October 24, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon’s college savings plan rankings unchanged on Morningstar
  • Oregon students can apply for scholarships at one stop starting Nov. 3
  • Oregon lags nation in chlamydia screening, says report; 10 things for families to know about the disease
  • Cover Oregon lawsuits both move to federal court
  • Richardson asks U.S. attorney to investigate Kitzhaber
  • Richardson calls for federal probe of Kitzhaber, fiancee
  • State will again be asked to pitch in on federal forest restoration
  • Oregon Registers Record Number Of Voters For Midterm Election
  • Oregon Will Try New Strategy To Reduce Unwanted Pregnancies
  • Oregon’s GMO Task Force Issues Draft Report
  • State Wants To Help Fund National Forest Thinning
  • Ore. Employment Dept. offers help after security breach

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OREGON’S COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN RANKINGS UNCHANGED ON MORNINGSTAR

 (Portland Oregonian)Morningstar released its annual college savings plan ratings with no changes from last year’s rankings for Oregon’s two plans.

Oregon’s advisor-sold MFS 529 Savings Plan earned a bronze rating. That means while the plan didn’t finish in the top 8 nationwide gold and silver, it was considered among 20 above-average options.
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OREGON STUDENTS CAN APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AT ONE STOP STARTING NOV. 3

 (Portland Oregonian)Students planning to attend college next year and hoping to get help to pay for it can apply as early as Nov. 3 for a broad array of scholarships administered by a single office, the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion.
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OREGON LAGS NATION IN CHLAMYDIA SCREENING, SAYS REPORT; 10 THINGS FOR FAMILIES TO KNOW ABOUT THE DISEASE

 (Portland Oregonian)Although the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia is the infectious illness most commonly reported to public health officials in Oregon, those most likely to contract it girls and women ages 16 to 24 are not screened consistently for it statewide, according to a recent report.
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COVER OREGON LAWSUITS BOTH MOVE TO FEDERAL COURT

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The dueling lawsuits that came out of the Cover Oregon debacle are now both in federal court and will have a joint hearing next month to resolve whether they will continue to be heard together.

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RICHARDSON ASKS U.S. ATTORNEY TO INVESTIGATE KITZHABER

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Republican gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson asked Thursday for a federal criminal investigation into whether Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, violated federal law in what Richardson called a pay to play scandal.
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RICHARDSON CALLS FOR FEDERAL PROBE OF KITZHABER, FIANCEE

 (Portland Tribune)-His lawyers draw parallels with Virginia ex-governor; request labeled ‘political stunt’-

State Rep. Dennis Richardson and sheriffs from Josephine and Jackson counties asked U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall on Thursday to investigate Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiance Cylvia Hayes.

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STATE WILL AGAIN BE ASKED TO PITCH IN ON FEDERAL FOREST RESTORATION

 (Bend Bulletin)Hoping to increase the pace and expand the scale of forest restoration projects around the state, the Oregon Department of Forestry is asking Gov. John Kitzhaber for more money to support collaboratives.

Forest collaboratives, which include representatives from local, state and federal leaders, as well as timber interests, environmentalists and other stakeholders, focus on federal forest management.
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OREGON REGISTERS RECORD NUMBER OF VOTERS FOR MIDTERM ELECTION

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Traditionally, more voters turn out for presidential elections. But this year, Oregon voter registration rates are almost as high as they were in 2012.

Nearly 2.2 million Oregonians registered to vote this year. Thats 127,000 more voters than the last midterm election in 2010. The increase is more than the population of Bend and Redmond combined.
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OREGON WILL TRY NEW STRATEGY TO REDUCE UNWANTED PREGNANCIES

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregon is about to try a new strategy to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in the state as part of an ongoing health-care overhaul. Its the first state in the nation to experiment with this particular strategy.

Next year, when women of child-bearing age who are on Medicaid come to a doctors appointment, theyll be asked a new question: Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?
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OREGON’S GMO TASK FORCE ISSUES DRAFT REPORT

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)An Oregon task force studying issues related to genetically modified organisms has issued a draft report with few conclusions.

In the report issued on Wednesday, task force members disagreed over who should regulate GM crops, potential health impacts from genetically modified foods, and whether they should be labeled. They did agree that there is a shortage of data on GMO crops in Oregon
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STATE WANTS TO HELP FUND NATIONAL FOREST THINNING

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon Department of Forestry wants the governor to include $6.5 million in his upcoming budget to finance collaborative efforts to increase thinning and logging on national forests.

The Bulletin newspaper reports that is an increase from $2.9 million allocated in the current budget.
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ORE. EMPLOYMENT DEPT. OFFERS HELP AFTER SECURITY BREACH

 (KGW)An update on that massive security hack at the Oregon Employment Department earlier this month.

The agency is sending letters out to more than 851,000 potential victims offering help.
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October 23, 2014 eClips

  • State widens investigation into Daimler Trucks to encompass 4 more discrimination complaints
  • Oregon securities regulators fine DayTradingBuddy $20,000
  • Coal terminal opponent signed Cylvia Hayes to contract a year before Kitzhaber opposed project
  • Oregon opens operations center for state’s Ebola response
  • Oregon halts use of potentially deadly guardrails; has lost track of where they’re installed
  • Oregon unemployment rate lags behind other states
  • Voters’ challenge: Which county has the best return rate?
  • Oregon congressional delegation asks Coast Guard to keep rescue helicopter at Newport
  • New Civil Rights Complaints Filed Against Daimler Trucks
  • Three state agency meetings in Klamath Falls today

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STATE WIDENS INVESTIGATION INTO DAIMLER TRUCKS TO ENCOMPASS 4 MORE DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS

 (Portland Oregonian)A state investigation into Daimler Trucks North America has broadened after four more employees alleged they faced discrimination while working at the truck maker’s North Portland campus.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries is now investigating nine complaints of civil rights violations at Daimler Trucks, including both its Western Star factory lines and its corporate headquarters.
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OREGON SECURITIES REGULATORS FINE DAYTRADINGBUDDY $20,000

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon regulators have fined an online day-trading operation in Portland and its owner $20,000, ordering them to stop violating the state’s securities law.

The Sept. 25 order by the Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities accused DayTradingBuddy and owner Remzi Bajrami of providing investment advice without obtaining a license from the state.
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COAL TERMINAL OPPONENT SIGNED CYLVIA HAYES TO CONTRACT A YEAR BEFORE KITZHABER OPPOSED PROJECT

 (Portland Oregonian)A company hired to persuade Gov. John Kitzhaber to block a massive coal export terminal had a year earlier retained First Lady Cylvia Hayes as a consultant.

Resource Media Inc., a Seattle-based environmental PR firm, helped coordinate a media campaign last spring aimed at convincing Kitzhaber that a proposed coal export terminal at the Port of Morrow was a bad idea.
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OREGON OPENS OPERATIONS CENTER FOR STATE’S EBOLA RESPONSE

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon Public Health officials have opened an operations center in the department’s main building in Northeast Portland to serve as ground zero in the event anyone in the state is diagnosed with Ebola.
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OREGON HALTS USE OF POTENTIALLY DEADLY GUARDRAILS; HAS LOST TRACK OF WHERE THEY’RE INSTALLED

 (Portland Oregonian)In a sudden policy U-turn, the Oregon Department of Transportation said late Wednesday it will stop installing a common type of highway guardrail that has sliced through crashing vehicles, often severing limbs and killing motorists.
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OREGON UNEMPLOYMENT RATE LAGS BEHIND OTHER STATES

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Josh Lehner isn’t a fan of unemployment rates.

