March 2, 2015 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Evidence from Oregon backs Obama’s fiduciary standard for investment advisers
* As Oregon considers extending clean-fuel standard, environmentalists are divided
* 120 deaths and counting in Washington state’s worst flu season in 5 years
* Oregon startups are embracing investment ‘crowdfunding.’ Will investors follow?
* Child abuse deaths are a public health issue, says federal commission meeting in Portland
* One year into statewide rollout, Oregon’s system to improve child care quality has a long way to go
* Smarter Balanced exam as ‘abuse’ and other myths: Editorial Agenda 2015 — Opinion
* Oregon Court of Appeals reverses mom’s conviction for dog bites to daughter
* Heavy marijuana consumers likely to stay away from regulated retail market, OLCC report concludes
* Oracle sues Kitzhaber staffers over Cover Oregon debacle; may go after Kitzhaber next
* What’s unknown about Oregon’s clean-fuel standard
* Port of Portland container terminal would close for good if ICTSI leaves, official says
* Tim Nesbitt: New voters and a new major party will disrupt D-R duopoly — Guest Opinion
* Steve Duin: John Kitzhaber and Patricia McCaig, dancing in the dark
* Washington bill to prohibit leaving pets in locked cars passes Senate
* Elizabeth Hovde: True pay equality would require a very complicated formula — Opinion
* 6 years of Oregon gray wolf population growth, in one animated GIF
* Blame the system
* Oregon bans use of bee-killing insecticides on linden trees
* Oregon’s signature solar energy project built on foundation of false hopes and falsehoods
* Senate Republicans suspend transportation talks in response to Oregon clean-fuels vote
* OLCC doesn’t want medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational shops at single location
* Syphilis cases spike in Portland area; town hall planned
* Obama wants long-term solution to West Coast port labor strife
* State pauses John Kitzhaber-Cylvia Hayes investigation, leaving work to federal agencies
* Oregon seeks citizen volunteers to help shape recreational marijuana policy
* Kitzhaber’s pet education board should follow him into the sunset — Guest Opinion
* Time for longshore union to put aside ‘petty grudge’ at Terminal 6 — Guest Opinion
* Transparency in leadership selections key to credibility of Port of Portland — Opinion
* Vaccine hearing canceled but controversial researcher plans visit
* Bill to abolish Cover Oregon and move functions to state agency heads to governor’s desk
* Back to basics; steelhead fishing with beads has anglers biting
* Five reasons U.S. economy is stronger than fourth-quarter GDP suggests
* Bills would allow Damascus to disincorporate with simple majority vote, enable residents to de-annex again
* Industry Notes: Portland, Hillsboro and Troutdale airports recognized for carbon emmissions reduction; DEQ fines Portland for wastewater discharge
* Oregon’s proposed gigabit tax break written with Google Fiber in mind
* David Sarasohn: Child hunger continues despite Obama’s pledge — Opinion
* Ports should be treated like railways and airlines — Guest Opinion
* Revenge porn, student data raise legal questions
* Oregon had record liquor sales in 2014
* Oregon’s exports help U.S. hit record high in 2014
* Business Oregon launches innovation grant program
* Woodburn home manufacturer fined for unsafe practices
* Fish native to Japan found in Port Orford waters
* Annual briefing about wolves tops commission agenda
* John Kitzhabers haunting of Oregon — Opinion
* E-Verify bill would bolster law and respect taxpayers — Opinion
* Foster teens need love and support from stable families — Guest Opinion
* UO works with insurers, clinics to offer costly shots
* A sky full of drones — Opinion
* Former Shockley employee opens rental management firm
* Clean fuel bill poses complex choices
* Eugene firm benefits from bioscience expansion
* Graduation not always the goal — Opinion
* Failing the test — Guest Opinion
* Panel sets hearings on state school aid
* Leak of Kitzhaber’s emails, state audit intertwined
* Citizens press DEQ on air permit application
* Oracle sues five Kitzhaber ex-campaign aides
* Rosenblum suspends state’s Kitz/Hayes probe until federal investigation is done
* Lawmakers put end to Cover Oregon
* State bans pesticides traced to massive bee deaths
* Dry-dock inspections this weekend
* Crater Lake hits record for low snow
* Our View: Drawing back the curtain on government — Opinion
* Portland firm holds water summit in Pendleton
* Clock school at Oregon prison still ticking
* New York Times Sticks Oregon with the “Red States” Facing Uncertain Health Insurance Future — Blog
* Some police agencies waiting on body-worn cameras
* Oregon bill seeks to tighten power of attorney rules
* Editorial: COID canal should be piped — Opinion
* Business index dips in Q4 2014
* State considers banning most vaccine exemptions
* Cover Oregon leaves behind costly legacy
* Feds circle Hayes Deschutes County projects for investigation
* Editorial: Federal government needs to protect rural Oregon — Opinion
* Tax break for Facebook and Apple?
* John Costa column: Due process is not the medias job — Opinion
* Oracle v. Oregon 101: A primer on the 4 so far court cases — Blog
* Oregonians Tell OLCC They Want Lots Of Small Pot Businesses
* Oregon Goods Exports Reach Record $20.9 Billion
* An Oregon City Braces For Legal Pot To Drive Up Electricity Costs
* Poverty prescriptions — Opinion
* Juniper funding garners bipartisan support
* Experts say Oregons wine industry is poised for continued growth
* Marijuana bill advancing through Legislature would clamp down on medical side
* Bill dissolving Cover Oregon headed to governor
* Oregon Healthy Teens Survey: ‘There are concerning questions’
* ODFW set to collar, GPS track 500 deer in S. Blue Mtns.
* Oregon House votes to dissolve Cover Oregon
* Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana
* Sell medical and recreational pot separately, OR agency says
* Philomath gas station owner appeals DEQ penalties
* Survey tallied 7,500 marine mammals in lower Columbia
* Oregon reconsiders vaccine rules
* Covering Cover Oregon’s bills won’t end with dissolution
* People with disabilities experience unrecognized health disparities, new research shows
* Lynne Saxtons Confirmation Held Up Along With Other Nominees
* Many Of Oregon’s Coastal Schools, Hospitals And Fire Stations At Tsunami Risk
* The costly legacy of Cover Oregon
* Oregon Capitol Awaits Signals From New Governor
* Tax Structure and Volatility — Blog
* Underwater: Oregon’s agency responsible for monitoring waterway polluters is the most backlogged in the country
* Oregons environmental policies should be more than paper deep — Opinion
* Black carbon from wildfires contributes to the Cascades snowmelt
* Inmates need Coffee Creek’s Family Preservation Program

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EVIDENCE FROM OREGON BACKS OBAMA’S FIDUCIARY STANDARD FOR INVESTMENT ADVISERS (Portland Oregonian)

Last week, President Obama jump-started efforts to require all financial advisers to — gasp — put their clients’ financial interests ahead of their own.
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AS OREGON CONSIDERS EXTENDING CLEAN-FUEL STANDARD, ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE DIVIDED (Portland Oregonian)

Most Oregon environmental groups and legislative Democrats have lined up in support of the state’s clean-fuel standard — and a bill to keep the program is now speeding through the Legislature.
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120 DEATHS AND COUNTING IN WASHINGTON STATE’S WORST FLU SEASON IN 5 YEARS (Portland Oregonian)

The deadliest flu season in Washington state in at least five years is winding down, but it’s not yet over.
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OREGON STARTUPS ARE EMBRACING INVESTMENT ‘CROWDFUNDING.’ WILL INVESTORS FOLLOW? (Portland Oregonian)

For Eugene ice cream makers Stuart and Emily Phillips, a slew of new investment couldn’t have come at a better time.
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CHILD ABUSE DEATHS ARE A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE, SAYS FEDERAL COMMISSION MEETING IN PORTLAND (Portland Oregonian)

Members of a federal commission heard state and national-level testimony in Portland Thursday on how to better meet the needs of children at risk for being abused or neglected, with the ultimate goal of providing policy recommendations for the president’s fiscal 2016 budget.
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ONE YEAR INTO STATEWIDE ROLLOUT, OREGON’S SYSTEM TO IMPROVE CHILD CARE QUALITY HAS A LONG WAY TO GO (Portland Oregonian)

A year into a statewide push to improve the quality of child care, more children are spending their days in rich learning environments, but the majority of Oregon providers remain unlicensed and unrated.
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SMARTER BALANCED EXAM AS ‘ABUSE’ AND OTHER MYTHS: EDITORIAL AGENDA 2015 — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The Smarter Balanced standardized exam isn’t just “high-stakes,” according to its critics. Now, it’s apparently a form of abuse.
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OREGON COURT OF APPEALS REVERSES MOM’S CONVICTION FOR DOG BITES TO DAUGHTER (Portland Oregonian)

It may have been reckless, but it wasn’t an assault when a woman exposed her 10-year-old daughter to an aggressive dog that bit her twice — once on the neck and once in the face, which required three stitches.
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HEAVY MARIJUANA CONSUMERS LIKELY TO STAY AWAY FROM REGULATED RETAIL MARKET, OLCC REPORT CONCLUDES (Portland Oregonian)

Oregonians may consume as much as 4.1 million ounces of marijuana – roughly enough for 115 million joints – in 2017, the year after regulated marijuana sales are expected to begin, according to a new analysis by the state.
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ORACLE SUES KITZHABER STAFFERS OVER COVER OREGON DEBACLE; MAY GO AFTER KITZHABER NEXT (Portland Oregonian)

Oracle is bringing new meaning to the words “scorched earth.”

The giant software company opened a new front Thursday in its legal battle with the state of Oregon filing a new $23 million lawsuit against a coterie of Kitzhaber staffers and campaign insiders.
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WHAT’S UNKNOWN ABOUT OREGON’S CLEAN-FUEL STANDARD (Portland Oregonian)

Legislation to keep Oregon’s clean-fuels program carries several unknowns.
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PORT OF PORTLAND CONTAINER TERMINAL WOULD CLOSE FOR GOOD IF ICTSI LEAVES, OFFICIAL SAYS (Portland Oregonian)

An agreement between 29 west coast ports and longshoremen over new contract terms this week did little to ease tension at the Port of Portland.
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TIM NESBITT: NEW VOTERS AND A NEW MAJOR PARTY WILL DISRUPT D-R DUOPOLY — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

In these partisan times, it is unusual for a political party to promote a change in election law that will make life harder for its candidates. And it is even more unusual for the opposing party to fight such a change.
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STEVE DUIN: JOHN KITZHABER AND PATRICIA MCCAIG, DANCING IN THE DARK (Portland Oregonian)

It was inevitable that the arc of outrage — and, daresay, justice — would bend back around to Patricia McCaig. She is just as married to former Gov. John Kitzhaber as Cylvia Hayes ever was, and easily twice as smart.
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WASHINGTON BILL TO PROHIBIT LEAVING PETS IN LOCKED CARS PASSES SENATE (Portland Oregonian)

A bill that makes it a civil offense to lock a pet in a car under dangerous conditions won unanimous approval from the Washington state Senate Friday morning.
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ELIZABETH HOVDE: TRUE PAY EQUALITY WOULD REQUIRE A VERY COMPLICATED FORMULA — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

It was an easier conversation when Twitter and Facebook strings during the Oscars were dissing Patricia Arquette for her bun. That was before her political statement about equal pay took center stage.
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6 YEARS OF OREGON GRAY WOLF POPULATION GROWTH, IN ONE ANIMATED GIF (Portland Oregonian)

In nearly a decade since wolves first made their return to Oregon, their numbers have reached the critical mass necessary to open up debate over whether the state’s population is still in danger of collapse.
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BLAME THE SYSTEM (Portland Oregonian)

-Multiple Generations of Federal Government Decisions Add Up to 600,000 Homeless People in the United States.-

Blaming people for being homeless is easy.

Blame the addicts for not staying clean, the mentally ill for not taking their medications. Blame the abused wife for choosing poorly, the unemployed man for not working harder.

But the root causes of homelessness start at a higher level and go back generations.
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OREGON BANS USE OF BEE-KILLING INSECTICIDES ON LINDEN TREES (Portland Oregonian)

A state rule established Friday bans the use of four types of bee-killing insecticides on linden trees and related species.
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OREGON’S SIGNATURE SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT BUILT ON FOUNDATION OF FALSE HOPES AND FALSEHOODS (Portland Oregonian)

Dignitaries gathered on a dry Klamath Falls hillside in August 2011 to celebrate the launch of the largest solar power project ever attempted in Oregon.

As then-Gov. John Kitzhaber and others dug their golden shovels into the hard ground, they were adamant that this was not another state-sponsored green energy boondoggle
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SENATE REPUBLICANS SUSPEND TRANSPORTATION TALKS IN RESPONSE TO OREGON CLEAN-FUELS VOTE (Portland Oregonian)

Senate Republicans, angry with Democrats for moving forward with a bill to extend Oregon’s clean-fuel standard, say they’re suspending negotiations on a bipartisan transportation package.
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OLCC DOESN’T WANT MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES AND RECREATIONAL SHOPS AT SINGLE LOCATION (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Friday made clear where it stands when it comes to medical marijuana’s place in a regulated recreational market: All marijuana sold in a recreational shop must be tracked from seed to sale.
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SYPHILIS CASES SPIKE IN PORTLAND AREA; TOWN HALL PLANNED (Portland Oregonian)

Syphilis, which was headed towards eradication about 15 years ago, has spread dramatically in recent years among gay and bisexual men in the Portland area.

Multnomah County had 239 new cases in 2013 compared with 64 in 2010.
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OBAMA WANTS LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO WEST COAST PORT LABOR STRIFE (Portland Oregonian)

President Barack Obama wants everyone involved in the West Coast ports — port operators, longshore worker and legislators — to keep working on a solution to labor strife.
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STATE PAUSES JOHN KITZHABER-CYLVIA HAYES INVESTIGATION, LEAVING WORK TO FEDERAL AGENCIES (Portland Oregonian)

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will suspend the state’s investigation into potential influence-peddling by Cylvia Hayes and former Gov. John Kitzhaber at the request of federal authorities.
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OREGON SEEKS CITIZEN VOLUNTEERS TO HELP SHAPE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA POLICY (Portland Oregonian)

Would you like to help shape Oregon’s recreational marijuana policy? The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is accepting applications for its rules advisory committee, 10 to 15 member panel that will help set rules for everything from marijuana production to retail sales.
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KITZHABER’S PET EDUCATION BOARD SHOULD FOLLOW HIM INTO THE SUNSET — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

On the heels of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation, his pet project, the Oregon Education Investment Board, faces an uncertain fate. A proposal, SB215, which would extend the OEIB’s shelf life beyond its March 15, 2016, expiration date, is currently under consideration in the state Capitol.
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TIME FOR LONGSHORE UNION TO PUT ASIDE ‘PETTY GRUDGE’ AT TERMINAL 6 — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Now that the Pacific Maritime Association PMA and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union ILWU have reached a five-year contract agreement, West Coast ports should experience improved productivity from ILWU workers
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TRANSPARENCY IN LEADERSHIP SELECTIONS KEY TO CREDIBILITY OF PORT OF PORTLAND — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

It would be hard to find another major institution in Oregon that has faced as much turmoil in the past year as the governor’s office and the Port of Portland.
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VACCINE HEARING CANCELED BUT CONTROVERSIAL RESEARCHER PLANS VISIT (Portland Oregonian)

An Oregon legislative committee has canceled a public hearing after a controversial researcher who authored a discredited paper linking vaccines to autism announced he would testify.
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BILL TO ABOLISH COVER OREGON AND MOVE FUNCTIONS TO STATE AGENCY HEADS TO GOVERNOR’S DESK (Portland Oregonian)

The state House voted Friday to abolish Cover Oregon, the troubled independent agency that had been unable to deliver a working health-care exchange.
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BACK TO BASICS; STEELHEAD FISHING WITH BEADS HAS ANGLERS BITING (Portland Oregonian)

This winter’s steelhead lure dujour matches fad-happy anglers’ dreams with a whopper of a season on the north Oregon Coast.
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FIVE REASONS U.S. ECONOMY IS STRONGER THAN FOURTH-QUARTER GDP SUGGESTS (Portland Oregonian)

The U.S. economy grew at a modest annual rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter, less than half the third quarter’s torrid 5 percent rate and weaker than the government first reported.
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BILLS WOULD ALLOW DAMASCUS TO DISINCORPORATE WITH SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE, ENABLE RESIDENTS TO DE-ANNEX AGAIN (Portland Oregonian)

A trio of bills introduced in the Oregon State House last week aim to see the city of Damascus disincorporated by the end of 2016, and make it easier for residents to individually deannex in the meantime.
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INDUSTRY NOTES: PORTLAND, HILLSBORO AND TROUTDALE AIRPORTS RECOGNIZED FOR CARBON EMMISSIONS REDUCTION; DEQ FINES PORTLAND FOR WASTEWATER DISCHARGE (Portland Oregonian)

Portland International Airport, Hillsboro Airport and Troutdale Airport are now certified through the Airports Carbon Accreditation program, making them the fourth, fifth and sixth airports in North America to achieve the status.
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OREGON’S PROPOSED GIGABIT TAX BREAK WRITTEN WITH GOOGLE FIBER IN MIND (Portland Oregonian)

An Oregon Senate committee has proposed an unusual tax break, designed to help lure Google Fiber or other hyperfast Internet services to the Portland area.
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DAVID SARASOHN: CHILD HUNGER CONTINUES DESPITE OBAMA’S PLEDGE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

In 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama made a pledge: The United States would solve its problem of child hunger by 2015.
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PORTS SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE RAILWAYS AND AIRLINES — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

As a longtime, Portland-based importer/exporter who has seen numerous port disruptions over the years, I believe that the time has come to talk about long-term solutions that can lead to the avoidance of future port slowdowns and closures.
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REVENGE PORN, STUDENT DATA RAISE LEGAL QUESTIONS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has made a lot of headlines lately, mainly because she has initiated a criminal investigation into former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.

That’s not all her office is up to these days. Rosenblum has two big bills that are drawing bipartisan support in the Oregon Legislature, and one of them passed unanimously through the Senate on Thursday.

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OREGON HAD RECORD LIQUOR SALES IN 2014 (Salem Statesman Journal)

Consumers buying more premium spirits and millennials helped propel sales of distilled spirits in Oregon to a new record in 2014.

Gross sales for distilled spirits in the 2014 calendar year totaled $531.6 million, 4.3 percent more than 2013, said Christie Scott, public affairs specialist for the OLCC.

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OREGON’S EXPORTS HELP U.S. HIT RECORD HIGH IN 2014 (Salem Statesman Journal)

A banner year for Oregon exports helped send national exports to a record high in 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Thursday.
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BUSINESS OREGON LAUNCHES INNOVATION GRANT PROGRAM (Salem Statesman Journal)

Business Oregon has launched a one-time grant program for state businesses to support research and innovation.
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WOODBURN HOME MANUFACTURER FINED FOR UNSAFE PRACTICES (Salem Statesman Journal)

A Woodburn manufacturer has been fined by the state for knowingly allowing its employees to risk falling in addition to several other violations.
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FISH NATIVE TO JAPAN FOUND IN PORT ORFORD WATERS (Salem Statesman Journal)

A team of scientists from Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is studying an unusual fish captured alive in a crab pot near Port Orford this week called a striped knifejaw that is native to Japan, as well as China and Korea.
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ANNUAL BRIEFING ABOUT WOLVES TOPS COMMISSION AGENDA (Salem Statesman Journal)

A briefing about the status of wolves in Oregon will highlight the March 6 meeting of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in Salem.
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JOHN KITZHABERS HAUNTING OF OREGON — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Several weeks ago, I ran into a longtime friend of then-Gov. John Kitzhaber. The person mentioned that he had not talked with Kitzhaber in quite a while.
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E-VERIFY BILL WOULD BOLSTER LAW AND RESPECT TAXPAYERS — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

In the 2015 Oregon Legislature, Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, has introduced Senate Bill 104.
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FOSTER TEENS NEED LOVE AND SUPPORT FROM STABLE FAMILIES — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

The Lane County office of the state Child Welfare Program needs more safe, stable and caring foster parents for teenagers. In an effort to meet the growing demand, the office is launching a campaign with the goal of certifying 10 new foster families exclusively for foster children between the ages of 13 and 20.
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UO WORKS WITH INSURERS, CLINICS TO OFFER COSTLY SHOTS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-A three-dose course of protection against a contagious and potentially deadly bacteria costs $345-

University of Oregon officials dont want cost to deter students from getting a newly approved vaccine to protect against a type of contagious bacteria that has killed one student and sickened three others when its large-scale clinics start Monday.
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A SKY FULL OF DRONES — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Regulating them will be difficult, maybe impossible-

Drones have been spotted buzzing landmarks in Paris for the past few nights. A drone landed on the grounds of the White House last month. The Oregon Legislature passed a bill in 2013 requiring police to obtain a warrant before using drones to search property.
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FORMER SHOCKLEY EMPLOYEE OPENS RENTAL MANAGEMENT FIRM (Eugene Register-Guard)

A former employee of Terry Shockley, whose property management firm is in receivership, has opened a new Eugene property management business with plans to take on some of Shockleys former clients.
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CLEAN FUEL BILL POSES COMPLEX CHOICES (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Lawmakers will debate the far-reaching low-carbon fuels standard this week-

What is more important: Curbing greenhouse gases or keeping a lid on gasoline prices?
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EUGENE FIRM BENEFITS FROM BIOSCIENCE EXPANSION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The state is opening a research lab in Corvallis and expanding an incubator in Portland-

The state is opening a bioscience research lab in Corvallis its first outside Portland in response to biotech research and startups that are coming out of Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.
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GRADUATION NOT ALWAYS THE GOAL — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-State funding plan overlooks many reasons for attending community colleges-

About 12,000 students attend Lane Community College, and they have nearly that many different reasons for enrolling.
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FAILING THE TEST — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Smarter Balanced assessment does more harm than good-

My high school son will not be taking the Smarter Balanced assessment this spring.
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PANEL SETS HEARINGS ON STATE SCHOOL AID (Portland Tribune)

-Prompted by Senate leader’s call for quick action on $7.23 billion proposed for 2015-17.-

A budget subcommittee of the Oregon Legislature plans four hearings on the $7.23 billion proposed in the state school fund for the next two years.
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LEAK OF KITZHABER’S EMAILS, STATE AUDIT INTERTWINED (Portland Tribune)

The leak of former Gov. John Kitzhabers emails occurred at a time when state auditors were reviewing security controls at the state data center where the emails are stored.
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CITIZENS PRESS DEQ ON AIR PERMIT APPLICATION (Portland Tribune)

-Intel wants to double air contaminant limits-

Many questions remain to be answered to satisfy the publics concern over Intel Corporations air emissions at its Aloha and Ronler Acres chip manufacturing facilities.
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ORACLE SUES FIVE KITZHABER EX-CAMPAIGN AIDES (Portland Tribune)

Lawsuit adds to thicket over company’s fight with state over Cover Oregon website failure.

The legal entanglement between Oracle and Oregon continues to thicken.
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ROSENBLUM SUSPENDS STATE’S KITZ/HAYES PROBE UNTIL FEDERAL INVESTIGATION IS DONE (Portland Tribune)

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Friday afternoon that she had temporarily suspended an investigation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee Cylvia Hayes until federal authorities complete their investigation of the couple.
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LAWMAKERS PUT END TO COVER OREGON (Portland Tribune)

Gov. Brown gets bill to transfer remaining functions into state insurance agency.
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STATE BANS PESTICIDES TRACED TO MASSIVE BEE DEATHS (Portland Tribune)

The Oregon Department of Agriculture, responding to a series of bee deaths traced to pesticides, enacted a narrow new regulation Friday barring the use of four types of pesticides containing neonicotinoids on linden and related trees.
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DRY-DOCK INSPECTIONS THIS WEEKEND (Medford Mail Tribune)

Jackson County Sheriff’s marine deputies over the next two weekends will hold their annual dry-dock inspections to give boaters the chance to have their powerboats and driftboats checked for the requisite safety gear.
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CRATER LAKE HITS RECORD FOR LOW SNOW (Medford Mail Tribune)

-Crater Lake National Park hit a record for the lowest snow level since measurements began in 1931-

Crater Lake National Park has hit a record for the lowest snow level since measurements began in 1931.
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OUR VIEW: DRAWING BACK THE CURTAIN ON GOVERNMENT — OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation just as the 2015 legislative session was getting under way was unfortunate, but the timing also could yield benefits for Oregon government, if lawmakers seize the opportunity to make some needed changes.
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PORTLAND FIRM HOLDS WATER SUMMIT IN PENDLETON (East Oregonian)

Its no secret that water is a pretty big deal in Eastern Oregon.

Faced with growing demand and economic reward, local farmers have been trying for years to secure new water supplies for irrigation from the Columbia River.
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CLOCK SCHOOL AT OREGON PRISON STILL TICKING (East Oregonian)

Thinking about going to clockmaker school? You might have trouble getting in.

