- Chemo for the planet: Joe Nocera — Guest Opinion
- $15 minimum wage transfers wealth: Bloomberg View — Guest Opinion
- Washington state pot sting finds 4 of 22 shops sold to underage customers
- Port of Portland pushed to kill carbon fee on propane export terminal and save backers millions annually
- Washington hires conflict specialist to address state’s wolf issues
- Los Angeles $15 minimum wage will hurt workers in long term: Megan McArdle — Guest Opinion
- Portland should lead on ‘ban the box’ policy — Guest Opinion
- Burned man sues mini-mart, butane suppliers for $11 million over do-it-yourself hash oil explosion
- State Fair films 150th-anniversary commercial in downtown Portland
- Neglected for years, remains of veterans unclaimed at Oregon State Hospital to get proper honors
- Does your state’s driving test include parallel parking?
- PGE tops in nation for green power sales
- Josephine County Rejects Safety Levy
- Northwest Drone Businesses Get FAA Clearance For Takeoff
- White House bee report resembles state findings
- Anti-GMO measure goes down
- Comcast plans Internet service twice as fast as Google Fiber
- Beware of fake vacation home ads for the Oregon Coast
- US home sales slide in April amid listing shortage
- Debit card fraud spikes at ATMs
- Texting from tower to cockpit could speed flights
- Key Takeaways From New Census Population Data on Cities
- How to Keep the Mentally Ill Out of Jail
- In California, Women Can Soon Get Birth Control Without Ever Seeing a Doctor
- Why It Might Finally Get Easier to Access Public Data
- The Dark Side of Government in the Sunshine
- When Licensing Has Gone Too Far
- Survey: Aging America comes with greater sense of duty by children
- Emails reveal: FDA was warned years ago about superbugs in medical scopes
- The best states for women in America, in 11 maps and charts– Blog
- If you thought income inequality was bad, get a load of wealth inequality– Blog
- The best way to way to eliminate the gender pay gap? Ban salary negotiations.
- These states rob from the poor and give to the rich– Blog
- Theres really bad news for egg lovers– Blog
- Senator Calls For Investigation Into Three For-Profit College Chains, Restrictions On Future Campus Sales
(Portland Oregonian)What’s the best way to reduce the chances of climate change wreaking havoc on Earth?
The most obvious answer – one we’ve known for years now – is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide we’re pumping into the atmosphere. This can be done, for instance, by putting a price on carbon and thus create powerful market incentives for industries to lower their carbon footprint.
(Portland Oregonian)This week, Los Angeles became the third major West Coast city and the biggest in the U.S. to agree to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, an increase that will go into effect by 2020. Los Angeles follows Seattle, which will require employers with 500 workers or more to pay $15 by 2017. San Francisco will require the $15 hourly minimum by 2018.
(Portland Oregonian)Washington state marijuana enforcement officials say four of the 22 legal pot shops tested in an initial round of sting operations this month failed by selling to minors.
PORT OF PORTLAND PUSHED TO KILL CARBON FEE ON PROPANE EXPORT TERMINAL AND SAVE BACKERS MILLIONS ANNUALLY
(Portland Oregonian)Even as community opposition mushroomed to a proposed propane export terminal in North Portland, the Port of Portland was negotiating in secret to save its Canadian backers millions of dollars annually.
(Portland Oregonian)Washington state has hired a wildlife-conflict specialist to help reduce tensions caused by the state’s growing population of wolves.
The state Department of Fish & Wildlife hired Francine Madden, who is executive director of the Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration in Houston.
(Portland Oregonian)So Los Angeles is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, and then indexes the wage to inflation, so that it will never fall below this level in real terms. The politicians who have passed this law are understandably very excited that many low-wage workers — perhaps almost half of the city’s labor force — will be getting raises, some from the current minimum of $9.
(Portland Oregonian)Every community is different. And often, our greatest opportunity to create real change is at the local level. That’s why Mayor Charlie Hales is moving forward on a city “ban the box” policy because it’s an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with local business owners and local communities to meet the unique needs
and values of Portland.