On Wednesday, the state economist called the traditional measure of economic well-being too general and less reliable than other methods. These days the Office of Economic Analysis prefers to focus on specific job numbers, he said.
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VOTERS’ CHALLENGE: WHICH COUNTY HAS THE BEST RETURN RATE?

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The Salem Statesman Journal is urging Marion and Polk county voters to win the title of highest voter turnout in the state for the November election in response to an urban-versus-rural challenge thrown down by Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown on Friday.
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OREGON CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION ASKS COAST GUARD TO KEEP RESCUE HELICOPTER AT NEWPORT

 (Eugene Register-Guard)KGW reports http://bit.ly/1oxwCRn the delegation first wrote on Oct. 8 asking to keep the Newport air station open. Lawmakers wrote another letter Tuesday asking the Coast Guard to wait six months.

The air station is scheduled to close on Nov. 30 due to budget cuts. Crabbing season starts the next day.
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NEW CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST DAIMLER TRUCKS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has received four new civil rights complaints from workers at Daimler Trucks North America. The company has a corporate office and production facility in north Portland.

The newest complaints against Daimler allege several instances of racial discrimination, the use of racial epithets, and retaliation. In one case a Native American employee claimed he was intimidated and physically threatened.
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THREE STATE AGENCY MEETINGS IN KLAMATH FALLS TODAY

 (Herald and News)Three public meetings are in Klamath Falls today that may be of interest to the general public, and specifically to irrigators.

The Department of State Lands will host a public hearing and take public comment on its rulemaking regarding Essential Indigenous Habitat for Salmon.
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October 22, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon agencies blew off complaints, red flags before helicopter sprayed weed killers on residents
  • Oregon agencies blew off complaints, red flags before helicopter sprayed weed killers on residents
  • State announced $150,000 contract to wife of key Kitzhaber advisor before competitive bidding
  • Why have Oregon car-versus-wildlife crashes increased dramatically in recent years?
  • Oregon gives up on Oracle technology, will use another state’s Medicaid system
  • All other Oregon districts set goals for third-grade reading achievement, and Portland will have to too, state says
  • Oregon seeking to use different state’s Medicaid system
  • Kitzhaber to sub for Hayes in Forest Grove

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OREGON AGENCIES BLEW OFF COMPLAINTS, RED FLAGS BEFORE HELICOPTER SPRAYED WEED KILLERS ON RESIDENTS

 (Portland Oregonian)For years, residents of the winding valleys along the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon complained to state agencies about the helicopters spraying weed killers on clearcuts next to their homes.
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OREGON AGENCIES BLEW OFF COMPLAINTS, RED FLAGS BEFORE HELICOPTER SPRAYED WEED KILLERS ON RESIDENTS

 (Portland Oregonian)For years, residents of the winding valleys along the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon complained to state agencies about the helicopters spraying weed killers on clearcuts next to their homes.

One man, worried his drinking water stream had been sprayed, wanted a state forester to survey it all. Too far of a walk, he remembers being told.
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STATE ANNOUNCED $150,000 CONTRACT TO WIFE OF KEY KITZHABER ADVISOR BEFORE COMPETITIVE BIDDING

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon Health Authority officials announced the selection of the wife of a former top aide to Gov. John Kitzhaber for a $150,000 contract before any formal bidding took place, The Oregonian has learned.
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WHY HAVE OREGON CAR-VERSUS-WILDLIFE CRASHES INCREASED DRAMATICALLY IN RECENT YEARS?

 (Portland Oregonian)From eastern Oregon’s remotest corners to Portland’s urban forests, the number of reported auto crashes and injuries involving wildlife on state roads has increased dramatically in the past decade, according to an analysis by The Oregonian.
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OREGON GIVES UP ON ORACLE TECHNOLOGY, WILL USE ANOTHER STATE’S MEDICAID SYSTEM

 (Portland Oregonian)State officials have given up on trying to salvage a portion of the troubled Cover Oregon technology project, essentially abandoning all hope of getting any lasting benefit from the $240 million paid Oracle America on the health insurance exchange and related work.
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ALL OTHER OREGON DISTRICTS SET GOALS FOR THIRD-GRADE READING ACHIEVEMENT, AND PORTLAND WILL HAVE TO TOO, STATE SAYS

 (Portland Oregonian)All 196 Oregon school districts have turned in their achievement goals for this school year, and all except for Portland Public Schools set targets for how high they aspire to raise student performance in third grade reading and fifth- and eighth-grade math, according to Peter Tromba, head of research and policy for Oregon’s overarching education agency.
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OREGON SEEKING TO USE DIFFERENT STATE’S MEDICAID SYSTEM

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The state has cut its final ties between Cover Oregon and Oracle, the company that was hired to build Oregon’s state health insurance exchange.

After the two entities failed to launch a working insurance marketplace, the state distanced itself from Oracle and instead piggy-backed on the federal health care exchange for private insurance.
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KITZHABER TO SUB FOR HAYES IN FOREST GROVE

 (Portland Tribune)Oregons First Lady, Cylvia Hayes, had been one of the scheduled speakers at Wednesday’s grand opening of Juniper Gardens II, an affordable, farmworker-housing community in Forest Grove.

She was just going to talk about how this fits in with their prosperity agenda, said Karen Shawcross, executive director of Bienestar, the nonprofit that developed the complex.
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October 21, 2014 eClips

  • Taxes, phony ‘no’ arguments and a ‘pirate’ photo: Three oddities in Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet explained
  • Pendleton prison fight and shooting death of inmate likely headed to grand jury
  • Portland’s economic recovery loses ground, employers cut 1,400 jobs
  • Portland Public Schools enrollment up 1.3 percent as fewer parents leave district when kids reach school age
  • John Kitzhaber, Dennis Richardson respond to election complaints as state continues investigations
  • Public access to federal sage-grouse workshop criticized
  • Boardman potato plant worker severs fingers
  • Things about the Portland area that planners can’t change — Opinion
  • Portland forecast: Strongest storm of the season to bring high winds, heavy rain
  • Pulpit-to-pew advocacy grows for Measure 88
  • Local unemployment rate is steady
  • Coos Bay landslide cleanup deal reached
  • Oregon ERA draws a quiet campaign
  • GMO labeling campaign sets records
  • Oregon wants ideas for seniors, people with disabilities
  • The fight for Damascus: Land-use struggle heads to ballot
  • Officials keep nervous watch on levees
  • Preview of pot legalization plays out across Oregon border
  • Make way for the Oscar B
  • Measure 90 Would Bring Top Two Primaries To Oregon
  • The Burden of Proof– Blog
  • Boat Ed Presents Innovations Award to Oregon State Marine Board
  • State declares end to busy C. Oregon fire season
  • C. Oregon jobs grow; unemployment rates fall
  • Why quirky Portland is winning the battle for young college grads
  • Jobs increase in Coos, Curry counties as school starts
  • Elliott must be saved for schools — Opinion
  • Newport fighting to keep USCG rescue helicopter
  • Fire season flames out
  • Oregon Board of Ag sets legislative agenda
  • Midterm decisions: Measure 91 Legal marijuana
  • Chewing through Measure 92 GMO labeling
  • Boat ramp congestion requires etiquette
  • Coos Bay Shipyard Cleanup Project Resumes After 14 Years
  • Federal Investigation into Cover Oregon Costing Ore. Taxpayers $146K

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TAXES, PHONY ‘NO’ ARGUMENTS AND A ‘PIRATE’ PHOTO: THREE ODDITIES IN OREGON VOTERS’ PAMPHLET EXPLAINED

(Portland Oregonian)Here at The Oregonian’s Election Central, we’ve been hearing from voters puzzling their way through the Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet, and they’ve got questions. Here’s three we’re hearing.
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PENDLETON PRISON FIGHT AND SHOOTING DEATH OF INMATE LIKELY HEADED TO GRAND JURY

(Portland Oregonian)Umatilla County’s district attorney is poring through thousands of pages of investigative files to learn precisely what happened on the last Friday morning in August, when a corrections officer shot and killed an inmate on a prison recreation yard in Pendleton.
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PORTLAND’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY LOSES GROUND, EMPLOYERS CUT 1,400 JOBS

(Portland Oregonian)Portland-area employers cut back last month. But it wasn’t enough to drive up the metro unemployment rate.

