August 28, 2014 eClips

  • Cover Oregon needs Oracle’s help to avoid delays in federal health exchange transition
  • Oregon revenue forecast: Up $70 million with ‘razor thin’ margin from triggering a ‘kicker’
  • Oregon’s economy would get $500 million infusion if everyone eligible for food stamps accepted them
  • Oregon AG fires back in PERS legal challenge
  • 5 things to know about Oregon’s revenue forecast
  • Oregon right to sue Oracle despite long odds — Opinion
  • State edges closer to ‘kicker’ refund
  • OLCC Plays Catch Up With Growler Craze
  • Oregonians have $472,000,000 in unclaimed money

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COVER OREGON NEEDS ORACLE’S HELP TO AVOID DELAYS IN FEDERAL HEALTH EXCHANGE TRANSITION

 (Portland Oregonian)A key portion of the work underway on the troubled Cover Oregon health exchange project that affecting people enrolling for the state’s Medicaid program – may not be ready as planned when the new federally assisted exchange “goes live” in November, The Oregonian has learned.
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OREGON REVENUE FORECAST: UP $70 MILLION WITH ‘RAZOR THIN’ MARGIN FROM TRIGGERING A ‘KICKER’

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s economy has continued to grow, yet not enough to significantly change the budget forecast that state economists released in the spring.

And, most important to taxpayers, likely not enough to trigger the state’s “kicker” law.
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OREGON’S ECONOMY WOULD GET $500 MILLION INFUSION IF EVERYONE ELIGIBLE FOR FOOD STAMPS ACCEPTED THEM

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s economy would get a nearly $500 million boost if every person in the state eligible for food stamps took part in the program.

An estimated 276,000 Oregonians qualify, but don’t participate, in the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to Katie Furia, who serves as SNAP outreach manager for the nonprofit Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.
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OREGON AG FIRES BACK IN PERS LEGAL CHALLENGE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Two bills passed in the Oregon Legislature last year were not a breach of contract with government employees because they cut benefits under the Public Employees Retirement System that were never written into contracts at all, according to the brief the State of Oregon filed before the Oregon Supreme Court earlier this week.
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5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OREGON’S REVENUE FORECAST

 (Salem Statesman Journal)1 Corporate kicker yes, personal kicker no

Wednesday’s revenue forecast predicts the state will fall about $27 million short of the $290 million personal kicker threshold set for the 2013-15 budget.
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OREGON RIGHT TO SUE ORACLE DESPITE LONG ODDS — OPINION

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The state of Oregon has stepped forward to slay the evil beast of Oracle. Or so it seems from the states lawsuit filed Friday in Marion County Circuit Court.

The Cover Oregon health insurance website created by Oracle was a technological disaster, so Oregon had little choice but to sue. Still, the state may have a tough time proving its case.
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STATE EDGES CLOSER TO ‘KICKER’ REFUND

 (Portland Tribune)-Latest forecast shows little change in economy, revenues.-

The good news about Oregons latest economic and revenue forecast, released Wednesday, is that theres not much new.

Money coming into the general fund, which pays for most state services and public schools, is on track with the assumptions that lawmakers based the current two-year budget.
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OLCC PLAYS CATCH UP WITH GROWLER CRAZE

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Beer-loving Oregonians demand for growlers has prompted businesses throughout the state to install fill stations. But some of those taps have been slow to pour as the Oregon Liquor Control Commission tries to catch up with the influx of grocery stores and gas stations that want to serve beer.
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OREGONIANS HAVE $472,000,000 IN UNCLAIMED MONEY

 (KGW)Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber isn’t hard to find. His office is in Salem and he works in the state capitol. But apparently when Kitzhaber was owed money, somebody couldn’t find him, so they sent the cash to the state’s unclaimed property division.
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August 27, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon’s wolf OR-7: Biologists plan to camp out to try to recollar him
  • Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s ‘special’ relationship with the Markowitz firm
  • As Oregon meets to strengthen oil train disclosure, BNSF questions media’s presence
  • Former Oregon Commission for the Blind manager exonerated in misconduct probe, seeks records expungement
  • Did Gov. Kitzhaber keep his word when he promised to support a cigarette tax increase? — Opinion
  • Top-two primary will not serve Oregonians well — Guest Opinion
  • Port of Portland labor dispute faces irreconcilable differences
  • Sen. Hansell keeps his goat milking championship title
  • Oregon and Oracle say each other killed Cover Oregon
  • Committee to recommend future of Oregon’s DC statues

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OREGON’S WOLF OR-7: BIOLOGISTS PLAN TO CAMP OUT TO TRY TO RECOLLAR HIM

 (Portland Oregonian)State and federal wildlife biologists are mapping out a plan to venture deep into the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in the next few weeks to find Oregon’s one-time wandering wolf, OR-7, and his pack, the first known wolves in the western Cascades.
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ATTORNEY GENERAL ELLEN ROSENBLUM’S ‘SPECIAL’ RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MARKOWITZ FIRM

 (Portland Oregonian)Is the special litigation unit at Oregon’s Department of Justice as well armed as Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf to do battle in the escalating legal showdown with Oracle?