(Portland Oregonian)In a lawsuit that appears to be the first of its kind in the nation, a man who was burned over half of his body when he tried to make a batch of hash oil in his Gresham garage — with guidance from YouTube videos — has filed an $11 million lawsuit faulting the store that sold him the butane necessary for his do-it-yourself project.
(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon State Fair brought animals, actors and musicians to Portland’s Director Park on Thursday, May 21, 2015, and invited the public to be part of the filming of a 150th-anniversary TV commercial set to air in mid-July.
(Portland Oregonian)The cremated remains were forgotten by everyone, moved over the years from cabinets, to closets and, finally, to the basement of a building where they sat neglected for decades.
A measure of dignity — too late, perhaps, but better late than never — comes Friday morning, when the remains of 19 veterans will be laid to rest with full military honors at Southeast Portland’s Willamette National Cemetery.
(Salem Statesman Journal)Freedom-yearning teenagers in Maryland can collectively breathe a sigh of relief, because there’s one less bit of red tape err, orange cone between them and a coveted driver’s license.
(Portland Tribune)Portland General Electric remains at the top of the nations utilities for enlisting customers to buy its green power options.
PGE had the greatest number of participants among utilities for its green power offerings in 2014, according to the annual study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a unit of the U.S. Department of Energy.
(Oregon Public Broadcasting)For the fourth time since 2012, Josephine County voters turned down a measure to increase funding for their cash-strapped sheriffs department. The department has only six deputies on staff, after laying off 23 of them in 2012.
(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Federal Aviation Administration has recently granted clearance for takeoff to big batches of private drone operators.
More than a dozen Northwest companies are among the beneficiaries of a quickened approval process.
(Capital Press)-Key elements of White House’s plan to promote honeybee health mirrors recommendations by a Washington state study group.-
A new Obama administration strategy to strengthen honeybees resembles recommendations last year by a Washington state study group.
(Corvallis Gazette-Times)After a hard-fought campaign marked by contentious public forums, dueling yard signs and vitriolic letters to the editor, Benton County voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure to ban genetically modified organisms on Tuesday.
(OregonBusiness)Comcast announced its plans to provide an Internet service that promises 2-gigabit per second speed.
The company is aiming to implement the connection later in the year, OregonLive.com reports.
(KATU)You may want to rent a house on the Oregon Coast this summer. Tricksters are hoping you will bite on their fake ads on the internet.
The Problem Solvers saw an ad from Craigslist for a house in Lincoln City. We contacted the poster, and he said by e-mail that we could have the house for Fourth of July weekend, for $680, including a $200 security deposit we would get back after renting.
(KATU)Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in April due mainly to relatively few listings and rising prices, providing evidence of the housing sector’s uneven recovery.
The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes fell 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million
(KGW)Crooks are staging attacks at ATM machines like never before.
Most of the attacks involve tiny skimming devices they install on the machines, which steal your debit card information so they can make counterfeit cards and use them to spend your money.
(KGW)After two years of testing, the Federal Aviation Administration is preparing to expand the use of a new technology that allows air traffic controllers and pilots to communicate via text, speeding up the process of clearing flights for takeoff.
(Governing)-Plus view data and estimates for dozens of jurisdictions.-
The Census Bureau released new population estimates Thursday, showing where cities stand in attracting and retaining residents.
The latest estimates, current as of July 2014, cover all cities, towns and other subcounty jurisdictions.
(Governing)Paton Blough has served multiple jail terms as a result of mental illness.
He said his various offenses included brandishing a shotgun, reckless endangerment, destruction of civic property, spitting on a police officer, being a public nuisance and threatening a public official. Never was he charged with being mentally ill.
(Governing)-California will be the first U.S. state where pharmacists can prescribe birth control. Will others follow?-
Battling the highest rate of unintended pregnancy in the world, reproductive health advocates in America have pushed for years for letting women get birth control without a prescription. California and possibly Oregon is taking one step closer to that.
(Governing)-Congress is looking into legislation that would make state and local data more accessible.-
At a recent public finance conference at Indiana University, I found myself commiserating with a researcher who was muddling through public pension data. Governments file much of the data he needs in annual reports in PDF format.