The Oregon Employment Department said the seven-county Portland area lost an estimated 1,400 jobs in September.
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PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS ENROLLMENT UP 1.3 PERCENT AS FEWER PARENTS LEAVE DISTRICT WHEN KIDS REACH SCHOOL AGE

(Portland Oregonian)Portland Public Schools population has grown by 1.3 percent this year, marking the sixth consecutive year of enrollment growth in the district.

Its a trend that is expected to continue for years to come, as Portlands population growth continues and more parents choose to stay in Portland as their children reach school age.
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JOHN KITZHABER, DENNIS RICHARDSON RESPOND TO ELECTION COMPLAINTS AS STATE CONTINUES INVESTIGATIONS

(Portland Oregonian)The campaigns for both Gov. John Kitzhaber and Rep. Dennis Richardson have responded to election complaints filed against them.

In both cases, the complaints were filed with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office by the campaign’s opposing political party.
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PUBLIC ACCESS TO FEDERAL SAGE-GROUSE WORKSHOP CRITICIZED

(Portland Oregonian)A meeting next week in Fort Collins about the greater sage-grouse has drawn fire from several western representatives who want to know why public attendance is limited while regulators focus on possible land use issues.
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BOARDMAN POTATO PLANT WORKER SEVERS FINGERS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating after a female employee severed four fingers on her right hand in a workplace accident at a potato plant in Boardman.
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THINGS ABOUT THE PORTLAND AREA THAT PLANNERS CAN’T CHANGE — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)If you commute along U.S. 26 between Portland and either Beaverton or Hillsboro, you’ve probably spent some time stuck in traffic wondering why more people don’t live closer to their jobs. It’s a good question. And the answers are likely to frustrate planners who dream of a metro area where people drive significantly less.
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PORTLAND FORECAST: STRONGEST STORM OF THE SEASON TO BRING HIGH WINDS, HEAVY RAIN

(Portland Oregonian)There are still plenty of showers over northwest Oregon Tuesday morning, but forecasters are turning their attention to an offshore storm expected to be the most powerful of the season so far.
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PULPIT-TO-PEW ADVOCACY GROWS FOR MEASURE 88

(Salem Statesman Journal)With about two weeks remaining until the November general election, campaign rhetoric is heating up over Measure 88, a referendum that would grant drivers cards to individuals unable to prove their identities and legal residence.
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LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS STEADY

(Eugene Register-Guard)Lane Countys seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.9 percent in September, the state Employment Department said today.
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COOS BAY LANDSLIDE CLEANUP DEAL REACHED

(Eugene Register-Guard)All sides in a complex dispute over a massive construction landslide south of Coos Bay have reached a settlement that clears the way for hundreds of tons of mud, rock, tree limbs and other debris to be cleared from a big waterway thats home to federally protected coho salmon and green sturgeon.
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OREGON ERA DRAWS A QUIET CAMPAIGN

(Portland Tribune)-Advocates of women’s rights press for voter approval of Measure 89 on Nov. 4 ballot-

Although it has not attracted the campaign money or public attention that other measures on the Nov. 4 ballot have, Measure 89 would write a guarantee of womens rights into the Oregon Constitution.

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GMO LABELING CAMPAIGN SETS RECORDS

(Portland Tribune)-Total raised by both sides tops 2007 mark; spending likely to break $15 million as well.-

Its official: Measure 92 supporters and opponents have raised a record amount and are about to spend a record in their battle over whether Oregon should require labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms.
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OREGON WANTS IDEAS FOR SENIORS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

(Portland Tribune)The State of Oregon wants to hear from people about the services it should be providing for seniors and people with disabilities.

Aging and People with Disabilities, a division of the Oregon Department of Human Services, has scheduled a series of group discussion to help decide how to improve services in the future.
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THE FIGHT FOR DAMASCUS: LAND-USE STRUGGLE HEADS TO BALLOT

(Portland Tribune)-Part Two: Metro planners put their hope in rural city’s development-

What does a 1980s religious cult in Eastern Oregon have to do with the legal battles broiling 30 years later in Damascus?

More than you might expect.
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OFFICIALS KEEP NERVOUS WATCH ON LEVEES

(Portland Tribune)-Analysis finds weak links in system to hold back major floods-

The same railroad embankment that failed to stop the disastrous Vanport Flood of 1948 remains a weak link in Portlands levee system designed to prevent floods.

A new engineering assessment of the Columbia River levee system found four problem areas that dont meet stiffer federal flood-protection standards enacted after Hurricane Katrina.

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PREVIEW OF POT LEGALIZATION PLAYS OUT ACROSS OREGON BORDER

(Medford Mail Tribune)To get a sense of how legal marijuana might work in Oregon, curious voters can turn to the budding pot industry in the city of Vancouver, Wash., just over the border from Portland.

The sky has not fallen since the legalization of marijuana, said Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.
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MAKE WAY FOR THE OSCAR B

(Daily Astorian)-Clatsop County is in the process of upgrading its Westport Ferry Landing to accommodate a brand new ferry on the Lower Columbia River.-

The last ferry on the Lower Columbia River is being replaced with a larger vessel by February, which means the landings on each side will need to be larger for the vessel to fit.
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MEASURE 90 WOULD BRING TOP TWO PRIMARIES TO OREGON

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)This fall, Oregon voters will choose between five candidates for U.S. senator and six candidates for governor. It could be the last time the general election ballot is this crowded in Oregon.
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THE BURDEN OF PROOF– BLOG

(Portland Mercury)-Oregon Spends Millions on Innovative Court Programs. Are We Sure They Work?-

Everyone clapped two months ago, as Kayla Ballew strolled up to a courthouse lectern in downtown Portland to accept a rarefied piece of paper.

The certificate announced the 22-year-old had completed START Court, a treatment program run out of Multnomah County Circuit Court aimed at addicts with a penchant for theft.
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BOAT ED PRESENTS INNOVATIONS AWARD TO OREGON STATE MARINE BOARD

(Houston Chronicle)The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, in conjunction with Boat Ed, is proud to announce the Oregon State Marine Board Boat Inspection & Procurement Program as the 2014 Innovations Award recipient.
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STATE DECLARES END TO BUSY C. OREGON FIRE SEASON

(KTVZ Bend)-Over 16,000 acres burned; nearly double 10-year average-

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District announced Monday that the very busy 2014 wildfire season on state-protected lands will officially come to an end Tuesday morning.

All fire season-related rules will be lifted on the district, which encompasses 2.2 million acres of private and public forest and rangeland in 10 counties.
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C. OREGON JOBS GROW; UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FALL

(KTVZ Bend)-Deschutes job growth No. 1; jobless rate lowest in 6-plus years-

Job growth continued in September across Central Oregon, while unemployment rates began to show their first sign of improvement in several months, the Oregon Employment Department reported Monday.

