to move to Oregon. However, this influx tends to be concentrated in both young and old individuals or households.
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BEWARE OF USED CARS WITH MISSING PARTS

(KATU)When it comes to buying a used car, the Problem Solvers warn not to take anything for granted. Even car parts required by law could be missing.

Within one day of buying a used 2000 Ford Expedition, the check engine light went on, says Allen Simoneaux of Boring, Oregon.
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APPLICATIONS FOR US JOBLESS AID UP, BUT FROM VERY LOW LEVEL

(KATU)More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications remains at a historically low level that is consistent with a healthy job market.

Weekly applications increased 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 274,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, fell to a fresh 15-year low of 266,250.
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RENT IN PORTLAND SKYROCKETS AS CITY PREPS FOR EVEN MORE NEW RESIDENTS

(KATU)If you’ve looked for a place to rent in Portland recently then you know that rents are higher than ever.

Theyve skyrocketed over the past year, rising nearly two times faster than home values, according to the real estate website, Zillow.
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SENATE PASSES BILL KEEPING DOMESTIC ABUSERS FROM HAVING GUNS

(KGW)The Oregon Senate has approved a measure aimed at keeping firearms from people convicted of domestic violence or under a restraining order.
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BILL TO LIMIT GROUNDS FOR EXPULSIONS CLEARS OREGON HOUSE

(KGW)Oregon House lawmakers have advanced a measure limiting the reasons young students can be suspended or expelled.

Under the bill, students in the 5th grade or lower could be expelled in only three specific circumstances: for causing serious physical harm to students or employees, or posing a threat of harm, or when expulsion is required by law.
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GOP SAYS ‘I TOLD YOU SO’ AFTER OREGON DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE KICKER BILL

(KLCC)Democratic Representative Tobias Read introduced a bill Thursday that would divert a potential kicker tax rebate.

It comes as the state is preparing to possibly send up to $473 million back to taxpayers. Republicans in Salem are saying “I told you so.
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CALIFORNIA DROUGHT MAY BENEFIT OREGON

(KLCC)The agriculture industry in California is in the midst of its worst drought in decades and that may inadvertently be having a positive impact on Oregon. It’s caused some growers to look north.
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BOARD VOTES AGAINST NATIVE AMERICAN MASCOTS FOR SCHOOLS

(KOIN)-Schools with Native American mascots will have to change their names-

The Oregon State Board of Education voted on Thursday against an amendment to allow schools to use Native American mascots.

The state board of educations unanimous vote followed an order from the Oregon legislature to look into the issue in 2014.
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BILL: PUT KICKER MONEY TOWARDS OR EDUCATION

(KOIN)-Bill would require a bipartisan vote of two-thirds of the House and Senate-

After the state promised to give taxpayers kicker refund checks next year, one Oregon lawmaker proposed a bill to send the money elsewhere.
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WYDEN, DEMS TARGET UNFAIR CONSUMER CONTRACTS

(KTVZ Bend)-Urge agency to block forced arbitration clauses-

Sens. Ron Wyden D-Ore. and Al Franken D-Minn., Rep. Hank Johnson D-Ga. and a broad coalition of more than 50 members of Congress continued to fight Thursday to protect the rights of consumers in Oregon and across the country who are being hurt by forced arbitration contracts in the financial services industry.
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OREGON POLICE BOOSTING HOLIDAY WEEKEND PATROLS

(KTVZ Bend)-Tips offered to make your trip a safe one-

Motorists who choose to drive impaired, not use their safety restraints, drive distracted or make other dangerous driving decisions should expect to draw the attention of law enforcement officers statewide during the 2015 Memorial Day holiday weekend.
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SENATORS HAIL FAA RED-TAPE CUTS FOR UAS TEST SITES

(KTVZ Bend)-Warm Springs among three Oregon test sites-

Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley praised Thursdays announcement by federal regulators that cuts red tape for unmanned aircraft systems test sites in Pendleton, Tillamook and Warm Springs to conduct research that creates jobs in an innovative industry.
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SENATE PANEL OKS BILL TO LET VA DOCTORS DISCUSS MEDICAL POT

(KTVZ Bend)-Merkley calls bar to treatment ‘outrageous’-

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed an amendment to the Veterans Administration funding bill, led by Sens. Steve Daines R-MT and Jeff Merkley D-OR that would let VA doctors discuss and make recommendations about use of medical marijuana with their patients.
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WYDEN BILL AIMS TO BOOST CREDIT UNION SMALL-BIZ LOANS

(KTVZ Bend)Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced a bill Thursday that would support new jobs and economic growth by providing small businesses greater access to business capital from credit unions
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THE MOST BIKE-FRIENDLY CITIES IN THE U.S., RANKED

(Forbes)Youll only be able to bike a few months out of the year unless youre brave enough to bike through inches of snow, but a network of dedicated bike lanes and a strong commuting culture has made Minneapolis the most bike-friendly city in the United States.
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OREGON HEALTH CO-OP GIVES CASH FOR STAYING HEALTHY

(The Lund Report)-The CO-OP provides financial “Wellness Rewards” to its members.-

Prevention and wellness are often overwhelmed by more urgent and expensive healthcare problems. But, Oregons Health CO-OP, a consumer-driven plan, decided to reward its members to stay healthy.
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May 21, 2015 eClips

  • Upbeat hiring report: Oregon unemployment rate best since 2007
  • David Sarasohn: The higher-ed Mississippi of the West Coast — Opinion
  • Voters slam GMO measure; 1 public safety levy passes, 1 fails: Oregon election roundup
  • Which companies have drawn complaints from Oregon consumers? Search our database
  • Federal plan protects declining honeybees, butterflies
  • Oregon campgrounds open for Memorial weekend, but some reservoir levels very low
  • Wave Broadband joins Oregon’s fiber wars with commercial expansion, residential plans
  • Oregon AG says RadioShack customers’ personal information will be protected in sale to new owner
  • The Gain Share ‘donnybrook': Salem power brokers circling $86 million pot
  • Major fish kill likely in Klamath River as salmon parasite thrives in drought
  • Judge bars BLM enforcement in Oregon gold mine dispute
  • OR-7’s wanderings end: Wolf may be settling in for more pups
  • Clean fuels controversy: Democrats face pressure to weaken program
  • Clean fuels foes take fight to 2016 ballot
  • Kate Brown cracks national list of ‘most interesting women’ in politics
  • Whistleblower videos reveal helicopter spraying workers with weed killers
  • Birth control access: GOP lawmaker revives plan for pharmacy prescriptions
  • Time for a dramatic move in rural Oregon: Editorial Agenda 2015 — Opinion
  • Oregon lawmakers move to adopt gender-neutral marriage statutes
  • West Coast port operators ratify new contract, longshore vote still needed
  • Former West Linn police captain wants law enforcement credentials back
  • Owner of group home closed for safety violations sues Oregon City for $10 million
  • Oregon furniture maker, once lauded as onshore manufacturing success, files for bankruptcy
  • State hospital cremains of veterans to be interred
  • Aerial pesticide spraying bill gets hearing
  • Oil train safety bill passes key Oregon committee
  • Legislators seek money to reduce toxins in Columbia Basin
  • Judge hears arguments on Jackson County’s GMO crop ban
  • Feds providing $50M for Western water-saving projects
  • Campaign contribution limits gaining momentum, backers say
  • Local investment adviser has license revoked
  • What happens in Africa, doesnt stay there — Opinion
  • Voters say a very loud No — Opinion
  • DHS caseworkers keep school desks filled
  • Sources Say: Tax increases? Not much public support for them
  • Schnitzer Steel CEO says trade treaty critical for Oregon
  • Wheeler’s PERS investment plan awaiting action
  • Housing plan in works for Native Americans
  • Oregon mayors plead for more state transportation funds
  • Grant program would pay for cleaner Columbia
  • Veterans office feels more demand for aid– Blog
  • Ashland forensics lab leads way in halting global wildlife crime
  • Columbia River Basin Restoration Act Introduced Today
  • Going nuclear: Is Oregon ready for the Springfield Isotopes?– Blog
  • 5 tax bills to watch in Legislature
  • How Childhood Trauma Affects Adult Health
  • Community College Bond Approved In Eastern Oregon
  • Judge Hears Challenge To Oregon County’s Genetically Engineered Crop Ban
  • By gallon, or mile?
  • Rule proposed to head off blackleg epidemic
  • Blackleg continues to spread in Willamette Valley
  • Judge questions whether right to farm covers GMOs
  • Report calls for investment in Ag of the Middle
  • 31-state deal should make credit report errors easier to fix
  • In Oregon, pay as you go
  • Oregon ranked 7th-best ‘Food-Friendly State’ in nation
  • Bend, other C.O. cities register more growwth
  • Bend’s housing crisis, Pt. 2: What are solutions?
  • Feds kick in $2.7 million for C.O. canal piping projects
  • Governor signs McLane bill to help new Oregon students
  • OLCC: Top 10 tips to parents for prom/grad season safety
  • ‘We’re firefighters. We just have a different ride to the fire’
  • Oregon businesses face destruction from future earthquake
  • How much could alternative transportation methods save?
  • Tracking suckers in drought proves tricky
  • Oregon to test drive pay-per-mile idea, irking electric car owners
  • The Legislative View Of Oregon’s Supreme Court PERS Decision — Opinion

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UPBEAT HIRING REPORT: OREGON UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BEST SINCE 2007

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s unemployment rate fell in April to 5.2 percent, a level it hasn’t matched since before the recession.

A report out Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department said the state gained 7,600 new jobs last month, all thanks to the private sector. Government agencies trimmed their payrolls by an estimated 500 positions.
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DAVID SARASOHN: THE HIGHER-ED MISSISSIPPI OF THE WEST COAST — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)It’s not often that Oregon appears in the higher ranks of any list concerning higher education. We keep our universities on such starvation rations that the University of Oregon concluded, a few years ago, that its only chance was to get out of the state system. The UO was swiftly followed by the other six state
universities, even by those with what one might call no visible means of support.

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VOTERS SLAM GMO MEASURE; 1 PUBLIC SAFETY LEVY PASSES, 1 FAILS: OREGON ELECTION ROUNDUP

(Portland Oregonian)Voters outside the Portland metro area were deciding a range of issues Tuesday. Here are some highlights of results.

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WHICH COMPANIES HAVE DRAWN COMPLAINTS FROM OREGON CONSUMERS? SEARCH OUR DATABASE

(Portland Oregonian)So you think you’ve found the perfect contractor/mechanic/phone company.

You’ve checked the Better Business Bureau ratings, plus reviews from Angie’s List and Yelp. What more can you do
before pulling out your credit card?

Search our database of consumer complaints.

The records come to us from the Oregon Department of Justice, which enforces state consumer protection laws.
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FEDERAL PLAN PROTECTS DECLINING HONEYBEES, BUTTERFLIES

(Portland Oregonian)The federal government hopes to reverse America’s declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making more federal land bee-friendly, spending more money on research and considering the use of less pesticides.
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OREGON CAMPGROUNDS OPEN FOR MEMORIAL WEEKEND, BUT SOME RESERVOIR LEVELS VERY LOW

(Portland Oregonian)A skimpy snowpack and relatively dry spring means that managers have opened most all of Oregon’s campgrounds for the Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the summer recreation season.
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WAVE BROADBAND JOINS OREGON’S FIBER WARS WITH COMMERCIAL EXPANSION, RESIDENTIAL PLANS

(Portland Oregonian)Wave Broadband is sitting on about $130 million in cash thanks to a bond sale, and plans to spend a big chunk of it in Oregon possibly stoking fiber wars already breaking out across the state.
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OREGON AG SAYS RADIOSHACK CUSTOMERS’ PERSONAL INFORMATION WILL BE PROTECTED IN SALE TO NEW OWNER

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenbaum on Wednesday announced a multistate agreement intended to protect RadioShack customers from having their personally identifiable information from being sold to another company.
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THE GAIN SHARE ‘DONNYBROOK': SALEM POWER BROKERS CIRCLING $86 MILLION POT

(Portland Oregonian)Washington County and Hillsboro gained a small victory in the ongoing battle over Gain Share on Wednesday, as a bipartisan group of 12 state representatives signed a letter expressing support for Senate Bill 129.
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MAJOR FISH KILL LIKELY IN KLAMATH RIVER AS SALMON PARASITE THRIVES IN DROUGHT

(Portland Oregonian) A deadly salmon parasite is thriving in the drought, infecting nearly all the juvenile chinook in the Klamath River in Northern California as they prepare to migrate to the ocean.
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JUDGE BARS BLM ENFORCEMENT IN OREGON GOLD MINE DISPUTE

(Portland Oregonian)The federal government and southern Oregon gold miners have each taken a step back from tensions over a mining claim where a constitutional activist group has posted armed guards.
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OR-7’S WANDERINGS END: WOLF MAY BE SETTLING IN FOR MORE PUPS

(Portland Oregonian)State biologists say Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, OR-7, appears to be denned up for a second set of pups in the southern Cascades.
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CLEAN FUELS CONTROVERSY: DEMOCRATS FACE PRESSURE TO WEAKEN PROGRAM

(Portland Oregonian) Democrats face mounting pressure to water down Oregon’s clean fuels program, with opponents filing petitions for the November 2016 ballot and business leaders withdrawing support.
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CLEAN FUELS FOES TAKE FIGHT TO 2016 BALLOT

(Portland Oregonian)Oil and trucking industry advocates submitted ballot measure petitions Wednesday to dismantle Oregon’s clean fuels program.
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KATE BROWN CRACKS NATIONAL LIST OF ‘MOST INTERESTING WOMEN’ IN POLITICS

(Portland Oregonian)Never mind that The Washington Post just called “newly minted” Gov. Kate Brown “something of a footnote in the John Kitzhaber saga.”
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WHISTLEBLOWER VIDEOS REVEAL HELICOPTER SPRAYING WORKERS WITH WEED KILLERS

(Portland Oregonian)Exposed atop the barren clearcut in Oregon’s coastal mountains, he hid in the only place he could.
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BIRTH CONTROL ACCESS: GOP LAWMAKER REVIVES PLAN FOR PHARMACY PRESCRIPTIONS

(Portland Oregonian)Weeks after his idea was left in political limbo, a Republican lawmaker has revived legislation to expand access to birth control pills by giving pharmacists the power to write on-demand prescriptions.
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TIME FOR A DRAMATIC MOVE IN RURAL OREGON: EDITORIAL AGENDA 2015 — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Oregonians’ resistance to a sales tax is legendary, but it might not be the most unpopular tax proposal in the state. On Tuesday, voters in Curry and Josephine counties once again rejected ballot measures that would have increased property taxes to pay for public safety.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS MOVE TO ADOPT GENDER-NEUTRAL MARRIAGE STATUTES

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon legislators are moving to adopt gender-neutral marriage statutes in recognition of last year’s ruling by a federal judge striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
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WEST COAST PORT OPERATORS RATIFY NEW CONTRACT, LONGSHORE VOTE STILL NEEDED

(Portland Oregonian)West Coast port operators ratified a new five-year contract Wednesday with longshore workers. The contract will be finalized once the longshore union does the same.
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FORMER WEST LINN POLICE CAPTAIN WANTS LAW ENFORCEMENT CREDENTIALS BACK

(Portland Oregonian)A former West Linn police captain fired last year is asking state authorities to reinstate his Oregon law enforcement credentials.

Vic Lancaster, a West Linn Police Department employee since 1994, has asked the state Board of Public Safety Standards and Training to reverse its order revoking his credentials.
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OWNER OF GROUP HOME CLOSED FOR SAFETY VIOLATIONS SUES OREGON CITY FOR $10 MILLION

(Portland Oregonian)The owner of a boarding house for homeless military veterans and disabled people is suing Oregon City for nearly $10 million claiming city inspectors illegally closed her group home.
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OREGON FURNITURE MAKER, ONCE LAUDED AS ONSHORE MANUFACTURING SUCCESS, FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

(Portland Oregonian)A Stayton furniture manufacturer that had been lauded as a domestic manufacturing success story is shutting down amid a glue dispute.

Mastercraft Furniture Inc., a privately owned maker of upholstered furniture with clients that included home-furnishing giant Ikea, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Monday.
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STATE HOSPITAL CREMAINS OF VETERANS TO BE INTERRED

(Salem Statesman Journal)Thanks to the diligent work of the Oregon State Hospital and the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, the cremains of 19 military veterans and two spouses of veterans will be interred with full military honors on Friday, May 22, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
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AERIAL PESTICIDE SPRAYING BILL GETS HEARING

(Salem Statesman Journal)Pesticide industry representatives are gearing up to defend a bill that tightens rules around aerial timber spraying.
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OIL TRAIN SAFETY BILL PASSES KEY OREGON COMMITTEE

(Salem Statesman Journal)A bill that would increase Oregons preparedness for a catastrophic oil train accident passed a key legislative committee Wednesday.
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LEGISLATORS SEEK MONEY TO REDUCE TOXINS IN COLUMBIA BASIN

(Salem Statesman Journal)Several Oregon senators and representatives are pushing for funding to clean up and reduce toxins in the Columbia River Basin.
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JUDGE HEARS ARGUMENTS ON JACKSON COUNTY’S GMO CROP BAN

(Salem Statesman Journal) A federal judge who listened Wednesday to two hours of arguments in a lawsuit that challenges a southern Oregon county’s ban on genetically modified crops said he might rule as early as next week.
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FEDS PROVIDING $50M FOR WESTERN WATER-SAVING PROJECTS

(Salem Statesman Journal)The U.S. government will invest nearly $50 million in water conservation and reuse projects in 12 drought-stricken Western states, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Wednesday.
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CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION LIMITS GAINING MOMENTUM, BACKERS SAY

(Salem Statesman Journal)Legislation to impose campaign contribution limits in Oregon is gaining support, its backers told the Statesman Journal editorial board Tuesday.
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LOCAL INVESTMENT ADVISER HAS LICENSE REVOKED

(Salem Statesman Journal)A Salem investment adviser had his license revoked by the state last week after an investigation determined the man misled investors for his own personal gain.
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WHAT HAPPENS IN AFRICA, DOESNT STAY THERE — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)What happens in Africa can directly affect Oregon. So it makes sense for the state to ban the sale of elephant ivory or rhinoceros horn.

Senate Bill 913, which passed the state Senate on a 19-11 vote last month, would enact such a ban as of Jan. 1, 2017. The bill is scheduled to go before the House Judiciary Committee today.