Turns out the only full-scale clock school in the country is inside Pendleton’s prison.
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NEW YORK TIMES STICKS OREGON WITH THE “RED STATES” FACING UNCERTAIN HEALTH INSURANCE FUTURE — BLOG (Willamette Week)

-UPDATE: Oregon may have a loophole in U.S. Supreme Court case.-

The Times appears to have missed a loophole Oregon lawmakers are using to remain outside the reach of King v. Burwell.

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SOME POLICE AGENCIES WAITING ON BODY-WORN CAMERAS (Albany Democrat Herald)

Lebanon Police Department Officer Scott Barnes was cruising down Main Street during a recent weekday patrol, when a resident on the side of the roadway waved him down.
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OREGON BILL SEEKS TO TIGHTEN POWER OF ATTORNEY RULES (Bend Bulletin)

-Legislation would require witnesses, notary-

State officials hope a new piece of proposed legislation that would require at least two third-party signatures to complete a power of attorney agreement will help them clamp down on elder abuse.

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EDITORIAL: COID CANAL SHOULD BE PIPED — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)

Irrigation ditches play an important role in the history of Central Oregon. And as important as they are, we dont tend to think about them very much, because, well, they are ditches.

That changed recently for a stretch of canal in the Central Oregon Irrigation District.

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BUSINESS INDEX DIPS IN Q4 2014 (Bend Bulletin)

-Indicators in Central Oregon housing market, tourism decrease slightly-

The Central Oregon Business Index dipped in the last three months of 2014, not an unexpected decline and not a precipitous one, either.
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STATE CONSIDERS BANNING MOST VACCINE EXEMPTIONS (Bend Bulletin)

Jennifer Margulis has her kids vaccinated and she gets shots herself. But she doesnt like the idea of government telling parents they must get their children immunized.

Thats why she spoke at a recent legislative hearing to oppose an amendment to an Oregon bill that takes aim at the states highest-in-the-nation rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions.

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COVER OREGON LEAVES BEHIND COSTLY LEGACY (Bend Bulletin)

A bill dissolving the independent corporation that runs Cover Oregon is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown. But even when it is gone, Cover Oregon will leave a legacy of hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a health exchange that failed with even more millions in legal fees and other expenses still to come.
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FEDS CIRCLE HAYES DESCHUTES COUNTY PROJECTS FOR INVESTIGATION (Bend Bulletin)

-Knott Landfill, Pronghorn Golf Course named in grand jury subpoena-

Part of a sweeping investigation by federal prosecutors into former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, includes Hayes work on a project at the Knott Landfill on Bends east side.
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EDITORIAL: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PROTECT RURAL OREGON — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)

We regret to report that HUD is using ACS to establish LMISD to determine CDBG funding.

We regret to report that because its a tangle of federal government alphabet soup. And theres serious worry its hurting Oregonians in small towns.

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TAX BREAK FOR FACEBOOK AND APPLE? (Bend Bulletin)

-Senate Bill 611 could ensure future of data centers in Prineville, rural Oregon-

State lawmakers are taking action to appease the tax concerns of some of the nations largest telecommunication companies, a move that could ensure the future of data centers in Prineville and other rural Oregon communities.
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JOHN COSTA COLUMN: DUE PROCESS IS NOT THE MEDIAS JOB — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)

To be very honest, due process is not, nor should it be, the obligation or goal of a spirited and independent press.

This misimpression of press obligation is one of the byproducts of the ongoing John Kitzhaber-Cylvia Hayes nightmare.

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ORACLE V. OREGON 101: A PRIMER ON THE 4 SO FAR COURT CASES — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)

There’s been a flurry of legal activity between Oracle America and the state of Oregon over the Cover Oregon fiasco. As of today, the parties have four lawsuits against one another, with more likely to come.
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OREGONIANS TELL OLCC THEY WANT LOTS OF SMALL POT BUSINESSES (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

More than 400 people gathered in Tigard on Thursday to talk about the future of marijuana in Oregon.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has been tasked with regulating the pot industry.

OLCC Chairman Rob Patridge says the industry may be newly legal, but its already well established.

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OREGON GOODS EXPORTS REACH RECORD $20.9 BILLION (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Commerce show Oregon merchandise exports hit a record high of nearly $21 billion in 2014.

Oregon jumped seven spots to be ranked 22nd in the nation for exporting goods. It was a record year for the Beaver State with an estimated 92,000 jobs being supported by Oregon exports.
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AN OREGON CITY BRACES FOR LEGAL POT TO DRIVE UP ELECTRICITY COSTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Legal recreational marijuana will become a reality in Oregon on July 1.

Thats expected to create new market opportunities for large-scale indoor marijuana producers who rely on powerful grow lights.
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POVERTY PRESCRIPTIONS — OPINION (Boston Globe)

-Nonprofit hospitals have a key role to play in feeding Americas hungry-

Along with spacious skies and amber waves of grain, the American landscape features food deserts places where fresh produce is scant, dotted with high-calorie oases where the poor can most readily afford foods flush with sugar, fat, and salt. One in every seven US households experiences not having enough food to go around the table.
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JUNIPER FUNDING GARNERS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT (Capital Press)

-Legislation that would devote more than $1 million to harvesting and processing juniper has garnered bipartisan support from Oregon lawmakers.-

Legislation that would direct more than $1 million toward strengthening Oregons juniper wood products industry has garnered bipartisan support from lawmakers.
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EXPERTS SAY OREGONS WINE INDUSTRY IS POISED FOR CONTINUED GROWTH (Capital Press)

-Oregon’s wine industry appears to be in good shape for continued growth, experts say.-

Oregons wine industry, which has gained an international reputation for high quality, still has room to grow, experts said Feb. 24 at the annual Oregon Wine Symposium.
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MARIJUANA BILL ADVANCING THROUGH LEGISLATURE WOULD CLAMP DOWN ON MEDICAL SIDE (The Daily News-Kelso Longview)

Levi Godwins organic garden is his medicine cabinet. The distinctive leaves and scents mark his cultivation of buds catered to treat his chronic pain, ulcers and spina bifida.
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BILL DISSOLVING COVER OREGON HEADED TO GOVERNOR (KATU)

A bill dissolving Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange and folding its functions into a state agency is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown after it was approved in a bipartisan state House vote Friday.
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OREGON HEALTHY TEENS SURVEY: ‘THERE ARE CONCERNING QUESTIONS’ (KATU)

Middle school students will soon be answering some pretty intimate questions in a survey conducted by the Oregon Health Authority.

The survey features questions like “Do you think of yourself as lesbian or gay? or “During the past three months, how many people did you have sexual intercourse with?”
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ODFW SET TO COLLAR, GPS TRACK 500 DEER IN S. BLUE MTNS. (KTVZ Bend)

-Agency aims to update population model-

Data from 500 GPS radio collars will soon replace an older population model and conventional wisdom about mule deer in the southern Blue Mountains.

Beginning March 1, about 500 adult female mule deer between Prineville and Ontario will be collared so wildlife managers can better understand their ranges and movements.
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OREGON HOUSE VOTES TO DISSOLVE COVER OREGON (KTVZ Bend)

-Bill heads to Gov. Brown’s desk-

The Oregon House voted Friday to abolish Cover Oregon as a public corporation and transfer management of the states health insurance exchange to the Department of Consumer and Business Services.
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4TH-QUARTER GROWTH REVISED TO 2.2%, LESS THAN INITIAL ESTIMATE (New York Times)

The American economy expanded at a slower pace than initially thought in the fourth quarter of 2014, as less stockpiling by businesses and a slightly weaker trade balance weighed on growth.
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FOOD WASTE IS BECOMING SERIOUS ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE, REPORT SAYS (New York Times)

With millions of households across the country struggling to have enough to eat, and millions of tons of food being tossed in the garbage, food waste is increasingly being seen as a serious environmental and economic issue.

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BILL GATES AND OTHER BUSINESS LEADERS URGE U.S. TO INCREASE ENERGY RESEARCH (New York Times)

The government is spending far too little money on energy research, putting at risk the long-term goals of reducing carbon emissions and alleviating energy poverty, some of the countrys top business leaders found in a new report.
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TRIBES FROM AROUND US GATHER TO DISCUSS LEGAL MARIJUANA (KPTV)

The Justice Department’s announcement in December that it would allow the nation’s Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution – if not silence or opposition – from many tribes.

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SELL MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL POT SEPARATELY, OR AGENCY SAYS (KPTV)

The agency in charge of implementing Oregon’s legal marijuana program says medical and recreational pot should be subject to the same tracking and testing systems if they’re to be sold in the same retail outlets.
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PHILOMATH GAS STATION OWNER APPEALS DEQ PENALTIES (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

The owner of a Philomath gas station has appealed the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s case against him involving penalties for alleged underground fuel tank storage violations.
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SURVEY TALLIED 7,500 MARINE MAMMALS IN LOWER COLUMBIA (The Columbian)

Spring chinook nosing into the Columbia River will have to make it past more than a phalanx of baited hooks, lures and nets to make it to the tributaries. The fish will also have to run a gauntlet of hungry seals and sea lions that are increasingly drawn there to feast on the bounty.
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OREGON RECONSIDERS VACCINE RULES (The Columbian)

-Exemptions may be allowed only for purely medical reasons-

Jennifer Margulis has her kids vaccinated and she gets shots herself. But she doesn’t like the idea of government telling parents they must get their children immunized.

That’s why she spoke at a recent legislative hearing to oppose an amendment to an Oregon bill that takes aim at the state’s highest-in-the-nation rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions.
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COVERING COVER OREGON’S BILLS WON’T END WITH DISSOLUTION (The Columbian)

A bill dissolving the independent corporation that runs Cover Oregon is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown. The agency has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a health exchange that failed with more millions in legal fees and other expenses still to come.
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PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES EXPERIENCE UNRECOGNIZED HEALTH DISPARITIES, NEW RESEARCH SHOWS (The Lund Report)

People with disabilities have unmet medical needs and poorer overall health throughout their lives, and as a result should be recognized as a health disparity group so more attention can be directed to improving their quality of life, a team of policy researchers has found.
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LYNNE SAXTONS CONFIRMATION HELD UP ALONG WITH OTHER NOMINEES (The Lund Report)

-According to insiders, the Senate may have lacked the legal authority to move ahead, and theres also speculation about whether Saxton is the right person for the job.-

Until two days ago Lynne Saxton had been expected to be confirmed by the Oregon Senate as the new administrator of the Oregon Health Authority.
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MANY OF OREGON’S COASTAL SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS AND FIRE STATIONS AT TSUNAMI RISK (National Public Radio)

The buildings are in the tsunami zone, meaning they’d likely be washed away in the event of a massive earthquake and tsunami. Seismologists say there’s a 37 percent chance of a major quake along the West Coast in the next fifty years the kind of quake that hit Japan in 2011.
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THE COSTLY LEGACY OF COVER OREGON (KOIN)

-Cover Oregon spent $300 million in federal funds-

A bill dissolving the independent corporation that runs Cover Oregon is on its way to the Gov. Kate Brown. But even when it is gone, Cover Oregon will leave a legacy of hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a health exchange that failed with even more millions in legal fees and other expenses still to come.
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OREGON CAPITOL AWAITS SIGNALS FROM NEW GOVERNOR (NW News Network)

Kate Brown became Governor of Oregon without the messy business of running a campaign.

Though she’s served in elected office for nearly a quarter-century, she got the state’s top job by virtue of being in the right place at the right time. When John Kitzhaber abruptly resigned on February 18, Brown was first in line of succession.
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TAX STRUCTURE AND VOLATILITY — BLOG (Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)

During each of the past two recessions, Oregons general fund revenues dropped twice as much as in the typical state.
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UNDERWATER: OREGON’S AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING WATERWAY POLLUTERS IS THE MOST BACKLOGGED IN THE COUNTRY (Street Roots News)

Oregon has the stiffest water pollution regulations of any state in the U.S.

Sounds impressive, right?

Think again.

Oregon is dead last nationwide when it comes to keeping wastewater permits current with state regulations
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OREGONS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES SHOULD BE MORE THAN PAPER DEEP — OPINION (Street Roots News)

Oregon has a proud history of protecting its wildlife and natural resources.

We also have significant environmental problems.

The latter is particularly frustrating when the best intentions are left to languish under the weight of an underfunded bureaucracy. We all think were doing the right thing, that weve done our part, but the problem festers.
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BLACK CARBON FROM WILDFIRES CONTRIBUTES TO THE CASCADES SNOWMELT (Street Roots News)

-Climate scientist Susan Kaspari talks about our black carbon footprint-

As snowpack levels hit record lows, and wildfire seasons hit record highs, a geological sciences professor in Washington is studying the connection between forest fires and accelerated snowmelt.
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INMATES NEED COFFEE CREEK’S FAMILY PRESERVATION PROGRAM (Street Roots News)

-Parenting program for mothers in the correctional facility should be expanded, not cancelled-

The Family Preservation Project is a parenting program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. The program is a partnership between Portland Community College, the Oregon Department of Corrections, and children and families who are incarcerated.

In reality, the program does so much more.
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March 2, 2015 eClips

  • Dead fish surface along the Columbia River in Portland’s Bridgeton neighborhood
  • Family of Central Catholic student killed by meningitis urges vaccination for all teens
  • Columbia River Gorge, one of 7 Wonders of Oregon: who knew sternwheeler was so fun
  • Without Kitzhaber, will GMO legislation stall?
  • Gov. Kate Brown’s transition not typical
  • It’s time to properly fund K-12 education in Oregon — Opinion
  • Clean fuel bill poses complex choices
  • Thousands of illegally stored used tires at Eugene site draw fine from DEQ
  • Lawmakers eye vaping ban
  • UO tuition on track to rise by 3.7 percent
  • The non-affiliated wave — Opinion
  • Oregon has backbone to defeat gas pipeline — Guest Opinion
  • The new normal under climate change?
  • Editorial: Oregon needs more auditing capacity — Opinion
  • Feds investigating two state contracts that paid Hayes $235,000
  • Spud Day In Salem
  • Schedule Suggests Kitzhaber Was Checked Out In Final 2 Weeks
  • Map outlines western Oregon landslide risks from a subduction zone earthquake
  • As it dissolves, Cover Oregon losses $310M and rising
  • NW forest insect outbreaks compared from space
  • Lobbyists want to keep money spent lobbying each other secret
  • New Asian ‘Tsunami Fish’ Causes a Stir with Oregon Coast Scientists

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DEAD FISH SURFACE ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER IN PORTLAND’S BRIDGETON NEIGHBORHOOD

(Portland Oregonian)Residents of North Portland’s Bridgeton neighborhood along the Columbia River reported waking to a disturbing sight Sunday.

Heide Island, who lives in a floating home on the river, said she took her dogs for a walk about 8:30 a.m. and found hundreds of dead fish at the water’s edge.
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FAMILY OF CENTRAL CATHOLIC STUDENT KILLED BY MENINGITIS URGES VACCINATION FOR ALL TEENS

(Portland Oregonian)Jake Parkhurst, a charming, athletic student at Central Catholic high school, died a year ago today, yanked from family and friends by a sudden onset of meningitis.

Late last week, his father and stepmother traveled to Atlanta to tell a powerful federal panel one thing: Please recommend all young people get the new vaccine that would have saved our son.
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COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, ONE OF 7 WONDERS OF OREGON: WHO KNEW STERNWHEELER WAS SO FUN

(Portland Oregonian)Columbia River Gorge, one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon, according to Travel Oregon:

Why it’s a wonder: When the ice age floods came roaring through the gorge, you could have heard it all the way to Longview. The legacy of the repeated cataclysms is polished rock walls with big hanging waterfalls, especially on the “7 wonders” side Oregon.
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WITHOUT KITZHABER, WILL GMO LEGISLATION STALL?

(Salem Statesman Journal)Under a bill introduced in the Legislature last week, Oregon voters would decide this fall whether to label genetically modified food sold in the state.

Lawmakers also are trying to resolve the conflict between the state’s GMO and non-GMO farmers, who fear contamination from cross-pollination or rogue plants.
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GOV. KATE BROWN’S TRANSITION NOT TYPICAL

(Salem Statesman Journal)Typically, when Oregon gets a new governor, everyone sees it coming or at least sees the possibility of it.

If the governor in office has finished two terms and cannot run again, it’s particularly easy to see coming. His staff will start looking for new jobs as Election Day nears, and some may even leave before he is actually gone. The campaign staff for the winner will often come work for him in the Governor’s Office, so there will be some feeling of continuity.
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IT’S TIME TO PROPERLY FUND K-12 EDUCATION IN OREGON — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Back in January, I wrote that the Legislature should focus on education performance because Oregon had the second-worst high school graduation rate in the country. It’s gotten worse since then.

In late January, The Oregonian reported that Oregon had gone from second-worst to worst.
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CLEAN FUEL BILL POSES COMPLEX CHOICES

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Lawmakers will debate the far-reaching low-carbon fuels standard this week-

What is more important: Curbing greenhouse gases or keeping a lid on gasoline prices?

Thats the key choice Oregon lawmakers face as they consider the so-called low-carbon fuels standard, the most controversial and far-reaching bill of the legislative session so far.

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THOUSANDS OF ILLEGALLY STORED USED TIRES AT EUGENE SITE DRAW FINE FROM DEQ

(Eugene Register-Guard)A few old tires piled in a backyard may irritate the neighbors.

But 10,000 tires left for years is enough to grab the attention of three government agencies and draw a hefty fine, as two west Eugene property owners have found out.

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LAWMAKERS EYE VAPING BAN

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Electronic cigarettes would be treated the same as traditional cigarettes under House Bill 2546-

The Oregon House is expected to vote this week, possibly today, to ban the indoor use of electronic cigarettes in public places and in workplaces.

House Bill 2546 would treat e-cigarette and other vaping products the same as traditional cigarettes under the Oregon Clean Air Act, which aims to reduce the impacts of secondhand smoke.

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UO TUITION ON TRACK TO RISE BY 3.7 PERCENT

(Eugene Register-Guard)Undergraduate students are likely to pay 3.7 percent more in tuition and fees to attend the University of Oregon next year.

Thats the increase for in-state and out-of-state students alike, according to a proposal that goes before the UO Board of Trustees this week.

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THE NON-AFFILIATED WAVE — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Motor-voter law could weaken political parties-

The principled objection to the motor-voter bill now speeding through the Oregon Legislature is that it removes the last element of volition from the act of registering to vote people would be added to the voting rolls automatically when they get their driver’s licenses.
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OREGON HAS BACKBONE TO DEFEAT GAS PIPELINE — GUEST OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)If a state can display a general character, is Oregon a victim or a fighter? If shipwrecked or flung into a crevasse on Mt. Hood, would Oregon surrender to despair, drifting into that endless sleep or would it take decisive action to emerge victorious and grinning, fists in the air?

We’re about to find out. Because Oregon’s under attack.
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THE NEW NORMAL UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE?

(Medford Mail Tribune)-Recent weather patterns could be a preview of what’s to come if predictions hold true-

The low-snowpack winters and smoky summers the Rogue Valley has seen over the last two years could be a preview of what’s to come if predictions are right.

Climate change could create winners and losers in agriculture, tourism, forestry, housing and other sectors.
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EDITORIAL: OREGON NEEDS MORE AUDITING CAPACITY — OPINION

(Daily Astorian)-Oregon state government lacks a way to examine its mistakes.-

If government can’t learn from mistakes, it keeps making the same ones

What are the biggest differences between Oregon and Washington? They pump their own gas, and we don’t? They have a sales tax and we don’t? They have NFL and Major League franchises and we don’t? Yes, yes and yes.
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FEDS INVESTIGATING TWO STATE CONTRACTS THAT PAID HAYES $235,000

(Daily Astorian)It’s been reported that a federal grand jury subpoena suggests U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors are taking a second look at a 2010 Oregon Department of Energy subcontract steered to Cylvia Hayes, fiancee of former Gov. John Kitzhaber.

The subpoena also contains hints that federal prosecutors might be interested in two other state contracts awarded to Hayes’ consulting business in the same time frame.
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SPUD DAY IN SALEM

(mycentraloregon.com)Senator Bill Hansell R-Athena will host the first annual Spud Day at the Capitol on Monday, March 2nd at 9:45 a.m.
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SCHEDULE SUGGESTS KITZHABER WAS CHECKED OUT IN FINAL 2 WEEKS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The final two weeks former Gov. John Kitzhaber was in office were shrouded in questions. Even his staff appeared not to know where he was much of the time, and he made no public appearance.

Records obtained by the Statesman Journal show that between Feb. 5 and 18, Kitzhaber was engaged in less and less state business. He used much of his time for personal business or appointments with no obvious ties to his role in the Governor’s Office.
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MAP OUTLINES WESTERN OREGON LANDSLIDE RISKS FROM A SUBDUCTION ZONE EARTHQUAKE

(KATU)New landslide maps have been developed that will help the Oregon Department of Transportation determine which coastal roads and bridges in Oregon are most likely to be usable following a major subduction zone earthquake that is expected in the future of the Pacific Northwest.
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AS IT DISSOLVES, COVER OREGON LOSSES $310M AND RISING

(KGW)A bill dissolving the independent corporation that runs Cover Oregon is on its way to the Gov. Kate Brown. But even when it is gone, Cover Oregon will leave a legacy of hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a health exchange that failed – with even more millions in legal fees and other expenses still to come.
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NW FOREST INSECT OUTBREAKS COMPARED FROM SPACE

(KTVZ Bend)-First study of pine beetle, spruce budworm impacts-

Scientists for the first time have simultaneously compared widespread impacts from two of the most common forest insects in the West mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm an advance that could lead to more effective management policies.

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LOBBYISTS WANT TO KEEP MONEY SPENT LOBBYING EACH OTHER SECRET

(Wallowa.com)-A bill in the House of Representatives would exempt lobbyists from having to report money they spend lobbying each other.-

Lobbyists in Salem say they want a permanent exemption from a requirement to report spending on lobbying other lobbyists, and a bill currently before the House Committee on Rules would accomplish that.
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NEW ASIAN ‘TSUNAMI FISH’ CAUSES A STIR WITH OREGON COAST SCIENTISTS

(Oregon Coast Beach Connection)The Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will be the next home for what appears to be yet another tsunami fish found on the Oregon coast this time discovered on the southern coast at Port Orford. Called the knifejaw, this unusual fish is believed to have come overseas from its native waters off Japan and Korea, probably carried along by tsunami debris from the 2011 earthquake in Japan.
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February 27, 2015 eClips

  • Judge orders Oracle to keep hosting Oregon’s Medicaid system
  • Program that helps mothers in prison rebuild relationships with their kids on state chopping block
  • Cape Foulweather Look-Out on Oregon coast added to National Register of Historic Places
  • Fish found in Port Orford crab pot likely traveled to Oregon with Japanese tsunami debris
  • Steve Duin blog: Oregon Real Estate Agency only reprimands license of Sandra Bittler, realtor in Elmo and Meliitta case– Blog
  • Tax cuts for Google Fiber, Comcast and data centers move forward in Oregon Senate but cities object
  • Business Movers: Kerry Tymchuk, Allen Trust Company board; Edward Bieniek, Portland Clinic; Three Rivers Casino staff
  • Facing criminal investigations, Cylvia Hayes asserts Fifth Amendment rights in hopes of keeping emails private
  • University of Oregon meningitis vaccination will be largest in US since approval of new drug
  • Oregon Senate approves bill to ban ‘revenge porn’
  • Bills would allow Damascus to disincorporate with simple majority vote, enable residents to de-annex again
  • Claim: State data center managers ‘in trouble’ for talking to Kitzhaber-Hayes investigators
  • Kate Brown says she opposes death penalty but refuses to rule out executions on her watch
  • Finding higher ground, and saving lives, if a tsunami hits — Opinion
  • Cylvia Hayes sues Oregonian to keep records secret
  • Oregon civics lesson cheap at 10 cents per student
  • Newspapers: New governor must remember rural Oregon — Guest Opinion
  • Sen. Courtney urges lawmakers to pass on K-12 budget
  • Cancer survivor, 14, advocates for Right to Try bill
  • The Oregon Clean Fuels Program by the numbers — Opinion
  • Winners, losers in the weeks news — Opinion
  • Revenge porn, student data raise legal questions
  • Eugene firm benefits from expansion of Portland incubator
  • State to open Willamette Valley bioscience lab
  • My View: Oregon has tough love for environment — Opinion
  • Gov. Brown: Re-examine small business regulations
  • Despite labor deal, port slowdown continues
  • Lodging gains bode well for travel industries
  • Oregon economist offers positive report at economic outlook luncheon
  • Rep. Lew Frederick Proposes Bill to Reduce Sentences for People in Jail for Marijuana Crimes– Blog
  • Oracle Files New Lawsuit Against Patricia McCaig and Other Kitzhaber Campaign Advisers– Blog
  • Testing Trainwreck
  • OHSU CEO Robertson on vaccines: ‘Your personal rights stop where my nose starts’
  • A look at Oregon’s 10 healthiest housing markets– Blog
  • Oracle may sue Kitzhaber, chief of staff over Cover Oregon
  • Higher Wages, Lower Prices Give Consumers A Break
  • Arizona Family Promotes ‘Right To Try’ Legislation In Salem
  • Oregon Governor Says Past Votes Don’t Bind Her Future Policy Decisions
  • Represented: Police Relations In NE Portland
  • Potential SNAP Cuts Could Affect Many Oregonians
  • What to Look for in Friday’s U.S. GDP Report
  • Expert: Immigration reform wont fix farm labor shortage
  • Oracle lawsuit: Kitzhaber advisers manipulated Cover Oregon
  • Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers
  • USDA leader praises food programs in Portland schools
  • Obama talks oil train safety in Portland TV interview
  • Oregon AG backs bill to block sales of student data
  • Report: 13,000 Deschutes Co. homes at high wildfire risk
  • Will low snowpack affect Oregon fire insurance?
  • Senator Ron Wyden: Protecting Children from Abuse and Neglect An Oregon Perspective

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JUDGE ORDERS ORACLE TO KEEP HOSTING OREGON’S MEDICAID SYSTEM

 (Portland Oregonian)An Oregon judge has ordered technology giant Oracle Inc. to continue hosting Oregon’s Medicaid health insurance system for low-income Oregonians even after the company’s contract expires this weekend.
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PROGRAM THAT HELPS MOTHERS IN PRISON REBUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR KIDS ON STATE CHOPPING BLOCK

 (Portland Oregonian)Nicole Edwards went to prison not knowing her daughter. She wasn’t sure of her favorite color or whether she had any friends.
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CAPE FOULWEATHER LOOK-OUT ON OREGON COAST ADDED TO NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

 (Portland Oregonian)The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather in Lincoln County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places, according to information provided by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Heritage Commission.
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FISH FOUND IN PORT ORFORD CRAB POT LIKELY TRAVELED TO OREGON WITH JAPANESE TSUNAMI DEBRIS

 (Portland Oregonian)A fish found Friday off the Oregon coast could be a Japanese tsunami refugee, and it’s likely others are out there.
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STEVE DUIN BLOG: OREGON REAL ESTATE AGENCY ONLY REPRIMANDS LICENSE OF SANDRA BITTLER, REALTOR IN ELMO AND MELIITTA CASE– BLOG

 (Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Real Estate Agency has reprimanded the real-estate license of Sandra Bittler, the realtor who – with husband Michael Leland – purchased a two-acre lot in southwest Portland from Elmo and Meliitta Marquette for one-tenth of its real-market value.
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TAX CUTS FOR GOOGLE FIBER, COMCAST AND DATA CENTERS MOVE FORWARD IN OREGON SENATE BUT CITIES OBJECT

 (Portland Oregonian)A legislative committee signed off Thursday on changes to Oregon law that could resolve years of dispute over state taxes on telecommunications companies.