Deschutes County job growth outpaced all other counties in Oregon, with employment levels up 5.4 percent from last year. The unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time since July 2008.
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WHERE YOUNG COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE CHOOSING TO LIVE

(New York Times)When young college graduates decide where to move, they are not just looking at the usual suspects, like New York, Washington and San Francisco. Other cities are increasing their share of these valuable residents at an even higher rate and have reached a high overall percentage, led by Denver, San Diego, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore., according to a report published Monday by City Observatory, a new think tank.
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WHY QUIRKY PORTLAND IS WINNING THE BATTLE FOR YOUNG COLLEGE GRADS

(Washington Post)Of all the Very Portland things that exist in Portland, there is a plot of land next to City Hall, right outside the building’s front portico, where the city is growing its own Swiss chard.

And on a place that used to be a parking lot” exclaims Mayor Charlie Hales, adding a detail that actually makes this story even more Portland.
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JOBS INCREASE IN COOS, CURRY COUNTIES AS SCHOOL STARTS

(The World)Coos County’s payroll jumped last month as school got under way.

In total, the county’s payroll rose by 190 jobs in September, according to the Oregon Employment Department.
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ELLIOTT MUST BE SAVED FOR SCHOOLS — OPINION

(The World)My family has experienced 130 years living and working near the head waters of the West Fork of the Millicoma River, Elliott State Forest, Coos County, Oregon. I worked with foresters for 50 years, following existing forest practice laws, to generate revenue for the Common School Fund.
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NEWPORT FIGHTING TO KEEP USCG RESCUE HELICOPTER

(KPTV)The Coast Guard air station in Newport, along the central Oregon coast, is being closed at the end of November but not without a fight.

The closure was announced in early October as a result of national budget restrictions and will be effective Nov. 30.
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FIRE SEASON FLAMES OUT

(Blue Mountain Eagle)-ODF calls for continued vigilance while working or enjoying the woods-

Fire season officially ends Tuesday morning in Grant County and other nine counties included in the Oregon Department of Forestrys Central Oregon District.

The agency announced Monday that all season-related restrictions will be lifted on the 2.2 million acres of forest and rangeland protected by ODF.
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OREGON BOARD OF AG SETS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

(Blue Mountain Eagle)-The Oregon Board of Agriculture is narrowing down a list of priorities it will present to the Legislature.-

The Oregon Board of Agriculture plans to narrow down a list of priorities in its recommendations to lawmakers during the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

During a Sept. 23 meeting in Enterprise, Ore., the board discussed a report to the legislature due early next year that outlines recommended action items and investments.
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MIDTERM DECISIONS: MEASURE 91 LEGAL MARIJUANA

(Herald and News)Measure 91 aims to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Oregon, but its up to registered voters to decide.

A No vote would maintain that recreational marijuana is illegal for use by all ages, while a Yes vote would allow use for those 21 and older. The measure is on the ballot for the General Election, Nov. 4.
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CHEWING THROUGH MEASURE 92 GMO LABELING

(Herald and News)Measure 92, sponsored by the group Oregon GMO Right to Know, if passed, would mandate the labeling of food items produced with or containing genetically modified organisms.
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BOAT RAMP CONGESTION REQUIRES ETIQUETTE

(north coast Citizen)Summer boating may be over but the fall salmon runs are bringing boaters from all over the state to fish Oregon’s bays and rivers, creating a great deal of congestion and some angst at many of the coastal ramps.
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COOS BAY SHIPYARD CLEANUP PROJECT RESUMES AFTER 14 YEARS

(Jefferson Public Radio)State environmental officials in Oregon are taking a second look at once heavily-contaminated shipyard near Coos Bay.

Fourteen years after walking away the Mid-Coast Marine cleanup site, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is back to see if its efforts were good enough to declare the project a success — or if there’s still work to do.
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FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO COVER OREGON COSTING ORE. TAXPAYERS $146K

(GoLocal PDX)A federal investigation into Cover Oregon, the state’s failed health exchange website, has cost Oregon taxpayers over $146,000 so far. And that figure looks likely to rise.
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October 20, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Medical marijuana in Oregon: Court rules that local governments may ban dispensaries
* Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission asks for direction in hiring a new director
* Despite Oregon housing laws, some landlords still turn away Section 8 tenants
* Defense attorney John Kevin Hunt under investigation after prison guards find handcuff key
* John Kitzhaber: Scandals may not derail him but could cast shadow on fourth term
* At last, Kitzhaber tells voters that Cylvia Hayes won’t accept paid work if he is re-elected — Opinion
* Signs point toward University of Oregon going public with a huge fundraising campaign
* People don’t go to college to earn a $9.10 minimum wage — Guest Opinion
* Oregon property tax statements in the mail; some bills will jump as tax relief fades
* David Sarasohn: Thinking about elections from a child’s perspective — Opinion
* An open primary will close Oregon partisanship — Guest Opinion
* Sen. Ron Wyden will need support in tax-reform effort — Guest Opinion
* What voters should care about in November — Guest Opinion
* Measure 89 would provide momentum for federal ERA — Guest Opinion
* Online classes can serve students well — Guest Opinion
* Falling oil prices; road-funding friction — Opinion
* Five-year high schools challenge the K-12 model — Opinion
* The limits of marijuana taxes and bank regulation: Editorial quick take on economics forum
* Lawmakers should extend clean fuels program next year — Guest Opinion
* Where young people go to retire? Pfft. Southern Oregon drawing real retirees and their money, state economist says
* Dr. Fritz leaves legacy of eccentric passion
* Oregon Republican slams national GOP for negative mailer
* The politics of fear, Republican style — Opinion
* Why credit Kitzhaber as ‘bipartisan’ in 1-party state? — Guest Opinion
* Measure would help students pay tuition
* Driver cards stir voter passions
* UO sets fundraising goal of $2 billion
* UO touts academic focus in gift goal
* Freeway interchange work reaching end of current phase
* Measure 87: Judges as profs
* Oregonians have a right to know what’s in their food — Guest Opinion
* Federal Public Defender Files Motion to Free Frank Gable in Michael Francke Murder — Blog
* Dismissed Bend priest files complaint against Diocese of Baker
* A Voter’s Guide To The Science Of GE Foods
* One By One, Tribes Begin Saying No To Wyoming Coal Tour
* Stop worrying about mastermind hackers. Start worrying about the IT guy.
* Hatchery Holds Festival Near Central Oregon Coast
* KCC, Oregon Tech presidents voice support, concerns for Measure 86
* Senator Wyden And Treasurer Wheeler Take Input On Retirement Savings
* Environmental Groups Say Oregon Got It Wrong With Oil Terminal Permit
* How To Kill An Invasive Plant On The Metolius River

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN OREGON: COURT RULES THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS MAY BAN DISPENSARIES (Portland Oregonian)

Local governments can restrict or ban medical marijuana facilities, a Josephine County Circuit Court judge concluded in a ruling issued late Thursday.

The ruling centered on the southern Oregon community of Cave Junction, where the city council sued the state over medical marijuana dispensaries, arguing that cities shouldnt be required to license businesses that violate federal law.
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OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION ASKS FOR DIRECTION IN HIRING A NEW DIRECTOR (Portland Oregonian)

A national search is underway for a new Director for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and public input is sought about what qualifications she or he should have.
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DESPITE OREGON HOUSING LAWS, SOME LANDLORDS STILL TURN AWAY SECTION 8 TENANTS (Portland Oregonian)

Elizabeth Prevish knew it could be tough to find a house to rent in Corvallis, but she had no idea just how hard it would be when she decided to relocate from Redmond in May.
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DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOHN KEVIN HUNT UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER PRISON GUARDS FIND HANDCUFF KEY (Portland Oregonian)

When defense attorney John Kevin Hunt went to visit serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers in prison last summer, guards made a surprising discovery.