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VOTERS SAY A VERY LOUD NO — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-County must now reduce road work and wait for help-

There were no signs of denial among Lane County commissioners after the resounding defeat Tuesday of a proposed vehicle registration fee that would have provided the county and its cities with money needed to pay for road maintenance. As Commissioner Pete Sorenson neatly put it, The voters have spoken directly that they dont want this approach, so I think this approach is dead.
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DHS CASEWORKERS KEEP SCHOOL DESKS FILLED

(Portland Tribune)A Gresham mom and her daughter recently fled domestic violence, leaving everything behind at their home and finding safety in a shelter. They spent their days at the library or other public buildings. The daughter stopped attending her elementary school, because she no longer had transportation and was embarrassed that she didnt have a change of clothes, backpack or school supplies.
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SOURCES SAY: TAX INCREASES? NOT MUCH PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THEM

(Portland Tribune)Oregonians are still against tax increases, even after the Oregon Supreme Courts rejection of PERS reforms that threatens to punch an $870 million hole in the state budget in two years.

Thats what a recent poll by DHM research found.
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SCHNITZER STEEL CEO SAYS TRADE TREATY CRITICAL FOR OREGON

(Portland Tribune)-Lundgren defends fast track,TPP at Alliance meeting-

Two weeks after President Obama visited Nike to pitch his new international trade treaty, the Portland area once again is at the center of the raging national debate about whether such deals help or hurt the American economy.
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WHEELER’S PERS INVESTMENT PLAN AWAITING ACTION

(Portland Tribune)What may be the only immediate action that lawmakers can take to reduce a looming liability for Oregons public pension system is still sitting on the table this session.

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler has sought for three years to shift management of the states $90 billion in investments away from the treasury and the outside firms it uses into a new agency linked directly to the Oregon Investment Council, whose five members set state policies.
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HOUSING PLAN IN WORKS FOR NATIVE AMERICANS

(Portland Tribune)-Construction of Lents Generations project slated for fall-

After clearing a hurdle at the Portland Public Schools board last week, a unique housing project is on track to break ground this September.

The Native American Youth and Family Center NAYA is launching Generations, a $22 million project that will turn the 3.5-acre Foster Elementary School site in Lents into a multigenerational Native American-focused housing complex with six classrooms, two day care rooms, a health center and a longhouse for gatherings.

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OREGON MAYORS PLEAD FOR MORE STATE TRANSPORTATION FUNDS

(Portland Tribune)Mayors from 44 Oregon towns, including Kim Wallis of St. Paul, have written to legislative leaders beseeching them to pass a comprehensive transportation funding package.
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GRANT PROGRAM WOULD PAY FOR CLEANER COLUMBIA

(East Oregonian)-Oregon delegates and Northwest tribal leaders are pursuing a $50 million federal grant program to improve water quality in the Columbia River Basin.-

The Columbia River is a major source of renewable energy, food and jobs throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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VETERANS OFFICE FEELS MORE DEMAND FOR AID– BLOG

(Bend Bulletin)-Veterans office feels more demand for aid-

The phones are ringing off the hook at the Deschutes County Veterans Services Office.

The county department provides assistance for veterans hoping to access federal benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The staff of three has seen an uptick in the need for local help

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ASHLAND FORENSICS LAB LEADS WAY IN HALTING GLOBAL WILDLIFE CRIME

(Ashland Daily Tidings)When hired in 1979 to set up the first-ever forensics program for law enforcement, Ken Goddard never dreamt hed end up training forensics agents from around the globe on how to help stop animal trafficking.

The unforeseen is still to be expected at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service FWS Forensics Laboratory in Ashland. On any given day, lab personnel dont know what new CSI-like case they may deal with.
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COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN RESTORATION ACT INTRODUCED TODAY

(mycentraloregon.com)Today, Oregons Senator Jeff Merkley, Representative Earl Blumenauer OR-03, Senator Ron Wyden, Representative Suzanne Bonamici OR-01, and Representative Peter DeFazio OR-04 introduced the Columbia River Basin Restoration Act.
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GOING NUCLEAR: IS OREGON READY FOR THE SPRINGFIELD ISOTOPES?– BLOG

(Oregon Business Journal)Oregon voters banned constructing nuclear power plants in the state back in 1980. A decade later, Portland General Electric decommissioned the Trojan Nuclear Reactor after years of protests and demonstrations.

But nuclear is back on the table in Salem.
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5 TAX BILLS TO WATCH IN LEGISLATURE

(Oregon Business Report)Here are the tax-related bills that have the attention of AOI and the business community:

HB 3125 extends the machinery and equipment M&E personal property tax exemption for bakeries, egg producers, and dairy producers.
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HOW CHILDHOOD TRAUMA AFFECTS ADULT HEALTH

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The ACE test has been gaining traction in recent years as a way to better understand mental and physical health disorders. ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experience, and it measures and scores the traumatic experiences that may have occurred in a persons past.
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COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOND APPROVED IN EASTERN OREGON

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)College officials in eastern Oregon are celebrating voter approval in Tuesdays election of a $23 million construction bond. Voters said yes to a Blue Mountain Community College measure just a year and a half after rejecting a slightly larger bond.
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JUDGE HEARS CHALLENGE TO OREGON COUNTY’S GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROP BAN

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A federal judge in Southern Oregon heard court arguments Wednesday in a challenge against a countys restriction on growing genetically engineered crops.
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BY GALLON, OR MILE?

(Baker City Herald)-With thousands of new fuel-sipping vehicles rolling onto our highways every year, the gas tax is becoming a less-reliable source of revenue to maintain roads-

Toyotas iconic Prius hybrid car is beloved by owners as they roll past the gas station.
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RULE PROPOSED TO HEAD OFF BLACKLEG EPIDEMIC

(Capital Press)-The newly proposed rule would require that growers also apply to the department for an inspection and cover a portion of the programs cost at a rate of $6.50 an acre. Each acre would need to be inspected twice, once early in the growing season and at early- to mid-flowering.-

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is proposing a rule mandating inspection of crucifer fields in the Willamette Valley as part of an effort to quash what is being called the blackleg epidemic.

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BLACKLEG CONTINUES TO SPREAD IN WILLAMETTE VALLEY

(Capital Press)-An Oregon State University scientist is finding the disease in a patchwork pattern in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.-

Oregon State University plant pathologist Cindy Ocamb reported at a crucifer disease field day May 14 that she is finding seed fields infected with blackleg around the Willamette Valley.

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JUDGE QUESTIONS WHETHER RIGHT TO FARM COVERS GMOS

(Capital Press)-Oregon farmers contesting a county’s ban on GMOs were in court Wednesday to argue that the ordinance is prohibited by the state’s “right to farm” law.-

Whether Oregons right to farm law extends to the production of genetically modified crops is a central question in the legal battle over Jackson Countys prohibition against such crops.

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REPORT CALLS FOR INVESTMENT IN AG OF THE MIDDLE

(Capital Press)-A study by Ecotrust, a Portland non-profit, says a more cohesive regional food system will support middle-size producers.-

Oregons medium-sized ag producers churn out high-quality meat, grain and greens, but gaps in the aggregation, processing and distribution infrastructure make it difficult to put on consumers plates at an affordable price.

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31-STATE DEAL SHOULD MAKE CREDIT REPORT ERRORS EASIER TO FIX

(Chicago Tribune)Three nationwide credit reporting agencies have agreed to fix disputed information on credit reports more quickly, wait longer before adding potentially damaging information on medical debt and scrutinize certain data furnished by outside entities, according to a multistate settlement announced Wednesday.
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IN OREGON, PAY AS YOU GO

(CNN)Oregon is set to become the first state in the nation to implement a pay-per-mile tax.
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OREGON RANKED 7TH-BEST ‘FOOD-FRIENDLY STATE’ IN NATION

(KGW)Oregon is one of the country’s most “food-friendly” states, according to a study conducted by Retale, a global network for location-based shopping information.

The study looked at the variety of restaurants, food carts, and farmers markets in each state, along with accessibility and diversity of food options, including health food.
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BEND, OTHER C.O. CITIES REGISTER MORE GROWWTH

(KTVZ Bend)-Census Bureau pegs estimates higher than Portland State-

Bends population grew by 3.4 percent in the year ended last July 1 to an estimated total of 84,080 residents, the U.S. Census Bureau said in figures released Thursday.
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BEND’S HOUSING CRISIS, PT. 2: WHAT ARE SOLUTIONS?

(KTVZ Bend)-Not just bigger UGB – new ways to use existing land-

After renting for years, Maren Poletay’s landlord sold the home she shared with her kids, her aging father and their three dogs.

Although they can afford $1,700 to $1,800 a month in rent, they’ve yet to find a home, so for now they live at a Bend motel.
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FEDS KICK IN $2.7 MILLION FOR C.O. CANAL PIPING PROJECTS

(KTVZ Bend)-For three Sisters, North Unit, Tumalo irrigation districts-

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Wednesday the Bureau of Reclamation will invest nearly $50 million to improve water efficiency and conservation in a dozen Western states, including three canal-piping projects by Central Oregon irrigation districts.
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GOVERNOR SIGNS MCLANE BILL TO HELP NEW OREGON STUDENTS

(KTVZ Bend)-Lets school RNs accept out-of-state doctors’ orders-

Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday signed a Central Oregon lawmaker’s legislation to let registered nurses at public or private schools accept doctors orders from out-of-state doctors and treat students enrolled at the school for less than 90 days.
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OLCC: TOP 10 TIPS TO PARENTS FOR PROM/GRAD SEASON SAFETY

(KTVZ Bend)-Agency urges: Don’t be a party to underage drinking-

Remember your prom experience? How about when you graduated from high school? The Oregon Liquor Control Commission reminds parents that while some things have changed, other pressures teens face are exactly the same.
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‘WE’RE FIREFIGHTERS. WE JUST HAVE A DIFFERENT RIDE TO THE FIRE’

(KVAL)Oregon enters the 2015 fire season with below average rainfall and record low snowpack.

“People predict there’s going to be a bad season. We’re in a drought,” said Ralph Sweeney, a USDA Forest Service smokejumper. “But we’re not here to predict what the fire season is going to be. We’re here to be ready for whatever happens.”
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OREGON BUSINESSES FACE DESTRUCTION FROM FUTURE EARTHQUAKE

(OregonBusiness)An earthquake would completely destroy many Oregon businesses, highlighting the urgent need for the private and public sectors to collaborate on shoring up disaster preparedness, said panelists at an Oregon Business breakfast summit today.
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HOW MUCH COULD ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION METHODS SAVE?

(OregonBusiness)Ridesharing services could lower carbon emissions and save cities billions, a research organization reports.

The Smart Mobility report, conducted by Deloitte’s Public Sector Research organization, revealed that carpooling, bike commuting, carsharing and ridesharing services could be a boon financially for congested big cities.
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TRACKING SUCKERS IN DROUGHT PROVES TRICKY

(Herald and News)-Spawning data hard to come by in low water-

The water was murky and the rocks made it impossible to find anything blindly.

In a last-ditch effort to locate an 1 -inch-long telemetry radio transmitter, Amari Dolan-Caret, a U.S. Geological Survey USGS fish technician, rolled up her sleeves, plunged her arms in Clear Lake Reservoir and began tossing rocks behind her.
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OREGON TO TEST DRIVE PAY-PER-MILE IDEA, IRKING ELECTRIC CAR OWNERS

(CBS News)Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.

The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country, in part, because of greater fuel efficiency and the increasing popularity of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars.
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THE LEGISLATIVE VIEW OF OREGON’S SUPREME COURT PERS DECISION — OPINION

(Jefferson Public Radio)The potential impact of the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision to stop the state from reforming the PERS Public Employee Retirement System benefits paid to retirees runs into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
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May 20, 2015 eClips Supplemental Edition

  • Electronic report-writing, sharing expected to boost efficiency by Portland-Vancouver area police
  • In 2025, freelancers – and sex coaches – will dominate the workforce: Futurists
  • Amtrak’s problems much bigger than one crash: Rich Lowry — Guest Opinion
  • Medicare bound — Opinion
  • How massive wildfires contribute to global warming
  • Edible pot is new test for police
  • For California salmon, summer of truck rides
  • History is alive in Central Oregon
  • Self-driving car heading to public streets
  • Bend to organize business clusters
  • How gender balance rates in Americas biggest city halls
  • Report: Low gas prices threaten economics of hybrids, EVs — Blog
  • Cheap And Fast, Online Voter Registration Catches On
  • Study: Passions high on all sides in wolf debate
  • Housing data could point to warmer economy
  • Wash. governor signs bill requiring rape kit tests
  • Wash. Governor Inslee signs oil train safety bill
  • Drought cuts power production of California dams
  • The most valuable products each state sells to the rest of the world
  • Class of 2015 has better chance of landing a job vs. 2014
  • Housing Apartheid, American Style — Opinion
  • Surge in Cases of H.I.V. Tests U.S. Policy on Needle Exchanges
  • Pressure Builds for Swift U.S. Action Against Spreading Salamander Threat
  • What New Grads Want In a Job Vs. What They Actually Get
  • Perils of Globalization When Factories Close and Towns Struggle
  • The In-State Tuition Break, Slowly Disappearing
  • Some People Do More Than Text While Driving — Blog
  • Caffeine Powder Poses Deadly Risks — Blog
  • Minorities and poor college students are shouldering the most student debt — Blog
  • Why its good news that fewer people are going to college — Blog
  • These photos show what it looks like when we ignore foreclosures in black neighborhoods — Blog
  • Why the era of college grads working at restaurants and cafes is coming to an end– Blog
  • Eat quinoa and drink soy milk': What an innovative food pyramid looks like — Blog
  • The states where parents spend the most on child care — Blog
  •  The Costly Double Whammy of Aging
  •  States’ Shifting Reliance on Income Versus Sales Taxes
  • What Pension Rulings in Illinois and Oregon Could Mean for States
  • States, Not Just Feds, Struggle to Keep Gas Tax Revenue Flowing
  • Methods can matter: Where Web surveys produce different results than phone interviews
  • Schools that ban mobile phones see better academic results

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ELECTRONIC REPORT-WRITING, SHARING EXPECTED TO BOOST EFFICIENCY BY PORTLAND-VANCOUVER AREA POLICE (Portland Oregonian) http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2015/05/electronic_report-writing_shar.html

Forty-four law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Southwest Washington have begun using a new electronic police report system that allows easy sharing and cross-referencing of information.

The move, late last month, followed nearly six years of work that started with replacing the aging records-management system used by Portland police.

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IN 2025, FREELANCERS – AND SEX COACHES – WILL DOMINATE THE WORKFORCE: FUTURISTS (Portland Oregonian)

http://www.oregonlive.com/living/index.ssf/2015/05/in_2025_freelancers_-_and_sex.html

We have seen the future, and when it arrives in 10 years, you probably will not have a job.

Not a traditional, full-time job anyway.

That’s the forecast three futurists offer up to Fast Company. They predict that by 2025 a large and ever-growing segment of the workforce will be “on demand” — freelancers employed for specific, short-term tasks or projects.

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AMTRAK’S PROBLEMS MUCH BIGGER THAN ONE CRASH: RICH LOWRY — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/05/amtraks_problems_much_bigger_t.html#incart_river

The Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia was an invitation for practically every politician in the Northeast and every transit expert in America to complain about lack of funding for the county’s infrastructure.

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MEDICARE BOUND — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/33092597-78/medicare-bound.html.csp

-Boomer health will determine impact on the program-

Much concern has been expressed in the past few years about the future health of Americans born between 1946 and 1964, the baby boom generation.

Until the millennial generation came along, boomers were the nations largest demographic group. The youngest boomers are now entering their 50s, while the oldest are approaching or into their 70s. Their sheer numbers 39 million and the state of their health have serious implications for the future cost and availability of health care in the United States.

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HOW MASSIVE WILDFIRES CONTRIBUTE TO GLOBAL WARMING (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/nation/3165651-151/how-massive-wildfires-contribute-to-global-warming#

The state of California, always bullish on trying to cut back on its greenhouse gas emissions, received a bit of a shock recently. It learned that the expanse of its drought-parched forested lands, when they go up in flames and experts forecast a very bad fire season this year may actually be contributing to global warming.

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EDIBLE POT IS NEW TEST FOR POLICE (Bend Bulletin)

http://www.bendbulletin.com/nation/3165693-151/edible-pot-is-new-test-for-police

After nearly 20 years on the job, Jim Jeffries, the police chief in LaFollette, Tennessee, has seen his share of marijuana seizures dry green buds stashed in trunks or beneath seats, often double-bagged to smother the distinctive scent.

But these days, Jeffries is on the lookout for something unexpected: lollipops and marshmallows.

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FOR CALIFORNIA SALMON, SUMMER OF TRUCK RIDES (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/3165734-151/for-california-salmon-summer-of-truck-rides

What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.

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HISTORY IS ALIVE IN CENTRAL OREGON (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/lifestyle/3158890-151/history-is-alive-in-central-oregon

-Historical Preservation Month offers opportunities to learn-

A historic church that was almost destroyed by a fire, a pair of 100-year-old log cabins that are still being used as a familys vacation home and an old Sisters church that was converted into a performing arts venue take center stage on a series of displays designed to celebrate Historic Preservation Month at the La Pine Chamber of Commerce.

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SELF-DRIVING CAR HEADING TO PUBLIC STREETS (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/nation/3162888-151/self-driving-car-heading-to-public-streets

The latest version of Googles self-driving car a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giants mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

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BEND TO ORGANIZE BUSINESS CLUSTERS (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/business/3159614-151/bend-to-organize-business-clusters

-Grant will pay for coordinator to handle administrative tasks-

The city of Bend is betting on further growth of business clusters with a $50,000 grant to pay for an administrator to handle the day-to-day work that keeps the organizations alive.

Bend is home to scores of businesses in separate sectors like high-tech, bioscience, outdoor equipment, food processing, brewing and others. Some are established while others are still finding their legs.

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HOW GENDER BALANCE RATES IN AMERICAS BIGGEST CITY HALLS (Bend Bulletin) http://www.bendbulletin.com/nation/3168705-151/how-gender-balance-rates-in-americas-biggest-city

The government of Austin, Texas, came under fire this week after it was revealed its city managers office held a two-hour training meeting in March to prepare city employees for their new first-ever, female-majority city council.

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REPORT: LOW GAS PRICES THREATEN ECONOMICS OF HYBRIDS, EVS– BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/sbo/2015/05/report-low-gas-prices-threaten-economics-of.html?ana=twt

Low gas prices are upending the economics of hybrid vehicle ownership, the New York Times reports.

Citing a report from Edmunds.com, the Times says American owners of hybrids and electric vehicles are trading them for sport utility vehicles and other models powered by gasoline.