Probably not. They may also lack that certain whimsy. But this much is certain: DOJ’s overmatched lawyers work a helluva lot cheaper.
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AS OREGON MEETS TO STRENGTHEN OIL TRAIN DISCLOSURE, BNSF QUESTIONS MEDIA’S PRESENCE

 (Portland Oregonian)The pointed question came before all the stragglers were seated.

At a Tuesday meeting of an Oregon task force tightening railroads’ hazardous materials disclosures, a BNSF Railway Co. representative wanted to know: Why were the public and media included?
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FORMER OREGON COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND MANAGER EXONERATED IN MISCONDUCT PROBE, SEEKS RECORDS EXPUNGEMENT

 (Portland Oregonian)Three years ago, the man who headed the Oregon Commission for the Blind’s vendor programs which supply public buildings with coffee carts, snack machines and cafeterias fell under suspicion.
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DID GOV. KITZHABER KEEP HIS WORD WHEN HE PROMISED TO SUPPORT A CIGARETTE TAX INCREASE? — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)PolitiFact Oregon’s Kitz-O-Meter is alive and well.

Before the next gubernatorial election is upon us, we’re finishing up the last of the checks of claims and promises Gov. John Kitzhaber made during his last campaign.
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TOP-TWO PRIMARY WILL NOT SERVE OREGONIANS WELL — GUEST OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)There are three things Oregonians need to know about Measure 90, the top-two election proposal on the November ballot. First, top two will severely restrict voters’ rights to vote in all November elections. Second, top two is undemocratic. Third, there is absolutely no evidence that top two will improve our elections.
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PORT OF PORTLAND LABOR DISPUTE FACES IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES

 (Portland Oregonian)The long-running battle between the International Longshore & Warehouse Union and ICTSI Oregon Inc., which operates the Port of Portland’s container terminal, essentially returned to square one late last week.

Friday, the Port announced that it was rescinding an agreement that gave the ILWU control of work related to plugging and unplugging refrigerated containers.
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SEN. HANSELL KEEPS HIS GOAT MILKING CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Sen. Bill Hansell aka. the Thrilla from Umatilla squeezed his way to a second consecutive win during the Oregon Legislative Goat Milking Showdown Tuesday night.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Hansell said after his victory. “Half the fun is the trash talking you get to do before and after.”
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OREGON AND ORACLE SAY EACH OTHER KILLED COVER OREGON

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Who is at fault for the Cover Oregon website that never fully worked? Was it the state of Oregon for failing to manage its own project? Or was it Oracle, the company hired to create the website?
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COMMITTEE TO RECOMMEND FUTURE OF OREGON’S DC STATUES

 (Salem Statesman Journal)For two years some Oregon lawmakers have tried to pass a bill to send a statue of the late, Republican Sen. Mark Hatfield to the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

And for two years they’ve failed to pass it through the state Senate.
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August 26, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon State, Reed are Oregon’s best colleges, Washington Monthly says
  • PSU study shows Portland’s urban forest reduces air pollution but also finds hazards
  • Court filings show Oracle America stymied Oregon DOJ demand for documents
  • Feds back down from directive that undermined Oregon Health Plan reforms
  • Barbara Roberts, Greg Walden will speak at Vic Atiyeh memorial service
  • Readers weigh in on Oregon police agencies receiving $10.7 million in surplus military gear — Opinion
  • Oregon lawmakers compete to be goat milking champion
  • Gov. John Kitzhaber Looks to Remake SAIF Board
  • Legos, Marshmallow-Launchers Build Enthusiasm For STEM Curriculum
  • Oregon Agriculture Website Becomes More Accessible for Citizens
  • 5 hunters face illegal deer killing charges in Oregon
  • Nominees For Regional University Boards Announced
  • Study Says Policy Will Determine Economic Impact Of Marijuana In Oregon

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OREGON STATE, REED ARE OREGON’S BEST COLLEGES, WASHINGTON MONTHLY SAYS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon State University’s is Oregon’s best big research university, ranking No. 78 nationally, according to rankings of colleges by Washington Monthly that the magazine claims is “aren’t ridiculous” like many other rankings.
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PSU STUDY SHOWS PORTLAND’S URBAN FOREST REDUCES AIR POLLUTION BUT ALSO FINDS HAZARDS