Hunt had a handcuff key zipped into a pocket of his belt.
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JOHN KITZHABER: SCANDALS MAY NOT DERAIL HIM BUT COULD CAST SHADOW ON FOURTH TERM (Portland Oregonian)

Many of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s most important moments with Cylvia Hayes happened along Oregon’s rivers.
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AT LAST, KITZHABER TELLS VOTERS THAT CYLVIA HAYES WON’T ACCEPT PAID WORK IF HE IS RE-ELECTED — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

It took a cascade of increasingly embarrassing news stories and relentless pounding by his critics. But Gov. John Kitzhaber finally got the message and responded Thursday morning.
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SIGNS POINT TOWARD UNIVERSITY OF OREGON GOING PUBLIC WITH A HUGE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN (Portland Oregonian)

Hundreds of University of Oregon boosters are on campus for the 100th annual homecoming weekend, and at 7:30 p.m., the elite among them are invited to a special event at Hayward Field which UO has told boosters will be “exciting” and “about the future of the University of Oregon.”

Signs point to the launch of a huge, multi-year fundraising campaign, which UO officials have been carefully planning for years.
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PEOPLE DON’T GO TO COLLEGE TO EARN A $9.10 MINIMUM WAGE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

So you are against raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour? Many workers, both young and old, did not take the risk of going to college and the huge associated debt risk only to wind up with a minimum-wage job.
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OREGON PROPERTY TAX STATEMENTS IN THE MAIL; SOME BILLS WILL JUMP AS TAX RELIEF FADES (Portland Oregonian)

County assessors across Oregon started dropping property tax bills in the mail this week, and some homeowners may be in for a case of sticker shock.
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DAVID SARASOHN: THINKING ABOUT ELECTIONS FROM A CHILD’S PERSPECTIVE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Elections, we’re always told, are about the future.

They’re just not usually about the people who are going to live there.
The advocacy group Children First for Oregon wants to change that. This year, and for election years in the future, it’s trying to raise the profile of children in Oregon elections and make it clear to candidates that people with play dates ought to be political players.
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AN OPEN PRIMARY WILL CLOSE OREGON PARTISANSHIP — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Republican Party and Democratic Party of Oregon don’t agree on too much these days. But interestingly, they are united in their opposition to Measure 90, the open-primary initiative that would allow all Oregon voters to be equal in all elections. Why their opposition to this seemingly beneficial step forward for democracy in our state?
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SEN. RON WYDEN WILL NEED SUPPORT IN TAX-REFORM EFFORT — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Is America in the midst of a leadership crisis? It sure looks that way. President Obama’s approval ratings are way down, and ratings for the leadership of Congress are even worse. It sure looks like a leadership crisis.
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WHAT VOTERS SHOULD CARE ABOUT IN NOVEMBER — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

While Cover Oregon and plagiarized campaign platforms may be dominating the headlines these days, th
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MEASURE 89 WOULD PROVIDE MOMENTUM FOR FEDERAL ERA — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Why is it important to vote yes on Measure 89?
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ONLINE CLASSES CAN SERVE STUDENTS WELL — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

In response to Ramin Farahmandpur’s Oct. 12 “In My Opinion” column, “Online courses shortchange their students,” I would like to defend online learning.
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FALLING OIL PRICES; ROAD-FUNDING FRICTION — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Saving money at the pump: How would you like to have a little extra money in your pocket for the holiday season? It looks like that could happen.

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FIVE-YEAR HIGH SCHOOLS CHALLENGE THE K-12 MODEL — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

For years now, some school districts in Oregon have been allowing their high school seniors who are ready to graduate stay for another year, letting them take community college courses on the school district’s dime and bolstering their budgets with an extra year of state funding. Are these districts taking unfair advantage of the state’s school funding system?
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THE LIMITS OF MARIJUANA TAXES AND BANK REGULATION: EDITORIAL QUICK TAKE ON ECONOMICS FORUM (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Economics Forum, an annual event hosted by the University of Oregon, focused attention today on three topics that are a magnet for differing opinions: the economic implications of marijuana legalization, the economic value of migration and the adequacy of post-recession financial reforms.
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LAWMAKERS SHOULD EXTEND CLEAN FUELS PROGRAM NEXT YEAR — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

It is no secret that Oregon needs jobs family wage jobs, jobs with benefits, rural jobs, blue-collar jobs and white-collar jobs. Oregon does not have the fossil fuel industries here that are credited with driving other states’ recent economic growth, like North Dakota and Texas oil or Wyoming coal. We don’t have oil refineries, like Washington and California. Instead, Oregon exports nearly all of its fuel dollars, boosting the economies of other states and countries.
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WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE GO TO RETIRE? PFFT. SOUTHERN OREGON DRAWING REAL RETIREES AND THEIR MONEY, STATE ECONOMIST SAYS (Portland Oregonian)

Thanks to the show “Portlandia,” Oregon’s biggest city is the butt of a national joke as the place “where young people go to retire.”

Yet it turns out that Southern Oregon — the state’s longtime Timber Belt — may be the real retiree magnet. More people, in fact, are moving in than are leaving the area behind.
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DR. FRITZ LEAVES LEGACY OF ECCENTRIC PASSION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Dr. Steven Fritz had been commuting from Portland to his Salem job in a 1990 black Nissan Sentra for a long time before he decided something needed to change.

One day he told his wife, Portland city commissioner Amanda Fritz, that he was tired of driving his boring car every day.

He said he wanted to paint it “zebra” and when Amanda asked why, he said “because I don’t like cows.”
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OREGON REPUBLICAN SLAMS NATIONAL GOP FOR NEGATIVE MAILER (Salem Statesman Journal)

As the leadership in Oregon’s House and Senate worked to craft a deal during the October special session, lawmakers were wary of a proposal to change the senior medical deduction.
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THE POLITICS OF FEAR, REPUBLICAN STYLE — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Let us consider the Politics of Fear.

Today’s exhibits come courtesy of the Oregon Senate Republicans. Democratic campaigns have been equally smarmy, but the Senate Republicans deserve special mention. We’ll get to the good in a moment.
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WHY CREDIT KITZHABER AS ‘BIPARTISAN’ IN 1-PARTY STATE? — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

In a recent endorsement of John Kitzhaber for a fourth term as Oregon governor, the Statesman Journal Editorial Board wrote, “A key example is how Kitzhaber worked with the Legislature to have a successful, bipartisan special session last fall on pension reform, mental health care, taxes, school finance and other issues at the same time the federal government was shut down because of partisan gridlock.”
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MEASURE WOULD HELP STUDENTS PAY TUITION (Eugene Register-Guard)

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler is asking voters to approve a novel way to help the states college students carry their ever-increasing load of student debt.

His idea now on the Nov. 4 statewide ballot as Measure 86 is to create a state-funded and operated endowment that would spin off interest for scholarships for students.