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CHEAP AND FAST, ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION CATCHES ON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

http://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-cheap-and-fast-online-voter-registration-catches-on/

Voters in more than half the states will soon be able to register online, rather than filling out a paper form and sending it in.

Twenty states have implemented online voter registration so far, almost all in the past few years. Seven other states and the District of Columbia are now in the process of doing so _________________________________________

STUDY: PASSIONS HIGH ON ALL SIDES IN WOLF DEBATE (Capital Press) http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2015150519861&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

-A consultant interviewed more than 90 people and found ranchers and environmentalists have some things in common, such as fear and suspicion.-

Ranchers and environmentalists agree that conflicts over wolves in Washington state are intense and polarizing, fed by fear, suspicion and high stakes, according to a report prepared for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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HOUSING DATA COULD POINT TO WARMER ECONOMY (KGW)

http://www.kgw.com/story/money/business/2015/05/17/economic-week-ahead/27371445/

This week’s economic news could shed light on whether balmier April temperatures warmed a winter-ravaged economy as the government releases a batch of data on the slowly recovering housing market and inflation.

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WASH. GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL REQUIRING RAPE KIT TESTS (KGW) http://www.kgw.com/story/news/politics/2015/05/15/washington-rape-test-kits/27371959/

A new state law will require law enforcement agencies in Washington to request testing of all future sexual assault exam kits.

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WASH. GOVERNOR INSLEE SIGNS OIL TRAIN SAFETY BILL (KGW) http://www.kgw.com/story/news/politics/2015/05/15/inslee-washington-train-safety-bill/27371499/

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into a law a measure that attempts to improve the safety of oil transportation as a sharp increase in trains carrying volatile crude oil poses new safety and environmental risks in the state.

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DROUGHT CUTS POWER PRODUCTION OF CALIFORNIA DAMS (Los Angeles Times)

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-drought-hydro-20150517-story.html#page=1

Shasta Dam, looming more than 600 feet tall and gatekeeper of the largest man-made lake in California, was designed to perform two crucial functions: Store water and generate power.

And for decades, the massive concrete structure has channeled water to cities and farms while generating up to 710 megawatts of hydropower, enough to provide electricity for more than 532,000 homes.

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THE MOST VALUABLE PRODUCTS EACH STATE SELLS TO THE REST OF THE WORLD (MarketWatch)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-most-valuable-products-each-state-sells-to-the-rest-of-the-world-2015-05-05

Well, look at that. We still make stuff.

If America has lost its way as the worlds manufacturing base, you wouldnt exactly know it from this map of each states most valuable exports _________________________________________

CLASS OF 2015 HAS BETTER CHANCE OF LANDING A JOB VS. 2014 (New York Post) http://nypost.com/2015/05/03/class-of-2015-has-better-chance-of-landing-a-job-vs-2014/

Its a good time for college graduates, especially those with the skills most in demand.

Employers say that they will hire 9.6 percent more new graduates from the class of 2015 than they did from the class of 2014.

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HOUSING APARTHEID, AMERICAN STYLE — OPINION (New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/opinion/sunday/housing-apartheid-american-style.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000&_r=0

The riots that erupted in Baltimore last month were reminiscent of those that consumed cities all over the country during the 1960s. This rage and unrest was thoroughly explained five decades ago by President Lyndon Johnsons National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as the Kerner Commission.

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SURGE IN CASES OF H.I.V. TESTS U.S. POLICY ON NEEDLE EXCHANGES (New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/us/surge-in-cases-of-hiv-tests-us-policy-on-needle-exchanges.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=geo&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000

In 1988, arch-conservative Senator Jesse Helms successfully pushed Congress to prohibit federal dollars from being used to distribute sterile syringes to intravenous drug users, equating an effort meant to slow the spread of AIDS and other diseases to federal endorsement of drug abuse.

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PRESSURE BUILDS FOR SWIFT U.S. ACTION AGAINST SPREADING SALAMANDER THREAT (New York Times)

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/15/pressure-builds-for-swift-u-s-action-against-spreading-salamander-threat/?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000

There are signs of hope for American salamanders in the face of a potential biological catastrophe a fungus that could be carried here through the global trade in exotic pets. Federal wildlife officials have signaled a crackdown may be coming on imports of amphibians.

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WHAT NEW GRADS WANT IN A JOB VS. WHAT THEY ACTUALLY GET (New York Times)

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/15/pressure-builds-for-swift-u-s-action-against-spreading-salamander-threat/?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000

It’s a big weekend for commencement ceremonies, when celebrities like Apple CEO Tim Cook and Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph will attempt to impart pearls of wisdom on scores of uproarious 22-year-olds.

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PERILS OF GLOBALIZATION WHEN FACTORIES CLOSE AND TOWNS STRUGGLE (New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/18/business/a-decade-later-loss-of-maytag-factory-still-resonates.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000&_r=0

Even in this city of abandoned factories, it is possible to see some of the benefits the United States reaps from increased foreign trade: At the rail yard, where boxcars of bargain-price Asian goods are routed to American consumers; at the nearby slaughterhouse, where pigs are packaged for the global market; and at Knox College, where almost 10 percent of the students now come from foreign countries.

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THE IN-STATE TUITION BREAK, SLOWLY DISAPPEARING (New York Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/upshot/the-in-state-tuition-break-slowly-disappearing.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000&abt=0002&abg=1

A few weeks ago, I took my daughter to see the latest Disney movie. Because it was early in the afternoon, and my daughter is 5, I expected to get a significant discount on the price of our tickets. The electronic ticket kiosk had other intentions. 1 Adult: $11.00 and 1 Child: $10.00.

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SOME PEOPLE DO MORE THAN TEXT WHILE DRIVING– BLOG (New York Times)

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/some-people-do-more-than-text-while-driving/?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000

Phones are getting smarter, drivers seemingly less so.

A survey released this morning shows that many motorists have expanded their behind-the-wheel activities beyond texting to include using Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter, taking selfies and even shooting videos.

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CAFFEINE POWDER POSES DEADLY RISKS– BLOG (New York Times)

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/18/caffeine-powder-poses-deadly-risks-2/?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000

A year ago, Logan Stiner of LaGrange, Ohio, was an honors student and prom king looking forward to his high school graduation. He was burning the candle at both ends, because he had a couple of projects that he had to finish for finals, said his mother, Kate Stiner.

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MINORITIES AND POOR COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE SHOULDERING THE MOST STUDENT DEBT– BLOG (Washington Post)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/19/minorities-and-poor-college-students-are-shouldering-the-most-student-debt/

A day away from crossing the stage at Montclair State University’s graduation, Evangelia Stone reflects on her journey from community college, the “amazing” professors she met along the way and the $50,000 in student loans she took out to get a bachelors’ in sociology.

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WHY ITS GOOD NEWS THAT FEWER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO COLLEGE– BLOG (Washington Post)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/19/why-its-good-news-that-fewer-people-are-going-to-college/

More and more Americans are finding ways of getting ahead without going back to school. That surprising finding is several years old now, and it shows up again in a new report on how many Americans are going to college.

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THESE PHOTOS SHOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN WE IGNORE FORECLOSURES IN BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS– BLOG (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/15/these-photos-show-what-it-looks-like-when-we-ignore-foreclosures-in-black-neighborhoods/?tid=sm_fb

Civil rights groups this week filed a housing discrimination complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development against Fannie Mae, arguing that the quasi-government agency that now owns more than 100,000 foreclosed homes across the country has been doing a much better job of caring for the ones located in white neighborhoods than minority ones.

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WHY THE ERA OF COLLEGE GRADS WORKING AT RESTAURANTS AND CAFES IS COMING TO AN END– BLOG (Washington Post)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/18/the-class-of-2015-is-the-first-in-years-that-wont-have-to-worry-about-working-at-coffeeshops/

The era of the overeducated barista is coming to a close.

In the wake of the Great Recession, the ranks of the unemployed in America doubled, reaching more than 15 million people at its peak. Competition for the few open jobs was fierce, and businesses could pick candidates with the best resumes, even if the positions didnt require all of their skills.

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EAT QUINOA AND DRINK SOY MILK': WHAT AN INNOVATIVE FOOD PYRAMID LOOKS LIKE– BLOG (Washington Post)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/19/eat-quinoa-and-drink-soy-milk-what-an-innovative-food-pyramid-looks-like/?tid=sm_fb

Australian nonprofit Nutrition Australia is advising citizens about the harms of unhealthy eating, which has left the island country with one of the highest obesity rates in the world. The campaign centers around a modern day food pyramid, which is based on the country’s most recent nutritional guidelines. And guess what? It’s a whole lot more innovative than the American equivalent currently being used by the U.S. government.

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THE STATES WHERE PARENTS SPEND THE MOST ON CHILD CARE– BLOG (Washington Post)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/20/the-states-with-the-most-and-least-expensive-child-care/?tid=sm_fb

Beyond the diapers and sleepless nights, perhaps the biggest worry for parents with young kids: Almost no state in America provides affordable child care for children under five.

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THE COSTLY DOUBLE WHAMMY OF AGING (Governing)

http://www.governing.com/columns/public-money/gov-baby-boomers-revenue-impact.html

-There are two primary ways retiring baby boomers will impact revenues.-

For years, weve been warned of the profound effect Americas rapidly aging population will have on our services. But there are two areas in particular where an aging population poses the largest threat to the fiscal future of states and localities: health-care costs and tax subsidies.

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STATES’ SHIFTING RELIANCE ON INCOME VERSUS SALES TAXES (Governing) http://www.governing.com/topics/finance/gov-state-tax-collection-burden-shifts.html

-Many states are weighing policies to shift their tax burden. View data showing how it’s changed in each state over time.-

Where states derive their tax revenue has always varied significantly across state borders. Texas and Florida rely on sales taxes for the vast majority of tax revenues, while New York, Virginia and other states lean more on income taxes.

A handful of states have slowly started to shift their reliance on various taxes in recent years.

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WHAT PENSION RULINGS IN ILLINOIS AND OREGON COULD MEAN FOR STATES (Governing)

http://www.governing.com/topics/finance/gov-pension-rulings-in-illinois-oregon.html

-Courts struck down pension cuts twice in the last two weeks, setting the stage for potentially more drastic measures.-

Twice in two weeks, courts struck down state attempts to cut pension benefits of state employees and retirees, a development that indicates just how hard it is for states to solve budget problems by slashing public pensions.

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STATES, NOT JUST FEDS, STRUGGLE TO KEEP GAS TAX REVENUE FLOWING (Governing)

http://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/gov-gas-tax-revenue-states-inflation.html

-According to a Governing analysis, two-thirds of states’ fuel taxes have failed to keep up with inflation, forcing lawmakers to revisit the politically fraught issue of raising taxes.-

Sputtering gas taxes are a huge source of frustration on Capitol Hill, where declining revenues have undermined attempts to stabilize transportation funding for years.

But governors and state lawmakers are frustrated by weak revenues from fuel taxes as well.

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METHODS CAN MATTER: WHERE WEB SURVEYS PRODUCE DIFFERENT RESULTS THAN PHONE INTERVIEWS (Pew Research)

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/05/14/where-web-surveys-produce-different-results-than-phone-interviews/

Over the past year, Pew Research Center conducted an experiment to see if the mode by which someone was surveyed in this case, a telephone survey with an interviewer versus a self-administered survey on the Web would have any effect on the answers people gave. We used two randomly selected groups from our American Trends Panel to do this, asking both groups the same set of 60 questions.

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SCHOOLS THAT BAN MOBILE PHONES SEE BETTER ACADEMIC RESULTS (The Guardian UK)

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/may/16/schools-mobile-phones-academic-results?CMP=fb_gu

-Effect of ban on phones adds up to equivalent of extra week of classes over a pupils school year-

It is a question that keeps some parents awake at night. Should children be allowed to take mobile phones to school? Now economists claim to have an answer. For parents who want to boost their childrens academic prospects, it is no.

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May 20, 2015 eClips

  • Making room for blue collars in blue Portland — Opinion
  • Elizabeth Hovde: Mandates aren’t the best way to help mothers — Opinion
  • HIV prevention pill? It’s out there, more awareness needed, says Multnomah County commissioner
  • Woman at center of landmark immigration case settles suit that changed jail holds in state, nation
  • Birth control access: GOP lawmaker revives plan for pharmacy prescriptions
  • Oregon lawmakers move to adopt gender-neutral marriage statutes
  • Newberg-Dundee Bypass in Oregon wine country ahead of schedule, under budget
  • Interior chief unveils wildfire plan to protect sage grouse habitat
  • Oregon House passes resolution to create impeachment process for governor
  • Make less than $16.61 an hour? You can’t afford a 2-bedroom apartment in Oregon
  • Oregon Election Day 2015 results, stories
  • Kate Brown signs bill banning ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBT youth
  • Oregon Supreme Court case may alter landscape of historic preservation
  • Oregon lawmakers to consider sales tax for retail marijuana
  • Oregon economy is growing, but labor force is shrinking
  • Bill expanding birth control access in Oregon revived
  • Affordable Salem apartments out of reach for many
  • Gun control bill aimed at domestic abusers moves to Senate
  • Oregon joins suit against cancer charities accused of scams
  • Government releases fire plan to protect sage grouse
  • Bill expanding birth control access in Oregon revived
  • Closures make no sense — Opinion
  • Standardized tests necessary in competitive world — Guest Opinion
  • District attorneys, crime victims oppose bills requiring grand jury recordings
  • Voters will get a say on impeachment plan
  • Compromise in the works for ridesharing companies
  • OR-7, mate may be adding to their pack
  • Pendleton declares marijuana smell a nuisance
  • Merkley, Walden back Pendleton ag station
  • Making The Law Pay
  • Oregon House Passes Impeachment Bill in Bipartisan Vote
  • Oregon could still pass law allowing birth control without Rx in 2015
  • Lawmakers unveil proposed rules on recreational pot in Oregon
  • Oregon taps wood energy experts to tackle forest health– Blog
  • Hit with health reform fees, Oregon health insurers bled heavily during 2015’s first quarter
  • Oregon taps wood energy experts to tackle forest health
  • Oregon Employers Add 7,600 Jobs In April
  • Oregon Lawmakers To Consider Allowing Birth Control Without Doctor’s Prescription
  • Feds Question Northwest Nuclear Plant Evacuation Plans
  • World’s Appetite For Caviar Sends Poachers After Columbia River Sturgeon
  • When Police Ranks Are Thin, Wildlife Crime Often Does Pay
  • Support For Same-Sex Marriage Climbs As Oregon Crosses 1-Year Mark– Blog
  • Oregon Drivers May Pay Taxes By the Mile
  • Oregon Rated An Average Place To Live
  • Organic checkoff draws supporters, detractors
  • New Oregon law opens financial doors
  • FTC: Family raised $187 million for cancer, spent it on themselves
  • Oregon House asks voters for authority to impeach governor
  • Uber not living up to promise for ADA-accessible rides
  • Bend’s housing crisis, Pt. 1: Who’s to blame?
  • USFS to treat 4,800 acres of invasive weeds in C.O.
  • Oregon joins effort to shut scam ‘cancer charities’
  • Gun control bill aimed at domestic abusers moves to Senate
  • Oregon lawmakers to consider sales tax for retail marijuana
  • Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax
  • U.S. House passes legislation to save Coast Guard air facility in Newport
  • Benton County Votes Down GMO Measure
  • Drought Conditions Worsen in Western Oregon
  • Senate committee resolves medical pot issue
  • The high cost of obtaining public information
  • Oregons Urban and Community Forestry Conference
  • Behind the May Revenue Forecast– Blog
  • Oregons Payroll Employment Grows Rapidly in April 2015– Blog

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MAKING ROOM FOR BLUE COLLARS IN BLUE PORTLAND — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Will the last blue-collar worker to leave Portland please deactivate the solar panels?
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ELIZABETH HOVDE: MANDATES AREN’T THE BEST WAY TO HELP MOTHERS — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)”Many American companies do not offer paid family leave, which means among other things they probably shouldn’t run sappy Mother’s Day ads,” reads the introduction to a segment from the May 10 episode of
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

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HIV PREVENTION PILL? IT’S OUT THERE, MORE AWARENESS NEEDED, SAYS MULTNOMAH COUNTY COMMISSIONER

(Portland Oregonian)More than half of all new HIV infections in Oregon occurred in Multnomah County in 2012.
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WOMAN AT CENTER OF LANDMARK IMMIGRATION CASE SETTLES SUIT THAT CHANGED JAIL HOLDS IN STATE, NATION

(Portland Oregonian)The woman at the center of a lawsuit that changed the way jails across Oregon handle people suspected of immigration violations has settled a lawsuit against Clackamas County.