Lawmakers hope the bill would open the door for Google Fiber to bring its hyperfast Internet service to the Portland area and prompt Amazon and Apple to resume expansion of data centers they operate in central and eastern Oregon.
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BUSINESS MOVERS: KERRY TYMCHUK, ALLEN TRUST COMPANY BOARD; EDWARD BIENIEK, PORTLAND CLINIC; THREE RIVERS CASINO STAFF

 (Portland Oregonian)Kerry Tymchuk has been elected to the Allen Trust Company board of directors.

Tymchuk was approved by the State of Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities, and his term is effective immediately.
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FACING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS, CYLVIA HAYES ASSERTS FIFTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS IN HOPES OF KEEPING EMAILS PRIVATE

 (Portland Oregonian)Cylvia Hayes is asserting her constitutional right against self-incrimination in an attempt to block the release of work-related emails she sent from her personal accounts.
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON MENINGITIS VACCINATION WILL BE LARGEST IN US SINCE APPROVAL OF NEW DRUG

 (Portland Oregonian)The mass vaccination effort at the University of Oregon next week will be the biggest in the nation since a vaccine against a common form of meningococcal disease, strain B, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration less than four months ago.
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OREGON SENATE APPROVES BILL TO BAN ‘REVENGE PORN’

 (Portland Oregonian)The Senate approved legislation Thursday to outlaw the practice of posting naked photos of an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend online.

Senate Bill 188 would outlaw so-called “revenge porn,” a type of pornography that consists of naked photos collected during a romantic relationship and later posted online without the subject’s permission. It passed the Senate with 29 aye votes and will now head to the House for consideration.
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BILLS WOULD ALLOW DAMASCUS TO DISINCORPORATE WITH SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE, ENABLE RESIDENTS TO DE-ANNEX AGAIN

 (Portland Oregonian)A trio of bills introduced in the Oregon State House last week aim to see the city of Damascus disincorporated by the end of 2016, and make it easier for residents to individually deannex in the meantime.
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CLAIM: STATE DATA CENTER MANAGERS ‘IN TROUBLE’ FOR TALKING TO KITZHABER-HAYES INVESTIGATORS

 (Portland Oregonian)State data center managers recently placed on leave over unauthorized efforts to preserve evidence found themselves “in trouble” for contacting federal prosecutors scrutinizing former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiance, Cylvia Hayes, a state email obtained by The Oregonian/Oregonlive reveals.
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KATE BROWN SAYS SHE OPPOSES DEATH PENALTY BUT REFUSES TO RULE OUT EXECUTIONS ON HER WATCH

 (Portland Oregonian) Newly inaugurated Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday that she personally opposes the death penalty, but she did not rule out that she might someday allow executions to resume in Oregon.
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FINDING HIGHER GROUND, AND SAVING LIVES, IF A TSUNAMI HITS — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Planning for disaster – a theoretical, expensive undertaking – is no fun. That’s why it’s commendable the U.S. Senate follows Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, who last month won bipartisan support in the House of Representatives for reauthorizing and strengthening the Tsunami Warning, Education and Research Act
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CYLVIA HAYES SUES OREGONIAN TO KEEP RECORDS SECRET

 (Portland Oregonian)Cylvia Hayes, fiancee of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, is asking Marion County Circuit Court to issue a judgment allowing her to keep secret her emails she sent as part of her work in Kitzhaber’s office, in spite of an attorney general’s order insisting she release them.
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OREGON CIVICS LESSON CHEAP AT 10 CENTS PER STUDENT

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Unofficially, it’s being called the dime drive.

Officially, it’s the Oregon Constitution Challenge. Or an effort by the Archives Division of the Secretary of State’s office, inviting the state’s more than 600,000 public, private and home-schooled students to pitch in a dime each to buy and install a display case or two for the Oregon Constitution.

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NEWSPAPERS: NEW GOVERNOR MUST REMEMBER RURAL OREGON — GUEST OPINION

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Newspapers throughout Oregon editorialized last week about Secretary of State Kate Brown becoming governor.
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SEN. COURTNEY URGES LAWMAKERS TO PASS ON K-12 BUDGET

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Senate President Peter Courtney is urging the Oregon Legislature to pass the K-12 education budget as soon as possible, an idea that appears to have bipartisan support.
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CANCER SURVIVOR, 14, ADVOCATES FOR RIGHT TO TRY BILL

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Diego Morris was 10 years old when he felt pain in his left leg. It was bone cancer in his knee osteosarcoma.

He underwent 10 weeks of chemotherapy before getting the tumor taken out and examined. Doctors hoped the chemo would have affected the tumor by 80 percent, but Diego’s tumor was only affected 50 percent.
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THE OREGON CLEAN FUELS PROGRAM BY THE NUMBERS — OPINION

 (Salem Statesman Journal)It’s been over half a decade since our organizations and businesses have called for action on clean fuels in Oregon.

Since then, there has been a tremendous amount of process developing the program, including:
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WINNERS, LOSERS IN THE WEEKS NEWS — OPINION

 (Salem Statesman Journal)LOSER: Senate Health Care Committee. The panel canceled its March 9 public hearing on a controversial bill to tighten Oregons vaccination requirements for children.
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REVENGE PORN, STUDENT DATA RAISE LEGAL QUESTIONS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has made a lot of headlines lately, mainly because she has initiated a criminal investigation into former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes.
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EUGENE FIRM BENEFITS FROM EXPANSION OF PORTLAND INCUBATOR

 (Eugene Register-Guard)A state incubator that houses bioscience startup companies is expanding in order to make room for additional companies and to allow two of it tenants one founded in Eugene to expand.
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STATE TO OPEN WILLAMETTE VALLEY BIOSCIENCE LAB

 (Eugene Register-Guard)The state is opening its first bioscience research lab outside of Portland in response to the growth in this field in central and southern Oregon, state officials said today.

The lab will open on March 13 on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, the Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute said.

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MY VIEW: OREGON HAS TOUGH LOVE FOR ENVIRONMENT — OPINION

 (Portland Tribune)When it comes to our states future, we Oregonians often are divided sometimes deeply on such things as what the role of government should be, how much to tax ourselves, and what to spend the money on. There is one thing, however, that unites us: our love for Oregons natural beauty and its air and water. In other words, the environment.
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GOV. BROWN: RE-EXAMINE SMALL BUSINESS REGULATIONS

 (Portland Tribune)-She’s still considering ideas about economic development; state aid will continue to regions.-

Gov. Kate Brown says she wants to make her mark on economic development in Oregons rural communities and one of her early pledges may be to re-examine state regulation of small businesses.
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DESPITE LABOR DEAL, PORT SLOWDOWN CONTINUES

 (Portland Tribune)-Terminal operator’s dispute with union threatens economy-

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is facing the first crisis of her new administration the ongoing labor dispute at the Port of Portland.

Friction continues to slow shipping at Terminal 6, despite the fact that West Coast port operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union agreed on a tentative five-year contract last Friday.
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LODGING GAINS BODE WELL FOR TRAVEL INDUSTRIES

 (Medford Mail Tribune)Thanks to lower fuel prices and mild weather, the region’s lodging industry saw solid gains in January possibly foreshadowing the beginning of a profitable year for Southern Oregon tourism.
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OREGON ECONOMIST OFFERS POSITIVE REPORT AT ECONOMIC OUTLOOK LUNCHEON

 (East Oregonian)In front of local leaders and business owners, an Oregon economist delivered a cautiously optimistic economic report for Umatilla County at a luncheon hosted by the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce at the Pendleton Convention Center Wednesday.
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REP. LEW FREDERICK PROPOSES BILL TO REDUCE SENTENCES FOR PEOPLE IN JAIL FOR MARIJUANA CRIMES– BLOG

 (Willamette Week)-His bill would also allow people convicted of non-violent weed crimes to expunge their records.-

With pot legalized in Oregon, state Rep. Lew Frederick D-Portland says people jailed for non-violent weed crimes should no longer be kept behind bars.
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ORACLE FILES NEW LAWSUIT AGAINST PATRICIA MCCAIG AND OTHER KITZHABER CAMPAIGN ADVISERS– BLOG

 (Willamette Week)-Software giant, seeking $23 million in damages, alleges the consultants interfered with Cover Oregon for political reasons.-

Oracle America Corp. today filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Court against the campaign consultants for former Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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TESTING TRAINWRECK

 (Willamette Week)-Four labs return very different potency results from the same marijuana batch-

Customers at Nectar Cannabis use several methods to choose the weed thats right for them.

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OHSU CEO ROBERTSON ON VACCINES: ‘YOUR PERSONAL RIGHTS STOP WHERE MY NOSE STARTS’

 (Oregon Business Journal)It seemed like the question that Oregon Health & Science University President Dr. Joe Robertson was waiting for all morning.
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A LOOK AT OREGON’S 10 HEALTHIEST HOUSING MARKETS– BLOG

 (Oregon Business Journal)The healthiest housing markets in Oregon stretch from the coast to Eastern Oregon and everywhere in between.
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ORACLE MAY SUE KITZHABER, CHIEF OF STAFF OVER COVER OREGON

 (Oregon Business Journal)Hours after suing five campaign consultants for former Gov. John Kitzhaber, Oracle America has served notice that it may assert a claim for damages against the governor in his personal capacity related to his reelection campaign and Cover Oregon.
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HIGHER WAGES, LOWER PRICES GIVE CONSUMERS A BREAK

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Economists usually worry about a wage-price spiral taking hold. Thats when workers are earning more, but losing buying power as prices rise.
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ARIZONA FAMILY PROMOTES ‘RIGHT TO TRY’ LEGISLATION IN SALEM

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Supporters of a bill to give terminally ill people the right to try experimental drugs met with lawmakers in Salem Thursday.
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OREGON GOVERNOR SAYS PAST VOTES DON’T BIND HER FUTURE POLICY DECISIONS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregons new governor Kate Brown said Thursday that votes she took as a state lawmaker arent necessarily a sign of where she stands on present-day issues.
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REPRESENTED: POLICE RELATIONS IN NE PORTLAND

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Were launching a new series called Represented, where we take a look at some of the issues that matter most to Oregonians, through the lens of the states legislative districts.
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POTENTIAL SNAP CUTS COULD AFFECT MANY OREGONIANS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)One of five Oregonians receive food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. House Republicans in Congress are talking about making changes to the program that could affect many low-income residents in the Northwest.

SNAP has been the subject of Congressional hearings that began this week in DC. Oregon ranks second in the nation for SNAP participation.
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN FRIDAY’S U.S. GDP REPORT

 (Bloomberg)-Though a downward revision is projected, the consumer is expected to hang in there-

Friday we get a second look at U.S. gross domestic product for the fourth quarter. The Commerce Department report is slated to hit the wires at 8:30 a.m. and will incorporate data that wasn’t available in the first release a month ago.
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EXPERT: IMMIGRATION REFORM WONT FIX FARM LABOR SHORTAGE

 (Capital Press)-Immigration policy reforms cannot overcome broader economic forces that are reducing farm labor supplies, an expert says.-

Shortages of farm labor will likely persist in the long term regardless of possible changes to immigration law, according to an agricultural economist.
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ORACLE LAWSUIT: KITZHABER ADVISERS MANIPULATED COVER OREGON

 (KATU)Oracle America Inc. has filed a lawsuit accusing former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s campaign consultants of orchestrating the abandonment of the now-defunct Cover Oregon health insurance exchange portal to assist his re-election effort.
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REGULATORS APPROVE TOUGHER RULES FOR INTERNET PROVIDERS

 (KATU)Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.
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USDA LEADER PRAISES FOOD PROGRAMS IN PORTLAND SCHOOLS

 (KGW)Portland is a leader in making sure kids eat healthy meals. It’s for that very reason that one of the United States Department of Agriculture’s top leaders, Under Secretary Kevin Concannon, visited the city.
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OBAMA TALKS OIL TRAIN SAFETY IN PORTLAND TV INTERVIEW

 (KTVZ Bend)President Barack Obama says the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.
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OREGON AG BACKS BILL TO BLOCK SALES OF STUDENT DATA

 (KTVZ Bend)-Would prevent vendors from using info for non-school purposes-

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum testified Thursday before the Senate Education Committee in support of SB 187, the Oregon Student Online Personal Information Protection Act OSIPA.
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REPORT: 13,000 DESCHUTES CO. HOMES AT HIGH WILDFIRE RISK

 (KTVZ Bend)-Fire-protection group launches ‘Year of Living Less Dangerously’-

According to data released Thursday by CoreLogic, nearly 900,000 single-family homes across 13 states in the western U.S., including nearly 13,000 in Deschutes County, are currently designed at “High” or “Very High” risk for wildfire damage, representing a combined total reconstruction value estimated at more than $237 billion.
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WILL LOW SNOWPACK AFFECT OREGON FIRE INSURANCE?

 (KOIN)-Lloyd’s of London insurance could back out after two seasons of bad fires-

Oregon has faced bad fire seasons for the last two years, and now Oregons Department of Forestry could lose insurance coverage as the state deals with low snowpack for this time of year.
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SENATOR RON WYDEN: PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM ABUSE AND NEGLECT AN OREGON PERSPECTIVE

 (GoLocal PDX)Protecting our children from all of lifes ills, and especially from abuse and neglect, is perhaps our single most important responsibility as adults. There should be no controversy in that statement, no partisanship or disagreement.
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February 26, 2015 eClips

  • Small steps by governments can make big difference for bootstrap businesses: Editorial Agenda 2015 — Opinion
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife asks Legislature to ban drones for hunting/fishing
  • With IRS, FBI investigating Kitzhaber, Oregon manager denies punishing managers for preserving evidence
  • Oregon Senate halts confirming officials nominated by John Kitzhaber
  • More than 60 organizations join to push children’s policy agenda in Oregon Legislature
  • Two governors front and center at Portland screening of ‘A River Between Us’
  • Will House Democrats find low-carbon courage?
  • Net neutrality: As FCC readies vote, ‘things have shifted’ for Oregon lawmakers Walden and Wyden
  • Wolf numbers in Oregon grow, but uncertain future looms
  • Animal scrambles: Traditional fun or animal cruelty?
  • Sen. Courtney urges lawmakers to pass on K-12 budget
  • Meeting on vaccine mandate bill canceled
  • Active shooter drill on Friday will close Dome Building
  • Top 3 things to know about the legislature from Wednesday
  • Carbon standard bill has dj vu hearing in House
  • ODFW might buy section of ranch along Lower Deschutes
  • New governor means do-over in Lane County judge selection process
  • Measurement problems — Opinion
  • Schoolchildren asked to help restore Oregon Constitution document
  • USDA taps Portland for farm-to-table access ideas
  • Courtney: Lawmakers should vote on school aid now
  • Despite labor deal, port slowdown continues
  • Editorial: Legislature should back Mirror Pond fix — Opinion
  • Lakeview’s $200M biofuel project gets a public airing– Blog
  • With $400k to start, Business Oregon tests build-from-within strategies
  • Call for Oregon to subsidize electric vehicles intensifies
  • Salem campaign shows that electric cars aren’t just for Elon Musk anymore– Blog
  • Low office vacancy rates fueled by Oregon’s surging employment– Blog
  • Portland bioscience incubator’s expansion almost complete
  • New Film Documents Success, End Of Prison’s Family Program– Blog
  • In Bend, Support For Proposal To Remove Mirror Pond Dam
  • Minimum wage hikes hurt more than help, study says
  • Inmate walks away from work crew near Boardman
  • Laural Porter to interview Obama about exports, trade
  • Record number of Ore. teachers lose licenses for sexual conduct
  • Stiles to speak at 911 dispatcher graduation event
  • Oregon manufacturing job gains double U.S. rate
  • A dangerous revolt: People are refusing to pay back student loans
  • Plan to shift transportation burden to states seems doomed
  • Proposed Increase to Cigarette Taxes
  • Transportation, ethics bills proposed
  • The Carbon Calculus
  • Anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield disinvited to Oregon
  • Two Rivers Correctional Institution to start dog training program in coming weeks
  • Oregons High-Tech Employment Trends What Is High Tech?– Blog

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SMALL STEPS BY GOVERNMENTS CAN MAKE BIG DIFFERENCE FOR BOOTSTRAP BUSINESSES: EDITORIAL AGENDA 2015 — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)The stereotypical American entrepreneur has a revolutionary product or idea and is motivated by both the opportunity to develop that product and the potential to earn a profit – maybe a very big profit.
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OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE ASKS LEGISLATURE TO BAN DRONES FOR HUNTING/FISHING

 (Portland Oregonian)Just as Oregon wildlife managers were about to ban the increasingly popular electronic duck decoy dubbed “robo-duck” in 2002, Ron Anglin watched a television show in which holograms of people were projected into the air.
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WITH IRS, FBI INVESTIGATING KITZHABER, OREGON MANAGER DENIES PUNISHING MANAGERS FOR PRESERVING EVIDENCE

 (Portland Oregonian)The IRS has partnered with the FBI in the broad-ranging federal investigation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiance, Cylvia Hayes, The Oregonian/OregonLive has learned.
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OREGON SENATE HALTS CONFIRMING OFFICIALS NOMINATED BY JOHN KITZHABER

 (Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Senate is holding off on confirming dozen of officials nominated by former Gov. John Kitzhaber to serve on state boards and agencies.
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MORE THAN 60 ORGANIZATIONS JOIN TO PUSH CHILDREN’S POLICY AGENDA IN OREGON LEGISLATURE

 (Portland Oregonian)More than 60 Oregon organizations that advocate on issues involving or affecting children have joined to create a movement dubbed United For Kids that has presented a 2015 Children’s Agenda to state lawmakers.
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TWO GOVERNORS FRONT AND CENTER AT PORTLAND SCREENING OF ‘A RIVER BETWEEN US’

 (Portland Oregonian)As advertised, Gov. John Kitzhaber touched down in Portland Wednesday night for a private “Governors’ Screening” of “A River Between Us.”

Four minutes into the film. And only on the giant screen.
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WILL HOUSE DEMOCRATS FIND LOW-CARBON COURAGE?

 (Portland Oregonian)Senate President Peter Courtney talked a good game recently about the importance of doing the hard work and taking the “hard votes” this session to pass a funding package for Oregon’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.
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NET NEUTRALITY: AS FCC READIES VOTE, ‘THINGS HAVE SHIFTED’ FOR OREGON LAWMAKERS WALDEN AND WYDEN

 (Portland Oregonian)U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden casts himself as a champion of the “open Internet.”

Rep. Greg Walden stands as a stalwart opponent of Internet regulation.

With the Federal Communications Commission poised to vote Thursday on new regulatory authority over the Internet, two members of Oregon’s congressional delegation are leading figures at polar-opposite ends of the debate over “net neutrality.”
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WOLF NUMBERS IN OREGON GROW, BUT UNCERTAIN FUTURE LOOMS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)When asked to describe the state of wolf recovery in Oregon, Rob Klavins had trouble finding the correct word.

The wolf advocate with the environmental group Oregon Wild didn’t want to sound downhearted about the number of gray wolves increasing from 64 to 77 during the past year, but he wasn’t in a celebratory mood either.
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ANIMAL SCRAMBLES: TRADITIONAL FUN OR ANIMAL CRUELTY?

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Are animal scrambles old-fashioned fun or animal cruelty?

In Oregon, a legislative work group will try to sort out some kind of regulation for the events, where rabbits, chickens or small animals are turned loose in an arena to be chased and caught by young children, who then take them home as pets.
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SEN. COURTNEY URGES LAWMAKERS TO PASS ON K-12 BUDGET

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Senate President Peter Courtney is urging the Oregon Legislature to pass the K-12 education budget as soon as possible, an idea that appears to have bipartisan support.
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MEETING ON VACCINE MANDATE BILL CANCELED

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon legislators have canceled a meeting to discuss a bill that would eliminate nonmedical exemptions from Oregon’s school immunization law, after it became clear that a controversial vaccine researcher who linked the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine with autism was planning to testify.
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ACTIVE SHOOTER DRILL ON FRIDAY WILL CLOSE DOME BUILDING

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Members of the public may hear what appears to be gunfire near the Dome Building, located at 2575 Center Street NE on Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon.
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TOP 3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE LEGISLATURE FROM WEDNESDAY

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Senate President Peter Courtney told reporters he has halted any work on the executive appointments handed down by Gov. John Kitzhaber earlier this year out of deference to newly sworn-in Gov. Kate Brown. The Senate approves all executive appointments, which include state board members, agency heads and others.
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CARBON STANDARD BILL HAS DJ VU HEARING IN HOUSE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)A bill that would require gas and diesel sold in Oregon to contain less carbon over the next decade had its first hearing in the House Committee on Energy and Environment on Tuesday afternoon.
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ODFW MIGHT BUY SECTION OF RANCH ALONG LOWER DESCHUTES

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The state Department of Fish and Wildlife might buy a 10,000-acre piece of a ranch along the Lower Deschutes River.

The Bend Bulletin reports the Limmeroth family owns the land that had been used for grazing and dry-land wheat farming.
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NEW GOVERNOR MEANS DO-OVER IN LANE COUNTY JUDGE SELECTION PROCESS

 (Eugene Register-Guard)Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhabers resignation will delay the appointment of a new judge in Lane County Circuit Court.

The states new governor, Kate Brown, announced Tuesday that she is reopening the application process to find a replacement for Judge Cynthia Carlson, who officially retired Dec. 31.
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MEASUREMENT PROBLEMS — OPINION

 (Eugene Register-Guard)-LCC review shows problems with data, not programs-

An accreditation review is like a job evaluation in that it never finds that all is exactly as it should be the findings must always leave room for improvement. So it is with Lane Community Colleges seven-year review by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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SCHOOLCHILDREN ASKED TO HELP RESTORE OREGON CONSTITUTION DOCUMENT

 (Portland Tribune)-A $60,000 campaign would restore and permanently display the 158-year-old document-

To address a longtime funding shortage, the Oregon secretary of state’s office has issued a challenge to Oregons 600,000 schoolchildren: raise $60,000 by May 31 to restore the original Oregon state constitution to public view.
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USDA TAPS PORTLAND FOR FARM-TO-TABLE ACCESS IDEAS

 (Portland Tribune)One of Portland’s foodie hotspots will be the site of a federal roundtable discussion on Thursday.