The measure would be a baby step toward restoring the past practice in which the public, via state government, paid the lions share of tuition costs and students borrowed less.
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DRIVER CARDS STIR VOTER PASSIONS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Critics say the cards reward illegal immigrants; backers say its a safety issue-

Called a common sense measure promoting driving safety or a handout rewarding illegal immigrants, Measure 88 will appear on the November ballot to let voters decide whether Oregon should issue driver cards to those unable to prove legal residency.
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UO SETS FUNDRAISING GOAL OF $2 BILLION (Eugene Register-Guard)

The University of Oregon wants boosters especially those with heavy pockets to bleed green-and-yellow in the largest fundraising drive in its history. The goal is to raise $2 billion over four years to plow into hiring top-flight faculty and recruiting top-scoring students, the university announced Friday in an invitation-only party held in a large tent at Hayward Field.

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UO TOUTS ACADEMIC FOCUS IN GIFT GOAL (Eugene Register-Guard)

About half of the $700 million given to the University of Oregon toward its $2 billion fundraising goal announced Friday was earmarked for athletics rather than academics.The tide is turning, UO Vice President for University Advancement Michael Andreasen said Saturday. His rule of thumb is that the university should be two-thirds academically focused in its fundraising.

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FREEWAY INTERCHANGE WORK REACHING END OF CURRENT PHASE (Eugene Register-Guard)

The Randy Pap Beltline-Interstate 5 interchange expansion project, begun eight years ago, will near another milestone later this month with final completion of new ramps and a new bridge.
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MEASURE 87: JUDGES AS PROFS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The proposal, referred by the Legislature, would allow the UO to pay jurists who teach in its law school-

Several statewide ballot measures are stirring intense debate this fall in Oregon.

Measure 87 isnt one of them.

But the seemingly innocuous proposal to let state judges teach for pay at public colleges is of particular interest to voters of Lane County, because the main organization that would benefit from the plan could be the University of Oregon the only public university in the state with its own law school.
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OREGONIANS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT’S IN THEIR FOOD — GUEST OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)

The Chamber of Commons, a nonprofit group that supports bioregional stewardship of natural resources, believes that voters and all citizens of Oregon have a right to know what’s in the foods they purchase, consume and feed to their families.
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FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER FILES MOTION TO FREE FRANK GABLE IN MICHAEL FRANCKE MURDER — BLOG (Willamette Week)

The Oregon federal public defender’s office today sought to re-open what is perhaps the state’s most highly-publicized murder of the past three decades.

On Jan. 17, 1989, the then-Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was stabbed to death outside his office in Salem.
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DISMISSED BEND PRIEST FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST DIOCESE OF BAKER (Bend Bulletin)

-Father James Radloff has since left the Catholic Church-

A Catholic priest who was dismissed from his position in Bend last year has filed a complaint with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Father James Radloff headed the Bend-based St. Francis of Assisi parish for nearly two years before he was dismissed last October by Liam Cary, bishop of the Diocese of Baker.
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A VOTER’S GUIDE TO THE SCIENCE OF GE FOODS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Media in Oregon is rife right now with information about genetically engineered foods, much of it conflicting and filled with emotional appeals.

Voters are awash in information because theyll have to decide in November on Measure 92, which requires the labeling of all GE foods.
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ONE BY ONE, TRIBES BEGIN SAYING NO TO WYOMING COAL TOUR (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Last week Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead invited leaders from Northwest tribes on an all-expenses-paid tour of his states coal operations. Representatives from eight tribal governments in the Northwest, as well as tribal liaisons from the Oregon and Washington state governments, have been invited.
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STOP WORRYING ABOUT MASTERMIND HACKERS. START WORRYING ABOUT THE IT GUY. (Washington Post)

Mistakes in setting up popular office software have sent information about millions of Americans spilling onto the Internet, including Social Security numbers of college students, the names of children in Texas and the ID numbers of intelligence officials who visited a port facility in Maryland.
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HATCHERY HOLDS FESTIVAL NEAR CENTRAL OREGON COAST (Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

Take a trip to see the fishies up close, as one hatchery close to the central Oregon coast hosts an open house on November 1.
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KCC, OREGON TECH PRESIDENTS VOICE SUPPORT, CONCERNS FOR MEASURE 86 (Herald and News)

Measure 86 is touted by supporters as a new way to help students pay for college.

Roberto Gutierrez, president of Klamath Community College, supports it for that reason.

I agree with the measure, Gutierrez said. We have a lot of students who want to go to college who cannot afford it.

Chris Maples, president of Oregon Tech, is supportive but said he is exceedingly apprehensive.
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SENATOR WYDEN AND TREASURER WHEELER TAKE INPUT ON RETIREMENT SAVINGS (Jefferson Public Radio)

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler held a roundtable in Eugene today to discuss retirement savings issues.

At the meeting on LCC’s downtown campus, Senator Wyden and Treasurer Wheeler heard from a couple dozen students, retirees, and professionals. They were looking for ideas to help shape an Oregon plan for retirement security.
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ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SAY OREGON GOT IT WRONG WITH OIL TERMINAL PERMIT (Jefferson Public Radio)

Local and national environmental groups filed a petition Friday claiming Oregon erred in granting an air quality permit to Oregons largest oil train terminal.

Their petition claims the Department of Environmental Quality should have considered pollution from the trains and ships that move oil in and out of the terminal, rather than just the terminal itself.
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HOW TO KILL AN INVASIVE PLANT ON THE METOLIUS RIVER (Jefferson Public Radio)

Looking at the banks of the Metolius River in Central Oregon, nothing really looks wrong. But train your eye a little, and you start noticing large patches even entire islands covered in a thin, green grass.
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October 20, 2014 eClips

  • Christian-based TV empire gave Oregon prisoners four religious channels free
  • Armed, sworn police on campus at PSU? It’s time: Editorial — Opinion
  • Behind the scenes: Reporting on the Supreme Court — Opinion
  • Salem ‘shanty boat’ up for sale
  • Coast Guard to discuss Newport site closure
  • State seeking wildlife chief
  • Short-sighted choices harm forest, public — Guest Opinion
  • Coast Guard To Discuss Closure of Newport Air Facility
  • Midterm decisions: Measure 87 Opportunities for sitting judges

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CHRISTIAN-BASED TV EMPIRE GAVE OREGON PRISONERS FOUR RELIGIOUS CHANNELS FREE

(Portland Oregonian)The director of religious services for the Oregon prison system confirmed on Thursday that Trinity Broadcasting Network has installed four Christian-oriented satellite TV networks free of charge for the system’s 14,621 inmates.
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ARMED, SWORN POLICE ON CAMPUS AT PSU? IT’S TIME: EDITORIAL — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Phil Zerzan, a 30-year veteran of the Oregon State Police, was in his new job as director of public safety at Portland State University when the call came in from across campus. A man with a .38 revolver in his waistband was menacing a fellow officer, ultimately pulling his gun out.