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BIRTH CONTROL ACCESS: GOP LAWMAKER REVIVES PLAN FOR PHARMACY PRESCRIPTIONS

(Portland Oregonian)Weeks after his idea was left in political limbo, a Republican lawmaker from central Oregon has revived legislative language meant to expand access to birth control pills by giving pharmacists the power to write on-demand prescriptions.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS MOVE TO ADOPT GENDER-NEUTRAL MARRIAGE STATUTES

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon legislators are moving to adopt gender-neutral marriage statutes in recognition of last year’s ruling by a federal judge striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
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NEWBERG-DUNDEE BYPASS IN OREGON WINE COUNTRY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, UNDER BUDGET

(Portland Oregonian)The good news is that the Newberg-Dundee Bypass is well into construction.
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INTERIOR CHIEF UNVEILS WILDFIRE PLAN TO PROTECT SAGE GROUSE HABITAT

(Portland Oregonian)A federal wildfire strategy released Tuesday aims to protect the West’s sagebrush country that is home to a struggling bird species and to help prevent the sage grouse from being classified as threatened or endangered later this year.
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OREGON HOUSE PASSES RESOLUTION TO CREATE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS FOR GOVERNOR

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon House on Tuesday soundly approved a resolution to create an impeachment process for the governor and four other officials in the executive branch.
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MAKE LESS THAN $16.61 AN HOUR? YOU CAN’T AFFORD A 2-BEDROOM APARTMENT IN OREGON

(Portland Oregonian) Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday brought some national attention to Oregon’s housing crisis and one of her remedies for easing it an ambitious request to borrow $100 million and build thousands of affordable units.
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OREGON ELECTION DAY 2015 RESULTS, STORIES

(Portland Oregonian)Special elections are being held across Oregon, with school board races, money measures and other issues on local ballots.
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KATE BROWN SIGNS BILL BANNING ‘CONVERSION THERAPY’ FOR LGBT YOUTH

(Portland Oregonian)As expected, Gov. Kate Brown on Monday signed legislation outlawing so-called “conversion therapy” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth making Oregon the third state in the nation, along with the District of Columbia, to enact such a ban.
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OREGON SUPREME COURT CASE MAY ALTER LANDSCAPE OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION

(Portland Oregonian)Preservationists say some 1,700 historic properties across six Portland neighborhoods and countless others throughout Oregon may not be protected from demolition without help from the Oregon Supreme Court.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS TO CONSIDER SALES TAX FOR RETAIL MARIJUANA

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon lawmakers will consider creating a sales tax for marijuana in place of fees applied to growers, the method approved by voters in last year’s ballot measure legalizing the drug.
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OREGON ECONOMY IS GROWING, BUT LABOR FORCE IS SHRINKING

(Salem Statesman Journal)-April jobless rate was lowest in almost eight years, with 7,600 new jobs coming on line.-

Oregon’s jobless rate fell to its lowest level in almost eight years during April, while a strong economy added 7,600 jobs.
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BILL EXPANDING BIRTH CONTROL ACCESS IN OREGON REVIVED

(Salem Statesman Journal) A bill allowing women to access birth control without a doctor’s prescription is once again moving through the Legislature after stalling in committee.
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AFFORDABLE SALEM APARTMENTS OUT OF REACH FOR MANY

(Salem Statesman Journal)A new study published by a national advocacy group indicates that an Oregon wage earner, on average, would have to earn $16.61 an hour in order to afford the fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment.
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GUN CONTROL BILL AIMED AT DOMESTIC ABUSERS MOVES TO SENATE

(Salem Statesman Journal)An Oregon Senate panel has advanced legislation prohibiting people from keeping their firearms if they’ve been convicted of domestic violence or are under a restraining order.
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OREGON JOINS SUIT AGAINST CANCER CHARITIES ACCUSED OF SCAMS

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Federal Trade Commission, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have filed a federal lawsuit against four national cancer charities, charging them with bilking consumers out of more than $187 million.
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GOVERNMENT RELEASES FIRE PLAN TO PROTECT SAGE GROUSE

(Eugene Register-Guard)A federal wildfire strategy released Tuesday aims to protect the Wests sagebrush country that is home to a struggling bird species whose potential listing as a threatened or endangered species already has delayed energy projects and oil and gas deals.
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BILL EXPANDING BIRTH CONTROL ACCESS IN OREGON REVIVED

(Eugene Register-Guard)A bill allowing women to access birth control without a doctors prescription is once again moving through the Legislature after stalling in committee.

Bend Republican Rep. Knute Buehler proposed a measure in April allowing pharmacists to prescribe and dispense contraception to women.

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CLOSURES MAKE NO SENSE — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Oregon lawmakers challenge Postal Service cutbacks-

Rep. Peter DeFazio, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and other members of Oregons congressional delegation sent a letter Tuesday to Postmaster General Megan Brennan asking some tough questions.
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STANDARDIZED TESTS NECESSARY IN COMPETITIVE WORLD — GUEST OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)Across the nation, parents continue to opt out of state testing for their children. Most of these parents justify their decision as a form of protest against an education system that has become increasingly reliant on testing as a basis for important decisions.
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DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, CRIME VICTIMS OPPOSE BILLS REQUIRING GRAND JURY RECORDINGS

(Portland Tribune)-Passage could make crime victims more vulnerable during and after testimony, groups say-

District attorneys from more than a half-dozen counties joined crime victims and victim advocates in Lake Oswego last week to protest two state Senate bills they say would harm witnesses during grand jury proceedings.
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VOTERS WILL GET A SAY ON IMPEACHMENT PLAN

(Portland Tribune)-Proposal would set process for removal of top state officials-

Oregon would join the other states where legislators could remove the governor and four other statewide officials if voters approve a ballot measure cleared Tuesday by the House.

The 47-12 vote moved the proposed constitutional amendment to the Senate. If cleared there, voters would decide the matter in the November 2016 general election.
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COMPROMISE IN THE WORKS FOR RIDESHARING COMPANIES

(Portland Tribune)-Legislature tries to solve conflict between taxis, Uber, Lyft-

Oregon lawmakers have advanced a tentative compromise aimed at resolving a conflict between taxicab companies and services such as Uber and Lyft, which connect people with rides in private cars through apps.
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OR-7, MATE MAY BE ADDING TO THEIR PACK

(Medford Mail Tribune)Wolf OR-7 and his mate appear to be trying to add to their now-famous pack in eastern Jackson County.

Biologists say the alpha male and female of the Rogue Pack appear to be denning in high-elevation U.S. Forest Service land east of Butte Falls and Prospect.
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PENDLETON DECLARES MARIJUANA SMELL A NUISANCE

(East Oregonian)-Depending on its source, a skunky smell could be punishable by fine in Pendleton.-

The Pendleton City Council approved an amendment to the citys nuisance ordinance that prohibits marijuana odor from leaving a persons property.

Police Chief Stuart Roberts said there are several marijuana grow sites across the city that elicit complaints from neighbors.

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MERKLEY, WALDEN BACK PENDLETON AG STATION

(East Oregonian)-The federal Agricultural Research Service in Pendleton has another congressional ally in Sen. Jeff Merkley.-

With significant budget cuts looming, the Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center can at least count on bipartisan support from Oregons congressional leaders in Washington, D.C.

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MAKING THE LAW PAY

(Willamette Week)-The Attorney Generals favorite Portland law firm is cleaning up financially. Its also run afoul of a federal judge.-

Nearly 3,000 Oregonians with disabilities have waited more than three years for their day in federal court on a potentially groundbreaking civil rights case.
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OREGON HOUSE PASSES IMPEACHMENT BILL IN BIPARTISAN VOTE

(Willamette Week)-Measure stems from Kitzhaber scandal.-

In the wake of the abrupt resignation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber on Feb. 18, lawmakers and Kitzhaber’s successor, Gov. Kate Brown, have introduced a variety of bills aimed at increasing accountability and transparency in government.
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OREGON COULD STILL PASS LAW ALLOWING BIRTH CONTROL WITHOUT RX IN 2015

(Bend Bulletin)-Amendment to House Bill 2879 would let pharmacists give birth control-

A proposal that would give women access to birth control through pharmacies without requiring a doctors prescription has been revived and is again moving through the Legislature.

The proposal, initially made last month by Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, but put on hold so lawmakers could fully study the idea, is now proposed as an amendment to a bill scheduled for a vote in committee today.

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LAWMAKERS UNVEIL PROPOSED RULES ON RECREATIONAL POT IN OREGON

(Bend Bulletin)-Growers would need energy, water plan under bill in Salem-

Marijuana growers for the recreational market must prove to the state theyve been residents of Oregon for two years and must create a plan for water and energy use under a proposal that surfaced Monday in the Legislature.
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OREGON TAPS WOOD ENERGY EXPERTS TO TACKLE FOREST HEALTH– BLOG

(Oregon Business Journal)The Oregon Department of Forestry is forming a new team to boost the value of forest waste products in a move meant to improve forest health and lessen the severity of forest fires.

The state received $250,000 from the U.S. Forest Service to create a Statewide Wood Energy Team or SWET. The relatively new concept unites forest experts from the public and private sector to pursue projects that boost the commercial value of the scrub trees and bushes clogging the states forests.
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HIT WITH HEALTH REFORM FEES, OREGON HEALTH INSURERS BLED HEAVILY DURING 2015’S FIRST QUARTER

(Oregon Business Journal)After losing nearly $47 million collectively last year, Oregons major insurers lost even more money in the first quarter of 2015, partly due to Affordable Care Act fees.
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OREGON TAPS WOOD ENERGY EXPERTS TO TACKLE FOREST HEALTH

(Oregon Business Journal)The Oregon Department of Forestry is forming a new team to boost the value of forest waste products in a move meant to improve forest health and lessen the severity of forest fires.
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OREGON EMPLOYERS ADD 7,600 JOBS IN APRIL

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent last month, down from 5.4 percent in March, according to the Oregon Employment Department.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS TO CONSIDER ALLOWING BIRTH CONTROL WITHOUT DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregon lawmakers will consider a proposal that would allow women to get oral contraceptives and contraceptive patches without a doctors prescription.
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FEDS QUESTION NORTHWEST NUCLEAR PLANT EVACUATION PLANS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Last summer officials at the only Northwest nuclear power plant changed their public evacuation plans and the federal government says in a report it wasnt informed.
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WORLD’S APPETITE FOR CAVIAR SENDS POACHERS AFTER COLUMBIA RIVER STURGEON

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Theres no good reason for a live, 8-foot sturgeon to be tied by the tail and tethered to the shore of the Columbia River.

Wildlife cops have found this is how poachers steal these giant fish: They keep the sturgeon alive and hidden underwater while they look for black market buyers.
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WHEN POLICE RANKS ARE THIN, WILDLIFE CRIME OFTEN DOES PAY

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The doe wandered across the wrong property. Whats left of her now is a blood stain in a bathtub.

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Trooper Darin Bean finds the deers remnants in a backwoods central Oregon home. He had been searching for the man who illegally shot the deer last January and now, months later, missed his court date.
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SUPPORT FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CLIMBS AS OREGON CROSSES 1-YEAR MARK– BLOG

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A new Gallup poll says support of same-sex marriage is at an all-time high, with 60 percent of Americans favoring it being legal in the U.S. Thats up from 55 percent in support last year.
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OREGON DRIVERS MAY PAY TAXES BY THE MILE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.
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OREGON RATED AN AVERAGE PLACE TO LIVE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)How do people choose which city or state to call home?
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ORGANIC CHECKOFF DRAWS SUPPORTERS, DETRACTORS

(Capital Press)The Organic Trade Association has petitioned USDA for a checkoff program for organic after more than 5,000 organic farms and businesses weighed in on the proposal and supported it 2 to 1.
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NEW OREGON LAW OPENS FINANCIAL DOORS

(Capital Press)-An Oregon law that went into effect this year allows Oregon-based businesses to raise up to $250,000 from state residents.-

Small-scale Oregon farmers and entrepreneurs are getting a helping hand from a state law that went into effect this year.

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FTC: FAMILY RAISED $187 MILLION FOR CANCER, SPENT IT ON THEMSELVES

(KATU)A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.
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OREGON HOUSE ASKS VOTERS FOR AUTHORITY TO IMPEACH GOVERNOR

(KATU)Oregon voters may be deciding whether state legislators should have power to impeach the governor and other elected officials from the executive branch after the state House approved a resolution Tuesday sending a proposed constitutional amendment to the ballot in 2016.
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UBER NOT LIVING UP TO PROMISE FOR ADA-ACCESSIBLE RIDES

(KGW)Critics argue Uber hasn’t lived up to its promise to provide wheelchair-accessible rides.

“I just find it appalling,” said Lavaun Heaster, chair of the Portland Commission on Disability. “If a business is coming into Portland they have to play by the rules.”
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BEND’S HOUSING CRISIS, PT. 1: WHO’S TO BLAME?

(KTVZ Bend)-One answer clear as an old line still on the map; solutions harder-

Here’s something not news to many: There’s a housing crisis in Central Oregon, with Bend as its no-vacancy epicenter.

Not just an affordable housing crisis — finding a place to live, period.

Families who don’t normally struggle to find housing are now struggling, amid vacancy rates in the very low single digits.
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USFS TO TREAT 4,800 ACRES OF INVASIVE WEEDS IN C.O.

(KTVZ Bend)-Despite treatment, area infestations up 500 percent in 17 years-

As part of an ongoing campaign to halt the spread of invasive weeds, land managers plan to treat around 4,800 acres of infestations this year on sites administered by the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests and the Crooked River National Grassland.
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OREGON JOINS EFFORT TO SHUT SCAM ‘CANCER CHARITIES’

(KTVZ Bend)Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined the Federal Trade Commission, all 50 states and the District of Columbia in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Arizona, charging four national cancer charities with bilking more than $187 million from consumers.
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GUN CONTROL BILL AIMED AT DOMESTIC ABUSERS MOVES TO SENATE

(KTVZ Bend)An Oregon Senate panel has advanced legislation prohibiting people from keeping their firearms if they’ve been convicted of domestic violence or are under a restraining order.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS TO CONSIDER SALES TAX FOR RETAIL MARIJUANA

(KTVZ Bend)Oregon lawmakers will consider creating a sales tax for marijuana instead of the taxation method approved by voters, which would apply to growers.
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OREGON TO TEST PAY-PER-MILE IDEA AS REPLACEMENT FOR GAS TAX

(The World)Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.

The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country, in part, because of greater fuel efficiency and the increasing popularity of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars.

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U.S. HOUSE PASSES LEGISLATION TO SAVE COAST GUARD AIR FACILITY IN NEWPORT

(The World)The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Monday that would keep the U.S. Coast Guard’s air facility in Newport open indefinitely.
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BENTON COUNTY VOTES DOWN GMO MEASURE

(KEZI)Genetically engineered organisms GMOs were back on the ballot Tuesday. This time it was specifically limited to Benton County.

Measure 2-89 would prohibit the use of GMOs throughout Benton County.
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DROUGHT CONDITIONS WORSEN IN WESTERN OREGON

(KEZI)Oregon is the home to the deepest lake in the United States, to famous waterfalls and in western Oregon abundant streams and rivers. The life blood of our community is this water, all fueled by nearly 50 inches of rain and hundreds of inches of snow that falls in the Cascades every year. This year though we didn’t get that critical snow and we’re already seeing the consequences.
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SENATE COMMITTEE RESOLVES MEDICAL POT ISSUE

(OregonBusiness)Lawmakers have come up with a new set of restrictions for medical marijuana industry.
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THE HIGH COST OF OBTAINING PUBLIC INFORMATION

(KOIN)-KOIN 6 News quoted $17,000 to get public records related to the Oregon Zoo-

Allan Classen, the editor and publisher of the NW Examiner, tried to get public records from Metro for their series on the Oregon Zoo elephants and the 2008 bond.

The bill came to $18,000, he told KOIN 6 News. These are public records. We are entitled to them, no question. But if you make them expensive enough in practical terms they arent available.
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OREGONS URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY CONFERENCE

(KXL)Oregon Community Trees is hosting its annual Urban & Community Forestry conference from 8:00am to 3:30pm on Thursday, June 4th at Portlands World Forestry Center.
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BEHIND THE MAY REVENUE FORECAST– BLOG

(Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)The labor market is the key to the May 2015 economic and revenue forecast. In particular, wages are the lynchpin in the outlook. Thats really about it, at least in terms of relative changes from previous forecasts.
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OREGONS PAYROLL EMPLOYMENT GROWS RAPIDLY IN APRIL 2015– BLOG

(Oregon Workforce & Economic Information)Oregon saw rapid growth in payroll employment, adding 7,600 jobs in April 2015. This was on track with growth seen between September 2014 and January 2015, when the average month growth was at 6,200 jobs.

Oregons economy, in terms of unemployment and job growth, is doing great and looks a lot like it did ten years ago during the last expansion, says State Employment Economist Nick Beleiciks.
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May 19, 2015 eClips

  • Oregon’s next state schools chief: Salam Noor, former assistant superintendent of Oregon and Salem-Keizer schools
  • USDA makes $21 million available to drought-stricken states, including Oregon
  • Proposed marijuana sales tax unveiled by Oregon Legislators
  • Gay marriage marks 1 year in Oregon: a look back at best photos, stories
  • Kate Brown will sign bill easing ‘benefits cliff’ for low-income renters
  • Oregon’s kicker tax rebate: Here’s the wrinkle in the law we got wrong
  • Panel approves new restrictions for medical marijuana
  • Former Salem-Keizer assistant superintendent named chief of public instruction
  • A new capitol: A big price tag for a big project — Opinion
  • Discovery opens door for homemade morphine, painkillers
  • Bill would pressure Lane County doctors to see more OHP patients
  • Widen ODFWs base — Opinion
  • Property management industry highly regulated — Guest Opinion
  • Mayor proposes a parking garage for Glenwood made of wood
  • Bill would pressure Lane County doctors to see more OHP patients
  • Senate nears vote on altered medical marijuana rules
  • Growing economy adds up to more budget reserves
  • Corps opts out of blue-green algae advisories at Lost Creek Lake
  • Spring chinook fishing to open on upper John Day River
  • Senators Won’t Hear Public Testimony on Bill to Continue Local Bans on Medical Weed– Blog
  • Senate committee passes bill to set limits on medical marijuana
  • Legislators press impeachment measure forward
  • Legislators press impeachment measure forward
  • Oregon’s women-owned business growth rate pales compared to national average– Blog
  • Oregon’s 15 best cities to start a business
  • Politics Get Complicated Over Oregon Transportation Funding
  • Oregon Considers Prison Alternatives For Parents
  • Fewer Oregon Teens Smoking, But More Trying E-Cigarettes
  • Western landowners can apply for drought mitigation funding
  • Food stamps are a billion-dollar business in Oregon
  • 19 Oregon veterans’ cremains to be interred
  • Prescribed burn planned near Camp Sherman
  • Oregon Lottery launches Loteria Scratch-It game
  • Wyo. Gov. Matt Mead pushes coal ports on NW trip
  • Nursing home care options limited in Coos County
  • 2015 Wildfire Outlook
  • County commissioner says new gun background checks “unenforceable”
  • Standardized testing not tied to school funding
  • Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week focuses on water
  • Wildlife Detectives: Many Poachers Uncaught, Lightly Punished In NW
  • Politics Get Complicated Over Oregon Transportation Funding

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OREGON’S NEXT STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF: SALAM NOOR, FORMER ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF OREGON AND SALEM-KEIZER SCHOOLS

(Portland Oregonian)Salam Noor, who served as assistant superintendent of Salem-Keizer schools and assistant state superintendent at the Oregon Department of Education before that, will become Oregon’s new state schools chief in July.
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USDA MAKES $21 MILLION AVAILABLE TO DROUGHT-STRICKEN STATES, INCLUDING OREGON

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon growers and ranchers will soon be eligible for $21 million in federal funds that they can put toward new technology and other ways to combat the drought eating into revenues.
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PROPOSED MARIJUANA SALES TAX UNVEILED BY OREGON LEGISLATORS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon legislators on Monday unveiled a proposed retail sales tax for marijuana that would replace the harvest tax approved by voters.
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GAY MARRIAGE MARKS 1 YEAR IN OREGON: A LOOK BACK AT BEST PHOTOS, STORIES

(Portland Oregonian)It’s been one year since U.S. District Judge Michael McShane struck down Oregon’s ban on gay marriage — and since joyful couples began tying the knot in the hours that followed.
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KATE BROWN WILL SIGN BILL EASING ‘BENEFITS CLIFF’ FOR LOW-INCOME RENTERS

(Portland Oregonian)A bipartisan bill offering relief for low-income families whose rising earnings would otherwise boot them from affordable housing is set to receive Gov. Kate Brown’s signature and become law, her office confirmed Monday.
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OREGON’S KICKER TAX REBATE: HERE’S THE WRINKLE IN THE LAW WE GOT WRONG

(Portland Oregonian)I incorrectly described how Oregon’s kicker tax rebates will be distributed to state income taxpayers next year — assuming the kicker is indeed triggered.
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PANEL APPROVES NEW RESTRICTIONS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA

(Salem Statesman Journal)An Oregon Senate special committee unanimously passed legislation on Monday imposing a variety of new restrictions on medical marijuana, a week after a joint committee overseeing the state’s marijuana rules stalled on a similar measure.
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FORMER SALEM-KEIZER ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT NAMED CHIEF OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Former Salem-Keizer Assistant Superintendent Salam Noor will succeed Rob Saxton as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction after Saxton resigns from the position in July.
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A NEW CAPITOL: A BIG PRICE TAG FOR A BIG PROJECT — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Would you spend $337 million to redo a cake that has a bowling trophy on top?
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DISCOVERY OPENS DOOR FOR HOMEMADE MORPHINE, PAINKILLERS

(Eugene Register-Guard)Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

While no one has yet reported making morphine in the laboratory from scratch, some experts are calling for regulations to prevent garage tinkerers from making do-it-yourself morphine, which can be converted into heroin.