John Gorham, owner of Tasty n’ Sons, on North Williams Ave., will play host to visiting U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon, who has overseen federal policies around food, nutrition and consumer services since 2009.
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COURTNEY: LAWMAKERS SHOULD VOTE ON SCHOOL AID NOW

 (Portland Tribune)-Plan proposes $7.23 billion in next two years; Republicans, other groups seek $8 billion.-

Senate President Peter Courtney says lawmakers should vote soon on a $7.23 billion state school fund, the largest single item in the state budget.

Its the fund from which Oregons 197 school districts draw the lions share of their operating costs.
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DESPITE LABOR DEAL, PORT SLOWDOWN CONTINUES

 (Portland Tribune)Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is facing the first crisis of her new administration the ongoing labor dispute at the Port of Portland.

Friction continues to slow shipping at Terminal 6, despite the fact that West Coast port operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union agreed on a tentative five-year contract last Friday.
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EDITORIAL: LEGISLATURE SHOULD BACK MIRROR POND FIX — OPINION

 (Bend Bulletin)The biggest dam blocking a solution to Bends Mirror Pond problem is money. The Oregon Legislature should help.

The money the power creation generates at the dam on the Deschutes River isnt enough for Pacific Power to want to keep it.
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LAKEVIEW’S $200M BIOFUEL PROJECT GETS A PUBLIC AIRING– BLOG

 (Oregon Business Journal)Red Rock Biofuels, the Fort Collins, Colorado firm behind a $200 million energy project in Lakeview, will explain its project at a forum next week.
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WITH $400K TO START, BUSINESS OREGON TESTS BUILD-FROM-WITHIN STRATEGIES

 (Oregon Business Journal)Business Oregon, the state’s economic development arm, is revamping its program that helps small businesses tap into federal research and development funds.
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CALL FOR OREGON TO SUBSIDIZE ELECTRIC VEHICLES INTENSIFIES

 (Oregon Business Journal)Oregon should subsidize electric car purchases to meet its climate change goals, according to a report issued this morning.
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SALEM CAMPAIGN SHOWS THAT ELECTRIC CARS AREN’T JUST FOR ELON MUSK ANYMORE– BLOG

 (Oregon Business Journal)Wednesday is electric vehicle car day in Salem as Drive Oregon brings five affordable electric vehicles to the steps of the state capital.
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LOW OFFICE VACANCY RATES FUELED BY OREGON’S SURGING EMPLOYMENT– BLOG

 (Oregon Business Journal)It’s no wonder that the office vacancy rate in downtown Portland is among the lowest in the country: employment downtown and in offices in general is surging.
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PORTLAND BIOSCIENCE INCUBATOR’S EXPANSION ALMOST COMPLETE

 (Oregon Business Journal)The finishing touches are underway on the expansion of Southwest Portland’s Bioscience Incubator.
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NEW FILM DOCUMENTS SUCCESS, END OF PRISON’S FAMILY PROGRAM– BLOG

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Parenting is already a tough job, but everyday, women in Oregon are figuring out how to continue to connect with their kids while serving time.

In a new documentary, Mothering Inside, Portland filmmaker Brian Lindstrom examines how women at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility maintain ties with their families.
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IN BEND, SUPPORT FOR PROPOSAL TO REMOVE MIRROR POND DAM

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)A proposal to remove Bends Mirror Pond Dam and redevelop the waterfront has strong community support. Thats the result of a four-month public process presented Wednesday at a public meeting of the Mirror Pond Ad Hoc Committee meeting – the entity charged with envisioning the future of Mirror Pond.
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MINIMUM WAGE HIKES HURT MORE THAN HELP, STUDY SAYS

 (Capital Press)-A Washington Research Council report says raises in minimum wages hinder more than help state economies and workers.-

Increasing the minimum wage hurts a states economic competitiveness and hinders low-income workers more than it helps them, according to the Washington Research Council.
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INMATE WALKS AWAY FROM WORK CREW NEAR BOARDMAN

 (KATU)The Oregon Department of Corrections says an inmate walked away from a work crew near Boardman.
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LAURAL PORTER TO INTERVIEW OBAMA ABOUT EXPORTS, TRADE

 (KGW)Oregon, more than most states, relies heavily on international trade as a pillar of its economy. The Obama administration has pledged to help businesses in the Pacific Northwest and around the country increase foreign trade.
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RECORD NUMBER OF ORE. TEACHERS LOSE LICENSES FOR SEXUAL CONDUCT

 (KGW)-Last year, more Oregon teachers than ever were penalized for sexual conduct with students. Social media may increase these cases and help catch the teachers.-

A record number of Oregon teachers lost their licenses last year for sexual conduct with students.

Fifteen teachers had their licenses revoked in 2014 for sexual conduct with a student, compared to nine in 2013, ten in 2012 and five in 2011.
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STILES TO SPEAK AT 911 DISPATCHER GRADUATION EVENT

 (KTVZ Bend)The Oregon Public Safety Academy will graduate its 93rd Basic Telecommunications Class on Friday, February 27, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon at 11 am. Chief Les Stiles of the City of Prineville Police Department will be the guest speaker.
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OREGON MANUFACTURING JOB GAINS DOUBLE U.S. RATE

 (KTVZ Bend)-State tally up nearly 4 percent in 2014-

Oregon gained manufacturing jobs in 2014 at a rate more than double the national average, reports the 2015 Oregon Manufacturers Directory, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers News, Inc.
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A DANGEROUS REVOLT: PEOPLE ARE REFUSING TO PAY BACK STUDENT LOANS

 (Washington Post)Student debt can be brutally unforgiving for those who dont pay back the money. Students who default can lose their paychecks, tax refunds, or even a portion of their Social Security. Not paying back debt can also ruin someones credit, making it difficult to buy a house, car or get a job.
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PLAN TO SHIFT TRANSPORTATION BURDEN TO STATES SEEMS DOOMED

 (Washington Post)Sen. James M. Inhofe thought he had a very clever idea for transportation funding 25 years ago. On Wednesday he denounced it and sent a subtle message to anyone in the Senate ranks feeling rebellious after the GOP takeover.
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PROPOSED INCREASE TO CIGARETTE TAXES

 (kdrv.com Medford)The price of a pack of cigarettes could soon cost more. The State House is proposing another tax increase. If approved it would increase tax on cigarettes sold starting January 2016.
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TRANSPORTATION, ETHICS BILLS PROPOSED

 (OregonBusiness)Ten lawmakers representing both sides of the aisle have started work on a transportation package.
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THE CARBON CALCULUS

 (OregonBusiness)-Carbon pricing is gaining momentum in Oregon, sparking concern for energy-intensive businesses but also opportunity to expand a homespun green economy.-

A year and a half ago, Steve Clem, a vice president at global construction company Skanska, testified at the Oregon legislature in support of a bill to fund a study analyzing a state carbon tax.
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ANTI-VAXXER ANDREW WAKEFIELD DISINVITED TO OREGON

 (KOIN)-Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 study linking vaccines to autism was retracted and discredited-

An Oregon Senate committee disinvited Dr. Andrew Wakefield to a panel discussion about immunization, KOIN 6 News has learned.

The British researcher, whose now-discredited 1998 study linked autism to a childhood vaccine, was scheduled to appear along with five others in a pro-con panel about immunizations.
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TWO RIVERS CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION TO START DOG TRAINING PROGRAM IN COMING WEEKS

 (Hermiston Herald)-Inmates at Two Rivers Correctional Institution will start training dogs beginning next month.-

Beginning next month, dogs who may have had a ruff go of things will be given a second chance from an unlikely group also getting a second chance to do some good.

For the first time, Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmates will train local stray and surrendered dogs so they are more marketable for adoption.
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OREGONS HIGH-TECH EMPLOYMENT TRENDS WHAT IS HIGH TECH?– BLOG

 (Oregon Workforce & Economic Information)The high-tech industry is a crucial and dynamic piece of Oregon’s economy. In 2013, private-sector employment was more than 83,000 and contributed over $8 billion in covered payroll to the state’s workers and families.

But what exactly is high tech?
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February 25, 2015 eClips

  • Oregon teen driving laws scrutinized after West Linn, Oregon City students’ deaths
  • Oracle America pressures Oregon in apparent effort to settle high-profile lawsuits
  • Oregon launches $400,000 grant program for entrepreneurs seeking federal money
  • Marijuana implementation subject of this week’s Oregon Liquor Control Commission meeting
  • 77 known Oregon gray wolves made it through 2014
  • ODFW considers 10,000-acre land purchase in Wasco County
  • In a majority-minority America, Oregon won’t be far behind, new report says
  • Time and justice at odds on Oregon’s Death Row
  • Higher education needs more state support — Opinion
  • Fervor builds as FCC net-neutrality vote looms
  • Raw milk advertising could be legal in Oregon with bill
  • Number of wolves in Oregon grows to 77
  • Vaccine researcher Wakefield to testify in Oregon
  • Legislature begins talks on transportation package
  • Allergy season seems to be early its not
  • Anti-hunger advocates seek wide-ranging actions
  • Slim majority backs carbon-fuel tax
  • Warm winter has fruit growers poised for action
  • Pot growers could raise electricity rates in Ashland, official says
  • Kitzhabers Secret Weapon
  • More Jobs Are Moving Downtown: A Portland Think Tank Finds an Urban Economic Boom– Blog
  • InBusiness: Growing innovation — how technology is revolutionizing agriculture
  • Bike path plan off the table
  • Despite new contract, port issues may take weeks, months to clear
  • Independent Party holds first ever caucus in Oregon
  • Knott Landfill energy deal still on
  • Nooth will remain at SRCI
  • Recipients Of Conversion Therapy Tell Lawmakers It’s ‘Emotionally Damaging’
  • Full Speed Ahead For Low Carbon Fuel Bill
  • Repeal of raw milk advertising ban unopposed
  • House, Senate GOP looking at food stamp overhaul
  • Oregon health officials warn of rise in syphilis cases
  • It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week
  • Tumalo avian flu update: No new cases detected
  • Clean-up of Coos Head contaminants nearly finished
  • ‘Winter is not over,’ NWS says – big reminder on the way
  • Deadly crash happened at intersection with state-of-the-art crosswalk
  • Oregon posts below average community college grad rates as PCC ups per-credit cost
  • Grassroots movement pursues carbon bills
  • Despite deal, Port of Portland terminal operator says union not producing fast enough
  • Clean Fuels program could be signed by Gov. Brown next week

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OREGON TEEN DRIVING LAWS SCRUTINIZED AFTER WEST LINN, OREGON CITY STUDENTS’ DEATHS

 (Portland Oregonian)As the Portland area mourns three teenagers killed in separate crashes last weekend, Oregon transportation policymakers worry that existing restrictions on young drivers are losing their effectiveness when it comes to preventing traffic deaths and injuries.
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ORACLE AMERICA PRESSURES OREGON IN APPARENT EFFORT TO SETTLE HIGH-PROFILE LAWSUITS

 (Portland Oregonian)With the state’s political establishment still reeling from the resignation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, software giant Oracle America has launched what appears to be a full-court press to force Oregon officials to settle costly pending lawsuits.
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OREGON LAUNCHES $400,000 GRANT PROGRAM FOR ENTREPRENEURS SEEKING FEDERAL MONEY

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s economic development agency is establishing a new, $400,000 fund for entrepreneurs seeking a gateway to larger federal grants.

It’s grant money for those seeking grant money.
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MARIJUANA IMPLEMENTATION SUBJECT OF THIS WEEK’S OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION MEETING

 (Portland Oregonian)Marijuana regulation will dominate the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s monthly meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

The five-member commission will devote Thursday to a “study session” on marijuana. The discussion continues Friday with a potential vote on budget and policy priorities.
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77 KNOWN OREGON GRAY WOLVES MADE IT THROUGH 2014

 (Portland Oregonian)Wolves in Oregon continued to recover last year, bringing the number of known wolves in the state to 77.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on Tuesday released numbers from its annual wolf count, conducted at the end of each year.
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ODFW CONSIDERS 10,000-ACRE LAND PURCHASE IN WASCO COUNTY

 (Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is poised to acquire 10,000 acres in Wasco County, completing an uninterrupted 25,000-acre swath of wild and public lands that includes critical oak habitat.
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IN A MAJORITY-MINORITY AMERICA, OREGON WON’T BE FAR BEHIND, NEW REPORT SAYS

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon, long one of the nation’s whitest states, is quickly changing and will continue to become more ethnically diverse, according to a new demographic report sponsored by three Washington, D.C. think tanks.
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TIME AND JUSTICE AT ODDS ON OREGON’S DEATH ROW

 (Portland Oregonian)Timing is everything in the renewed scrap over Oregon’s death penalty.

Gov. Kate Brown has extended John Kitzhaber’s moratorium on executions because she understands this may not be the time for a contentious “broader discussion” on the just rewards for Randy Guzek, Jesse Caleb Compton and Craig Bjork.
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HIGHER EDUCATION NEEDS MORE STATE SUPPORT — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)It’s a sign of the problems higher education has getting the Legislature’s attention that earlier this month, a pro-college demonstration by hundreds of students on the steps of the Capitol came at a time when lawmakers were somewhat distracted.
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FERVOR BUILDS AS FCC NET-NEUTRALITY VOTE LOOMS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)With the Federal Communications Commission’s vote on net neutrality regulations approaching, fervor is growing on all sides of the issue.

On Wednesday, less than 24 hours before the FCC meets and is expected to vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s open Internet proposal, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Uncertain Future of the Internet.”
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RAW MILK ADVERTISING COULD BE LEGAL IN OREGON WITH BILL

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon raw milk producers could legally advertise their product under a bill considered by a legislative committee Tuesday.

The state is among 30 nationwide that allow the sale of unpasteurized milk.
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NUMBER OF WOLVES IN OREGON GROWS TO 77

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The number of gray wolves in Oregon has increased for the sixth year in a row, as the species slowly expands into the western half of the state, according to the annual report issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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VACCINE RESEARCHER WAKEFIELD TO TESTIFY IN OREGON

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Andrew Wakefield, the British researcher who was made famous by his 1998 study that linked autism to a childhood vaccine, is coming to Salem next month to testify before the Legislature, a health care lobbyist confirmed Tuesday.
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LEGISLATURE BEGINS TALKS ON TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)A bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers has begun to meet regularly to work out the details of a transportation package that would likely include improvements or additions to Oregon infrastructure and a likely increase to the state’s gas tax.
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ALLERGY SEASON SEEMS TO BE EARLY ITS NOT

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Runny noses and itchy eyes can mean only one thing for some Willamette Valley residents: allergy season has begun.

The weird part though, is that its not even March. So whats the deal?
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ANTI-HUNGER ADVOCATES SEEK WIDE-RANGING ACTIONS

 (Portland Tribune)-They urge state support for low-income families moving toward self-sufficiency.-

Advocates against hunger in Oregon want to seek other changes to provide greater state support and lead to self-sufficiency for low-income families.

Climbing out of poverty is a complex problem in 21st century America, says Howard Kenyon, a member of the Oregon Hunger Task Force and director of community ministries for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.

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SLIM MAJORITY BACKS CARBON-FUEL TAX

 (Portland Tribune)-Poll: Dems, GOP differ sharply on cause of warming-

A majority of Oregonians say theyd support a tax on carbon-based fuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but its not a strong enough majority to uphold such a tax if it appeared on the ballot.
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WARM WINTER HAS FRUIT GROWERS POISED FOR ACTION

 (Medford Mail Tribune)-Frost-control measures kicking in as trees blossom early-

The Rogue Valley’s balmy mid-February days have set local peach and pear orchards on course for the earliest bloom on record.
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POT GROWERS COULD RAISE ELECTRICITY RATES IN ASHLAND, OFFICIAL SAYS

 (Medford Mail Tribune)Before recreational marijuana becomes legal July 1, the city of Ashland wants to get rules in place to keep growers from using so much power that it jacks up rates for all residents.
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KITZHABERS SECRET WEAPON

 (Willamette Week)-Newly obtained emails show ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber put his top political consultant in charge of Cover Oregon.-

A year ago, it looked as if then-Gov John Kitzhabers biggest headache was Cover Oregon, the $305 million health care website that was pitched as a national model but became a national laughingstock.

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MORE JOBS ARE MOVING DOWNTOWN: A PORTLAND THINK TANK FINDS AN URBAN ECONOMIC BOOM– BLOG

 (Willamette Week)The jobs are moving downtown.

U.S. cities such as Portland are seeing faster job growth in their downtowns than in the outer neighborhoods and suburbs, according to a report released Tuesday by local think tank, City Observatory.
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INBUSINESS: GROWING INNOVATION — HOW TECHNOLOGY IS REVOLUTIONIZING AGRICULTURE

 (Albany Democrat Herald)It takes just a few minutes’ drive in nearly any direction in the mid-valley to find evidence of how technology is transforming agriculture.
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BIKE PATH PLAN OFF THE TABLE

 (Albany Democrat Herald)A controversial plan to build a bike path across farmland between Corvallis and Albany has been shelved, at least for now.

On Thursday, two days after the Benton County Planning Commission denied a conditional use permit for the project, county public works officials notified the Oregon Department of Transportation that they were withdrawing their request for a $2 million state grant to fund right-of-way acquisition and construction for the next phase of the path.

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DESPITE NEW CONTRACT, PORT ISSUES MAY TAKE WEEKS, MONTHS TO CLEAR

 (Albany Democrat Herald)Although the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association have reached a tentative contract agreement, Shelly Boshart Davis of Boshart Trucking and BOSSCO Trading in Tangent believes its only the first step in getting shipping from West Coast ports back to normal.
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INDEPENDENT PARTY HOLDS FIRST EVER CAUCUS IN OREGON

 (Bend Bulletin)-Bend Republican Rep. Buehler steps up as a leader-

Two weeks after their party became Oregons third major political group, Independent Party members who hold elected office in Oregon met Monday in Salem in what was the partys first ever caucus meeting.
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KNOTT LANDFILL ENERGY DEAL STILL ON

 (Bend Bulletin)-Project to convert waste into ethanol could start soon-

A potentially lucrative project Deschutes County and a California renewable energy developer hoped to partner on looks to finally get going after more than a year of inaction.
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NOOTH WILL REMAIN AT SRCI

 (Argus Observer)Mark Nooth won’t be leaving Snake River Correctional Institution after all.

Nooth announced today that he will remain at the Ontario prison. He had been tapped to take over as superintendent of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville March 1.
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RECIPIENTS OF CONVERSION THERAPY TELL LAWMAKERS IT’S ‘EMOTIONALLY DAMAGING’

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)People whove undergone conversion therapy to try to change their sexual preference told lawmakers Monday that the therapy doesnt work and is emotionally damaging.
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FULL SPEED AHEAD FOR LOW CARBON FUEL BILL

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Republican leaders in the Oregon legislature have called on their Democratic counterparts to slow down the movement on the low carbon fuels bill, which has been associated with the Cylvia Hayes-John Kitzhaber ethics scandal.
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REPEAL OF RAW MILK ADVERTISING BAN UNOPPOSED

 (Capital Press)-A bill that would repeal a ban on raw milk advertising in Oregon did not encounter opposition during a recent legislative hearing.-

A bill that would overturn Oregons prohibition against advertising raw milk encountered no opposition during a hearing Tuesday before state lawmakers.
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HOUSE, SENATE GOP LOOKING AT FOOD STAMP OVERHAUL

 (Capital Press)-The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, serves more than 46 million Americans and cost $74 billion last year. Thats twice the programs 2008 cost.-

Congressional Republicans are laying the groundwork for an overhaul of the nations food stamp program, trying again after an unsuccessful attempt two years ago.
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OREGON HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OF RISE IN SYPHILIS CASES

 (KGW)Syphilis may sound like an outdated sexually transmitted disease that most people don’t have to worry about anymore. Until recently, that was the case.
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IT’S NATIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK

 (KGW)This week is all about invasive species.

Local and national organizations are hosting events in Washington, D.C., and across the country to spread awareness on the spread of non-native plants, animals and microorganisms.
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TUMALO AVIAN FLU UPDATE: NO NEW CASES DETECTED

 (KTVZ Bend)-Quarantine zone set to limit poultry, products movement-

A flock of about 90 backyard birds in Tumalo found to have a highly pathogenic avian influenza has been euthanized and a quarantine zone established, but no new cases have been detected in Deschutes County, the Oregon Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.
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CLEAN-UP OF COOS HEAD CONTAMINANTS NEARLY FINISHED

 (KTVZ Bend)Ten years after The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians regained the 43 acres located near Charleston known as Coos Head, the area has reached a point where it is 80 percent cleaned up from the various contaminants left behind. That milestone has tribal administrators beginning to turn their focus to what kind of facilities the almost entirely remediated area will feature.
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‘WINTER IS NOT OVER,’ NWS SAYS – BIG REMINDER ON THE WAY

 (KTVZ Bend)-ODOT warns to be ready for snowy roads-

Weather forecasters are predicting a return to winter weather over the next few days in Central Oregon and other areas east of the Cascades. The Oregon Department of Transportation is advising motorists to be prepared for an accumulation of snow on the region’s highways.
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DEADLY CRASH HAPPENED AT INTERSECTION WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART CROSSWALK

 (KVAL)A day after 3 children died crossing Main Street, Michael Quatier looked at the crosswalks and pedestrian signals and found himself at a loss.