“I’m running across campus and thinking: ‘What do I do if I see this guy?'” Zerzan recalls thinking. The reason: Zerzan, like his safety officers at PSU, are not fully sworn as police and, thus, unable to bear arms.
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BEHIND THE SCENES: REPORTING ON THE SUPREME COURT — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Tuesday’s oral arguments before the Oregon Supreme Court was the first time I’ve been to an Oregon Supreme Court hearing. It was certainly the first time I have reported on one of its cases.
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SALEM ‘SHANTY BOAT’ UP FOR SALE

(Salem Statesman Journal)A floating shack that drew complaints after mooring in a Salem slough all summer now is for sale.
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COAST GUARD TO DISCUSS NEWPORT SITE CLOSURE

(Eugene Register-Guard)The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to attend a community meeting in Newport today about the pending closure of one of its three air facilities along the Oregon coast.
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STATE SEEKING WILDLIFE CHIEF

(Eugene Register-Guard)The state is asking for public input as it prepares a nationwide search for a new director to lead the Oregon Department Fish & Wildlife.
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SHORT-SIGHTED CHOICES HARM FOREST, PUBLIC — GUEST OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)I volunteer with Coast Range Forest Watch, and we are dedicated to keeping the Elliott public. CRFW is a volunteer group anyone can join. Most of us live and work in Coos County. Some of our volunteers have children and grandchildren in public school here. We are citizens concerned about the futures of schoolchildren as well as the health of our forests.
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COAST GUARD TO DISCUSS CLOSURE OF NEWPORT AIR FACILITY

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The U.S. Coast Guard plans to attend a community meeting Monday in Newport to explain why its shutting one of its three air facilities along the Oregon coast.
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MIDTERM DECISIONS: MEASURE 87 OPPORTUNITIES FOR SITTING JUDGES

(Herald and News)Measure 87, if approved in November, would amend the Oregon state constitution to allow sitting judges to be compensated for serving in the Oregon National Guard. The measure also would allow them to teach at public universities.
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October 17, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon — yet again — has highest rate of unvaccinated school children, CDC says
  • Farmer Barry Bushue and ranchers Dan and Jeanne Carver honored by Agri-Business Council of Oregon
  • More than 12,000 Oregonians could owe at tax time under Cover Oregon subsidy errors
  • Cover Oregon investigates 18th security breach, a release of personal information
  • Oregon ranked 7th for its after-school programs
  • Is Cylvia Hayes the first lady of Oregon?
  • Oregon Leads In Unvaccinated Kids
  • Oregon On Track To Begin Wolf Delisting Process

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OREGON — YET AGAIN — HAS HIGHEST RATE OF UNVACCINATED SCHOOL CHILDREN, CDC SAYS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon has retained its ranking nationwide as the state with the highest number of unvaccinated school children.
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FARMER BARRY BUSHUE AND RANCHERS DAN AND JEANNE CARVER HONORED BY AGRI-BUSINESS COUNCIL OF OREGON

(Portland Oregonian)The Agri-Business Council of Oregon named Barry Bushue as Agriculturist of the Year and Dan and Jeanne Carver as recipients of its Ag Connection Award.
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MORE THAN 12,000 OREGONIANS COULD OWE AT TAX TIME UNDER COVER OREGON SUBSIDY ERRORS

(Portland Oregonian)More than 12,000 people who purchased policies through Cover Oregon could owe a combined $1.12 million at tax time because of errors in subsidized premiums issued by the health insurance exchange.
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COVER OREGON INVESTIGATES 18TH SECURITY BREACH, A RELEASE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

(Portland Oregonian)A Klamath Falls woman who applied for health coverage through Cover Oregon says the insurance exchange mailed her the personal information of other applicants.
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OREGON RANKED 7TH FOR ITS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon parents are satisfied with the quality of their child’s after-school programs, but the percentage of children who are unsupervised after school is slightly above the national average.
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IS CYLVIA HAYES THE FIRST LADY OF OREGON?

(Salem Statesman Journal)Every time I write an article about Gov. John Kitzhaber’s fiancee I am inundated with emails and phone calls bashing me and the paper for referring to Cylvia Hayes as the first lady.
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OREGON LEADS IN UNVACCINATED KIDS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)For the second year in a row, Oregon has the highest rate of unvaccinated kindergartners in the country.
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OREGON ON TRACK TO BEGIN WOLF DELISTING PROCESS

(Jefferson Public Radio)Oregon’s wolf population is on track to reach a key milestone.
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October 16, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon’s Ebola scares: Are we ready, and what did health officials learn?
  • Oregon Republican Party files ethics complaint against John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes
  • Formal ethics complaints filed against John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes
  • Oregon voters, your ballots are on the way
  • Salem Health official says Ebola test handled smoothly
  • Ethics complaints filed against Gov. Kitzhaber, fiancee
  • Startups get their due in Oregon’s economic development agency’s new structure
  • Oregon Education Chief Presses PPS On State-Required Compact
  • Task force members differ over water diversions
  • Oregon wolf count could trigger delisting process
  • Family questions goat as source of E. coli in girl’s death
  • Threatened species found at Salem Hospital site

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OREGON’S EBOLA SCARES: ARE WE READY, AND WHAT DID HEALTH OFFICIALS LEARN?

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon health officials experienced two Ebola scares Wednesday as national concerns about the deadly virus intensified.
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OREGON REPUBLICAN PARTY FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST JOHN KITZHABER, CYLVIA HAYES

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Republican Party has filed an ethics complaint against Gov. John Kitzhaber, his fiance and his political adviser alleging conflict of interest transactions, benefits from public contracts and using buildings for personal and financial gain, KOIN reports.
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FORMAL ETHICS COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST JOHN KITZHABER, CYLVIA HAYES

(Portland Oregonian)Ron Bersin, executive director of the Oregon Government Ethics Commission confirmed Wednesday afternoon that he had received formal complaints against Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiance Cylvia Hayes.
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OREGON VOTERS, YOUR BALLOTS ARE ON THE WAY

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon elections officials on Wednesday began to mail ballots to voters for the Nov. 4 general election.
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SALEM HEALTH OFFICIAL SAYS EBOLA TEST HANDLED SMOOTHLY

(Salem Statesman Journal)A Salem Health official said protocols were executed efficiently and smoothly Wednesday when a patient who was suspected of having Ebola was admitted in the emergency department.
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ETHICS COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST GOV. KITZHABER, FIANCEE

(Portland Tribune)-Identity of filers not disclosed; Republicans say they are working on their own draft. –

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is investigating complaints that Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, First Lady Cylvia Hayes, violated state ethics law.
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STARTUPS GET THEIR DUE IN OREGON’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY’S NEW STRUCTURE

(Oregon Business Journal)Business Oregons director said Wednesday that the states economic development group has changed its management structure.
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OREGON EDUCATION CHIEF PRESSES PPS ON STATE-REQUIRED COMPACT

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Portland Public Schools has drawn the ire of Oregons top education official, because of how it has filled out a legal agreement with the state.
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TASK FORCE MEMBERS DIFFER OVER WATER DIVERSIONS

(Capital Press)Several representatives of farm and irrigation associations criticized the direction of a task force thats studying how much water can be withdrawn from streams during periods of high seasonal flows, such as during the winter, without damaging their ecological function.
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OREGON WOLF COUNT COULD TRIGGER DELISTING PROCESS

(Capital Press)Look for stormy public hearings if Oregon considers removing wolves from the state endangered species list in 2015.
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FAMILY QUESTIONS GOAT AS SOURCE OF E. COLI IN GIRL’S DEATH

(KATU) Serena Profitt died last month, just about a week after doctors say she contracted a deadly strain of E. coli.
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THREATENED SPECIES FOUND AT SALEM HOSPITAL SITE

(willamettelive.com)A Willamette University student and several local educators are concerned that the clear cutting development of the Salem Hospital property where the School for the Blind was may predict the end of two species of native wildlife in Salems city core.
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October 15, 2014 eClips

  • John Kitzhaber will give his education board what it wants: Price tags, priority-setting power for education spending
  • Nancy Golden: Oregon’s chief education officer gets her first job evaluation today
  • Nancy Golden, Oregon’s chief education officer, hailed as effective leader, good listener, trust-builder
  • Legality of PERS reforms gets dissected before Oregon Supreme Court
  • Cylvia Hayes: Timeline of her relationships with John Kitzhaber and Oregon’s government
  • Report Cover Oregon didn’t want submitted shows criticism of politics, disagreement with Kitzhaber
  • You can help in selection of new Fish and Wildlife director
  • Turnaround consultant says Cover Oregon should stay
  • Oregon Supreme Court hears PERS arguments
  • DEQ to examine Coos Bay slough
  • Unemployment rate stays steady at 7.1 percent
  • How does Oregon score on womens health? Hint: Were not at the head of the class
  • Oregon Education Board Debates Uses Of Smarter Balanced Exam