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BILL WOULD PRESSURE LANE COUNTY DOCTORS TO SEE MORE OHP PATIENTS

(Eugene Register-Guard)Lane County area legislators are trying to put the pressure on Lane County doctors to take on more low-income Oregon Health Plan-insured patients.

The move is aimed at addressing a problem created by the rapid expansion of the rolls of OHP the states Medicaid system under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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WIDEN ODFWS BASE — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Reduce reliance on hunting, fishing licenses-

When the Oregon Legislature approved its first fish and game laws in 1872, it prohibited the use of explosives and poisons to kill fish, banned the hunting of deer and elk for their horns and hides, and established seasons for hunting deer and game birds. Lawmakers then adjourned without appropriating any money to enforce the laws. To the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, it might appear that little has changed.
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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY HIGHLY REGULATED — GUEST OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)The devastating news received by property owners in Eugene and Corvallis regarding a high-profile property management company has highlighted the risks for property owners in our state system of real estate management and licensing.
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MAYOR PROPOSES A PARKING GARAGE FOR GLENWOOD MADE OF WOOD

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Springfield wants to be in forefront of innovative building method-

Mayor Christine Lundberg wants a parking garage built in Glenwood and she wants it made of wood.

And before you laugh, understand, first, that the mayor is serious, and, second, she deems the project as a way to promote what could become a game-changer for the timber economies of Springfield, where mills continue to be an important source of jobs, and for the rest of Oregon, the nations leading lumber producer.
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BILL WOULD PRESSURE LANE COUNTY DOCTORS TO SEE MORE OHP PATIENTS

(Eugene Register-Guard)Lane County area legislators are trying to put the pressure on Lane County doctors to take on more low-income Oregon Health Plan-insured patients.
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SENATE NEARS VOTE ON ALTERED MEDICAL MARIJUANA RULES

(Portland Tribune)A bill to regulate medical marijuana is headed to the Oregon Senate for a floor vote, after lawmakers voted unanimously to move it out of a special Senate committee on Monday evening.

The legislation would require the Oregon Health Authority to begin tracking the movement of medical pot through the supply chain and it would limit the size of cannabis gardens, particularly in residential neighborhoods.
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GROWING ECONOMY ADDS UP TO MORE BUDGET RESERVES

(Portland Tribune)Along with a projected $473 million rebate to taxpayers and hundreds of millions more available for schools and state services, Oregons growing economy is producing more money for the states financial reserves.

By the end of the current two-year budget cycle on June 30, the state budget will have just shy of $900 million in reserves distributed among three funds.
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CORPS OPTS OUT OF BLUE-GREEN ALGAE ADVISORIES AT LOST CREEK LAKE

(Medford Mail Tribune)-Agency instead will rely on year-round education program to keep water users safe-

Federal officials will no longer participate in volunteer advisories against water contact during blue-green algae blooms at Lost Creek Lake and 10 other Oregon reservoirs, opting instead for a year-round education program about identifying potentially unhealthful waters.
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SPRING CHINOOK FISHING TO OPEN ON UPPER JOHN DAY RIVER

(East Oregonian)Spring chinook fishing will open from May 20 through June 7 on the upper John Day River from the Highway 207 bridge located about a half-mile downstream of Service Creek upstream to the mouth of the North Fork John Day River near Kimberly.
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SENATORS WON’T HEAR PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON BILL TO CONTINUE LOCAL BANS ON MEDICAL WEED– BLOG

(Willamette Week)-UPDATE: Senate pot committee passes bill unanimously.-

The Oregon Senate is preparing to pass a bill that would allow cities and counties to keep banning medical-marijuana sales without a public vote.

When it comes to debating the extension, it looks like state lawmakers don’t want to hear from the public, either.
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SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES BILL TO SET LIMITS ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA

(Bend Bulletin)-Updated with committee vote-

After a month of trying to bring a vote on controversial changes to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, five members of a new Senate committee voted unanimously Monday to add new reporting requirements and plant limits for growers in that industry.
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LEGISLATORS PRESS IMPEACHMENT MEASURE FORWARD

(Daily Astorian)Legislators are advancing a measure that would give them the authority to impeach elected officials. Oregon is the only state that does not have a mechanism for impeachement.
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LEGISLATORS PRESS IMPEACHMENT MEASURE FORWARD

(Daily Astorian)Legislators are advancing a measure that would give them the authority to impeach elected officials.
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OREGON’S WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS GROWTH RATE PALES COMPARED TO NATIONAL AVERAGE– BLOG

(Oregon Business Journal)The increase in the number of women-owned firms in Oregon falls well below national norms.

So notes American Express OPEN, which issues its fifth annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report this week. The report notes that Oregon has an estimated 126,600 women-owned firms that employ 102,700 workers.

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OREGON’S 15 BEST CITIES TO START A BUSINESS

(Oregon Business Journal)Portland isn’t the best place in Oregon to start a business.
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POLITICS GET COMPLICATED OVER OREGON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Lawmakers have been gung-ho about passing a comprehensive transportation package since before the legislative session even started. But a bill to provide increased funding for roads and bridges has yet to be introduced.
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OREGON CONSIDERS PRISON ALTERNATIVES FOR PARENTS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Lisa Savard lives outside Olympia with two of her four children and her boyfriend. She also has two adult children who live on their own. Savard has a full-time job, with health benefits and a retirement plan. What makes her so unusual is that this is all new, and none of it would have been possible, she says, without the help of a corrections program called the Family and Offenders Sentencing Alternative FOSA.
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FEWER OREGON TEENS SMOKING, BUT MORE TRYING E-CIGARETTES

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Fewer adolescents are smoking cigarettes in Oregon according to a new federal study.
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WESTERN LANDOWNERS CAN APPLY FOR DROUGHT MITIGATION FUNDING

(Capital Press)Farmers and other landowners in Oregon, Idaho, California and five other drought-stricken states are eligible for funding under a program announced Monday by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
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FOOD STAMPS ARE A BILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS IN OREGON

(KGW)-In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that Oregon retailers redeemed $1.2 billion worth of food stamps, up from $366 million in 2003.-

The signs are hard to miss.

“We Take Food Stamps,” says one sign posted outside a Portland convenience store.

“Accepting EBT Food Stamps,” reads another. A gas station window promotes, “We accept SNAP.”
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19 OREGON VETERANS’ CREMAINS TO BE INTERRED

(KTVZ Bend)-Two spouses as well; were stored in canisters at Oregon State Hospital-

A final salute with full military honors will be made to 19 Oregon military veterans and two spouses of veterans whose cremated remains will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on Friday at 10 a.m.

For nearly 10 years, the Oregon State Hospital Replacement Project has been working with Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs to identify the deceased who are eligible for veteran burial.
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PRESCRIBED BURN PLANNED NEAR CAMP SHERMAN

(KTVZ Bend)As a part of a Central Oregon Prescribed Fire Training Exchange TREX program, fire specialists from The Nature Conservancy, Forest Service, BLM, state of Oregon and a private contractor Grayback Forestry will be doing a prescribed burn west of Sisters Tuesday.
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OREGON LOTTERY LAUNCHES LOTERIA SCRATCH-IT GAME

(KTVZ Bend)On Cinco de Mayo, the Oregon Lottery launched its own version of the well-known Mexican Bingo-style game, Loteria.

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WYO. GOV. MATT MEAD PUSHES COAL PORTS ON NW TRIP

(KTVZ Bend)Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is in Washington State pushing to try to get access to deep-water ports in the Northwest to allow shipment of Wyoming coal to Asian markets.
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NURSING HOME CARE OPTIONS LIMITED IN COOS COUNTY

(The World)In the wake of violations levied against Baycrest Memory Care, and as more stories of health and staffing violations continue to circulate, the severity of allegations has left community members wondering what options are available for their loved ones.
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2015 WILDFIRE OUTLOOK

(KEZI)Summer means wildfire season in Oregon. With the mild winter and fairly dry spring, this season could be a severe one.

Right now we’re looking at worst case scenario, said Matt Mackey, Oregon Department of Forestry Wildland Fire Supervisor.
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COUNTY COMMISSIONER SAYS NEW GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS “UNENFORCEABLE”

(KPIC)Earlier this month, Oregon’s governor signed into law an expansion of background checks for most private gun sales
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STANDARDIZED TESTING NOT TIED TO SCHOOL FUNDING

(KOIN)-Smarter Balanced test is meant to measure whether kids are meeting challenging Common Core standards-

Since April, the number of exempted students for the Smarter Balanced test at Portland Public Schools jumped from 5% of test takers to 8%. About one in seven high school juniors is skipping the test.
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OREGON INVASIVE WEED AWARENESS WEEK FOCUSES ON WATER

(Tillamook Headlight Herald)Governor Brown has proclaimed May 17-23 as Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week, signifying the importance of the state’s long battle with noxious weeds
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WILDLIFE DETECTIVES: MANY POACHERS UNCAUGHT, LIGHTLY PUNISHED IN NW

(Northwest Public Radio)The U.S. is increasing its efforts to combat global wildlife trafficking. But resources have diminished for catching poachers stateside.
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POLITICS GET COMPLICATED OVER OREGON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

(Jefferson Public Radio)A Washington proposal would ticket drivers who travel too slow in the left lane of highways.
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May 18, 2015 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Gov. Kate Brown, 400 others are first passengers on MAX’s new Orange line
* Filmed in Oregon: The stiff competition for Hollywood’s business
* Kuwait bound Oregon Air National Guard participate in mobilization ceremony
* Save for the future before spending revenue windfall — Opinion
* Nail salon workers: New York abuses raise questions about Oregon manicurists
* Expert panel, editorial board to talk transportation at Monday evening event — Opinion
* Why are so few willing to run for school board in Oregon?
* Revenue forecast: Oregon ‘kicker’ refund grows
* N.J. may soon pump its own gas, leaving Oregon as lone self-service holdout
* Detroit Lake residents, visitors warned of toxic algae bloom
* Nail salon workers: New York abuses raise questions about Oregon manicurists
* Oregon lacking ‘ag in the middle’ — mid-sized companies that could make companies like Burgerville more local
* Amber Alerts sent to mobile phones can be startling but are ‘super effective,’ official says
* Turkey season is the usual hits, missed shots, spring surprises
* While waiting on Salem, cities grapple with marijuana regulations
* PERS: Updated database available that includes 2014 public employee retirees
* Farmer v. farmer: Future of Oregon water at center of fight over new dam in Silverton
* Portland judge sanctions state in lawsuit over job opportunities for severely disabled Oregonians
* Nearly $500,000 in federal aid earmarked to help laid-off Oregon millworkers find work
* Body camera policies must block officers’ previewing of video in use-of-force cases — Opinion
* Oregon may be next to ban Palcohol
* Toxic algae detected at Detroit Lake
* Only 817 running for school boards in Oregon this election
* Thousands petition Oregon governor to stop Nestl deal
* Honorary-page coordinator makes Senate unforgettable — Opinion
* Justice system transparency before practicality wrong — Guest Opinion
* Vaccinate for the benefit of the majority — Opinion
* Governor selects new Lane County judge
* Norovirus outbreak reported at Lane County senior living facilities
* Dont surrender prison savings — Opinion
* We may not like where driverless cars take us — Guest Opinion
* Amtrak needs funding — Opinion
* Standardized testing fails at measuring success — Guest Opinion
* State details Delta-Beltline improvements
* Governor selects new Lane County judge
* Dont surrender prison savings — Opinion
* Growing our Own
* Oregon to Congress: Willamette Falls region should be national heritage area
* Fuel standard on table to restart transportation talks
* State budgeters cry ‘whoa’ as lawmakers line up for extra funds
* State budgeters cry ‘whoa’ as lawmakers line up for extra funds
* Fuel standard on table to restart transportation talks
* Rocky Point to Crater Lake loop proposed as bike route
* Our View: Kicking state government down the road — Opinion
* Our view: Let rural Oregon speed up, fill up — Opinion
* Bill would put off sage grouse listing for 10 years
* Oregon agency asks for $100M to build affordable housing
* OHSU strives to cut Oregons melanoma diagnoses in half
* Raw milk advertising restrictions lifted
* Funds awarded for Prineville workers
* Bend Guard unit demobilizes with ceremony
* Why one New York carrier is exiting Oregon and health insurance altogether — Blog
* An easy solution to our crumbling infrastructure problem — Guest Opinion
* Northwest States Face Early Signs Of Wildfire Summer
* Quake May Be Fake, But Reactions Are Real For Oregon Households
* Oregon Lawmakers Consider Budget For Fish And Wildlife
* Oregon Food Processor Wants To Turn Invasive Carp Into Organic Fertilizer
* More Portland-Area Students Decline To Take New State Tests
* Measure Would Require Boost In Pay For Some Disabled Workers
* Freight Railroads In Northwest Unlikely To Meet Deadline To Install Safety Upgrade
* Represented: Limited Law Enforcement In SW Oregon
* Q&A: Oregon Earthquake Expert Responds To Audience Questions
* Ag a key economic player in Columbia River Gorge
* Laundry pod poisonings continue, despite new labeling
* El Nio likely to stick around, could ease drought in Calif.
* In Our View: Water Under the Bridge — Opinion
* Devlin Says Most New Money in Budget Forecast Already Spoken For
* Health Insurance Needs Bills Guaranteeing Transparency, Fair Payment, Says Nurses Union
* SB 144 Expands Reimbursement for Telemedicine — Guest Opinion
* Oregon National Guard Mobilizes For Kuwait
* Oregon labors legislative agenda still in the air

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GOV. KATE BROWN, 400 OTHERS ARE FIRST PASSENGERS ON MAX’S NEW ORANGE LINE (Portland Oregonian)

Gov. Kate Brown was like a kid with a new toy Friday, pressing her face against the glass of the operator’s cockpit of one of TriMet’s newest trains as it made the first run with passengers on the $1.5-billion Portland-Milwaukie light rail line.
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FILMED IN OREGON: THE STIFF COMPETITION FOR HOLLYWOOD’S BUSINESS (Portland Oregonian)

Rainn Wilson played a Portland police detective in the Fox TV series “Backstrom.” The series, which was recently canceled after one season, was set in Portland, but filmed in Vancouver, B.C.
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KUWAIT BOUND OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD PARTICIPATE IN MOBILIZATION CEREMONY (Portland Oregonian)

Approximately 40 Citizen-Airmen of the Security Forces Squadron are scheduled to deploy to Kuwait in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel for six months. The Airmen will provide airbase security and aircraft protection, among other base defense duties.
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SAVE FOR THE FUTURE BEFORE SPENDING REVENUE WINDFALL — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

State economists presented a whopper of a revenue forecast Thursday. Personal income tax collections exceeded projections by 3.5 percent, easily surpassing the 2 percent trigger for a “kicker” refund to taxpayers.
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NAIL SALON WORKERS: NEW YORK ABUSES RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT OREGON MANICURISTS (Portland Oregonian)

Even if you’ve never had a professional manicure, you may have read about The New York Times’ investigation of workplace conditions in nail salons in the New York City area.
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EXPERT PANEL, EDITORIAL BOARD TO TALK TRANSPORTATION AT MONDAY EVENING EVENT — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

There are few issues that generate as much hair-pulling among citizens and policymakers as roads. Most of us take them for granted until we hit a pothole or bottleneck, both of which seem to be happening more and more often. Lawmakers and transportation experts have it even worse.
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WHY ARE SO FEW WILLING TO RUN FOR SCHOOL BOARD IN OREGON? (Portland Oregonian)

West Linn-Wilsonville, Sherwood, Tigard-Tualatin and Gladstone have 10 positions on their school boards up for election this spring — and just 10 people running, one for each seat.
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REVENUE FORECAST: OREGON ‘KICKER’ REFUND GROWS (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon’s strong economic growth means individuals could get a total of $473 million in personal income refunds this year, an average of $284 per filer.
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N.J. MAY SOON PUMP ITS OWN GAS, LEAVING OREGON AS LONE SELF-SERVICE HOLDOUT (Portland Oregonian)

If a New Jersey lawmaker has his way, Oregon could become the only state in the U.S. where it’s illegal to pump your own gas.
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DETROIT LAKE RESIDENTS, VISITORS WARNED OF TOXIC ALGAE BLOOM (Portland Oregonian)

Detroit Lake has been placed under a health advisory because of an algae bloom, the Oregon Health Authority said Friday.
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NAIL SALON WORKERS: NEW YORK ABUSES RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT OREGON MANICURISTS (Portland Oregonian)

Even if you’ve never had a professional manicure, you may have read about The New York Times’ investigation of workplace conditions in nail salons in the New York City area.
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OREGON LACKING ‘AG IN THE MIDDLE’ — MID-SIZED COMPANIES THAT COULD MAKE COMPANIES LIKE BURGERVILLE MORE LOCAL (Portland Oregonian)

There are a lot of small farmers in Oregon who sell at farmers markets, run community-supported agriculture programs and make other sales in their areas.
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AMBER ALERTS SENT TO MOBILE PHONES CAN BE STARTLING BUT ARE ‘SUPER EFFECTIVE,’ OFFICIAL SAYS (Portland Oregonian)

Jackie Robertson was making dinner with a friend Thursday evening when alarms sounded on both their phones.