Three children who died Sunday crossing Main Street aren’t the first pedestrians to die on that stretch of road – or at that specific intersection.
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OREGON POSTS BELOW AVERAGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRAD RATES AS PCC UPS PER-CREDIT COST

 (OregonBusiness)Affording classes became more expensive Friday as a report was released finding that Oregon community college students complete their four-year degrees at a below-average rate.
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GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT PURSUES CARBON BILLS

 (OregonBusiness)Support for putting a price on carbon emissions is getting a boost from a grassroots environmental organization and a youth group, which are partnering to build community and business support for carbon price legislation.
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DESPITE DEAL, PORT OF PORTLAND TERMINAL OPERATOR SAYS UNION NOT PRODUCING FAST ENOUGH

 (OregonBusiness)While much of the West Coast got back to work, squabbling between labor and management continued Monday at Terminal 6 in Portland.
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CLEAN FUELS PROGRAM COULD BE SIGNED BY GOV. BROWN NEXT WEEK

 (OregonBusiness)Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program could be passed by the state House and on new Gov. Kate Brown’s desk by next week, a letter from Speaker Tina Kotek to Minority Leader Mike McLane indicates.
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February 24, 2015 eClips

  • Kate Brown administration launches criminal probe of Kitzhaber email leak; two managers on leave
  • Oregon clean-fuels bill could reach Kate Brown’s desk next week
  • Connie Ballmer, heading UO presidential search, seeks a unifier with charisma
  • Teacher bias helps steer girls away from STEM: Bloomberg opinion — Guest Opinion
  • Oregon Democrats’ reckless rush for class-action reform: Editorial — Opinion
  • Rebuilding crumbling infrastructure can’t wait: Bloomberg opinion — Guest Opinion
  • Oregon State Police seize Native American artifacts and burial goods in Klamath Falls
  • Mandatory leave to attend Oregon school activities? Where do you stand?
  • Clergy, psychologists and activists tell legislature: End conversion therapy for LGBT youth
  • Oregon has No. 4 best grad rate for residents in private colleges; community college completion lags
  • How is Portland doing on air pollution? It depends where you look.
  • Lane Community College needs work to keep its accreditation, review finds
  • Oregon Liquor Control Commission asks lawmakers to fund public education campaign on marijuana
  • Oregon State Police begins probe into leaked emails
  • Oyster industry threatened by climate change
  • Share your love of fishing with the next generation
  • Crackdown on drones goes local
  • Kitzhaber’s retirement nowhere close to salary as governor
  • University of Oregon vaccinating thousands of students
  • Neighbors pleased to have Mahonia Hall occupied again
  • Problems continue at the Port of Portland
  • Umatilla Bridge not included in retrofit plans
  • Oregon Supreme Court Dismisses Legal Ethics Case Against Two Prominent Lawyers– Blog
  • Pilot Butte Canal recommended for National Register
  • Oregon ready for potential DHS shutdown
  • Oregon might lose wildfire insurance
  • Guest column: State doesnt need grand jury reform bill — Guest Opinion
  • Catching up with a Portland Great Recession survivor– Blog
  • 3 things Portland should know about the West Coast ports labor pact
  • Report: State investigating release of Kitzhaber emails
  • State has $2.6 billion unfunded liability problem
  • Pot Policy Splits Native Americans Over Whether Business Is Worth It
  • Anti-Vaccine Mothers Discuss Their Thinking Amid Backlash
  • Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail At 10 A Year
  • Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal
  • Free Community College? Here’s How That Might Work In Oregon
  • Portland Ranks No. 5 Nationally For Surging Rental Prices– Blog
  • Lawmaker Seeks Ethics Reforms After Kitzhaber Scandal
  • Hazelnut Industry Squeezed By Hanjin Departure
  • Gas Prices Rise in Oregon and Washington
  • Free Community College? Here’s How That Might Work In Oregon
  • Northwest Faces Greater Risks From Acidifying Waters
  • Oregon’s College Grants Help Only 1 in 5 Poor Students
  • Aviation bill seeks to relieve landowner liability
  • ‘Your Voice, Your Vote:’ The Legislature after Kitzhaber departure
  • Gov. Brown’s office launches criminal probe into Kitzhaber email leak
  • Prescribed burns planned on Ochoco NF, grassland
  • Pioneer Memorial Hospital gets patient-safety honor
  • State land closed overnight E. of Bend due to campers
  • New rules would make advisers put investors first
  • Coos Bay to endorse Revitalize Main Street Act
  • OSU Offers Meningococcal Vaccine
  • Effects of the recession lingering for millennials
  • Central Oregon tourism agency: Weather not hurting us
  • Green Rush: Cashing in on legal marijuana
  • Ethics reforms take on new urgency
  • Pot lobby grows as regulators begin making rules
  • Everyone loses when wildfires rage, so show what they cost — Opinion
  • Department of Homeland Security Employment in Oregon– Blog
  • Oregons test with mileage tax makes sense — Opinion
  • Despite New LGBT Governor, Rural Oregonians Still Face Discrimination

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KATE BROWN ADMINISTRATION LAUNCHES CRIMINAL PROBE OF KITZHABER EMAIL LEAK; TWO MANAGERS ON LEAVE

 (Portland Oregonian)Gov. Kate Brown’s administration has launched a criminal investigation searching for the person who leaked former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s personal emails.
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OREGON CLEAN-FUELS BILL COULD REACH KATE BROWN’S DESK NEXT WEEK

 (Portland Oregonian)A bill to extend Oregon’s clean-fuels program could reach Gov. Kate Brown’s desk as early as next week, despite Republican opponents continuing to highlight a link to the investigations of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiance, Clyvia Hayes.
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CONNIE BALLMER, HEADING UO PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH, SEEKS A UNIFIER WITH CHARISMA

 (Portland Oregonian)Connie Ballmer describes the University of Oregon’s next president as a unifier, a fundraiser, someone with charisma and political savvy, and above all, a communicator.
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TEACHER BIAS HELPS STEER GIRLS AWAY FROM STEM: BLOOMBERG OPINION — GUEST OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)The U.S. has a pressing need to increase the number of well-educated graduates in science, technology, engineering and math, pretty much everyone agrees.
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OREGON DEMOCRATS’ RECKLESS RUSH FOR CLASS-ACTION REFORM: EDITORIAL — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Having pumped up their control of the Legislature in November, Oregon’s Democrats have been putting on a muscle-flexing clinic.
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REBUILDING CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE CAN’T WAIT: BLOOMBERG OPINION — GUEST OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)If Washington were a rational place, a major measure to rebuild roads, bridges, ports and airports would be a slam-dunk.
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OREGON STATE POLICE SEIZE NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIFACTS AND BURIAL GOODS IN KLAMATH FALLS

 (Portland Oregonian)Detectives searched the home of a suspected dealer of Native American artifacts late last week, turning up cultural relics and grave goods looted from sites in Klamath County, Oregon State Police reported Monday.
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MANDATORY LEAVE TO ATTEND OREGON SCHOOL ACTIVITIES? WHERE DO YOU STAND?

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian wants the state Legislature to require employers to give workers unpaid time off to attend parent-teacher conferences and other school activities.
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CLERGY, PSYCHOLOGISTS AND ACTIVISTS TELL LEGISLATURE: END CONVERSION THERAPY FOR LGBT YOUTH

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon clergy, mental health professionals and activists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community testified Monday in favor of a bill aimed at banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth.
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OREGON HAS NO. 4 BEST GRAD RATE FOR RESIDENTS IN PRIVATE COLLEGES; COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMPLETION LAGS

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon boasts the nation’s fourth-best college graduation rate among high school graduates who go to private colleges, with 82 percent earning a degree within six years, a new report says.
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HOW IS PORTLAND DOING ON AIR POLLUTION? IT DEPENDS WHERE YOU LOOK.

 (Portland Oregonian)Dee Johnson can see and smell the change in the air.

The 25-year resident of Portland’s Southeast Lafayette Street says thick smog used to regularly spoil his view of Mount Hood. These days, the iconic mountain is visible from his street whenever the sun shines.
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LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE NEEDS WORK TO KEEP ITS ACCREDITATION, REVIEW FINDS

 (Portland Oregonian)Lane Community College has homework to do after a recent accreditation review recommended improved planning and more faculty involvement to ensure students get the most out of courses.
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OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION ASKS LAWMAKERS TO FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ON MARIJUANA

 (Portland Oregonian)Though retail sales of marijuana aren’t likely to begin until sometime next year, new personal possession and cultivation provisions go into effect in just four months.
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OREGON STATE POLICE BEGINS PROBE INTO LEAKED EMAILS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon State Police last week began a criminal investigation into emails leaked from the states Department of Administrative Services regarding former Gov. John Kitzhabers behavior while in office, at the request of agency director Michael Jordan.
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OYSTER INDUSTRY THREATENED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Ocean acidification threatens coastal economies in Oregon, Washington and 13 other states, a report published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change concludes.
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SHARE YOUR LOVE OF FISHING WITH THE NEXT GENERATION

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Share your love of fishing and help ensure the future of the sport by becoming an Angler and Aquatic Education Program teacher with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
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CRACKDOWN ON DRONES GOES LOCAL

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The federal government isn’t the only entity seeking to rein in drones as their popularity grows.

Since 2012, 15 states have enacted laws restricting drones in some way, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures NCSL, which tracks state laws.

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KITZHABER’S RETIREMENT NOWHERE CLOSE TO SALARY AS GOVERNOR

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Retirement is likely going to mean a big pay cut for former Gov. John Kitzhaber, who resigned last week amid a flurry of investigations, questions and calls for him to step down.
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON VACCINATING THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The University of Oregon has moved a vaccination clinic to Matthew Knight Arena as it steps up a fight against a blood stream infection that can cause a form of meningitis, called meningococcemia.
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NEIGHBORS PLEASED TO HAVE MAHONIA HALL OCCUPIED AGAIN

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Since Mahonia Hall in South Salem has sat mostly vacant for more than four years, a handful of residents who live along the tree-lined streets of the Fairmount Hill neighborhood it sits in are understandably giddy about getting some new neighbors.
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PROBLEMS CONTINUE AT THE PORT OF PORTLAND

 (Portland Tribune)-Terminal operator, union trade accusations-

That didn’t take long.

Only a few days after West Coast port operators reached a tentative contract agreement with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the operator at Port of Portland is accusing the ILWU local of engaging in an illegal work stoppage.
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UMATILLA BRIDGE NOT INCLUDED IN RETROFIT PLANS

 (East Oregonian)The Umatilla Bridge across the Columbia River isn’t part of Oregon’s or Washington’s plans to retrofit bridges against seismic activity.
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OREGON SUPREME COURT DISMISSES LEGAL ETHICS CASE AGAINST TWO PROMINENT LAWYERS– BLOG

 (Willamette Week)The Oregon Supreme Court last week dismissed ethics charges against Lois Rosenbaum and Barnes Ellis, two prominent Portland lawyers, in what had become one of the longest-running and most high-profile ethics cases in years.
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PILOT BUTTE CANAL RECOMMENDED FOR NATIONAL REGISTER

 (Bend Bulletin)-Designation could thwart irrigation district piping plan-

More than one mile of the Pilot Butte Canal could soon be listed to the National Register of Historic Places, potentially thwarting a piping project.

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OREGON READY FOR POTENTIAL DHS SHUTDOWN

 (Bend Bulletin)-Local services would continue largely uninterrupted –

A Department of Homeland Security shutdown, which will occur at the end of the month unless Congress takes action, would leave almost 1,000 Oregonians without paychecks, but government services will largely continue without interruption.
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OREGON MIGHT LOSE WILDFIRE INSURANCE

 (Bend Bulletin)-State, private timberlands owners wait and see after consecutive bad fire seasons-

Private timberland owners and the state officials charged with protecting those lands are both in the dark over how consecutive bad fire seasons will change the way Oregon pays to fight catastrophic wildfires.
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GUEST COLUMN: STATE DOESNT NEED GRAND JURY REFORM BILL — GUEST OPINION

 (Daily Astorian)-Grand jury reform bill is not needed in Oregon-

There is a growing effort in Salem, led by Rep. Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, to make a basic reform that would increase transparency of grand jury proceedings.
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CATCHING UP WITH A PORTLAND GREAT RECESSION SURVIVOR– BLOG

 (Oregon Business Journal)Let’s take a little stroll back to September 2008, shall we?

Yes, really.

Ken Guerins, an Aurora boat dealer, contacted me this week to do just that.
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3 THINGS PORTLAND SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE WEST COAST PORTS LABOR PACT

 (Oregon Business Journal)Now that the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have reached a tentative contract settlement, averting a labor lockout at West Coast ports, everything is back to normal.

Right?
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REPORT: STATE INVESTIGATING RELEASE OF KITZHABER EMAILS

 (Oregon Business Journal)Oregon’s director of administrative services wants state police to investigate what the Oregonian is calling a “leak” of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s personal emails.
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STATE HAS $2.6 BILLION UNFUNDED LIABILITY PROBLEM

 (Oregon Business Report)Cascade Policy Institute has released a new report showing that Oregon public employers have more than $2.6 billion in unfunded actuarially accrued liabilities associated with non-pension benefits promised to current and future retirees
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POT POLICY SPLITS NATIVE AMERICANS OVER WHETHER BUSINESS IS WORTH IT

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Department of Justice recently released a memo saying it would treat American Indian tribes with the same hands-off approach it treats states that have legalized pot.
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ANTI-VACCINE MOTHERS DISCUSS THEIR THINKING AMID BACKLASH

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse.

These three mothers all of them educated, middle-class professionals are among the vaccine skeptics who have been widely ridiculed since more than 100 people fell ill in a measles outbreak traced to Disneyland
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FUEL-HAULING TRAINS COULD DERAIL AT 10 A YEAR

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.
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PORTS INCREASINGLY BUSTLING AGAIN AFTER TENTATIVE LABOR DEAL

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers.
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FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE? HERE’S HOW THAT MIGHT WORK IN OREGON

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Many in Oregon likely sat up and listened recently when President Barack Obama made this announcement in the State of the Union:
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PORTLAND RANKS NO. 5 NATIONALLY FOR SURGING RENTAL PRICES– BLOG

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Its getting harder and harder to maintain Portlands unofficial tagline where young people go to retire. First, we find out that our city isnt as youthful as we once thought, and now you definitely need to be employed to afford to live here.
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LAWMAKER SEEKS ETHICS REFORMS AFTER KITZHABER SCANDAL

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Rep. Julie Parrish R-West Linn wants to change laws to guard against the kind of scandal that lead to Governor Kitzhabers resignation.
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HAZELNUT INDUSTRY SQUEEZED BY HANJIN DEPARTURE

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)With Hanjin poised to leave the Port of Portland, Hazelnut producers and processors are weighing their options.
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GAS PRICES RISE IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline is $2.46 in Oregon and $2.44 in Washington.
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FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE? HERE’S HOW THAT MIGHT WORK IN OREGON

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Many in Oregon likely sat up and listened recently when President Barack Obama made this announcement in the State of the Union:

Im sending this Congress a bold, new plan to lower the cost of community college to zero
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NORTHWEST FACES GREATER RISKS FROM ACIDIFYING WATERS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Pacific Northwest faces a higher risk of economic harm from ocean acidification than other parts of the country, according to a new study released Monday.
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OREGON’S COLLEGE GRANTS HELP ONLY 1 IN 5 POOR STUDENTS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Its a good thing 31-year-old Anita Magana has scholarships and loans to pay for Portland Community College.
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AVIATION BILL SEEKS TO RELIEVE LANDOWNER LIABILITY

 (Capital Press)-A bill before the Oregon legislature would absolve farmers and other landowners from liability related to aviation on their property.-

Legislation in Oregon proposes to relieve property owners of liability for aviation-related accidents on their land but a trial attorney group opposes the bill for providing blanket immunity.

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‘YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE:’ THE LEGISLATURE AFTER KITZHABER DEPARTURE

 (KATU)Democrat Speaker Pro Temp Tobias Read and Republican House Minority Leader Mike McLane join KATUs Steve Dunn to discuss the impact former Gov. John Kitzhabers resignation will have on the work in the Legislature.
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GOV. BROWN’S OFFICE LAUNCHES CRIMINAL PROBE INTO KITZHABER EMAIL LEAK

 (KATU)Gov. Kate Brown’s administration has launched a criminal investigation into the leak of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails.
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PRESCRIBED BURNS PLANNED ON OCHOCO NF, GRASSLAND

 (KTVZ Bend)Fire managers plan to take advantage of recent warmer weather to conduct jackpot burning across as many as 1,000 acres over the coming weeks between the Crooked River National Grassland and the Maury Mountains southeast of Prineville.
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PIONEER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL GETS PATIENT-SAFETY HONOR

 (KTVZ Bend)On Friday, 27, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission will honor exemplary healthcare facilities at its Fourth Annual Patient Safety Breakfast, including Prineville’s Pioneer Memorial Hospital.
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STATE LAND CLOSED OVERNIGHT E. OF BEND DUE TO CAMPERS

 (KTVZ Bend)-Dozens have been staying on, trashing 640-acre Stevens Rd. tract-

Effective Monday, the public is restricted from entering or otherwise using the state-owned Stevens Road Tract, southeast of Bend, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily, and from using firearms or driving vehicles on the 640-acre property.

Oregon Department of State Lands DSL Director Mary Abrams signed the emergency closure notice Monday.
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AID TO NEEDY OFTEN EXCLUDES THE POOREST IN AMERICA

 (New York Times)The safety net helped keep Camille Saunders from falling, but not Charles Constance.

The difference? Ms. Saunders has a job, and Mr. Constance does not.
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NEW RULES WOULD MAKE ADVISERS PUT INVESTORS FIRST

 (USA Today)President Obama has proposed new rules that would require a higher standard for those who offer advice on retirement accounts one that some brokers say should apply to all financial advice.
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COOS BAY TO ENDORSE REVITALIZE MAIN STREET ACT

 (The World)-Restore Oregon executive director: Bill is investment in communities’ history, not charity-

Joining leaders of other rural Oregon communities that need downtown restoration, Mayor Crystal Shoji has decided to endorse a state bill that would give property owners incentive to restore historic commercial buildings.
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OSU OFFERS MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE

 (KEZI)Starting this week, Oregon State University Student Health Services will offer the new Type B meningococcal vaccine.
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EFFECTS OF THE RECESSION LINGERING FOR MILLENNIALS

 (OregonBusiness)While much of the country is emerging from the effects of the recession, younger workers may never fully recover.
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CENTRAL OREGON TOURISM AGENCY: WEATHER NOT HURTING US

 (OregonBusiness)It’s been another warm winter in the Pacific Northwest with ski areas reporting an abysmally low snowpack throughout the season.

But that hasn’t slowed the tourism economy in Central Oregon, an industry official says.
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GREEN RUSH: CASHING IN ON LEGAL MARIJUANA

 (OregonBusiness)Marijuana is big business in Oregon, and its about to get bigger. According to a recent estimate by ArcView Market Research, the research arm of a marijuana investment firm, consumers spent $569 million on the states pot last year.
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ETHICS REFORMS TAKE ON NEW URGENCY

 (Blue Mountain Eagle)As state and federal authorities investigate the activites of former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, Gov. Kate Brown and the Legislature consider a package of ethics reforms.
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POT LOBBY GROWS AS REGULATORS BEGIN MAKING RULES

 (Wallowa.com)Voters approved legalization of recreational marijuana in November, now the Oregon Liquor Commission is racing to complete regulations as the Legislature debates changing the law. A growing body of lobbyists seeks to influence both.
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EVERYONE LOSES WHEN WILDFIRES RAGE, SO SHOW WHAT THEY COST — OPINION

 (Herald and News)-Proposed bill would improve loss reports-

Wildfire seasons in any specific area are unpredictable. The safest approach is to plan for the worst and hope it doesnt arrive.
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY EMPLOYMENT IN OREGON– BLOG

 (Oregon Workforce & Economic Information)Congress is working on passing a Department of Homeland Security funding bill before February 27. Without funding, the Department could begin a partial shutdown.

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OREGONS TEST WITH MILEAGE TAX MAKES SENSE — OPINION

 (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin)State lawmakers in Olympia are now pondering raising the gasoline tax by 11.7 cents a gallon to fund $15 billion in transportation improvements.
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DESPITE NEW LGBT GOVERNOR, RURAL OREGONIANS STILL FACE DISCRIMINATION

 (GoLocal PDX)In the same state that received national attention for having the first LGBT Governor in America, some LGBT Oregonians wont get married in the their home towns out of fear for their own safety.
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* Kate Brown, in 1st press conference as Oregon governor, outlines ethics reforms
* In Trail Blazers’ quest to host NBA All-Star Game, can Metro’s convention hotel make a difference?
* Automatic voter registration bill passes Oregon House on party-line vote
* Supreme Court clears Ellis, Rosenbaum in controversial legal ethics complaint
* Jeff Mapes on Kate Brown’s 1st press conference as Oregon governor video
* Oregon Liquor Control Commission headed to Portland area for marijuana forums next week
* How dangerous is longshoring? Not as much as police and firefighters’ work
* Oregon Liquor Control Commission considering next steps in marijuana regulation
* 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers sent bad tax information, asked to delay filing 2014 returns
* Video: Watch Kate Brown’s first news conference as governor
* Oregon settles federal lawsuit with widow of inmate stomped to death at Snake River prison
* Oil train traffic dwindles along major Oregon route amid oil price slump
* In Kate Brown’s governorship, Dan Little will be Oregon’s ‘first gentleman’
* Required leave for parents to attend school activities? Oregon lawmakers considering it
* A message to Salem: Why Clackamas County commissioners passed a resolution affirming Second-Amendment rights
* Steve Duin blog: At the University of Oregon, 22,000 doses of vaccine reality — Blog
* Kitzhaber’s defense lawyer wants to block ex-governor’s emails from feds
* Principal turned lawmaker proposes money incentive for schools to combat absenteeism
* As teaching methods improve, Oregon cuts years off English-language instruction
* Kitzhaber’s defense lawyer wants to block ex-governor’s emails from feds
* Anti-bullying policies for some Oregon school districts don’t comply with state law, report says
* Woman with mental illness stashed in jail: ‘Cruel’ ordeal never should have happened
* Port agreement reached, but Hanjin’s still out
* Kate Brown’s message to Oregon Democrats: ‘Just keep moving’
* A unique inauguration in a scandal-weary Salem — Opinion
* Sharia-law ban and wacky taxes make for Oddball Bill Bowl tie — Opinion
* Oregon records 50 fire-related deaths in 2014, the most in 6 years
* Gov. Kate Brown extends ban on executions, but her stance on death penalty unclear
* In Kate Brown’s governorship, Dan Little will be Oregon’s ‘first gentleman’
* Supreme Court clears Ellis, Rosenbaum in controversial legal ethics complaint
* Legislature’s priorities betray lack of common sense — Guest Opinion
* Help choose historic Oregonians for Statuary Hall — Guest Opinion
* Gov. Brown’s short list of must-do’s — Opinion
* ‘Vape’ bans have little do do with public health — Guest Opinion
* Longshore union, port operators prepare to vote on proposed agreement
* Banning lead ammo would be bad for Oregon — Guest Opinion
* John Kitzhaber’s ineffective exit strategy — Opinion
* Legislature’s priorities betray lack of common sense — Guest Opinion
* Two companies cited for asbestos violations
* Gov. Kate Brown to select new SOS by March 6
* Nursing home quality scores drop in new federal ratings
* Brown says no new agency heads in near future
* Department of Public Safety Standards hosts training
* A last-minute visit by the governor led to clemency
* Local businesses oppose mandated sick leave legislation
* Mahonia Hall will have a new tenant: Gov. Kate Brown
* Halibut anglers get 12 all-depth days in first season
* Oregon newspapers: Kitzhaber leaves minus his dignity — Opinion
* 1950s nurses recall Oregon State Hospital ‘boot camp’ — Opinion
* New governor faces capital punishment conflict — Guest Opinion
* Hughesisms: Gov. Brown in Salem — Opinion
* Out and About: Oregon Capitol Foundation social
* Oregon must address reality, not theory, of fuel change — Opinion
* We can lose our way when we lose distinctions — Opinion
* Only a vote can settle it — Opinion
* State failing in effort to boost minority teachers — Guest Opinion
* Timber sale may jeopardize water agreements
* Oregon Dunes off-roading decision issued
* Moratorium on death penalty to continue
* Voter signup measure advances
* Attacker sent to mental facility
* Defer clean fuel standard — Opinion
* Green pros and cons of propane terminal
* Land-use plan vote comes back around
* Brown’s motor voter bill goes to Senate
* Brown: ‘Excited about my own footprint on Oregon’
* Meetings planned on train shipment rules
* Rethinking the Northwest Forest Plan
* Gov. Brown plans to keep death penalty moratorium
* In first press conference, Brown outlines her views
* Maps help pinpoint landslide risks
* Green Briefs
* Voter bill secures a fundamental right
* Independent Party focuses on the public interest — Guest Opinion
* Hermiston to pilot college savings awareness program
* Brown will continue ban on executions
* Gov. Brown supports clean fuels bill
* Few Central Oregon students excluded for lack of vaccines
* Rebound in Deschutes County helps drive peachy Oregon forecast
* Central Oregon weighs in on soon-to-be-legal marijuana
* Brown continues execution moratorium
* 2 sides in West Coast ports dispute reach tentative contract
* Facing a heavy forest fire season, Ashland group lands $2.2M for prevention — Blog
* Heed Those ‘Closed Trail’ Signs If You Want To Help Wildlife
* How 2011 New Zealand Earthquake Affects Portland’s Preparation — Blog
* Perez Gives 2 Sides In West Coast Port Talks Friday Deadline
* Ore. University, Health Officials Work To Stop Outbreak
* More representatives call for end to port dispute
* Farm regulators ponder marijuana oversight
* Proposed limits on animal prizes worry cattlemens group
* Laser spa chain slapped with $500,000 fine
* UO student’s death linked to meningitis outbreak
* Third Oregon child suddenly paralyzed after getting sick
* NW earthquake early warning system launches
* Major timberland sale includes ‘Skyline Forest’
* Wyden: Oil train accidents raise safety red flags
* States Look to Reduce Ranks of Uninsured Drivers
* Oregon’s Kate Brown was always bound for governor’s job
* Siuslaw National Forest issues decision on dunes
* Bentons vaccine dilemma
* Oregon has plans for roadwork but not enough money
* Senate votes to end Cover Oregon
* 10 quotes explaining crisis at Port of Portland
* Brown wants to reduce class sizes, achievement gap
* Showdown Looming Between Northwest States, Feds Over Driver’s Licenses
* Inside the Walls of the Governors Mahonia Hall
* Governor Kate Brown Is Not Cleaning House
* Setting the World on Fire
* Index: Oregonians’ Wellbeing is Solidly Mediocre

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KATE BROWN, IN 1ST PRESS CONFERENCE AS OREGON GOVERNOR, OUTLINES ETHICS REFORMS (Portland Oregonian)

Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she will propose a number of transparency reforms in her new administration, including removing her own authority to veto appointments to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.
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IN TRAIL BLAZERS’ QUEST TO HOST NBA ALL-STAR GAME, CAN METRO’S CONVENTION HOTEL MAKE A DIFFERENCE? (Portland Oregonian)

The Trail Blazers’ quest to host an NBA All-Star game has once again put Portland’s proposed convention center hotel in the spotlight.
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AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION BILL PASSES OREGON HOUSE ON PARTY-LINE VOTE (Portland Oregonian)

A sweeping voter registration bill that could add hundreds of thousands of new voters in Oregon moved a big step closer to law Friday when it was approved by the House on a party-line vote.
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SUPREME COURT CLEARS ELLIS, ROSENBAUM IN CONTROVERSIAL LEGAL ETHICS COMPLAINT (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an ethics complaint against Barnes Ellis and Lois Rosenbaum, high-profile corporate lawyers in Portland, ending a divisive case that had dragged through the courts for nearly a decade.
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JEFF MAPES ON KATE BROWN’S 1ST PRESS CONFERENCE AS OREGON GOVERNOR VIDEO (Portland Oregonian)

Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian/OregonLive’s senior politics reporter, offers analysis of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s first press conference as governor.
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OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION HEADED TO PORTLAND AREA FOR MARIJUANA FORUMS NEXT WEEK (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission continues its marijuana listening tour next week with stops in the Portland area.
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HOW DANGEROUS IS LONGSHORING? NOT AS MUCH AS POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS’ WORK (Portland Oregonian)

A new labor contract between unionized dockworkers and the Pacific Maritime Association may or may not be near, according to a published report that was later retracted. Still, it’s a good time to circle back to a question left unanswered in a primer on longshoring.
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OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION CONSIDERING NEXT STEPS IN MARIJUANA REGULATION (Portland Oregonian)

An estimated 1,800 people have attended seven marijuana forums held so far by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the agency charged with regulating marijuana.
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800,000 HEALTHCARE.GOV CUSTOMERS SENT BAD TAX INFORMATION, ASKED TO DELAY FILING 2014 RETURNS (Portland Oregonian)

In a new setback for the health care law and the people it’s supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that’s fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.
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VIDEO: WATCH KATE BROWN’S FIRST NEWS CONFERENCE AS GOVERNOR (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown held her first news conference as governor Friday, two days after she took over the job from John Kitzhaber.
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OREGON SETTLES FEDERAL LAWSUIT WITH WIDOW OF INMATE STOMPED TO DEATH AT SNAKE RIVER PRISON (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Department of Corrections has settled a federal lawsuit that accuses prison officials of failing to protect a Snake River Correctional Institution inmate from a fatal beating by a suspected white supremacist.
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OIL TRAIN TRAFFIC DWINDLES ALONG MAJOR OREGON ROUTE AMID OIL PRICE SLUMP (Portland Oregonian)

Steven Massey can’t remember the last time he saw an oil train come through Rainier, his small town on the Columbia River northwest of Portland.
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IN KATE BROWN’S GOVERNORSHIP, DAN LITTLE WILL BE OREGON’S ‘FIRST GENTLEMAN’ (Portland Oregonian)

Gov. Kate Brown will have her husband, Dan Little, take the title of “first gentleman,” according to Brown spokeswoman Kristen Grainger.
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REQUIRED LEAVE FOR PARENTS TO ATTEND SCHOOL ACTIVITIES? OREGON LAWMAKERS CONSIDERING IT (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon employers would have to give their workers eight hours of unpaid leave each year to attend teacher conferences and other school-related activities under a bill that received its first public airing Friday.
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A MESSAGE TO SALEM: WHY CLACKAMAS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PASSED A RESOLUTION AFFIRMING SECOND-AMENDMENT RIGHTS (Portland Oregonian)

Gun rights only scratched the surface of the discussion when Clackamas County commissioners passed a resolution supporting Second Amendment rights Thursday night, Feb. 19, joining several other Oregon counties that had already taken similar action.
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STEVE DUIN BLOG: AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, 22,000 DOSES OF VACCINE REALITY — BLOG (Portland Oregonian)

Whatever you make of the anti-vaccination mania, reality is chasing it down.