(Governing)-While transparency may promote government accountability and reduce corruption, rules to improve openness in government also can have negative consequences.-
Like motherhood, ice cream and the all-expenses-paid vacation, seemingly everybody should like transparency in government. The specter of elected or unelected officials making decisions behind closed doors conjures up visions of corruption and would seem to signify government on behalf of private interests. For this reason, most democratic governments, to varying degrees, now operate under various laws and rules intended to promote openness.
(Governing)-License requirements are intended to improve the safety of services like nail salons. But in many other professions, the negative effects of licensing can outweigh the positive.-
Hard to believe but true: The licensing of occupations has only become a common phenomenon post World War II. Thirty percent of U.S. workers now earn their living at professions that states license. Sixty years ago, that number was closer to 5 percent.
(New York Times)All 50 states could become wind energy producers, according to an Energy Department report released Tuesday, once the next generation of larger, taller turbines in development hits the market.
The bigger machines reaching as high as 460 feet could eventually make faster winds at higher altitudes an economical source of electricity, an important part of reaching the nations goals in fighting global warming, said Ernest Moniz, the secretary of energy.
(New York Times)Young children are routinely vaccinated against Haemophilus influenza type B, or HiB, a bacterium that can cause meningitis and other serious problems. But the HiB vaccine has an added benefit: It reduces the risk for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, the most common childhood cancer, and now scientists know why.
(New York Times)The rate of severe mental illness among children and adolescents has dropped substantially in the past generation, researchers reported Wednesday, in an analysis that defies public perceptions of trends in youngsters mental health.
(New York Times)There are many ways to look at the minimum wage increase in Los Angeles from the current $9 an hour to $15 by 2020 some hopeful, some cautionary, all good.
For starters, uncharted territory is rapidly being charted. Los Angeles is the fourth city, and by far the largest, to enact a $15 minimum in the past year.
(New York Times)Representative Bruce Westerman, an Arkansas Republican, spoke for many Americans this week when he conceded during a House hearing that he had never laid eyes on a sage grouse. Had he seen one, he surmised, he would have thought a bobwhite quail got friendly with a Dominecker hen.
(USA Today)More Americans are providing personal and financial care to aging parents, often in tandem with assisting adult children, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday.
(USA Today)State and federal health officials privately urged the Food and Drug Administration nearly six years ago to alert hospitals about contamination risks from specialized medical scopes that have been tied to a recent series of deadly superbug outbreaks.
(Washington Post)Minnesota is the best state for women in America.
Thats according to the Institute for Womens Policy Research, a nonprofit that on Wednesday published the final two reports in a sprawling seven-part series exploring how women are faring in the states. The Status of Women in the States series, an update on a set of reports from 2004, represents an ambitious attempt to quantify gender inequality in the statesand provide fodder for the national discussion.
(Washington Post)When we think about and discuss economic inequality in this country, we usually focus on income inequality: The CEO who makes 300 times more than his workers, or the fact that the top 20 percent of earners rake in over 50 percent of the total earnings in any given year.
But there’s another type of inequality that gets a lot less attention.
(Washington Post)-At the bargaining table, women are in a no-win situation.-
Ellen Pao, interim chief executive of Reddit, announced last month a ban on salary negotiations at the social media company. Her stated goal: to eliminate the persistent disadvantage that women have at the bargaining table.
(Washington Post)The federal tax code is a powerful for reducing income inequality: in general, high-earners are taxed at higher rates than low-income people, with a significant part of that money going toward programs that help the poor, like food stamps and other safety net payments.
(Washington Post)This past December, the first case of avian flu was reported in Oregon. The second, in Washington state, was documented in early January. The third was detected six days later. And the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh all surfaced before months end.
SENATOR CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO THREE FOR-PROFIT COLLEGE CHAINS, RESTRICTIONS ON FUTURE CAMPUS SALES
(Consumerist)The struggle to protect students from potentially harmful for-profit college chains continued today as Illinois Senator Dick Durbin urged the Department of Education to investigate the business practices of three of the countrys largest propriety education companies ITT Educational Services, Career Education Corporation, and Education Management Corporation.