The alert startled them and got their attention, as it was intended to, notifying tens of thousands of Oregonians that a child was missing.
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TURKEY SEASON IS THE USUAL HITS, MISSED SHOTS, SPRING SURPRISES (Portland Oregonian)

The lull between Mother’s and Father’s days spans much of Oregon’s spring turkey season, ringing true a timeless observation: Behind a good tom there’s an even better hen.
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WHILE WAITING ON SALEM, CITIES GRAPPLE WITH MARIJUANA REGULATIONS (Portland Oregonian)

Gresham’s debate this month over whether to allow medical marijuana businesses exposed a deep divide of opinion about the drug in the state.
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PERS: UPDATED DATABASE AVAILABLE THAT INCLUDES 2014 PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREES (Portland Oregonian)

About 7,600 members of Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System headed for the retirement exits in 2014 about 10 percent of those currently eligible to retire due to age or length of service.
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FARMER V. FARMER: FUTURE OF OREGON WATER AT CENTER OF FIGHT OVER NEW DAM IN SILVERTON (Portland Oregonian)

Bruce Jaquet took over management of his 193-acre farm from his father. He bought the land from his great-aunt, passed down from her father, who originally bought the land after emigrating from Switzerland in 1900.
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PORTLAND JUDGE SANCTIONS STATE IN LAWSUIT OVER JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR SEVERELY DISABLED OREGONIANS (Portland Oregonian)

A federal judge has sanctioned Oregon officials for their glacial release of electronic records to disabled adults who accuse the state of failing to provide them better work opportunities.
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NEARLY $500,000 IN FEDERAL AID EARMARKED TO HELP LAID-OFF OREGON MILLWORKERS FIND WORK (Portland Oregonian)

More than 100 Oregon millworkers who were laid off after the roof collapsed at their Prineville worksite last year could receive help finding other work as a result of a federal grant announced Thursday.
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BODY CAMERA POLICIES MUST BLOCK OFFICERS’ PREVIEWING OF VIDEO IN USE-OF-FORCE CASES — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

These days, it’s tough to find anyone who really opposes the idea of police officers wearing body cameras for recording their encounters with the public.
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OREGON MAY BE NEXT TO BAN PALCOHOL (Salem Statesman Journal)

Palcohol, a newly approved powdered alcohol aimed at backpackers, may soon be illegal in Oregon.

Lobbyists pushing a ban on the product say it would be too attractive to children.

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TOXIC ALGAE DETECTED AT DETROIT LAKE (Salem Statesman Journal)

A state agency advised Friday that high toxin levels from blue-green algae have been detected at Detroit Lake, but Salem officials said the citys drinking water remained safe.
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ONLY 817 RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARDS IN OREGON THIS ELECTION (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Oregon School Boards Association reported a surprisingly low number of school board candidates in this years district elections.

Across the state, 817 people are running for school board next Tuesday, which is the lowest of any election in the last decade, said a press release by the association.

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THOUSANDS PETITION OREGON GOVERNOR TO STOP NESTL DEAL (Salem Statesman Journal)

Thousands of people have submitted comments opposing a controversial water-rights trade in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge.
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HONORARY-PAGE COORDINATOR MAKES SENATE UNFORGETTABLE — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

“My goal is to teach you guys, by the time you leave here, how a law is made.”
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JUSTICE SYSTEM TRANSPARENCY BEFORE PRACTICALITY WRONG — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

It is not hard to support a constructive look at how we deliver public safety services. The pursuit of justice reminds us every day that we can always do better.
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VACCINATE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE MAJORITY — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Everyone who can get vaccinated should. It helps to protect those who cant.

Most parents in Oregon do get their children vaccinated. Doctors tell them what is recommended. The shots are given.

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GOVERNOR SELECTS NEW LANE COUNTY JUDGE (Eugene Register-Guard)

Governor Kate Brown has appointed a new judge to fill the vacancy in Lane County Circuit Court, following a delay as a result of Governor John Kitzhabers resignation.
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NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK REPORTED AT LANE COUNTY SENIOR LIVING FACILITIES (Eugene Register-Guard)

Five senior living facilities in Lane County have reported outbreaks of a common stomach virus in recent weeks.

The facilities including Lone Oak Assisted Living and Cascade Manor in Eugene have reported outbreaks of norovirus, a food and waterborne illness that can also be spread through contact with hard surfaces, Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said. No fatalities have been reported this year.
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DONT SURRENDER PRISON SAVINGS — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Oregons inmate population will grow without state investments in county-run alternatives-

One risk of success is being taken for granted. Thats a danger the Legislature must guard against as it prepares its corrections budget for the next two years. Oregon has saved hundreds of millions of dollars by halting a once-inexorable rise in its prison population, but now may starve counties of the money they need to support the programs that made success possible.
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WE MAY NOT LIKE WHERE DRIVERLESS CARS TAKE US — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Commuting fantasies ignore social and economic realities-

The robotic car is here. Mercedes introduced a driverless car, the F015 Luxury in Motion, in San Francisco in March. An Audi SQ5 outfitted by parts maker Delphi completed a cross-country trip from San Francisco to New York in early April. Many new models have self-driving features that claim to improve safety and eliminate driver error. What can we expect in years to come?
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AMTRAK NEEDS FUNDING — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Accident puts spotlight on infrastructure deficiencies-

Few Oregonians may know that this is National Infrastructure Week, but lawmakers in Congress are no doubt aware painfully so in the wake of this weeks fatal train derailment that claimed the lives of eight people.

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STANDARDIZED TESTING FAILS AT MEASURING SUCCESS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

I will not be taking the Smarter Balanced tests this year, because I already have suffered through the Oaks Tests. Thankfully, I came out a survivor.

Unfortunately, many of my friends and family members will be going through the anxiety and pressure that state testing brings each year. Many schools in Oregon already have begun administering the Smarter Balanced tests, but with many students opting out, its clear that the legitimacy of state testing is still up for debate.

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STATE DETAILS DELTA-BELTLINE IMPROVEMENTS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-It could cost between $15 million and $20 million to make the north Eugene highway interchange safer-

The Oregon Department of Transportation hopes to cobble together $15 million to $20 million in coming months so that it can rebuild parts of the Delta Highway/Randy Pap Beltline interchange, with construction possibly starting in 2017.
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GOVERNOR SELECTS NEW LANE COUNTY JUDGE (Eugene Register-Guard)

Gov. Kate Brown has appointed a new judge to fill the vacancy in Lane County Circuit Court, following a delay as a result of Gov. John Kitzhabers resignation.
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DONT SURRENDER PRISON SAVINGS — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

One risk of success is being taken for granted. Thats a danger the Legislature must guard against as it prepares its corrections budget for the next two years.
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GROWING OUR OWN (Portland Tribune)

Developing the Community Capital Investment system is an opportunity for us to round out our portfolio: we have banks, credit unions, community corporations and community banks systems in place, said Dennie Houle, business development officer for Business Oregon.
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OREGON TO CONGRESS: WILLAMETTE FALLS REGION SHOULD BE NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA (Portland Tribune)

Oregons House of Representatives voted 50-9 May 6 to support federal designation of the states first national heritage area, owing to the nationally historic significance of Willamette Falls and its surrounding communities.
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FUEL STANDARD ON TABLE TO RESTART TRANSPORTATION TALKS (Portland Tribune)

-Brown, Dems try to get GOP back to negotiations-

A repeal of Oregons low-carbon fuel standard is among the proposals on the table as Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leaders discuss options to entice Republicans back to transportation funding talks.
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STATE BUDGETERS CRY ‘WHOA’ AS LAWMAKERS LINE UP FOR EXTRA FUNDS (Portland Tribune)

-Rosy forecast means more money for schools, tough budget competition-

Despite the rosiest forecast in years, one of the Oregon Legislatures chief budget writers and the state economist urged caution as lawmakers make final decisions on state spending for the next two years.
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STATE BUDGETERS CRY ‘WHOA’ AS LAWMAKERS LINE UP FOR EXTRA FUNDS (Portland Tribune)

Despite the rosiest forecast in years, one of the Oregon Legislatures chief budget writers and the state economist urged caution as lawmakers make final decisions on state spending for the next two years.
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FUEL STANDARD ON TABLE TO RESTART TRANSPORTATION TALKS (Portland Tribune)

A repeal of Oregons low-carbon fuel standard is among the proposals on the table as Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leaders discuss options to entice Republicans back to transportation funding talks.
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ROCKY POINT TO CRATER LAKE LOOP PROPOSED AS BIKE ROUTE (Medford Mail Tribune)

The 47-mile trek between Rocky Point on Upper Klamath Lake and Crater Lake Lodge could become one of the next official Oregon scenic bikeways.

Discover Klamath proposed the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Bikeway to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department bikeway program, and it is now one of four finalists being considered for official designation.
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OUR VIEW: KICKING STATE GOVERNMENT DOWN THE ROAD — OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)

Here we go again.

The state’s economy is on the rebound, and the state economist, being cautious as economists tend to do, underestimated the tax revenue the state would collect. So the “kicker” a misguided and misunderstood law if ever there was one will send nearly half a billion dollars back to Oregon income tax filers in the form of a credit on next year’s tax returns.
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OUR VIEW: LET RURAL OREGON SPEED UP, FILL UP — OPINION (East Oregonian)

-Rural Oregon rarely makes it into the Salem spotlight, but two bills currently being debated on the floor have us front and center.-

The first would increase speed limits on select rural highways, most notably the stretch of Interstate 84 from Ontario to The Dalles. The second bill would allow for self service gas in counties with less than 40,000 people thats most of our neighbors in Eastern Oregon, but not us here in Umatilla County.

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BILL WOULD PUT OFF SAGE GROUSE LISTING FOR 10 YEARS (Bend Bulletin)

-Measure passed by U.S. House aims to give state protection plans time to work-

The greater sage grouse could not be declared an endangered species for 10 years under legislation passed Friday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
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OREGON AGENCY ASKS FOR $100M TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING (Bend Bulletin)

-The need for such housing is growing in every corner of the state, officials say-

Gov. Kate Brown and other political forces in Oregon are standing behind a landmark request for $100 million for new affordable housing that will face off against budget realities and concerns about whether now is the time for that kind of investment.
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OHSU STRIVES TO CUT OREGONS MELANOMA DIAGNOSES IN HALF (Bend Bulletin)

-Unclear why Oregon has high skin cancer rates-

Before going in for her annual checkup four years ago, ShanRae Hawkins hadnt planned to mention any moles to her doctor. But one of the first questions her doctor asked the fair-skinned, blond, then-35-year-old was whether anything on her skin had changed.
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RAW MILK ADVERTISING RESTRICTIONS LIFTED (Bend Bulletin)

-Producers in Central Oregon say theyve done well without much marketing-

After years of what they say was a raw deal, Oregon raw milk producers can finally hawk their products out in the open.

On Wednesday, Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that allows dairies to advertise the sale of raw milk. One of 30 states that permits the sale of unpasteurized milk, Oregon had a law on the books from the 1950s that banned farms from advertising raw milk.

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FUNDS AWARDED FOR PRINEVILLE WORKERS (Bend Bulletin)

-Money to help those laid off from by Woodgrain Millwork-

Six months after a roof collapse at Woodgrain Millwork in Prineville left nearly 200 workers without jobs, the state and federal governments announced a $500,000 grant for retraining and other services.
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BEND GUARD UNIT DEMOBILIZES WITH CEREMONY (Bend Bulletin)

-Approximately 190 soldiers return after nearly a year in Afghanistan-

A nearly yearlong deployment to Afghanistan for approximately 190 soldiers with a Bend-based Oregon Army National Guard unit officially came to an end Saturday, with a demobilization ceremony at Vince Genna Stadium.
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WHY ONE NEW YORK CARRIER IS EXITING OREGON AND HEALTH INSURANCE ALTOGETHER — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)

Time Insurance Co. may not be Oregons largest health insurer, or even a well-known name here, but its asking for the biggest rate increase next year in the individual market.
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AN EASY SOLUTION TO OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE PROBLEM — GUEST OPINION (Oregon Business Journal)

With President Obamas recent trip to Oregon to promote global trade and Nikes pledge to create 10,000 U.S. jobs, Portland is at the confluence of this potential economic opportunity should we choose to seize it.
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NORTHWEST STATES FACE EARLY SIGNS OF WILDFIRE SUMMER (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

As Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency Friday, the wildfire outlook has fire officials concerned in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
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QUAKE MAY BE FAKE, BUT REACTIONS ARE REAL FOR OREGON HOUSEHOLDS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Ed and Sara Johnson cook a meal of vegetarian chili by the light of headlamps. After they eat, Sara turns on the faucet, stops herself and begins laughing.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS CONSIDER BUDGET FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Lawmakers are considering how to plug a $32 million funding gap for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife through a combination of raising hunting and fishing license fees, devoting more state revenues to the department and cutting personnel.
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OREGON FOOD PROCESSOR WANTS TO TURN INVASIVE CARP INTO ORGANIC FERTILIZER (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

A new project in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge intends to turn todays invasive fish into tomorrows organic fertilizer.

The Refuge has entered into an agreement with Silver Sage Fisheries and Nutrient Company, a venture of Oregon-based Pacific Foods, to catch and process invasive carp.
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MORE PORTLAND-AREA STUDENTS DECLINE TO TAKE NEW STATE TESTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The number of students officially refusing to take Oregons new standardized tests has nearly doubled over the last month in the Portland metro area.

At least 3,299 students in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties have opted out of the Smarter Balanced exams. Thats almost twice the 1,770 students who had refused to take the test by mid-April.
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MEASURE WOULD REQUIRE BOOST IN PAY FOR SOME DISABLED WORKERS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

As Northwest states debate whether to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 per hour, some adults with developmental disabilities continue to be paid as little as 25 cents per hour.
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FREIGHT RAILROADS IN NORTHWEST UNLIKELY TO MEET DEADLINE TO INSTALL SAFETY UPGRADE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Freight railroads in the Northwest appear unlikely to meet an end-of-the-year deadline to install the type of system safety regulators say could have prevented Tuesdays deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia.
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REPRESENTED: LIMITED LAW ENFORCEMENT IN SW OREGON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Were at a situation right now where justice always isnt served, says Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel. Three years ago, the sheriffs office laid off 23 deputies. He now has six deputies at his disposal, who are on patrol for only 10 hours a day.
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Q&A: OREGON EARTHQUAKE EXPERT RESPONDS TO AUDIENCE QUESTIONS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

OPB invited Jay Wilson, chairman of Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission OSSPAC, to answer questions from our audience about a Cascadia Subduction magnitude earthquake.
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AG A KEY ECONOMIC PLAYER IN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE (Capital Press)

Agriculture is a major economic influence in the Columbia River Gorge counties, panelists said at a May 14 conference, and Oregons Sherman County is a prime example.
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LAUNDRY POD POISONINGS CONTINUE, DESPITE NEW LABELING (KGW)

Each day this year, an average of 30 reports about detergent pod injuries have been called into U.S. Poison Centers. Most victims have been children under the age of 6.

In 2014, the Oregon Poison center took 243 calls on the issue.
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EL NIO LIKELY TO STICK AROUND, COULD EASE DROUGHT IN CALIF. (KGW)

El Nio is likely to persist well into 2015, a longer-than-expected stay that could bring some relief to the historic drought gripping the West, federal scientists announced this week.
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IN OUR VIEW: WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE — OPINION (The Columbian)

-Washington, Oregon need to put aside past hurts, cooperate on new I-5 span-

At some point, ideally sooner rather than later, it will be time to move forward. Time to address the Interstate 5 Bridge. Time to find a solution rather than allow old grievances to further stall the process.
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DEVLIN SAYS MOST NEW MONEY IN BUDGET FORECAST ALREADY SPOKEN FOR (The Lund Report)

The Oregon Senates top budget writer told The Lund Report that much of the $463 million in new revenues for the next budget should go into a reserve fund for 2017-2019, while 40 percent is being dedicated for schools.
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HEALTH INSURANCE NEEDS BILLS GUARANTEEING TRANSPARENCY, FAIR PAYMENT, SAYS NURSES UNION (The Lund Report)

Senate Bill 153 stops health insurers from playing games with payment, ensuring that both nurse practitioners and their clinics are paid the same as doctors. Senate Bill 523 requires insurers to tell providers upon request if a patient has fallen behind in payments, rather than simply denying payments while leaving providers unaware.
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SB 144 EXPANDS REIMBURSEMENT FOR TELEMEDICINE — GUEST OPINION (The Lund Report)

-The Telehealth Alliance of Oregon sets the record straight.-

Telemedicine is picking up steam, growing exponentially and offering access to quality healthcare for patients wherever they are in their homes, schools and workplaces reaching out to remote rural areas as well urban areas.
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OREGON NATIONAL GUARD MOBILIZES FOR KUWAIT (KXL)

40 members of the Oregon National Guard will spend the next six months in Kuwait on a security mission.
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OREGON LABORS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA STILL IN THE AIR (NW Labor Press)

With six weeks remaining in its 2015 session, the Oregon Legislature has entered the season of vote-counting and deal-cutting.