The Oregon Health Authority announced Friday that “overwhelming evidence” indicates the death of Lauren Jones, a University of Oregon freshman, is UO’s fourth case this year of Meningococcemia.
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KITZHABER’S DEFENSE LAWYER WANTS TO BLOCK EX-GOVERNOR’S EMAILS FROM FEDS (Portland Oregonian)

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber through his attorney is trying to stop criminal investigators from getting personal emails stored on state computers.
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PRINCIPAL TURNED LAWMAKER PROPOSES MONEY INCENTIVE FOR SCHOOLS TO COMBAT ABSENTEEISM (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon lawmaker Betty Komp, who witnessed the toll of chronic absenteeism during her 14 years as school administrator, wants to give schools a strong incentive to make sure students come to school.
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AS TEACHING METHODS IMPROVE, OREGON CUTS YEARS OFF ENGLISH-LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION (Portland Oregonian)

Over the past six years, Oregon schools have become dramatically more successful at helping students from other language backgrounds master English within five or six years.
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KITZHABER’S DEFENSE LAWYER WANTS TO BLOCK EX-GOVERNOR’S EMAILS FROM FEDS (Portland Oregonian)

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber through his attorney is trying to stop criminal investigators from getting personal emails stored on state computers.
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ANTI-BULLYING POLICIES FOR SOME OREGON SCHOOL DISTRICTS DON’T COMPLY WITH STATE LAW, REPORT SAYS (Portland Oregonian)

The number of Oregon school districts with anti-bullying policies that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth grew significantly over the past year, but some districts are still not in compliance with state law, according to a report released Tuesday.
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WOMAN WITH MENTAL ILLNESS STASHED IN JAIL: ‘CRUEL’ ORDEAL NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED (Portland Oregonian)

A woman suffering from a severe mental illness sat locked in isolation in a Yamhill County jail for 10 days awaiting a state psychiatric bed. She was suicidal, hearing voices and unable to get proper medication to treat her psychosis.
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PORT AGREEMENT REACHED, BUT HANJIN’S STILL OUT (Portland Oregonian)

Though West Coast dockworkers and their employers reached a tentative five-year contract on Friday, the situation is still grim at the Port of Portland, where Hanjin Shipping Co. is sticking to its plan to withdraw on March 9.
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KATE BROWN’S MESSAGE TO OREGON DEMOCRATS: ‘JUST KEEP MOVING’ (Portland Oregonian)

Automatic voter registration. Paid sick leave. Clean fuels.
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A UNIQUE INAUGURATION IN A SCANDAL-WEARY SALEM — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

This time, no procession.
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SHARIA-LAW BAN AND WACKY TAXES MAKE FOR ODDBALL BILL BOWL TIE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Bipartisanship is little more than a quaint notion in Salem, where the Democratic Party holds the governorship and enjoys strong majorities in both legislative chambers.
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OREGON RECORDS 50 FIRE-RELATED DEATHS IN 2014, THE MOST IN 6 YEARS (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon state fire marshal says there were 50 fire-related deaths in the state in 2014. That’s the most since 2008, when there 53 were recorded.
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GOV. KATE BROWN EXTENDS BAN ON EXECUTIONS, BUT HER STANCE ON DEATH PENALTY UNCLEAR (Portland Oregonian)

Gov. Kate Brown waited just two days after taking office to announce Friday that she’ll extend a moratorium on Oregon death row executions.
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IN KATE BROWN’S GOVERNORSHIP, DAN LITTLE WILL BE OREGON’S ‘FIRST GENTLEMAN’ (Portland Oregonian)

Gov. Kate Brown’s husband, Dan Little, will have the title of “first gentleman,” according to Brown spokeswoman Kristen Grainger.
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SUPREME COURT CLEARS ELLIS, ROSENBAUM IN CONTROVERSIAL LEGAL ETHICS COMPLAINT (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an ethics complaint against Barnes Ellis and Lois Rosenbaum, high-profile corporate lawyers in Portland, ending a divisive case that had dragged through the courts for nearly a decade.
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LEGISLATURE’S PRIORITIES BETRAY LACK OF COMMON SENSE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Here’s a short quiz for those interested in the future of Oregon:

What would you guess is the critical focus of the Oregon Legislature during its first couple weeks of a new session?
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HELP CHOOSE HISTORIC OREGONIANS FOR STATUARY HALL — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

This year, more than 3 million people will visit the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. There, they will have the opportunity to view 100 statutes of historic Americans that have been sent by the 50 states to stand in National Statuary Hall.
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GOV. BROWN’S SHORT LIST OF MUST-DO’S — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said little about her legislative and political strategies at her swearing-in ceremony last week.
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‘VAPE’ BANS HAVE LITTLE DO DO WITH PUBLIC HEALTH — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

When the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Day 2009, Oregon ushered in its statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants.
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LONGSHORE UNION, PORT OPERATORS PREPARE TO VOTE ON PROPOSED AGREEMENT (Portland Oregonian)

West Coast dockworkers and their employers ended their nine-month standoff Friday evening with a tentative five-year contract deal, averting a shutdown of 29 ports, including the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6, that could have cost the U.S. economy $2 billion a day.
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BANNING LEAD AMMO WOULD BE BAD FOR OREGON — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

We are the owners of a small business in Oregon that sees a lot of traffic from the hunting community. Every year, lots of hunters come through our business.
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JOHN KITZHABER’S INEFFECTIVE EXIT STRATEGY — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Those boots were made for walking. And that’s just what they’ll do.

I wish they’d go with the class that was typically characteristic of them.
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LEGISLATURE’S PRIORITIES BETRAY LACK OF COMMON SENSE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Here’s a short quiz for those interested in the future of Oregon:

What would you guess is the critical focus of the Oregon Legislature during its first couple weeks of a new session?
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TWO COMPANIES CITED FOR ASBESTOS VIOLATIONS (Salem Statesman Journal)

State environmental regulators have fined two companies one in Salem and one in Eugene for violations related to asbestos-removal work at the Ready Mix plant in Independence.
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GOV. KATE BROWN TO SELECT NEW SOS BY MARCH 6 (Salem Statesman Journal)

Gov. Kate Brown will choose her replacement as secretary of state by March 6, which gives her two weeks to appoint her successor.
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NURSING HOME QUALITY SCORES DROP IN NEW FEDERAL RATINGS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Nearly a third of the nation’s nursing homes are getting lower scores on the government’s five-star quality scale, a reflection of tougher standards for ratings used by nearly 1.5 million consumers to assess care at more than 15,000 facilities.
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BROWN SAYS NO NEW AGENCY HEADS IN NEAR FUTURE (Salem Statesman Journal)

Much of the talk about Gov. Kate Brown, who took office Wednesday, has revolved around her relationship with the Oregon Legislature. Which bills will she sign? Which policies will she support? Which issues will she push?
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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS HOSTS TRAINING (Salem Statesman Journal)

More than 400 firefighters from across the state have come to Salem for the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Trainings annual Winter Fire School, the largest training opportunity offered in the Pacific Northwest.
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A LAST-MINUTE VISIT BY THE GOVERNOR LED TO CLEMENCY (Salem Statesman Journal)

The day before John Kitzhaber resigned his governorship, he drove to Salem to meet with a 25-year-old inmate who was serving 12 1/2 years in the Santiam Correctional Facility for attempted murder.
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LOCAL BUSINESSES OPPOSE MANDATED SICK LEAVE LEGISLATION (Salem Statesman Journal)

A pair of bills that would mandate how businesses statewide provide sick leave to their workers are being considered in their respective House and Senate committees.
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MAHONIA HALL WILL HAVE A NEW TENANT: GOV. KATE BROWN (Salem Statesman Journal)

Gov. John Kitzhaber famously declined moving into Salem’s Mahonia Hall, the official governor’s residence near Bush Pasture Park.
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HALIBUT ANGLERS GET 12 ALL-DEPTH DAYS IN FIRST SEASON (Salem Statesman Journal)

The spring all-depth sport halibut fishing days off the central Oregon coast would be May 14, 15, 16, 28, 29, 30 and June 11, 12, 13, 25, 26 and 27 if approved at the April 24 meeting of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in Bend.
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OREGON NEWSPAPERS: KITZHABER LEAVES MINUS HIS DIGNITY — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Newspapers throughout Oregon editorialized about the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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1950S NURSES RECALL OREGON STATE HOSPITAL ‘BOOT CAMP’ — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Hands-on experience has always been integral to the education of student nurses. They gain knowledge and skill by actually doing something rather than just reading about it or watching it being done.
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NEW GOVERNOR FACES CAPITAL PUNISHMENT CONFLICT — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

When recent arrivals to Oregon ask me to explain how our states politics works, I promptly begin with a slogan I made up a few years ago: Welcome to Oregon: Where you have the right to die unless youre on death row.
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HUGHESISMS: GOV. BROWN IN SALEM — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Gov. Kate Browns had good news for Oregonians on Friday: She and her husband will move from Portland into the governors residence in Salem.
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OUT AND ABOUT: OREGON CAPITOL FOUNDATION SOCIAL (Salem Statesman Journal)

Hello Again: the Capitol Social was held Feb. 3, just days before the Capitol was the central focus of statewide news
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OREGON MUST ADDRESS REALITY, NOT THEORY, OF FUEL CHANGE — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Oregon Legislature is halfway to approving a plan that might reduce air pollution, spur development of alternative-fuel vehicles and raise gas prices.
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WE CAN LOSE OUR WAY WHEN WE LOSE DISTINCTIONS — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

Were in the midst of a profound unraveling. Im not thinking about the upheaval weve been watching at the Oregon governors mansion, but even that is part of the civic centrifuge were witnessing.
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ONLY A VOTE CAN SETTLE IT — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Death penalty conversation needs a conclusion-

In her first press conference as governor, Kate Brown said she would continue her predecessors moratorium on capital punishment. She also echoed former Gov. John Kitzhabers call for a statewide conversation about the death penalty.
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STATE FAILING IN EFFORT TO BOOST MINORITY TEACHERS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

Why has Oregons ambition to recruit, prepare and hire teachers of color fallen so short of its goal?

Data from the 2014 Oregon Minority Teacher Act Status Report, prepared by the Oregon Education Investment Board, reveal a discouraging trend.

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TIMBER SALE MAY JEOPARDIZE WATER AGREEMENTS (Eugene Register-Guard)

The chairman of the Klamath Tribes said Friday that the unexpected sale of private timberlands the tribes had hoped to regain to rebuild their lost reservation jeopardizes agreements to settle longstanding battles over water.
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OREGON DUNES OFF-ROADING DECISION ISSUED (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The rules aim to strike a balance between motorized activities and other recreation on the Oregon Coast-

Most of the routes off-road users have cut through vegetated areas in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area will be closed under a decision from the U.S. Forest Service aimed at ending years of wrangling.
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MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY TO CONTINUE (Eugene Register-Guard)

Oregons new governor, Kate Brown, announced Friday that she will continue for now the moratorium on the states death penalty, instituted by her predecessor, John Kitzhaber.
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VOTER SIGNUP MEASURE ADVANCES (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The House passes a bill to automatically register voters using drivers license records-

After a lengthy debate, the Oregon House on Friday approved a bill to create an automatic voter registration system, a potential national first.
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ATTACKER SENT TO MENTAL FACILITY (Eugene Register-Guard)

-He will remain in state custody 30 years for assailing two women with a sledgehammer-

A Springfield man was sent on Friday to the state mental hospital after being found guilty but insane in an attack on two women last year.
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DEFER CLEAN FUEL STANDARD — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Details are problematic, and it could torpedo a transportation funding plan-

SeQuential Biodiesel employs 83 people, mostly in Eugene, turning what once was a waste product into 6.5 million gallons of fuel each year.
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GREEN PROS AND CONS OF PROPANE TERMINAL (Portland Tribune)

-Backers say propane will reduce use of coal, oil, in Asia-

Is propane a kinder and gentler fossil fuel?

Could it help the planet as an interim bridge fuel in place of coal, diesel and gasoline which cause more air pollution and carbon emissions while we transition to clean, renewable energy?
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LAND-USE PLAN VOTE COMES BACK AROUND (Portland Tribune)

-Voters to weigh in during March election. Leaders, residents differ on benefits of land-use guidelines-

Ballots went out on Thursday for the Tuesday, March 10, special election, in which Damascus voters will again have their say on a resident-initiated comprehensive land-use plan that was voted down last year.
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BROWN’S MOTOR VOTER BILL GOES TO SENATE (Portland Tribune)

Governor Kate Brown scored the first legislative victory of her three-day-old governorship Friday as the Oregon House approved automatic voter registration based on driver records.
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BROWN: ‘EXCITED ABOUT MY OWN FOOTPRINT ON OREGON’ (Portland Tribune)

Kate Brown says education and transportation funding will remain priorities as she begins her run as Oregons 38th governor.
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MEETINGS PLANNED ON TRAIN SHIPMENT RULES (Portland Tribune)

-Feds limit proposed state changes, which are prompted by oil volumes, crashes elsewhere.-

Oregon is proposing changes to enable emergency services agencies to improve planning for and response to spills of hazardous materials, including crude oil.
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RETHINKING THE NORTHWEST FOREST PLAN (Portland Tribune)

-Changes could lead to higher timber harvest, less conservation-

Bill Clintons visionary Northwest Forest Plan is on the chopping block.

Twenty years ago, the federal government adopted the Northwest Forest Plan to safeguard remnants of the regions heavily logged ancient forests, and save imperiled wildlife that live there, by limiting the timber industrys access to federal timber in Oregon, Washington and Northern California.
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GOV. BROWN PLANS TO KEEP DEATH PENALTY MORATORIUM (Portland Tribune)

Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that she will continue Oregons moratorium on executions, a policy initiated in 2011 by former Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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IN FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE, BROWN OUTLINES HER VIEWS (Portland Tribune)

Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that she will continue Oregons moratorium on executions, a policy initiated in 2011 by former Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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MAPS HELP PINPOINT LANDSLIDE RISKS (Portland Tribune)

The devastating Oso, Washington, landslide that killed 41 people last spring shook many Portlanders awake to a new potential hazard in their own backyards.
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GREEN BRIEFS (Portland Tribune)

The state of Oregon has reduced energy use in its buildings by more than 20 percent in the past 15 years, according to a new report by the Oregon Department of Energy.
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VOTER BILL SECURES A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT (Medford Mail Tribune)

An automatic voter-registration proposal pending in the Oregon Legislature that would add roughly 300,000 voters to the rolls next year appears to be on the fast track to passage.
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INDEPENDENT PARTY FOCUSES ON THE PUBLIC INTEREST — GUEST OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)

Thanks to the Mail Tribune for its well wishes toward the Independent Party and for its thoughtful analysis of the challenges that we face.

The MT editorial 2/17 described our party’s platform as brief, sensible and relentlessly uncontroversial.”
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HERMISTON TO PILOT COLLEGE SAVINGS AWARENESS PROGRAM (East Oregonian)

-Hermiston has been chosen to pilot a new program promoting college savings.-

Parents and students will get an extra push toward saving for college next year as Hermiston School District is one of a handful of districts in the state to pilot a program called Be College Ready.
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BROWN WILL CONTINUE BAN ON EXECUTIONS (Bend Bulletin)

-Oregons new governor believes the issue should be re-examined-

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that shell continue a death penalty moratorium imposed by her predecessor while she seeks a debate about fixing the system.
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GOV. BROWN SUPPORTS CLEAN FUELS BILL (Bend Bulletin)

-Republicans try to stop bill, bring up Kitzhaber investigation-

Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she supports a bill that seeks to lower the carbon intensity of fuels despite Republican threats to hold up a transportation package if it passes.
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FEW CENTRAL OREGON STUDENTS EXCLUDED FOR LACK OF VACCINES (Bend Bulletin)

-Change in law, vaccine debate may explain the numbers-

Nicole Zinni believes children should be vaccinated, that parents who forgo the shots, she said, are stupid. So she was surprised to get a voice mail Wednesday morning from her sons school saying they were being sent home because they were missing vaccines.
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REBOUND IN DESCHUTES COUNTY HELPS DRIVE PEACHY OREGON FORECAST (Bend Bulletin)

-Taxpayers may see a kicker and local lawmakers are quick to defend rebate system-

Riding a rebound that is biggest in Deschutes County, Oregons economy grew fast enough in 2014 and in the first part of this year to likely send a slice of money to taxpayers in the form of an income tax rebate next year, state economists said Thursday.

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CENTRAL OREGON WEIGHS IN ON SOON-TO-BE-LEGAL MARIJUANA (Bend Bulletin)

-300 people turn out in Bend as state seeks publics help in setting up regulations-

Central Oregon is ready for the states recreational marijuana law to take effect, if the more than 300 people who turned out for an Oregon Liquor Control Commission listening session Thursday night at The Riverhouse are any guide.
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BROWN CONTINUES EXECUTION MORATORIUM (Daily Astorian)

-Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that she will maintain the moratorium on executions put in place by former Gov. John Kitzhaber. She says a broader discussion in needed on the death penalty.-

Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that she will continue Oregons moratorium on executions, a policy initiated in 2011 by former Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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2 SIDES IN WEST COAST PORTS DISPUTE REACH TENTATIVE CONTRACT (Daily Astorian)

-Tentative contract deal reached.-

Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually.
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FACING A HEAVY FOREST FIRE SEASON, ASHLAND GROUP LANDS $2.2M FOR PREVENTION — BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)

An Ashland-based group working to reduce the risk of catastrophic forest fires has secured $2.2 million for its restoration work from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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HEED THOSE ‘CLOSED TRAIL’ SIGNS IF YOU WANT TO HELP WILDLIFE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Bluebird skies, warming temperatures, and snow-free terrain might have you itching to hike your favorite trail.
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HOW 2011 NEW ZEALAND EARTHQUAKE AFFECTS PORTLAND’S PREPARATION — BLOG (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Theres been a lot of talk about the earthquake thats expected to hit the Pacific Northwest, and while locals prepare for the worst, theres a lingering question of what will actually happen to our cities.
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PEREZ GIVES 2 SIDES IN WEST COAST PORT TALKS FRIDAY DEADLINE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The nations top labor official ratcheted up pressure on the two sides haggling over a new contract for dockworkers at West Coast seaports, telling them if they dont reach an agreement by Friday, theyll have to leave California and negotiate in Washington.
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ORE. UNIVERSITY, HEALTH OFFICIALS WORK TO STOP OUTBREAK (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

University of Oregon and public health officials are working to halt the spread of a contagious bacterial infection that has led to the hospitalization of three students and may be implicated in a fourth students death.
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MORE REPRESENTATIVES CALL FOR END TO PORT DISPUTE (Capital Press)

Members of Congress are signing onto a resolution calling for an end to contract negotiations that have slowed West Coast ports for months.
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FARM REGULATORS PONDER MARIJUANA OVERSIGHT (Capital Press)

-Farm regulators in Oregon are contemplating how recreational marijuana fits into existing regulations for pesticides and licenses, among other issues.-

Marijuana legalization in Oregon has farm regulators pondering how cultivation of the psychoactive crop will square with existing rules for agriculture.

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PROPOSED LIMITS ON ANIMAL PRIZES WORRY CATTLEMENS GROUP (Capital Press)

-A bill that would restrict contests in which animals are caught and given as prizes is being considered by Oregon lawmakers.-

Proposed restrictions on rabbit scrambles and similar contests that award live animals as prizes have alarmed the Oregon Cattlemens Association, which fears impacts on rodeo events.

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LASER SPA CHAIN SLAPPED WITH $500,000 FINE (KATU)

-The Oregon attorney general wins a large judgment against the now-closed Forever Young med-spa, one of the largest fines ever against an Oregon company.-

Former customers of Forever Young are celebrating a victory, two years after KATU launched an investigation into the Portland-area laser spa chain.

The Oregon attorney general has fined Forever Young and its owners, Ron and Jennifer Zemp, $500,000, for “deceptive practices.”
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UO STUDENT’S DEATH LINKED TO MENINGITIS OUTBREAK (KATU)

A University of Oregon freshman died this week from meningococcemia, the fourth case of the bacterial infection in a student there since mid-January.

A mass vaccination clinic is being planned for the first week of March at the University. The Centers for Disease Control has told UO to be prepared to vaccinate as many as 22,000 people, a university official said.
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THIRD OREGON CHILD SUDDENLY PARALYZED AFTER GETTING SICK (KATU)

A third child in Oregon is suddenly paralyzed after getting sick, left fighting to get his once active life back.

Collin Lopezs goal is simple: get better. His doctors’ goals: figure out what’s making these kids so sick. The bright-eyed 15 year-old has been in a Portland hospital bed for nearly two months.
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NW EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNING SYSTEM LAUNCHES (KGW)

The next time an earthquake hits the Pacific Northwest, a handful of computers in offices across the region will have access to software that will send out an alarm seconds to minutes before the shaking begins.
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MAJOR TIMBERLAND SALE INCLUDES ‘SKYLINE FOREST’ (KTVZ Bend)

-Too early to tell impact; Klamath Tribes express concern-

The chairman of the Klamath Tribes says the unexpected sale of private timberlands the tribes had hoped to regain to rebuild their lost reservation jeopardizes agreements to settle longstanding water battles in the Klamath Basin.
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WYDEN: OIL TRAIN ACCIDENTS RAISE SAFETY RED FLAGS (KTVZ Bend)

-Senator urges administration to move fast on new rules-

Recent oil train accidents raise serious concerns about newer rail cars that carry crude oil in Oregon and across the country, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Friday.