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JOHN KITZHABER WILL GIVE HIS EDUCATION BOARD WHAT IT WANTS: PRICE TAGS, PRIORITY-SETTING POWER FOR EDUCATION SPENDING

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday turned his overarching education board from disgruntled and fractured to pleased and unanimous by announcing he will give them cost estimates and the power to set priorities as they weigh which of 22 new education programs and strategies to include in the next state budget.
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NANCY GOLDEN: OREGON’S CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICER GETS HER FIRST JOB EVALUATION TODAY

(Portland Oregonian)Nancy Golden, selected in August 2013 to become Oregon’s second chief education officer, will get her first formal job evaluation Tuesday, and it will all happen in public.
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NANCY GOLDEN, OREGON’S CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICER, HAILED AS EFFECTIVE LEADER, GOOD LISTENER, TRUST-BUILDER

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon Chief Education Officer Nancy Golden got a sterling job evaluation Tuesday from the governor who chose her for the post a year ago and the overarching education board that oversees her.
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LEGALITY OF PERS REFORMS GETS DISSECTED BEFORE OREGON SUPREME COURT

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s public pension system got its day in court Tuesday as the Oregon Supreme Court heard oral arguments over the legality of pension reforms enacted last year by the Legislature.
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CYLVIA HAYES: TIMELINE OF HER RELATIONSHIPS WITH JOHN KITZHABER AND OREGON’S GOVERNMENT

(Portland Oregonian)Before Cylvia Hayes admitted to a sham third marriage to help a young immigrant stay in the United States and before she confessed to living on a rural piece of land that was planned for a marijuana grow
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REPORT COVER OREGON DIDN’T WANT SUBMITTED SHOWS CRITICISM OF POLITICS, DISAGREEMENT WITH KITZHABER

(Portland Oregonian)A report that Cover Oregon officials privately asked a top consultant not to submit last month is an eye-opener.
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YOU CAN HELP IN SELECTION OF NEW FISH AND WILDLIFE DIRECTOR

(Salem Statesman Journal)You can help shape the search for the next director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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TURNAROUND CONSULTANT SAYS COVER OREGON SHOULD STAY

(Salem Statesman Journal)The business consultant who was charged with turning around Cover Oregon when it was in shambles in April wrote in a memo outlining his firm’s work that the state health insurance exchange should go on.
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OREGON SUPREME COURT HEARS PERS ARGUMENTS

(Salem Statesman Journal)One question sat firmly at the heart of Tuesday’s Supreme Court arguments over cuts to the Public Employees Retirement System.
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DEQ TO EXAMINE COOS BAY SLOUGH

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Water samples will help determine if a cleanup conducted 14 years ago was successful-

The Department of Environmental Quality will send a team to Coos Bay on Monday to sample water, sediment and shellfish from the Isthmus Slough as it investigates the area for toxins.
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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STAYS STEADY AT 7.1 PERCENT

(Portland Tribune)Oregon’s unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in September, unchanged from August.
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HOW DOES OREGON SCORE ON WOMENS HEALTH? HINT: WERE NOT AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS

(Oregon Business Journal)Oregon has some work to do when it comes to womens health, according to a new report card by Alliance for a Just Society.
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OREGON EDUCATION BOARD DEBATES USES OF SMARTER BALANCED EXAM

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Members of Oregons top education board Tuesday debated new tests coming this spring and what they should be used for.
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October 14, 2014 eClips

  • Need to register to vote in the general election? Tuesday is the deadline in Oregon
  • Cylvia Hayes’ full statement on land purchase to grow marijuana: ‘I am not proud …’
  • Employment Department data breach: more than 851,000 people could be at risk
  • Which Oregonians should be featured in U.S. Capitol Statuary Hall? Commission wants to know
  • John Kitzhaber asks for formal state review of Cylvia Hayes contracts, first lady role
  • 850,000 records hacked at Oregon Employment Department
  • Employment Department undergoing massive job shifts
  • PERS comes before Supreme Court today
  • Gov. Kitzhaber asks ethics commission to review fiancee’s contracts
  • Historical Society calls on kids to vote on Oregon statues
  • Tuesday is last day to register for November election
  • Oregon High Court To Hear Arguments On Pension Cuts
  • Ranchers want more precise wolf locations from GPS collars

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NEED TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION? TUESDAY IS THE DEADLINE IN OREGON

(Portland Oregonian)Tuesday is the deadline to register in Oregon for the Nov. 4 general election.
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CYLVIA HAYES’ FULL STATEMENT ON LAND PURCHASE TO GROW MARIJUANA: ‘I AM NOT PROUD …’

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes released a statement Monday night on a new report that she participated in a deal to buy land in a remote part of Washington in 1997 to grow marijuana
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EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT DATA BREACH: MORE THAN 851,000 PEOPLE COULD BE AT RISK

(Portland Oregonian)Hackers may have obtained the personal information of more than 851,300 people after tapping into an Oregon Employment Department database, agency officials announced Monday.
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WHICH OREGONIANS SHOULD BE FEATURED IN U.S. CAPITOL STATUARY HALL? COMMISSION WANTS TO KNOW

(Portland Oregonian)Here’s another wrinkle in the debate over which Oregonians should be memorialized in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
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JOHN KITZHABER ASKS FOR FORMAL STATE REVIEW OF CYLVIA HAYES CONTRACTS, FIRST LADY ROLE

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber has asked the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to issue a formal opinion on Cylvia Hayes’ private consulting work and how it affects her role as first lady.

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850,000 RECORDS HACKED AT OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT

(Salem Statesman Journal)Hackers accessed confidential employment records for more than 850,000 people last week when they illegally entered the Oregon Employment Department’s website for job seekers.
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EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT UNDERGOING MASSIVE JOB SHIFTS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Employees of a large division of the Oregon Employment Department are about to see their jobs shift and change, as Director Lisa Nisenfeld leads the Business and Employment Services division through a massive reorganization.
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PERS COMES BEFORE SUPREME COURT TODAY

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding cuts made the to Public Employees Retirement System last year on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Salem, about a year after the Oregon Legislature first passed the laws being contested.
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GOV. KITZHABER ASKS ETHICS COMMISSION TO REVIEW FIANCEE’S CONTRACTS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber asked the Oregon Government Ethics Commission Monday to investigate whether First Lady Cylvia Hayes is a public official and whether she misused her position for personal gain.
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HISTORICAL SOCIETY CALLS ON KIDS TO VOTE ON OREGON STATUES

(Salem Statesman Journal)It is with great hope that students, and not just opinionated adults, will share their beliefs on who should best represent Oregon in the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, D.C.
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TUESDAY IS LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION

(Salem Statesman Journal)uesday at 11:59 p.m. is the last time Oregonians can register to vote in November’s election.
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OREGON HIGH COURT TO HEAR ARGUMENTS ON PENSION CUTS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The Oregon Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that pits public employee unions against state government over cuts to Oregons public pension system.
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RANCHERS WANT MORE PRECISE WOLF LOCATIONS FROM GPS COLLARS

(Capital Press)ODFW already tracks and shares the general location of GPS-collared wolves with livestock producers, using an automated system that sends out text message and email notifications.
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