Democrats control 35 of the 60 seats in the House, and 18 of 30 seats in the Senate, yet its an open question whether theyll deliver significant gains for working people this year.
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May 18, 2015 eClips

  • Past Tense Oregon: Mount St. Helens blew its top 35 years ago today
  • Heceta Lighthouse’s rugged headlands near wild beaches: Wild about Oregon coast
  • Quiet one-mile walks to beach at Oregon Dunes, Carter camp: Wild about Oregon coast
  • Save for the future before spending revenue windfall: Editorial — Opinion
  • Legislature must stick with pro-worker agenda — Guest Opinion
  • Oregon may be next to ban Palcohol
  • UO hopes academics will soon join football in top rankings
  • Winners and losers in the week’s news — Opinion
  • A new capitol: A big price tag for a big project — Opinion
  • PERS ruling preserves credibility of contracts — Guest Opinion
  • Lane County construction jobs outpacing available workers
  • Plan crafted to rescue fish and wildlife agency
  • Central Oregon food makers form cluster
  • Soldiers Honored In Bend
  • Pacific Northwest Tree Fruit Growers and the TPP
  • Running Elk Ragged Just To Get Their Antlers

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PAST TENSE OREGON: MOUNT ST. HELENS BLEW ITS TOP 35 YEARS AGO TODAY

(Portland Oregonian)In the early spring of 1980, a man named Harry Randall Truman became a minor celebrity across the Pacific Northwest.
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HECETA LIGHTHOUSE’S RUGGED HEADLANDS NEAR WILD BEACHES: WILD ABOUT OREGON COAST

(Portland Oregonian)The beautifully restored Heceta Head Lighthouse is the gateway to the Oregon Dunes to the south and a wild stretch of the Oregon coast in Lane County to the north.
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QUIET ONE-MILE WALKS TO BEACH AT OREGON DUNES, CARTER CAMP: WILD ABOUT OREGON COAST

(Portland Oregonian)Hikers should not overlook the Oregon Dunes. Actually, they should head for the overlook.
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SAVE FOR THE FUTURE BEFORE SPENDING REVENUE WINDFALL: EDITORIAL — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)State economists presented a whopper of a revenue forecast Thursday. Personal income tax collections exceeded projections by 3.5 percent, easily surpassing the 2 percent trigger for a “kicker” refund to taxpayers.
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LEGISLATURE MUST STICK WITH PRO-WORKER AGENDA — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)The U.S. and Oregon economies have become increasingly dynamic over the past three decades. Technology and innovation have driven the rapid creation and destruction of jobs. The typical worker’s job tenure is shorter than it used to be.
Today’s economy requires a well-designed and adequate safety net that buffers crises and helps workers make transitions from one job to the next.
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OREGON MAY BE NEXT TO BAN PALCOHOL

(Salem Statesman Journal)Palcohol, a newly approved powdered alcohol aimed at backpackers, may soon be illegal in Oregon.
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UO HOPES ACADEMICS WILL SOON JOIN FOOTBALL IN TOP RANKINGS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Chuck Lillis thrills to the sight of the University of Washington rising to the top 50 in rankings of American universities.

But Lillis, the current and first chairman of the University of Oregon Board of Trustees, frankly doesn’t like what he sees in the rankings when it comes to the UO, where he also went to school.
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WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE WEEK’S NEWS — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)WINNER: Oregon schools. The economy is growing faster than economists previously predicted, which means the state will collect more taxes.
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A NEW CAPITOL: A BIG PRICE TAG FOR A BIG PROJECT — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Would you spend $337 million to redo a cake that has a bowling trophy on top?

That description of the Oregon State Capitol might well send some legislators into apoplexy. But face it: The Capitol design always has been controversial. It doesn’t resemble most state capitols.
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PERS RULING PRESERVES CREDIBILITY OF CONTRACTS — GUEST OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)The Oregon Supreme Courts recent ruling that many of the reforms to the state Public Employees Retirement System are unconstitutional and must be dialed back has caused a great deal of hand-wringing over where the affected units of government most notably schools will find the money to comply.

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LANE COUNTY CONSTRUCTION JOBS OUTPACING AVAILABLE WORKERS

(Eugene Register-Guard)By most accounts, Lane Countys construction market is booming.

From January to early May this year, more permits for single-family homes were issued in Eugene than that same period in any year since 2007, including a 37 percent jump from 2014. Nine new commercial and industrial projects with values above $1 million each have been proposed in the city so far, the most this early in the year since 2004.

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PLAN CRAFTED TO RESCUE FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCY

(Eugene Register-Guard)Lawmakers are considering how to plug a $32 million funding gap for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife through a combination of raising hunting and fishing license fees, devoting more state revenues to the department and cutting personnel
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CENTRAL OREGON FOOD MAKERS FORM CLUSTER

(Bend Bulletin)-Networking helps burgeoning industry grow-

Jem Raw Organics was a small-scale production when it was founded in Bend in 2009, selling handmade truffles to a collection of local stores.

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SOLDIERS HONORED IN BEND

(mycentraloregon.com)Approximately 190 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, were welcomed home from Afghanistan during a demobilization ceremony at the Vince Genna Stadium in Bend, Oregon, May 16.
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PACIFIC NORTHWEST TREE FRUIT GROWERS AND THE TPP

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Pacific Northwest is the countrys biggest producer of apples, pears, and cherries. Thats why Christian Schlect is keenly interested in the trade battle that unfolded this week in the U.S. Senate. Schlect is president of the Northwest Horticultural Council, an organization that represents several thousand tree fruit growers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
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RUNNING ELK RAGGED JUST TO GET THEIR ANTLERS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The trick to finding fallen antlers is to never look up.

Youre trying to just find something that looks out of the ordinary, said Rob Tanner while he makes his way through bitterbrush and around blooming sagebrush and juniper trees with his brother-in-law, Troy Capps.
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May 15, 2015 eClips Supplemental Edition

  • U.S. tax code burdens economy, middle class: Bloomberg editorial — Guest Opinion
  • Drug court helps addicts recover
  • Treasurer Wheeler’s plan to add ‘billions of dollars to PERS’– Blog
  • 10 tips for a successful workplace wellness program– Blog
  • The Internet Of Things: Game Changer Or Hype?
  • Short On Sleep? You Could Be A Disaster Waiting To Happen
  • Ag school graduates face bright job prospects
  • Honeybee losses are buzz kill for crops
  • Breast-Feeding May Cut Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk
  • Study Asks if Carrot or Stick Can Better Help Smokers Quit
  • With Tesla Entering Market, Hopes for Home Batteries Grow
  • Lethal Strain of Avian Flu Makes Its Way East to Indiana
  • Lawyers With Lowest Pay Report More Happiness
  • A 2-Minute Walk May Counter the Harms of  Sitting — Blog
  • Amtrak Crash and America’s Declining Construction Spending
  • Amtrak Needs Help — Opinion
  • Kids Who Can’t See Can’t Learn — Guest Opinion
  • The Case for Black Doctors – Guest Opinion
  • Mounting Evidence for Children of Working Families
  • Don’t be so Sure The Economy Will Return To Normal
  • Mapped: The places where most public school children are poor– Blog
  • Why the improvement in the black unemployment rate will be short-lived– Blog
  • Map: How the U.S. is a lightweight among the worlds booziest nations– Blog
  • These are the things people who are forced to work long hours miss the most– Blog
  • Driverless cars are coming sooner than you think
  • Food-borne infections killed hundreds, hospitalized thousands last year
  • Honeybees dying, situation unheard of
  • Some companies are tracking workers with smartphone apps. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Why you should never, ever play the lottery– Blog
  • No silver bullet solution to credit card fraud– Blog
  • Senators unveil student data privacy bill
  • As More With Autism Near Adulthood, Clues To Success Emerge

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U.S. TAX CODE BURDENS ECONOMY, MIDDLE CLASS: BLOOMBERG EDITORIAL — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)America’s convoluted tax code has needed comprehensive reform for years. The case for change would be open and shut even if families on low and middle incomes hadn’t come under increasing strain of late — but they have. The middle-class squeeze underscores the need for a far-reaching overhaul.
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DRUG COURT HELPS ADDICTS RECOVER

(East Oregonian)Tired of seeing the same parade of drug addicts over and over, a group of Florida judges created the nations first drug court in 1989. Defendants, instead of going into lockup for their crimes, got treatment, counseling and tough love.
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TREASURER WHEELER’S PLAN TO ADD ‘BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO PERS’– BLOG

(Oregon Business Journal)Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler on Thursday said lawmakers should “think anew, and act anew” in light of the looming budget gap and pass a bill that he said would generate billions of dollars for the state’s underfunded pension system for public workers.
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10 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAM– BLOG

(Oregon Business Journal)An increasing number of employers are offering worksite wellness programs, and such programs can be effective.

Wellness professionals at UnitedHealthcare estimate 15 percent of employees are motivated to live a healthy lifestyle, while the other 85 percent need a nudge.
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THE INTERNET OF THINGS: GAME CHANGER OR HYPE?

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Tens of billions of devices will be connected to the internet in the coming years, a development referred to as the Internet of Things. The idea is that everything from your home coffeemaker to jet engines will be able to connect directly to the internet.
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SHORT ON SLEEP? YOU COULD BE A DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Missing out on sleep pretty much guarantees feeling crummy the next day. But it can also lead to dangerous or even disastrous decision making.
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AG SCHOOL GRADUATES FACE BRIGHT JOB PROSPECTS

(Capital Press)The USDA study predicts nearly 58,000 job openings annually through 2020 in food, agriculture, natural resources and environmental fields and not nearly enough college graduates to fill them.
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HONEYBEE LOSSES ARE BUZZ KILL FOR CROPS

(Los Angeles Times)Managed honeybee colonies suffered annual losses of 42%, with summer declines outstripping winter losses for the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday..

The declines are less steep than those associated with the mysterious widespread collapse of bee colonies, first recognized in 2006, but remain troublesome, driving up prices for crop pollination services, according to the department.

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BREAST-FEEDING MAY CUT BREAST CANCER RECURRENCE RISK

(New York Times)A new report suggests that breast-feeding, which has been associated with a reduced breast cancer risk, may have another benefit. In mothers who later develop breast cancer, breast-feeding may reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.
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STUDY ASKS IF CARROT OR STICK CAN BETTER HELP SMOKERS QUIT

(New York Times)What would make a smoker more likely to quit, a big reward for succeeding or a little penalty for failing? That is what researchers wanted to know when they assigned a large group of CVS employees, their relatives and friends to different smoking cessation programs.
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WITH TESLA ENTERING MARKET, HOPES FOR HOME BATTERIES GROW

(New York Times)Christian Kasberger, a telecommunications engineer in the Austrian town of Waizenkirchen, wanted to reduce his familys dependence on fossil fuels that help power the electrical grid. So last year he put a battery system in his garage, to store the energy produced by solar panels on his rooftop.

The battery is a bit larger than a small hotel minibar refrigerator, and it has become a talking point among his visitors.

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LETHAL STRAIN OF AVIAN FLU MAKES ITS WAY EAST TO INDIANA

(New York Times)A strain of the avian flu that had recently been found only in the Western United States has been confirmed in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana, the Agriculture Department said on Monday.
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LAWYERS WITH LOWEST PAY REPORT MORE HAPPINESS

(New York Times)Of the many rewards associated with becoming a lawyer wealth, status, stimulating work day-to-day happiness has never been high on the list. Perhaps, a new study suggests, that is because lawyers and law students are focusing on the wrong rewards.
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A 2-MINUTE WALK MAY COUNTER THE HARMS OF SITTING– BLOG

(New York Times)With evidence mounting that sitting for long stretches of time is unhealthy, many of us naturally wonder how best to respond. Should we stand up, or is merely standing insufficient? Must we also stroll or jog or do jumping jacks?
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AMTRAK CRASH AND AMERICAS DECLINING CONSTRUCTION SPENDING

(New York Times)Investigators into the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia are focusing on excess speed, but there is a related issue: the overall condition of Amtrak and the nations infrastructure. One of the reasons that American trains should not travel 100 miles an hour in many places is that the state of our rail system like the state of our bridges, highways and airports is not good.
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AMTRAK NEEDS HELP — OPINION

(New York Times)It may take a while to learn exactly why an Amtrak train speeding out of Philadelphia Tuesday night suddenly derailed on a sharp curve. Whether the train was going too fast or the equipment failed or it was something else entirely, the horrifying accident left at least seven people dead and more than 200 injured on one of the busiest train routes in the country.
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KIDS WHO CANT SEE CANT LEARN — OPINION

(New York Times)Last year, I went with a small group of ophthalmologists to a South Bronx middle school to conduct vision exams. One neatly dressed boy had trouble seeing the big E at the top of the chart. He hesitated and made mistakes on the second line, and then put his head down, embarrassed. I dont think you can see the chart, I said.

He told me he couldnt remember ever having an eye exam. I thought he might be an anomaly.

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THE CASE FOR BLACK DOCTORS — OPINION

(New York Times)In virtually every field of medicine, black patients as a group fare the worst. This was one of my first and most painful lessons as a medical student nearly 20 years ago.
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MOUNTING EVIDENCE OF ADVANTAGES FOR CHILDREN OF WORKING MOTHERS

(New York Times)Nearly three-quarters of American mothers with children at home are employed. Yet that fact doesnt necessarily make it easier for mothers to drop a toddler at day care or miss school plays
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DONT BE SO SURE THE ECONOMY WILL RETURN TO NORMAL

(New York Times)It is hard to avoid the feeling that our current economic problems are more than just a cyclical downturn. We know that the economy has gone through some bad times. But what exactly are we experiencing?
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MAPPED: THE PLACES WHERE MOST PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE POOR– BLOG

(Washington Post)Earlier this year, the Southern Education Foundation reported that America’s public schools had reached a dispiriting milestone: A majority of children attending them are now low-income. As The Post’s Lyndsey Layton noted at the time, we haven’t seen such demographics in public schools at any point over the past half-century.
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WHY THE IMPROVEMENT IN THE BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WILL BE SHORT-LIVED– BLOG

(Washington Post)Over the last three months, an eye-opening trend has appeared in the U.S.s jobs data: African-Americans are making notable gains.

During that span, the unemployment rate for whites has held flat at 4.7 percent. But for blacks? Its fallen from 10.4 percent to 9.6 percent, hitting single digits for the first time in the recovery

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MAP: HOW THE U.S. IS A LIGHTWEIGHT AMONG THE WORLDS BOOZIEST NATIONS– BLOG

(Washington Post)Does consuming 100 bottles of wine a year sound like a lot?

It turns out that this is actually the average alcohol consumption per person in many wealthy countries, according to a recent report. With the equivalent of a little more than 85 wine bottles per year, Americans consumed less than citizens of many other surveyed countries in 2012.

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THESE ARE THE THINGS PEOPLE WHO ARE FORCED TO WORK LONG HOURS MISS THE MOST– BLOG

(Washington Post)”I want you to think about your work life, and your family life, and decide which is important to you.”

I’ll never forget those words, coming at the end of a lengthy exegesis on the virtues of long hours from an old boss

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DRIVERLESS CARS ARE COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK

(Washington Post)Cars that talk to one another and drive themselves may arrive on U.S. highways sooner than you think as the Obama administration launches an effort to expedite their progress.
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FOOD-BORNE INFECTIONS KILLED HUNDREDS, HOSPITALIZED THOUSANDS LAST YEAR

(Washington Post)Food-borne illnesses killed hundreds of people and hospitalized thousands last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported Thursday that progress has been made controlling some pathogens but conceded that more work remains to be done with others.
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HONEYBEES DYING, SITUATION UNHEARD OF

(Washington Post)Just last year, it seemed there was something to celebrate despite planet Earths ongoing honeybee apocalypse: Bee colony losses were down. Not by enough, but they were down.
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SOME COMPANIES ARE TRACKING WORKERS WITH SMARTPHONE APPS. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

(Washington Post)When Myrna Arias discovered that her employer could track her movements even when she was off duty, she disabled the GPS-enabled app on her company-issued smartphone. That got her fired, according a suit filed by Arias.
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WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER, EVER PLAY THE LOTTERY– BLOG

(Washington Post)What if I told you there was a $70 billion tax that the poor pay the most. You’d probably say that isn’t very fair. But that’s exactly what the lottery is: an almost 12-figure tax on the desperation of the least fortunate.
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NO SILVER BULLET SOLUTION TO CREDIT CARD FRAUD– BLOG

(The Hill)Word is out that banks and retailers are racing to meet an October 2015 deadline for U.S. retailers to accept new chip” credit cards. The cards are a big improvement over the magnetic strip cards we use now.

The new microchip cards are encrypted and cannot be counterfeited using stolen data, which is frequently done with todays magnetic strip cards

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SENATORS UNVEIL STUDENT DATA PRIVACY BILL

(The Hill)Sens. Orrin Hatch R-Utah and Ed Markey D-Mass. reintroduced a bill on Wednesday to restrict education companies from selling or using student data to target ads.

The measure would also require private companies to meet certain data security requirements when handling student information.
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AS MORE WITH AUTISM NEAR ADULTHOOD, CLUES TO SUCCESS EMERGE

(Disability Scoop)Whats the biggest predictor of success for individuals with autism in adulthood? Researchers say it might not be what youd expect.