Wyden urged the administration to take into account a series of accidents involving new cars as it finalizes oil train safety rules, in a letter to the White House budget office today.
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STATES LOOK TO REDUCE RANKS OF UNINSURED DRIVERS (Stateline)

In 49 states and the District of Columbia, its against the law to drive without car insurance. Nevertheless, more than 12 percent of all U.S. drivers are uninsured.
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OREGON’S KATE BROWN WAS ALWAYS BOUND FOR GOVERNOR’S JOB (USA Today)

Even before Oregon’s new governor, Kate Brown, took office, the national media and gay rights groups were touting her as the nation’s first openly bisexual governor.
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SIUSLAW NATIONAL FOREST ISSUES DECISION ON DUNES (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

After years of wrangling over access with off-road enthusiasts, the Siuslaw National Forest on Thursday issued a final record of decision regarding riding areas in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
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BENTONS VACCINE DILEMMA (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

At Corvallis Mountain View Elementary School, nearly 97 percent of students had all of their required vaccinations in the 2013-14 school year.
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OREGON HAS PLANS FOR ROADWORK BUT NOT ENOUGH MONEY (The Columbian)

-Most bridges were built before risk of earthquake known-

Oregon has a plan for retrofitting the hundreds of bridges that are likely to fail in a major earthquake or are getting too old to support heavy trucks.

It just doesn’t have a way to pay for it all, and prospects for finding a solution are dim.

The federal gas tax hasn’t been raised in 21 years, and Oregon’s share has been declining for years.
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SENATE VOTES TO END COVER OREGON (OregonBusiness)

The Oregon state Senate passed a bill that aims to end Cover Oregon’s autonomy 20-10 Thursday.
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10 QUOTES EXPLAINING CRISIS AT PORT OF PORTLAND (OregonBusiness)

The ongoing labor disputes at the Port of Portland came to a head two weeks ago when Hanjin, the container port’s largest client, notified its customers it would be ending its direct route to Oregon.
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BROWN WANTS TO REDUCE CLASS SIZES, ACHIEVEMENT GAP (Wallowa.com)

-Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Friday gave few specifics, but said her priority it to reduce class sizes and the achievement gap in the state’s public schools.-

Kate Brown says education and transportation funding will remain priorities as she begins her run as Oregons 38th governor.
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SHOWDOWN LOOMING BETWEEN NORTHWEST STATES, FEDS OVER DRIVER’S LICENSES (NW News Network)

Washington, Oregon and Idaho are trying to figure out how to keep their state drivers licenses from becoming obsolete in the eyes of the federal government.
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INSIDE THE WALLS OF THE GOVERNORS MAHONIA HALL (GoLocal PDX)

New Governor Kate Brown will soon be the fifth resident of Mahonia Hall, the historic Governor residence of Oregon.
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GOVERNOR KATE BROWN IS NOT CLEANING HOUSE (GoLocal PDX)

Despite multiple ongoing investigations into former governor John Kitzhaber’s administration, Governor Kate Brown has retained a significant number of Kitzhaber’s staff.
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SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE (Eugene Weekly)

-The portrait unveiling of former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Betty Roberts reveals more than a tribute, but a legacy that blazed the path for women like Gov. Kate Brown-

Sparkling sunlight pours through the panoramic windows of the courthouse, lighting the faces of an unprecedented gathering of movers and shakers from across the state and nation all of them women.
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INDEX: OREGONIANS’ WELLBEING IS SOLIDLY MEDIOCRE (Bend Source Weekly)

Despite the fact that everyone seems to want to move here, Oregon is not exactly the happiest state in the union. But it’s not the most miserable, either. According to the 2014 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Oregon ranked 27th overall for well-being.

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February 23, 2015 eClips

  • West Coast ports resuming regular operations following agreement
  • National ocean acidification study finds Northwest among hardest-hit regions
  • Banning most exemptions to vaccines a wise move for public health: Editorial Agenda 2015 — Opinion
  • Oregon Liquor Control Commission asks lawmakers to fund public education campaign on marijuana
  • Kate Brown’s path to governor’s office started early
  • How to lose the governorship in 2 weeks — Opinion
  • Brown says no new agency heads in near future
  • Vaccine skeptics defend positions amid backlash
  • Oregon might lose wildfire insurance
  • Oregon ready for potential DHS shutdown
  • Oregon Considers Banning Gay-To-Straight Conversion Therapy For Children
  • NW Natural Receives Oregon Commission Decision on Environmental Docket
  • West Coast pact on climate action pulled into former Ore. governor’s scandal

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WEST COAST PORTS RESUMING REGULAR OPERATIONS FOLLOWING AGREEMENT

(Portland Oregonian)The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers.
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NATIONAL OCEAN ACIDIFICATION STUDY FINDS NORTHWEST AMONG HARDEST-HIT REGIONS

(Portland Oregonian)The Natural Resources Defense Council released a report today that won’t come as a surprise to Northwest shellfish growers. Ocean acidification–a chemical imbalance in the water caused by carbon dioxide emissions–is hitting the Northwest harder than other parts of the country.
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BANNING MOST EXEMPTIONS TO VACCINES A WISE MOVE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH: EDITORIAL AGENDA 2015 — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)In 2012, more than 900 Oregonians came down with whooping cough – the most in more than half a century. Late last year, about 30 children in Jackson County, a hotbed of the free-range germ movement, came down with chicken pox. And this year, a Lane County man came down with measles stemming from the multi-state outbreak tied to Disneyland -the 12th measles case in Oregon in just the past two years.
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OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION ASKS LAWMAKERS TO FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ON MARIJUANA

(Portland Oregonian)Though retail sales of marijuana aren’t likely to begin until sometime next year, new personal possession and cultivation provisions go into effect in just four months.
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KATE BROWN’S PATH TO GOVERNOR’S OFFICE STARTED EARLY

(Salem Statesman Journal)Even before Oregon’s new governor, Kate Brown, took office, the national media and gay rights groups were touting her as the nation’s first openly bisexual governor.
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HOW TO LOSE THE GOVERNORSHIP IN 2 WEEKS — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)The end came suddenly, once John Kitzhaber’s allies lost confidence in him.
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BROWN SAYS NO NEW AGENCY HEADS IN NEAR FUTURE

(Salem Statesman Journal)Much of the talk about Gov. Kate Brown, who took office Wednesday, has revolved around her relationship with the Oregon Legislature. Which bills will she sign? Which policies will she support? Which issues will she push?
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VACCINE SKEPTICS DEFEND POSITIONS AMID BACKLASH

(Eugene Register-Guard)One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse.

These three mothers all of them educated, middle-class professionals are among the vaccine skeptics who have been widely ridiculed since more than 100 people fell ill in a measles outbreak traced to Disneyland. Critics question their intelligence, their parenting, even their sanity. Some have been called criminals for foregoing shots for their children that are overwhelmingly shown to be safe and effective.
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OREGON MIGHT LOSE WILDFIRE INSURANCE

(Bend Bulletin) Private timberland owners and the state officials charged with protecting those lands are both in the dark over how consecutive bad fire seasons will change the way Oregon pays to fight catastrophic wildfires.
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OREGON READY FOR POTENTIAL DHS SHUTDOWN

(Bend Bulletin)A Department of Homeland Security shutdown, which will occur at the end of the month unless Congress takes action, would leave almost 1,000 Oregonians without paychecks, but government services will largely continue without interruption.
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OREGON CONSIDERS BANNING GAY-TO-STRAIGHT CONVERSION THERAPY FOR CHILDREN

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon Legislature is holding a public hearing Monday on a bill to ban conversion therapy for children.
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NW NATURAL RECEIVES OREGON COMMISSION DECISION ON ENVIRONMENTAL DOCKET

(CNN)Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural NYSE: NWN today announced that the Public Utility Commission of Oregon OPUC issued its final order, No. 15 049, regarding how the company’s Site Remediation and Recovery Mechanism SRRM will be implemented.
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WEST COAST PACT ON CLIMATE ACTION PULLED INTO FORMER ORE. GOVERNOR’S SCANDAL

(eenews.net)A pact formed by West Coast leaders to team up on climate action has been caught up in the tempest that forced the resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber D.
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February 20, 2015 eClips

  • In increasingly noisy world, Oregon desert is quiet haven for wildlife: Oregon environment news
  • Clackamas County commissioners pass resolution supporting Second-Amendment rights
  • Oregon Senate votes to dissolve Cover Oregon
  • Oregon’s kicker tax rebate: Q&A on how it works and when you might get it
  • Oregonians need to tackle death-penalty debate — Opinion
  • Kicker: Economists predict $349 million rebate to Oregon taxpayers this year
  • Southern Oregon medical marijuana growers fear industrial hemp could ruin their crops
  • Intel map shows long-term plan for humongous Hillsboro expansion
  • Oregon ‘kicker’ tax rebate of $349 million projected by new revenue forecast
  • What did Gov. Kate Brown really promise?
  • Lead-ammo bill: Talk of bones and bullets and gut piles
  • Oregon should expect a tax kicker this year
  • Local businesses oppose mandated sick leave legislation
  • Senate passes bill to end Cover Oregon
  • Pay security sought for deployed public employees
  • Gas dip not pumping economy
  • Oregon forecasts almost $350 million in state income tax rebates
  • UO, health officials ramp up effort to end outbreak
  • State offers iPads to people with disabilities
  • Oil train roulette — Opinion
  • Restoring the public trust — Opinion
  • Our view: Will Brown reach out to rural Oregon? — Opinion
  • State will review allegations Jackson County sheriff’s lieutenant improperly dismissed tickets
  • Central Oregon lawmaker calls for caution on ethics reform
  • Aging housing, poverty hits home in rural Central Oregon
  • OLCC holds Bend meeting tonight
  • Editorial: Brown is off to a good start — Opinion
  • Residents tell OLCC: Don’t restrict legal pot
  • Of Cabbages and Kings: Kitzhaber gives news media an endorsement — Opinion
  • Newsletter covering Oregon government debuts today
  • Oregon taxpayers finally get their kicker: Rebates expected next year– Blog
  • Oregons labor market & wages
  • Automatic Voter Registration Bill Drives On
  • Government Whistleblowers Say Klamath Irrigators Misusing Federal Funds
  • Effort to change law governing port labor fails to gain steam
  • Outgoing Gov. Kitzhaber commutes sentence of young inmate
  • Death row inmate Haugen wants Gov. Brown to follow the law
  • State Senate votes to dissolve Cover Oregon
  • How Colleges Are Dealing With Legal Pot
  • Why Kate Brown will probably be governor of Oregon for quite some time– Blog
  • Colorado county, biz groups push for Coos Bay LNG project
  • Employers appeal to dockworkers in West Coast port fight
  • Zillow: Racial divide in US housing ‘largely unchanged for more than a century’
  • Could kicker rebates mean more money for schools?
  • Forgotten Souls: Ashes of thousands remain at Oregon State Hospital
  • Kate Brown Unlikely to Upend Oregon Politics
  • The H&N View: Find new way to pay cost of giant fires — Opinion
  • Economic and Revenue Forecast, March 2015– Blog
  • Representing Bend

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IN INCREASINGLY NOISY WORLD, OREGON DESERT IS QUIET HAVEN FOR WILDLIFE: OREGON ENVIRONMENT NEWS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s high desert is among the quietest places in America.
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CLACKAMAS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PASS RESOLUTION SUPPORTING SECOND-AMENDMENT RIGHTS

(Portland Oregonian)Clackamas County commissioners passed a resolution supporting Second-Amendment gun rights Thursday night, Feb. 19, joining several other Oregon counties that had already taken similar action.
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OREGON SENATE VOTES TO DISSOLVE COVER OREGON

(Portland Oregonian)The state Senate voted Thursday to dissolve Cover Oregon and merge the failed insurance exchange into an existing state agency.
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OREGON’S KICKER TAX REBATE: Q&A ON HOW IT WORKS AND WHEN YOU MIGHT GET IT

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon income taxpayers may be in line for a “kicker” tax rebate for the first time since 2007, the state economist said in a new report Thursday.
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OREGONIANS NEED TO TACKLE DEATH-PENALTY DEBATE — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Death penalty opponents were disappointed Wednesday morning when Gov. John Kitzhaber slunk out of office without commuting the sentences of the 33 men and one woman on Oregon’s death row.
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KICKER: ECONOMISTS PREDICT $349 MILLION REBATE TO OREGON TAXPAYERS THIS YEAR

(Portland Oregonian)Growing tax collections will likely trigger a $349 million “kicker” rebate to personal-income taxpayers in Oregon for the first time in eight years, according to state economists.
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SOUTHERN OREGON MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWERS FEAR INDUSTRIAL HEMP COULD RUIN THEIR CROPS

(Portland Oregonian)Southern Oregon marijuana growers want to ban industrial hemp production from the region out of fear that hemp may pollinate their crops and render them worthless.
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INTEL MAP SHOWS LONG-TERM PLAN FOR HUMONGOUS HILLSBORO EXPANSION

(Portland Oregonian)Five years of construction at Intel’s Ronler Acres campus is due to wrap up this year, completing the biggest capital project in Oregon’s history.
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OREGON ‘KICKER’ TAX REBATE OF $349 MILLION PROJECTED BY NEW REVENUE FORECAST

(Portland Oregonian)State economic forecasters projected Thursday that growing Oregon tax collections would trigger a $349 million “kicker” tax rebate to personal income taxpayers. Final determination of any tax rebate under state law won’t come until after the two-year budget cycle ends on June 30.
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WHAT DID GOV. KATE BROWN REALLY PROMISE?

(Salem Statesman Journal)Gov. Kate Brown told the Oregon public on Wednesday that she, her family and staff will “not seek or accept any outside compensation, from any source, for any work related to business of the State of Oregon.”
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LEAD-AMMO BILL: TALK OF BONES AND BULLETS AND GUT PILES

(Salem Statesman Journal)Sounding more like a forensics round table than a discussion about a fish and wildlife bill, speakers and members of the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on Thursday, Feb. 19, spent a good deal of time talking about wound tracks, bullet velocity and fragmentation when a major bone is hit, gut piles and blood-shot meat.
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OREGON SHOULD EXPECT A TAX KICKER THIS YEAR

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon’s economic growth means individuals could receive $349 million as a personal income tax kicker in 2015, and schools will receive an extra $56 million from the corporate income tax kicker.
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LOCAL BUSINESSES OPPOSE MANDATED SICK LEAVE LEGISLATION

(Salem Statesman Journal)A pair of bills that would mandate how businesses statewide provide sick leave to their workers are being considered in their respective House and Senate committees.
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO END COVER OREGON

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Senate passed the bill that would abolish Cover Oregon and transfer its duties to the Department of Consumer and Business Services on Thursday, on a 20-10 vote.
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PAY SECURITY SOUGHT FOR DEPLOYED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

(Salem Statesman Journal)It’s not often public employers model their employees’ pay after the private sector, but that’s what could happen for military families given action taken by the Oregon Legislature this week.
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GAS DIP NOT PUMPING ECONOMY

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Despite analysts expectations, many Americans are choosing to pocket savings instead of spending more-

In recent months, the stage seemed set for American consumers to do what theyve traditionally done best: Spend money and drive the economy.

The lowest gas prices in five years had given people more spending money.

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OREGON FORECASTS ALMOST $350 MILLION IN STATE INCOME TAX REBATES

(Eugene Register-Guard)State economists predict that Oregon taxpayers will receive kicker income tax rebates as the states economy continues to improve.

The quarterly revenue forecast released Thursday projects nearly $350 million will be refunded to taxpayers after the two-year budget cycle ends in July.

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UO, HEALTH OFFICIALS RAMP UP EFFORT TO END OUTBREAK

(Eugene Register-Guard)Public health and University of Oregon officials ramped up efforts today to end an outbreak of a contagious bacterial infection that has hospitalized three UO students and may be responsible for the death of tumbler Lauren Jones.
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STATE OFFERS IPADS TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

(Eugene Register-Guard)In an effort to open up more digital technology to some disabled people, the states Telecommunications Devices Access Program is offering loaner iPads to Oregonians with cognitive disabilities.
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OIL TRAIN ROULETTE — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Derailment underscores need for tougher rules-

The game is called Russian roulette, and its being played in states across the country as trains loaded with crude oil rumble through them in ever-increasing numbers.
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RESTORING THE PUBLIC TRUST — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Gov. Brown begins with a call for ethics reforms-

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown kept her inaugural address short and low-key Wednesday a wise choice, given the tumultuous events that preceded former Gov. John Kitzhabers resignation.
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OUR VIEW: WILL BROWN REACH OUT TO RURAL OREGON? — OPINION

(Medford Mail Tribune)Kate Brown comes to the Oregon governor’s office promising she’ll work to restore the people’s faith in government. We hope she recognizes that, as shocking as John Kitzhaber’s fall from grace was, rural Oregonians had lost much of their faith in the state long before they ever heard the name Cylvia Hayes.
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STATE WILL REVIEW ALLEGATIONS JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S LIEUTENANT IMPROPERLY DISMISSED TICKETS

(Medford Mail Tribune)The Oregon Department of Justice will review the case of a sheriff’s lieutenant suspected of misusing his authority, the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
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CENTRAL OREGON LAWMAKER CALLS FOR CAUTION ON ETHICS REFORM

(Bend Bulletin)-Kitzhaber resignation catapults ethics onto agenda of both parties this session-

A Central Oregon lawmaker wants his colleagues and Gov. Kate Brown to be cautious amid a rush to file and consider new ethics laws in the wake of John Kitzhabers resignation.

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AGING HOUSING, POVERTY HITS HOME IN RURAL CENTRAL OREGON

(Bend Bulletin)-Not necessarily prospering: Age, cost, poverty concerns loom on the housing front-

Residents in Central Oregon are more likely to spend a dangerously high percentage of their income on housing than the national average, one symptom of a larger looming housing crisis in rural areas.
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OLCC HOLDS BEND MEETING TONIGHT

(Bend Bulletin)-State seeking opinions about new recreational pot law-

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is scheduled to hold a public meeting tonight in Bend about the states new recreational marijuana law.
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EDITORIAL: BROWN IS OFF TO A GOOD START — OPINION

(Bend Bulletin)Oregon needs a governor to set the state back on track, and Gov. Kate Brown began that with her first speech as governor.

She pledged that she will not seek or accept any outside compensation, from any source. And she said her staff and her household will not seek or accept any outside compensation, from any source, for any work related to the business of the state of Oregon.

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RESIDENTS TELL OLCC: DON’T RESTRICT LEGAL POT

(Ashland Daily Tidings)-Patridge vows not to block implementation of Measure 91-

Oregon officials heard loud and clear Wednesday night that they shouldn’t mess with Oregon’s medical marijuana program as the state gets ready to legalize recreational cannabis July 1.

“To think we can merge the two systems is a catastrophe waiting to happen,” said Michael Monarch, who said his Talent dispensary deals with thousands of patients.
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OF CABBAGES AND KINGS: KITZHABER GIVES NEWS MEDIA AN ENDORSEMENT — OPINION

(Daily Astorian)-If newspapers ar dying, why were Oregon media organizations able to fatally expose Gov. John Kitzhaber?-

The death of a political leader is sometimes an auspicious circumstance.
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NEWSLETTER COVERING OREGON GOVERNMENT DEBUTS TODAY

(Daily Astorian)Two family-owned Oregon media groups create electronic newsletter to provide indepth, timely coverage of state government.
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OREGON TAXPAYERS FINALLY GET THEIR KICKER: REBATES EXPECTED NEXT YEAR– BLOG

(Oregon Business Journal)Oregon’s improved revenue picture has triggered a much hoped-for rebate for the state’s taxpayers.
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OREGONS LABOR MARKET & WAGES

(Oregon Business Report)As our office has discussed over the past year HERE and HERE, e.g., the expected pattern for the economy would be first more jobs, then higher wages due to a tighter labor market and then more individuals in the labor force looking for these more plentiful and/or better paying jobs.
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AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION BILL DRIVES ON

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The House Rules Committee has advanced a bill estimated to add 300,000 new voters in Oregon by the 2016 election. House Bill 2177 pdf, proposed by Secretary of State Kate Brown, is a follow-up to a failed 2013 attempt to make Oregon the first state ever to adopt an automatic voter registration system.
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GOVERNMENT WHISTLEBLOWERS SAY KLAMATH IRRIGATORS MISUSING FEDERAL FUNDS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Two government biologists say millions of dollars in federal funds intended to secure water for fish in the Klamath Basin were instead used to directly compensate local farmers and ranchers.
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EFFORT TO CHANGE LAW GOVERNING PORT LABOR FAILS TO GAIN STEAM

(Capital Press)Trade groups talk privately about changing law to prevent future port slow downs but don’t appear to be getting any effort started.
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OUTGOING GOV. KITZHABER COMMUTES SENTENCE OF YOUNG INMATE

(KATU)As one of his final acts in office, Oregon’s outgoing governor, John Kitzhaber, commuted the prison sentence of a young inmate convicted of attempted murder.

Sang Dao, 25, sentenced to more than 12 years in prison, will be released next month, at least three years early.
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DEATH ROW INMATE HAUGEN WANTS GOV. BROWN TO FOLLOW THE LAW

(KATU)Two-time convicted murderer and death row inmate Gary Haugen wanted former Gov. John Kitzhaber to let his execution go forward.
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STATE SENATE VOTES TO DISSOLVE COVER OREGON

(KTVZ Bend)-Transfer responsibilities to state agency-

The state Senate has voted to dissolve Cover Oregon and merge the failed insurance exchange into an existing state agency.
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HOW COLLEGES ARE DEALING WITH LEGAL POT

(Time Magazine)-The thorny issue of legal weed on campus-

College administrators who have worked for years to snuff out marijuana on campus have a new problem: Its going legal.
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WHY KATE BROWN WILL PROBABLY BE GOVERNOR OF OREGON FOR QUITE SOME TIME– BLOG

(Washington Post)When Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber D resigns Wednesday, Secretary of State Kate Brown D will take office and join one of American politics’ most exclusive clubs: unelected governors.
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COLORADO COUNTY, BIZ GROUPS PUSH FOR COOS BAY LNG PROJECT

(The World)Colorado’s Mesa County and two local business groups are urging federal regulators to approve a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon.
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EMPLOYERS APPEAL TO DOCKWORKERS IN WEST COAST PORT FIGHT

(KPTV)Cargo companies have gone straight to West Coast dockworkers with what they call their “last, best and final” offer in a contract crisis that has choked off billions of dollars in international trade.

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ZILLOW: RACIAL DIVIDE IN US HOUSING ‘LARGELY UNCHANGED FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY’

(OregonBusiness)Real estate website Zillow released a study recently found that the racial gap in house ownership has maintained for over a century.

In 1900, whites owned houses at a 28-percent-higher rate than blacks; in 2014, the gap remains 28 percentage points.
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COULD KICKER REBATES MEAN MORE MONEY FOR SCHOOLS?

(KOIN)-Oregon legislators already plan to give over $7 billion to public schools and colleges-

With the states economy looking better than expected meaning more income tax rebates a big question is, where else could the money go?

Oregon legislators have already planned to give over $7 billion to public schools and colleges, but there is a new debate over whether or not the kicker could be used to further fund education.
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FORGOTTEN SOULS: ASHES OF THOUSANDS REMAIN AT OREGON STATE HOSPITAL

(KMTR)Brad Black and his wife were tracing their family tree through an online ancestry site when they learned his great grandfather had been committed to the Oregon State Hospital in 1930.
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KATE BROWN UNLIKELY TO UPEND OREGON POLITICS

(Governing)-After succeeding embattled Gov. John Kitzhaber Wednesday, Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown is expected to pursue policies in line with her predecessors.-

Kate Brown is becoming governor of Oregon under dramatic circumstances, but her elevation does not signal any great change in policy direction for the state.

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THE H&N VIEW: FIND NEW WAY TO PAY COST OF GIANT FIRES — OPINION

(Herald and News)-Dont cut into funding that could prevent them-

Dry forests. A tiny snowpack. Dense underbrush. Big pockets of diseased trees.

Thats the nasty set of circumstances faced by Oregon, California and a lot of the West in the millions of acres of forest lands they have.