The ability to do everyday, self-care activities like bathing, cleaning and cooking trumped other factors like symptom severity and intellectual functioning, according to findings from a new study being presented this week at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City.
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May 15, 2015 eClips

  • Economists: Oregon’s ‘full-throttle’ economy will propel tax rebate, higher revenues
  • Oregon university presidents, buoyed by revenue forecast, ask state to restore higher-ed budgets
  • Armed Forces Day celebrated at Capitol in Salem
  • Google Fiber visits Oregon, meets with cities
  • Lesbian partner isn’t ‘parent’ of baby born through artificial insemination, appeals court rules
  • Legislators should stem anti-testing fervor pushed by Smarter Balanced opt-out bill — Opinion
  • Razor clam harvest ban extends coastwide
  • State seeks to dismiss $25,000 claim for SWAT damage to Lincoln City hotel during fugitive’s arrest
  • Oregon’s kicker tax rebate: How it works and how much you might get
  • Oregon prosecutors, crime victims call current grand jury recording bill ‘seriously flawed’
  • On pot regulation, lawmakers should respect the will of voters — Guest Opinion
  • Sweet Cakes penalty is appropriate — Guest Opinion
  • Gov. Kate Brown’s ‘clean fuels’ albatross — Opinion
  • Revenue forecast: Oregon kicker refund grows
  • View-Master invention celebrated at Oregon Caves National Monument
  • 9th Circuit Court overturns $85M award for Oregon soldiers
  • Oregon’s kicker tax rebate: How it works and how much you might get – Q&A
  • CDC notes little progress against food poisoning
  • Theft ring accused of using Oregon data breach to help steal $2 million in tax refunds
  • As Mom and Dad age, families struggle with taking car keys away– Blog
  • Regulators asked to close Washington nuclear plant until crack in cooling system repaired
  • Thousands petition Oregon governor to stop Nestl deal
  • Oregon Lottery has new resource for gamblers
  • Oregon boating deaths hit lowest level since 1990
  • Students arrested at Capitol: ‘Don’t kicker us’
  • Elevated shellfish toxin levels close Oregon razor clamming
  • K-12 comes up winners in May revenue forecast
  • Salute for service: Armed Forces Day at the Capitol
  • Oregons sunny forecast — Opinion
  • Oregon, Washington to update Columbia River oil spill response plan
  • My View: Brown should uphold driving mandate — Guest Opinion
  • Carbon credits don’t equal pollution reduction
  • Brown to sign bill to limit e-cig sales
  • State revenue forecast: Kicker on the way
  • Who can propose the most money for school earthquake upgrades?
  • Taxpayers’ kicker funds come as tax rebate, not checks
  • Brown to sign bill to limit e-cig sales
  • State revenue forecast: Kicker on the way
  • Coalition wants statewide funding for Outdoor School
  • Robust May State Revenue Forecast Means $100 Million More For K-12 Budget– Blog
  • Cascadia State Park could be added to Linn Co. Parks system
  • Businesses looking to locate in Madras
  • Oil train rules take flak from firefighters
  • While insurers lost money, a single Oregon Medicaid provider pulled in $70M last year
  • Oregon kicker increases to $473M, anti-kicker movement launches
  • Zip Code May Be More Important To Health Than Genetic Code
  • Celebration Marks 40th Anniversary of Oregon’s Legislative Commission On Indian Services
  • Oregon Revenue Forecast Shows Upswing
  • Oregon Food Processor Wants To Turn Invasive Carp Into Organic Fertilizer
  • Panel Sends 7 County Drought Declarations To Governor
  • Students Protest In Salem For More Higher Ed Funding
  • Federal grant to help laid-off Prineville millworkers
  • Court reverses conviction of Korean man who was own lawyer
  • Why Obama went to Oregon to push Congress on trade agreements
  • Water safety takes on new urgency
  • New panel aims to break medical pot impasse
  • Water deliveries devastated
  • Economic and Revenue Forecast, May 2015– Blog

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ECONOMISTS: OREGON’S ‘FULL-THROTTLE’ ECONOMY WILL PROPEL TAX REBATE, HIGHER REVENUES

(Portland Oregonian)Unexpected income tax revenue driven by Oregon’s rapidly growing economy will most likely trigger the “kicker” taxpayer rebate and provide more money for schools, state economists announced Thursday.
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OREGON UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS, BUOYED BY REVENUE FORECAST, ASK STATE TO RESTORE HIGHER-ED BUDGETS

(Portland Oregonian)The presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities urged Gov. Kate Brown and the Legislature Thursday to devote some of an increased amount of money in May’s state revenue forecast to post-secondary education.
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ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATED AT CAPITOL IN SALEM

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon National Guard honored all military members in the annual Armed Forces Day commemoration Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon.
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GOOGLE FIBER VISITS OREGON, MEETS WITH CITIES

(Portland Oregonian)Google Fiber sent representatives to Oregon this week to meet with Portland-area cities where it’s contemplating bringing its hyperfast Internet service, but gave no indication when it might make a decision.
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LESBIAN PARTNER ISN’T ‘PARENT’ OF BABY BORN THROUGH ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION, APPEALS COURT RULES

(Portland Oregonian)Karah Fisher met Lorrena Thompson in 2004. The women hit it off, exchanged vows and rings during a commitment ceremony in 2005, then bought an inn on the Oregon coast that they managed together.
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LEGISLATORS SHOULD STEM ANTI-TESTING FERVOR PUSHED BY SMARTER BALANCED OPT-OUT BILL — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Standardized testing won’t fix Oregon’s education system or lift Oregon’s graduation rate out of the nation’s basement.
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RAZOR CLAM HARVEST BAN EXTENDS COASTWIDE

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have extended the closure of all razor clamming to include the entire Oregon Coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid.
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STATE SEEKS TO DISMISS $25,000 CLAIM FOR SWAT DAMAGE TO LINCOLN CITY HOTEL DURING FUGITIVE’S ARREST

(Portland Oregonian)The owner of a Lincoln City hotel who sued the Oregon State Police for damages caused by the arrest of a Washington state fugitive in March 2013, filed his claim for relief one day past the 180-day deadline, court documents show.
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OREGON’S KICKER TAX REBATE: HOW IT WORKS AND HOW MUCH YOU MIGHT GET

(Portland Oregonian)The estimated size of Oregon’s “kicker” tax rebate keeps growing, according to the latest projection from the state Office of Economic Analysis.
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OREGON PROSECUTORS, CRIME VICTIMS CALL CURRENT GRAND JURY RECORDING BILL ‘SERIOUSLY FLAWED’

(Portland Oregonian)District attorneys stood with crime victims Thursday to criticize a bill in the Legislature that would require recording grand jury testimony and sharing victims’ verbatim testimony with defense lawyers after a defendant is indicted and arraigned.
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ON POT REGULATION, LAWMAKERS SHOULD RESPECT THE WILL OF VOTERS — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)During the 1999 legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee was assigned the task of legislation implementing the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. Chair Kevin Mannix, R-Salem, assembled a work group of proponents and opponents of the initiative.
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SWEET CAKES PENALTY IS APPROPRIATE — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)A recent decision against discrimination in our state raises important questions: What price should we place on dignity, justice and fairness? What price should we place on upholding our laws that ensure equal treatment for all?
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GOV. KATE BROWN’S ‘CLEAN FUELS’ ALBATROSS — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)In March, Gov. Kate Brown signed the 2015 Legislature’s worst bill, SB324, a politically costly measure that resurrected an environmentally useless program.
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REVENUE FORECAST: OREGON KICKER REFUND GROWS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregons strong economic growth means individuals could get a total of $473 million in personal income refunds this year, an average of $284 per filer.
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VIEW-MASTER INVENTION CELEBRATED AT OREGON CAVES NATIONAL MONUMENT

(Portland Oregonian)The iconic View-Master’s Oregon roots will be documented on a new interpretive historical marker at the Oregon Caves Chateau at the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve in southern Oregon.
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9TH CIRCUIT COURT OVERTURNS $85M AWARD FOR OREGON SOLDIERS

(Portland Oregonian)The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday threw out a landmark verdict that a dozen Oregon Army National Guardsmen won against a defense contractor they said exposed them to a toxic chemical during the Iraq War.
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OREGON’S KICKER TAX REBATE: HOW IT WORKS AND HOW MUCH YOU MIGHT GET – Q&A

(Portland Oregonian)The estimated size of Oregon’s “kicker” tax rebate keeps growing, according to the latest projection from the state Office of Economic Analysis.

Here’s an updated Q&A on what you need to know, with the latest numbers.
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CDC NOTES LITTLE PROGRESS AGAINST FOOD POISONING

(Portland Oregonian)Federal authorities made little progress last year in reducing food poisoning illnesses, with salmonella topping the list of usual suspects.

The bacteria caused more deaths, hospitalizations and illnesses in 2014 than another other pathogen, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Second on the list was campylobacter, another
bacteria common in poultry.
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THEFT RING ACCUSED OF USING OREGON DATA BREACH TO HELP STEAL $2 MILLION IN TAX REFUNDS

(Portland Oregonian)Five men from Georgia and Maryland have been indicted on suspicion of collecting $2 million in false tax refunds by mining personal information swiped during a data breach that snared the personal information of 125,000 people, including 88,000 listed on an Oregon company’s database.
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AS MOM AND DAD AGE, FAMILIES STRUGGLE WITH TAKING CAR KEYS AWAY– BLOG

(Portland Oregonian)In 26 years of marriage, the only time Jerilyn Felton ever felt physically afraid of her husband was the day she suggested he give up his car keys.

He reacted, she said, with great resentment. “He was very much attached to his car.”
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REGULATORS ASKED TO CLOSE WASHINGTON NUCLEAR PLANT UNTIL CRACK IN COOLING SYSTEM REPAIRED

(Portland Oregonian)Anti-nuclear groups want federal regulators to keep the region’s lone nuclear plant shut down until repairs are made to a cracked pipe that feeds cooling water to the reactor.

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THOUSANDS PETITION OREGON GOVERNOR TO STOP NESTL DEAL

(Salem Statesman Journal)Thousands of people have submitted comments opposing a controversial water-rights trade in Oregons Columbia River Gorge.
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OREGON LOTTERY HAS NEW RESOURCE FOR GAMBLERS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon Lottery has teamed up with GamTalk to provide a free online support service for Oregonians with gambling issues.
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OREGON BOATING DEATHS HIT LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1990

(Salem Statesman Journal)The number of people killed in recreational boating accidents last year was the lowest in Oregon since 1990, according to data from the Oregon State Marine Board and U.S. Coast Guard.
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STUDENTS ARRESTED AT CAPITOL: ‘DON’T KICKER US’

(Salem Statesman Journal)State police say 10 students were arrested Thursday in connection with a protest at the Oregon State Capitol during a presentation of the quarterly revenue forecast.
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ELEVATED SHELLFISH TOXIN LEVELS CLOSE OREGON RAZOR CLAMMING

(Salem Statesman Journal)The entire Oregon coast has been closed to sport razor clamming because of elevated levels of domoic acid.
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K-12 COMES UP WINNERS IN MAY REVENUE FORECAST

(Salem Statesman Journal)While K-12 education is expected to get a boost of more than $100 million following Thursday’s revenue forecast, officials from the state’s seven public universities are urging lawmakers to restore funds for higher education.
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SALUTE FOR SERVICE: ARMED FORCES DAY AT THE CAPITOL

(Salem Statesman Journal)A 19-round howitzer salute and a two-jet F-15 flyover punctuated an Armed Forces Day celebration Thursday in front of the Oregon Capitol.
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OREGONS SUNNY FORECAST — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Big rebates for taxpayers, more money for state-

The last time faster-than-expected growth in revenues triggered tax rebates under Oregons kicker law was at the end of the 2005-07 biennium, just before the Great Recession pushed the state and national economies into a pit.
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OREGON, WASHINGTON TO UPDATE COLUMBIA RIVER OIL SPILL RESPONSE PLAN

(Eugene Register-Guard)Officials in Oregon and Washington are seeking public comments as they prepare to update an oil spill response plan for the Lower Columbia River.

The plan was published in 2003.

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MY VIEW: BROWN SHOULD UPHOLD DRIVING MANDATE — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Tribune)Six months ago, via the Measure 88 referendum, Oregon voters delivered a clear mandate: Foreigners here illegally shall not have driving privileges in our state. Now, newly installed Gov. Kate Brown must defend that mandate even if courts ultimately uphold President Obamas executive action offering work permits and deferred deportation to some 4 million illegal immigrants.
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CARBON CREDITS DON’T EQUAL POLLUTION REDUCTION

(Portland Tribune)-Existing alternative fuel facilities will get new carbon credits-

Supporters of Oregons low-carbon fuel standard offered a simple promise as lawmakers considered legislation to make the program permanent earlier this year.

The standard would reduce carbon emissions from transportation fuel in the state by 10 percent over the next decade, through a combination of cleaner biofuels blended into gas and diesel, as well as credits to incentivize alternatives such as propane-fueled vehicles. I
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BROWN TO SIGN BILL TO LIMIT E-CIG SALES

(Portland Tribune)On New Years Day, Oregon will ban sales of e-cigarettes to teenagers and also ban their use in public indoor settings.

House Bill 2546 heads to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature after the House gave final approval by a 55-2 vote Thursday.
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STATE REVENUE FORECAST: KICKER ON THE WAY

(Portland Tribune)-University presidents want more money for schools-

State economists are projecting both a $473 million rebate to taxpayers next year and up to $264 million more for the state budget in the next two years.

There is a substantial improvement in the Oregon economy, said Josh Lehner, senior economist with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

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WHO CAN PROPOSE THE MOST MONEY FOR SCHOOL EARTHQUAKE UPGRADES?

(Portland Tribune)-Senate leaders spar over spending to make schools safe-

The Senates top leaders are engaged in a contest over who can propose more state money for Oregon schools to upgrade buildings against earthquakes.

The issue is now before the Legislatures budget subcommittee on capital construction, which will set priorities for spending from state bonds in the next two years.
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TAXPAYERS’ KICKER FUNDS COME AS TAX REBATE, NOT CHECKS

(Portland Tribune)Oregon taxpayers can now expect a tax rebate that is projected at $473 million.

It would be the first such rebate in eight years, following a record $1.1 billion payout in late 2007, just before the official start of the most recent economic downturn.
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BROWN TO SIGN BILL TO LIMIT E-CIG SALES

(Portland Tribune)On New Years Day, Oregon will ban sales of e-cigarettes to teenagers and also ban their use in public indoor settings.

House Bill 2546 heads to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature after the House gave final approval by a 55-2 vote Thursday.
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STATE REVENUE FORECAST: KICKER ON THE WAY

(Portland Tribune)State economists are projecting both a $473 million rebate to taxpayers next year and up to $264 million more for the state budget in the next two years.

There is a substantial improvement in the Oregon economy, said Josh Lehner, senior economist with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.
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COALITION WANTS STATEWIDE FUNDING FOR OUTDOOR SCHOOL

(East Oregonian)-A coalition is in place to promote statewide funding for Outdoor School.-

Preserving Outdoor School in Pendleton and Hermiston hasnt always been easy.

On more than one occasion, budget cuts have forced the districts to write Outdoor School off the books. But each time, dedicated parents and community members have stepped up to raise the money needed to keep it operating.

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ROBUST MAY STATE REVENUE FORECAST MEANS $100 MILLION MORE FOR K-12 BUDGET– BLOG

(Willamette Week)-Booming economy flows through to schools-

A new state revenue forecast released today brings good news for K-12 educationit will add just over $100 million to the $7.255 billion lawmakers budgeted for schools last month.

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CASCADIA STATE PARK COULD BE ADDED TO LINN CO. PARKS SYSTEM

(Albany Democrat Herald)A plan to transfer ownership of Cascadia State Park to Linn County continues to move forward although at a snails pace Commissioner Will Tucker told fellow commissioners Roger Nyquist and John Lindsey Tuesday morning.

Tucker and County Parks Director Brian Carroll have participated in talks with representatives of Oregon State Parks on and off for about three years.
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BUSINESSES LOOKING TO LOCATE IN MADRAS

(Bend Bulletin)-Interest prompts Jefferson County to expand enterprise zone-

Jefferson County is preparing to expand its enterprise zone, adding about 1,450 acres near the Madras Airport.

The states enterprise zone program began in 1986 and was designed by Business Oregon, the states economic development agency, according to Ryan Frank, spokesman for the agency.

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OIL TRAIN RULES TAKE FLAK FROM FIREFIGHTERS

(Bend Bulletin)Lawmakers and environmental and industry groups criticized the federal governments new safety measures for oil trains when they were announced this month. Now another group has expressed disappointment in the new rules: Emergency responders.

Theyre among the first in danger when a fiery derailment happens.

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WHILE INSURERS LOST MONEY, A SINGLE OREGON MEDICAID PROVIDER PULLED IN $70M LAST YEAR

(Oregon Business Journal)In a year that most health insurers saw their profits drop, Oregons Medicaid service providers stayed profitable, at least through the first three quarters.

In the first nine months of 2014, the states 16 Coordinated Care Organizations had collective net income of about $170 million.
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OREGON KICKER INCREASES TO $473M, ANTI-KICKER MOVEMENT LAUNCHES

(Oregon Business Journal)State economists on Thursday forecasted Oregonians will get a $473 million tax rebate, or kicker, at the end of the state’s two-year budget cycle. The forecast coincided with a protest to suspend the kicker and steer the money to schools.
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ZIP CODE MAY BE MORE IMPORTANT TO HEALTH THAN GENETIC CODE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A couple of hundred health experts gathered at the Nutrition of Girls and Women conference in Portland on Thursday to discuss the generational effects of poor nutrition on women of child-bearing age.
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CELEBRATION MARKS 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF OREGON’S LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION ON INDIAN SERVICES

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of Oregons Legislative Commission on Indian Services, and the states top legislators gathered at the capitol to celebrate.
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OREGON REVENUE FORECAST SHOWS UPSWING

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregon economists told lawmakers Thursday that a robust economy means theyll have more money to spend on schools, human services and public safety.
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OREGON FOOD PROCESSOR WANTS TO TURN INVASIVE CARP INTO ORGANIC FERTILIZER

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A new project in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge intends to turn todays invasive fish into tomorrows organic fertilizer.

The Refuge has entered into an agreement with Silver Sage Fisheries and Nutrient Company, a venture of Oregon-based Pacific Foods, to catch and process invasive carp.
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PANEL SENDS 7 COUNTY DROUGHT DECLARATIONS TO GOVERNOR

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The state Drought Council has endorsed seven more county drought declarations and sent them on to the governor.

Water Resources Department spokeswoman Racquel Rancier says the council on Thursday forwarded drought declarations from Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Morrow and Umatilla counties to the governors office.
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STUDENTS PROTEST IN SALEM FOR MORE HIGHER ED FUNDING

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Ten people were arrested at the Oregon Capitol on Thursday in a protest timed to coincide with the release of the state revenue forecast.

Oregon State Police Lt. Bill Fugate said the protesting students who were arrested were taken to the Marion County Jail and charged with interfering with legislative operations, which is a misdemeanor.
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FEDERAL GRANT TO HELP LAID-OFF PRINEVILLE MILLWORKERS

(KTVZ Bend)The U.S. Department of Labor has just awarded nearly $500,000 to a state agency helping about 100 former millworkers laid off after heavy snow collapsed the roof over part of the Woodgrain Millwork plant in Prineville.
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COURT REVERSES CONVICTION OF KOREAN MAN WHO WAS OWN LAWYER

(KTVZ Bend)The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a former University of Oregon student who represented himself during a 2012 criminal trial in Eugene.
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WHY OBAMA WENT TO OREGON TO PUSH CONGRESS ON TRADE AGREEMENTS

(Washington Post)With French barrels, Spanish corks and the rich volcanic soil covering these hills, Alex Sokol Blosser makes some of the worlds finest pinot noir at his familys winery.

And the world knows it: Sokol Blosser sells a fifth of his wine abroad, in Canada, Europe and, increasingly, Asia.
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WATER SAFETY TAKES ON NEW URGENCY

(The Columbian)-Officials urge extra caution for those using kayaks, paddle boards-

More and more people are trying out paddle sports as kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards become easier than ever to get. Theyre sold not just by sporting goods store such as REI, but bigger, general merchandisers such as Wal-Mart, Costco, even clothing chain T.J. Maxx. Tie the kayak to the cars roof rack and youre good for a day of paddling on the Columbia River.
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NEW PANEL AIMS TO BREAK MEDICAL POT IMPASSE

(OregonBusiness)The House-Senate joint committee tasked with implementing legal marijuana in Oregon declared an impasse Monday. On Wednesday, Senate President Peter Courtney announced a new Senate committee will work on resolving the issue.
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WATER DELIVERIES DEVASTATED

(Herald and News)The Klamath Projects 2015 water allocation has been slashed to less than half of average annual use.

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ECONOMIC AND REVENUE FORECAST, MAY 2015– BLOG

(Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)This morning the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis released the latest quarterly economic and revenue forecast.

The national economy continues to strengthen, however for the first time in a while, not every economic indicator is rosy. In particular the manufacturing sector has clearly softened in recent months.
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