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ECONOMIC AND REVENUE FORECAST, MARCH 2015– BLOG

(Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)This morning the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis released the latest quarterly economic and revenue forecast. For the full document, slides and forecast data please see our main website.
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REPRESENTING BEND

(Bend Source Weekly)-Lawmakers and lobbyists take local concerns to the state capitol-

The 78th Oregon Legislative Assembly kicked off just shy of two weeks ago. The lawmaking body boasts a Democratic majority, but Bend’s Republican representativesand the City’s nonpartisan lobbyistare wasting no time bringing Central Oregon issues to the forefront of conversations, which are often dominated by Democrats and those living in the western third of the state.
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February 19, 2015 eClips

  • Kate Brown takes Oregon governorship with a daunting to-do list
  • Oregon ag companies worry resolution to Port of Portland labor troubles may come too late
  • Kate Brown becomes Oregon governor: coverage roundup
  • John Kitzhaber personally worked to stop ethics investigation, newly disclosed emails show
  • Fewer people seek unemployment insurance as economy improves
  • Minor glitches reported as 100,000 Ohio students take Common Core tests
  • Intel’s air-quality permit, which requests increased emissions, the subject of DEQ meeting in Hillsboro
  • Curt Melcher, new ODFW director, focused on legislative priorities, fixing budget
  • 10 best places for beautiful hiking on Oregon coast, south to north
  • Kate Brown, promising ethics reforms, says she is ‘ready to roll up my sleeves and get to it
  • Oregon lawmaker proposes ballot measure on impeachment
  • John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes emails: His legal strategies, her plans for publicity, ‘non-time-consuming’ work, book deals
  • John Kitzhaber controversy: Cylvia Hayes involved in tangled real estate deal with elderly admirer
  • Kate Brown shows Capitol camaraderie as she assumes Oregon governor’s office
  • Kate Brown’s deputy, Robert Taylor, takes over as Oregon’s acting secretary of state
  • Leatherman Tool carves a niche worthy of attention — Opinion
  • John Kitzhaber grants clemency to gang shooter who made good in prison
  • Kate Brown inauguration: Watch the day’s videos
  • No smoking allowed: Portland City Council approves smoking ban for city parks, nature areas
  • Kate Brown’s first speech as governor: Jeff Mapes analysis video
  • Governor Kate Brown’s bisexuality draws national commentary
  • John Kitzhaber leaves governor’s office without commuting any death-row sentences
  • Reaction to Kate Brown inauguration: ‘historic day’
  • Oregon mileage tax officially named ‘OreGo’ as sign-up website goes live
  • Website glitch: Page lists new Governor Kate Brown next to photo of John Kitzhaber
  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s inaugural speech: Read the full text
  • Oregonians debate proposed immunization mandate
  • Gov. Kate Brown: No outside money will be accepted
  • Lead-ammo, fishing-tackle bill hearing set
  • Oregon one of the best states for women in government
  • Getting a first look at the new first spouse
  • Kate Brown sworn in as 38th Oregon governor
  • Rapid Response: Oregons future with Kate Brown — Opinion
  • Sen. Courtney: Brown is an ‘energetic and pragmatic leader’
  • Reservoirs proposed to store energy
  • Lawmakers praise Brown, say she ‘will get the job done’
  • Brown adds advisers, counsel to her staff
  • Brown pledges to ‘restore public’s trust’
  • Kitzhaber commutes sentence of one before leaving office
  • Vaccinations hit with dose of skepticism
  • Gov. Brown needs to hit the ground running
  • Are Oregon students tested too much?
  • Kate Brown rose through the ranks
  • Brown adds advisers, counsel to her staff
  • Kitzhaber commutes sentence of one before leaving office
  • Our Opinion: The governor’s office can shine again — Opinion
  • Carbon Copy?– Blog
  • Fewer students sent home for lack of shots
  • Mid-valley officials hopeful as new governor takes office
  • Editorial: Help save Oregons constitution — Opinion
  • Users brace for low water
  • US labor official to sides in seaport dispute: Reach a deal
  • There’s still a long road ahead for Oregon’s drone entrepreneurs– Blog
  • From the Capitol: Gov. Kate Brown pledges small business backing, strict ethics at inauguration– Blog
  • Oregon’s new governor wastes no time in seeking West Coast ports resolution
  • Legislature 2015: Why Republicans fear Oregon’s urban/rural divide is growing
  • Legislature 2015: Oregon paid sick leave debate heats up– Blog
  • Will Oregon pay for Asia pollution?
  • Portland Port Aims To Replace Hanjin Amid Labor Dispute
  • Government Whistleblowers Say Klamath Irrigators Misusing Federal Funds
  • New Oregon governor urges quick fix to dockworker conflict
  • Brown will be 9th Oregon governor chosen by succession
  • Oregon sues software giant Oracle over Medicaid system
  • Oregon lawmakers take aim at lax cosmetic laser rules
  • OSU study: Ocean changes may help – or hurt – fisheries
  • ODOT picks name, rolls out road-use charge program
  • Kate Brown sworn in as Oregon’s second female governor
  • Labor strife takes center stage for Port of Portland
  • Oregon Senate Votes To Extend Low-Carbon Fuels Despite Link To Ethics Scanda
  • Ashland Crowd Urges Oregon Pot Regulators To Go Lightly
  • Oregon’s First Licensed Hemp Farmer
  • Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Drops for those in ‘Prime Working Years’– Blog
  • Oregon, Second Best State for IT Professionals
  • Oregon Bridges The Gap Between Health Care And Community-Based Health– Blog
  • Oregon Takes Another Step Toward State-Run Retirement Plan
  • UO agenda for 2015 legislature focuses on access and success

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KATE BROWN TAKES OREGON GOVERNORSHIP WITH A DAUNTING TO-DO LIST

(Portland Oregonian)Secretary of State Kate Brown will assume the governorship Wednesday with a daunting to-do list aimed at restoring faith in state government — and in putting herself in position to run for office in her own right next year.
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OREGON AG COMPANIES WORRY RESOLUTION TO PORT OF PORTLAND LABOR TROUBLES MAY COME TOO LATE

(Portland Oregonian)Gerald Diercks saw this happen 12 years ago. He was dismayed, but not surprised, when ships started backing up at West Coast ports nine months ago, waiting while dock workers and the port operators haggled over the terms of a new union contract.
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KATE BROWN BECOMES OREGON GOVERNOR: COVERAGE ROUNDUP

(Portland Oregonian)Kate Brown became Oregon’s 38th governor Wednesday morning, and we rounded up the coverage here.
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JOHN KITZHABER PERSONALLY WORKED TO STOP ETHICS INVESTIGATION, NEWLY DISCLOSED EMAILS SHOW

(Portland Oregonian)Former Gov. John Kitzhaber personally worked to stop the ethics investigation of his fiance, Cylvia Hayes, a month before he publicly professed full cooperation with that investigation, according to newly-disclosed emails.
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FEWER PEOPLE SEEK UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AS ECONOMY IMPROVES

(Portland Oregonian)The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that a recent string of strong job gains may continue.
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MINOR GLITCHES REPORTED AS 100,000 OHIO STUDENTS TAKE COMMON CORE TESTS

(Portland Oregonian)About 100,000 Ohio students have begun taking Common Core reading and math tests online this week, and there have been isolated instances of technology or software glitches getting in the way, reports Cleveland Plain Dealer education reporter Patrick O’Donnell.
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INTEL’S AIR-QUALITY PERMIT, WHICH REQUESTS INCREASED EMISSIONS, THE SUBJECT OF DEQ MEETING IN HILLSBORO

(Portland Oregonian)The state Department of Environmental Quality is holding an informational meeting tomorrow evening Thursday, Feb. 19 in Hillsboro about Intel’s recently submitted air-quality permit application.
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CURT MELCHER, NEW ODFW DIRECTOR, FOCUSED ON LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, FIXING BUDGET

(Portland Oregonian)Curt Melcher, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s new director, will have a busy schedule his first year in office.
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10 BEST PLACES FOR BEAUTIFUL HIKING ON OREGON COAST, SOUTH TO NORTH

(Portland Oregonian)Headed to the coast for the beautiful weekend ahead? Here are 10 great places to hike on the coast.
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KATE BROWN, PROMISING ETHICS REFORMS, SAYS SHE IS ‘READY TO ROLL UP MY SLEEVES AND GET TO IT

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, saying that “we must restore the public trust,” on Wednesday called for tougher ethics laws and the “timely release” of government documents to the public.
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OREGON LAWMAKER PROPOSES BALLOT MEASURE ON IMPEACHMENT

(Portland Oregonian)Republican Rep. Jodi Hack is asking lawmakers to approve a ballot measure that, if passed by voters, would create an executive impeachment process in Oregon.
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JOHN KITZHABER, CYLVIA HAYES EMAILS: HIS LEGAL STRATEGIES, HER PLANS FOR PUBLICITY, ‘NON-TIME-CONSUMING’ WORK, BOOK DEALS

(Portland Oregonian)Former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes plans to go to court to block a state order requiring her to turn over emails related to her public service.
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JOHN KITZHABER CONTROVERSY: CYLVIA HAYES INVOLVED IN TANGLED REAL ESTATE DEAL WITH ELDERLY ADMIRER

(Portland Oregonian)Cylvia Hayes, fiancee of Gov. John Kitzhaber, may have concealed from lenders the true structure of financing she used to buy a Bend home in 2004, according to interviews and published reports.
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KATE BROWN SHOWS CAPITOL CAMARADERIE AS SHE ASSUMES OREGON GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

(Portland Oregonian)After Gov. Kate Brown finished her inaugural speech Wednesday and began to leave the House chamber, she stopped to hug a Republican state senator.
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KATE BROWN’S DEPUTY, ROBERT TAYLOR, TAKES OVER AS OREGON’S ACTING SECRETARY OF STATE

(Portland Oregonian)Kate Brown’s deputy, Robert Taylor, took over as Oregon’s acting secretary of state when Brown was sworn in as governor Wednesday.
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LEATHERMAN TOOL CARVES A NICHE WORTHY OF ATTENTION — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker stopped at Leatherman Tool Group Inc. Tuesday as part of a West Coast tour promoting exports.
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JOHN KITZHABER GRANTS CLEMENCY TO GANG SHOOTER WHO MADE GOOD IN PRISON

(Portland Oregonian)Sang Dao — serving a 12 -year sentence for two Portland shootings, including one at a car with a baby inside — is the only one of 14,567 Oregon prisoners to be granted clemency by outgoing Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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KATE BROWN INAUGURATION: WATCH THE DAY’S VIDEOS

(Portland Oregonian)A team from The Oregonian/OregonLive was in Salem for Wednesday’s inauguration of Gov. Kate Brown, who took the reins from John Kitzhaber.
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NO SMOKING ALLOWED: PORTLAND CITY COUNCIL APPROVES SMOKING BAN FOR CITY PARKS, NATURE AREAS

(Portland Oregonian)The Portland City Council voted 4-1 on Wednesday to pass a total smoking ban in city parks and nature areas.
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KATE BROWN’S FIRST SPEECH AS GOVERNOR: JEFF MAPES ANALYSIS VIDEO

(Portland Oregonian)Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian/OregonLive’s senior politics reporter, talks with our broadcast reporter, Jessica Grief on the Capitol steps about Gov. Kate Brown’s inaugural speech in this video.
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GOVERNOR KATE BROWN’S BISEXUALITY DRAWS NATIONAL COMMENTARY

(Portland Oregonian)New Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is the first openly bisexual person to lead a state, and that biographical fact has attracted lots of attention from national sources that include major media outlets — Slate, for example — and political groups, such as the Human Rights Campaign.
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JOHN KITZHABER LEAVES GOVERNOR’S OFFICE WITHOUT COMMUTING ANY DEATH-ROW SENTENCES

(Portland Oregonian)After five days of speculation, John Kitzhaber stepped down as governor Wednesday without commuting the sentences of any death row inmates.
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REACTION TO KATE BROWN INAUGURATION: ‘HISTORIC DAY’

(Portland Oregonian)Officials and organizations began issuing statements and offering other reactions on Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s inauguration.
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OREGON MILEAGE TAX OFFICIALLY NAMED ‘OREGO’ AS SIGN-UP WEBSITE GOES LIVE

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s pay-as-you-drive road usage tax has a long way to go before it replaces the increasingly problematic 30-cents-a-gallon state gas tax.
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WEBSITE GLITCH: PAGE LISTS NEW GOVERNOR KATE BROWN NEXT TO PHOTO OF JOHN KITZHABER

(Portland Oregonian)The transition to new Oregon Gov. Kate Brown seemed to run smoothly Wednesday — except on the official state government website, Oregon.gov.
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OREGON GOV. KATE BROWN’S INAUGURAL SPEECH: READ THE FULL TEXT

(Portland Oregonian)Newly sworn-in Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s speech Wednesday morning acknowledges the turmoil of past few months but looks forward.
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OREGONIANS DEBATE PROPOSED IMMUNIZATION MANDATE

(Portland Oregonian)Tense testimony about a proposal to eliminate nonmedical exemptions from Oregon’s school immunization law continued for more than three hours Wednesday afternoon as Oregonians discussed conflicting scientific claims, parental autonomy and personal experience with infectious diseases as well as vaccine complications.
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GOV. KATE BROWN: NO OUTSIDE MONEY WILL BE ACCEPTED

(Salem Statesman Journal)Newly sworn-in Governor Kate Brown told the Oregon Legislature and the public gathered on Wednesday that she will never accept money from any job but the governorship, and she will require the same ethical standards of every member of her household.
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LEAD-AMMO, FISHING-TACKLE BILL HEARING SET

(Salem Statesman Journal)A bill that would give sole authority to the state legislature to regulate hunting ammunition and fishing gear gets its first hearing on Thursday, Feb. 19, in front of the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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OREGON ONE OF THE BEST STATES FOR WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon is one of the top states in the nation when it comes to having women serving in government leadership positions.
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GETTING A FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW FIRST SPOUSE

(Salem Statesman Journal)When Secretary of State Kate Brown is sworn in as the 38th governor of Oregon on Wednesday, her husband, Dan Little of Portland, and their two children, will get new monikers as well.
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KATE BROWN SWORN IN AS 38TH OREGON GOVERNOR

(Salem Statesman Journal)Secretary of State Kate Brown became Oregons 38th governor Wednesday morning in a brief, relatively informal ceremony before a crowd of lawmakers and other public officials who greeted her inauguration with standing ovations and cheers.
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RAPID RESPONSE: OREGONS FUTURE WITH KATE BROWN — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregons future with Kate Brown
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SEN. COURTNEY: BROWN IS AN ‘ENERGETIC AND PRAGMATIC LEADER’

(Salem Statesman Journal)Senate President Peter Courtney issued the following statement today:
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RESERVOIRS PROPOSED TO STORE ENERGY

(Eugene Register-Guard)-The Columbia River Gorge project would use wind energy to pump water that would later power turbines-

A small utility plans a $2.5 billion water reservoir system near Goldendale as a way to store energy generated by Columbia River Gorge wind farms.
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LAWMAKERS PRAISE BROWN, SAY SHE ‘WILL GET THE JOB DONE’

(Portland Tribune)Reactions by legislative leaders to the assumption of power by Gov. Kate Brown, herself a legislator for 17 years.
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BROWN ADDS ADVISERS, COUNSEL TO HER STAFF

(Portland Tribune)New Gov. Kate Brown announced some of her top staffers after she was sworn in Wednesday morning to succeed John Kitzhaber.
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BROWN PLEDGES TO ‘RESTORE PUBLIC’S TRUST’

(Portland Tribune)As she became Oregons 38th governor Wednesday, Kate Brown pledged that neither she nor her staff would accept outside compensation.
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KITZHABER COMMUTES SENTENCE OF ONE BEFORE LEAVING OFFICE

(Portland Tribune)John Kitzhaber commuted the prison sentence of at least one inmate before he left the governorship Wednesday.

But there is no record that he took any actions to commute the sentences of 34 inmates on Oregons death row, according to spokeswoman Melissa Navas.
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VACCINATIONS HIT WITH DOSE OF SKEPTICISM

(Portland Tribune)Its no longer as easy as checking a box on a form.
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GOV. BROWN NEEDS TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

(Portland Tribune)Kate Brown, with 17 years in the Oregon Legislature and six as its second-ranking official, brought a lot of experience with her as she became Oregons 38th governor Wednesday.
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ARE OREGON STUDENTS TESTED TOO MUCH?

(Portland Tribune)Oregons debate about student testing has moved from the classroom to the Capitol.
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KATE BROWN ROSE THROUGH THE RANKS

(Portland Tribune)Kate Brown has had a slow rise to Oregons governorship.
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BROWN ADDS ADVISERS, COUNSEL TO HER STAFF

(Portland Tribune)New Gov. Kate Brown announced some of her top staffers after she was sworn in Wednesday morning to succeed John Kitzhaber.
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KITZHABER COMMUTES SENTENCE OF ONE BEFORE LEAVING OFFICE

(Portland Tribune)John Kitzhaber commuted the prison sentence of at least one inmate before he left the governorship Wednesday.
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OUR OPINION: THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE CAN SHINE AGAIN — OPINION

(Portland Tribune)As Oregon Gov. Kate Brown steps into office this week, the 2015 legislative session is off and running, and the publics collective head is still spinning from the swiftness of former Gov. John Kitzhabers downfall.
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CARBON COPY?– BLOG

(Willamette Week)-A climate-change bill will test Gov. Kate Browns independence.-

As Kate Brown takes office as Oregons governor, shell have little time to consider the whirlwind events that elevated her from her former job as secretary of state.
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FEWER STUDENTS SENT HOME FOR LACK OF SHOTS

(Albany Democrat Herald)The Albany School District sent home 48 students for incomplete shot records Wednesday, about half as many as it excluded last year.
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MID-VALLEY OFFICIALS HOPEFUL AS NEW GOVERNOR TAKES OFFICE

(Albany Democrat Herald)Mid-valley elected officials and private citizens Democrats and Republicans were impressed with Gov. Katherine Kate Browns inauguration speech Wednesday morning at the State Capitol, especially with its focus on the need of government to rebuild the trust of all Oregonians.
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EDITORIAL: HELP SAVE OREGONS CONSTITUTION — OPINION

(Bend Bulletin)Oregon celebrated its 156th birthday Saturday, and what better way to memorialize the event than by contributing to the effort to restore the states original constitution? Secretary of State Kate Brown hopes to do just that.
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USERS BRACE FOR LOW WATER

(Argus Observer)The water year started out promising, with moisture throughout the month of December. January rains kept hopes alive that perhaps eastern Oregon would get the water it needs.
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US LABOR OFFICIAL TO SIDES IN SEAPORT DISPUTE: REACH A DEAL

(Daily Astorian)U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez held what his office characterized as positive and productive meetings Tuesday with both the dockworkers union and the maritime association representing companies that own, load and unload massive ocean-going ships laden with imports from Asia and U.S. exports.
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THERE’S STILL A LONG ROAD AHEAD FOR OREGON’S DRONE ENTREPRENEURS– BLOG

(Oregon Business Journal)Brian Whiteside already has a federal waiver for his unmanned aerial vehicle drones business to operate its offshore energy inspection service, however he was still pleased to see the Federal Aviation Administration release draft rules for small drone use.
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FROM THE CAPITOL: GOV. KATE BROWN PLEDGES SMALL BUSINESS BACKING, STRICT ETHICS AT INAUGURATION– BLOG

(Oregon Business Journal)Oregon’s new governor, as she looks to “restore the public’s trust,” said small business owners will be a prominent part of her constituent base.
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OREGON’S NEW GOVERNOR WASTES NO TIME IN SEEKING WEST COAST PORTS RESOLUTION

(Oregon Business Journal)In a strong statement on her first day of office, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown immediately called for “a quick resolution” to the West Coast ports dispute that’s hampering Oregon’s trade landscape.
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LEGISLATURE 2015: WHY REPUBLICANS FEAR OREGON’S URBAN/RURAL DIVIDE IS GROWING

(Oregon Business Journal)Our weekly edition story on the massive changes at the top of Oregon’s governmental structure to recap, governor resigns, new governor is inaugurated, people wonder what kind of governor she’ll be will include a glimpse at whether Oregon’s urban/rural divide is growing.
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LEGISLATURE 2015: OREGON PAID SICK LEAVE DEBATE HEATS UP– BLOG

(Oregon Business Journal)If the Oregon Legislature passes a statewide paid sick leave bill this session, it won’t be a quick and painless process.
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WILL OREGON PAY FOR ASIA POLLUTION?

(Oregon Business Report)As you may recall, in November the EPA proposed to lower the regulatory ozone standard, from 75 ppb to a range between 65 and 70 ppb. While the EPAs intention of lowering the U.S.s ozone pollution is admirable, it neglects to account for the overseas particulate matter that pollutes the U.S. air see a map of the pollution here.
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PORTLAND PORT AIMS TO REPLACE HANJIN AMID LABOR DISPUTE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A Hanjin shipping vessel was tied up at Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland.
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GOVERNMENT WHISTLEBLOWERS SAY KLAMATH IRRIGATORS MISUSING FEDERAL FUNDS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Two government biologists say millions of dollars in federal funds intended to secure water for fish in the Klamath Basin were instead used to directly compensate local farmers and ranchers.
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NEW OREGON GOVERNOR URGES QUICK FIX TO DOCKWORKER CONFLICT

(Capital Press)-Oregon Gov. Kate Brown joined the governors of California and Washington state on Wednesday in issuing a statement saying the impasse has disrupted trade.-

On her first day in office, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown urged a quick settlement to a dispute between dockworkers and their employers that has hamstrung international trade through West Coast seaports.
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BROWN WILL BE 9TH OREGON GOVERNOR CHOSEN BY SUCCESSION

(KATU)The office of governor has changed hands repeatedly in the history of the State of Oregon due to death, illness and higher office.
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OREGON SUES SOFTWARE GIANT ORACLE OVER MEDICAID SYSTEM

(KATU)Oregon has filed a new lawsuit against Oracle Inc. saying the company is planning to pull the plug on hosting the state’s Medicaid system, which could jeopardize health insurance enrollment and re-enrollment for thousands of low-income Oregonians.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS TAKE AIM AT LAX COSMETIC LASER RULES

(KATU)Oregon lawmakers are working on a bill to stop untrained cosmetic laser technicians from burning, bruising and damaging their clients.
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OSU STUDY: OCEAN CHANGES MAY HELP – OR HURT – FISHERIES

(KTVZ Bend)-Cold-water “upwelling” could boost some, hurt others-

A report to be published Thursday in the journal Nature suggests that global warming may increase upwelling in several ocean current systems around the world by the end of this century, especially at high latitudes, and will cause major changes in marine biodiversity.
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ODOT PICKS NAME, ROLLS OUT ROAD-USE CHARGE PROGRAM

(KTVZ Bend)-Interested drivers can sign up to volunteer online-

Freedom. Adventure. Responsibility. Oregonians expressed these values most often when asked to describe what Oregons Road Usage Charge Program should represent. By popular preference, the road usage charge program is now named OReGO and has a new logo to match, ODOT officials said Wednesday.
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KATE BROWN SWORN IN AS OREGON’S SECOND FEMALE GOVERNOR

(OregonBusiness)During the inauguration, Governor Kate Brown gave a brief speech in which she pledges to get the state “back to work.”
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LABOR STRIFE TAKES CENTER STAGE FOR PORT OF PORTLAND

(OregonBusiness)Unrest among workforces is shaping up to be the Port of Portland’s biggest challenge going forward.
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OREGON SENATE VOTES TO EXTEND LOW-CARBON FUELS DESPITE LINK TO ETHICS SCANDA

(Northwest Public Radio)The Oregon Senate voted Tuesday to extend the state’s low-carbon fuel program.
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ASHLAND CROWD URGES OREGON POT REGULATORS TO GO LIGHTLY

(Jefferson Public Radio)A crowd of about 400 turned out in Ashland Wednesday night to give the Oregon Liquor Control Commission their thoughts as the OLCC prepares to create regulations for the states soon-to-be-legal recreational marijuana industry.
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OREGON’S FIRST LICENSED HEMP FARMER

(Jefferson Public Radio)Edgar Winters probably deals with a little confusion over his name.
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OREGON’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS FOR THOSE IN ‘PRIME WORKING YEARS’– BLOG

(Oregon Workforce & Economic Information)Oregon’s 2014 unemployment rate dropped to 7.1%, a decline of 0.8 percentage point from 2013.
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OREGON, SECOND BEST STATE FOR IT PROFESSIONALS

(GoLocal PDX)Oregon is the second best state for IT Professionals to find employment, according to a recent study published by Information Week.
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OREGON BRIDGES THE GAP BETWEEN HEALTH CARE AND COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH– BLOG

(Health Affairs)It is now commonly accepted that to achieve health, the U.S. health system must address the social determinants of health. While the integration of health care with social services and public health is happening relatively infrequently across the country, one bright spot can be found in Oregon, where an innovative Medicaid health system model, referred to as the coordinated care model, is showing early signs of success in bridging the gap between the community and the health care system.
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OREGON TAKES ANOTHER STEP TOWARD STATE-RUN RETIREMENT PLAN

(ASPPA Net)Legislation just introduced in the Oregon State Senate brings the Beaver State a step closer to establishing a state-run retirement savings program.

The legislation, backed by the Oregon Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum D-21st, would create an Oregon Retirement Savings Board tasked with developing a state-run retirement program for employees of private-sector employers by June 16, 2017.
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UO AGENDA FOR 2015 LEGISLATURE FOCUSES ON ACCESS AND SUCCESS

(Around the O)An increase in funding to invest in student access and success through scholarship, retention and tenure-track faculty is the University of Oregons priority during the 2015 Oregon Legislative session.
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