(Portland Oregonian)A new Portland State University study that maps Portland’s air pollution patterns highlights the air-cleansing benefit of urban trees
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COURT FILINGS SHOW ORACLE AMERICA STYMIED OREGON DOJ DEMAND FOR DOCUMENTS

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Department of Justice jousted for nearly two months with Oracle America over the state’s demand for documents from the California software giant relating to the health exchange debacle.
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FEDS BACK DOWN FROM DIRECTIVE THAT UNDERMINED OREGON HEALTH PLAN REFORMS

(Portland Oregonian)The federal government says that executives of organizations serving the Oregon Health Plan should not overreact to a recent letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that demanded changes in how the state accounts for its payments to provider organizations under recent reforms.
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BARBARA ROBERTS, GREG WALDEN WILL SPEAK AT VIC ATIYEH MEMORIAL SERVICE

(Portland Oregonian)Former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden will be among speakers at next week’s public memorial service for Vic Atiyeh.
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READERS WEIGH IN ON OREGON POLICE AGENCIES RECEIVING $10.7 MILLION IN SURPLUS MILITARY GEAR — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Dozens of OregonLive readers have weighed in on a recent Oregonian story on surplus military equipment valued at more than $10.7 million that has been sent to 50 Oregon law enforcement agencies through a federal program since 1997.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS COMPETE TO BE GOAT MILKING CHAMPION

(Salem Statesman Journal)When it comes to milking goats, Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, is pretty sure six of his fellow lawmakers aren’t much in the way of competition.
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GOV. JOHN KITZHABER LOOKS TO REMAKE SAIF BOARD

(Willamette Week)Gov. John Kitzhaber has not had much luck with SAIF Corp., the state-owned workers compensation insurer.

He’s now seeking to remake SAIF’s top decision making body, nominating three new members to the five-member board.
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LEGOS, MARSHMALLOW-LAUNCHERS BUILD ENTHUSIASM FOR STEM CURRICULUM

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)To an outsider, the recent scene at the Tualatin High School cafeteria might have looked a lot like speed dating: teachers from the Portland metro area’s public schools hovered over tables staffed by representatives from local tech firms, including Garmin and Intel.
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OREGON AGRICULTURE WEBSITE BECOMES MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR CITIZENS

(Wall Street Journal)-Agency engages citizens in website redesign process to ensure a mobile-friendly, easy-to-understand website-

The newly redesigned Oregon Department of Agriculture website www.oregon.gov/oda makes it easier for citizens to interact with the agency online. By collecting feedback from regular visitors to the website and simplifying structure and language, the agency has reduced the number of pages on its site by 75 percent while maintaining relevant and useful content.
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5 HUNTERS FACE ILLEGAL DEER KILLING CHARGES IN OREGON

(The Republic (Indiana))Oregon wildlife officials say five hunters are facing illegal deer killing charges after the head of a freshly killed male deer was found in a vehicle southwest of Pendleton.
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NOMINEES FOR REGIONAL UNIVERSITY BOARDS ANNOUNCED

(Jefferson Public Radio)The governor’s choices to sit on the newly-formed boards that will oversee Oregon’s regional and technical universities have been named.
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STUDY SAYS POLICY WILL DETERMINE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF MARIJUANA IN OREGON

(Jefferson Public Radio)A study released by an Oregon State University sociologist says policy will determine the economic impact of legal marijuana. A recently published report is being cited by policymakers crafting marijuana legislation in Oregon.
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August 25, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* ODOT officials reject $2 million subsidy to aid Ambre Energy coal export project
* Health advisory lifted for Mill Beach in Curry County
* Improving math readiness requires matching education to student goals — Opinion
* Oregon files long-awaited lawsuit against Oracle, prime vendor in Cover Oregon health exchange fiasco
* Oracle responds to Oregon DOJ’s lawsuit against health exchange technology vendor
* Oregon dentistry board to revisit its removal of names of disciplined dentists from public newsletter
* Oregon police agencies have more than $10.7 million in surplus military gear, state records show Interactive map
* Jobs: How much do veterinarians make?
* Can Big Sur videos calm Oregon prisoners in solitary confinement?
* It’s time to legalize recreational marijuana — Opinion
* Legalized marijuana: effect on teens looms large in Oregon campaign
* Hot, dry spring cuts northeast Oregon wheat yields
* No tax funds for Oregon coal exports
* Oregon AG: “Oracle sold the State of Oregon a lie.”
* DMV gets wise to easier test course
* Federal directive threatens Oregons Medicaid reform
* Face up to pending retirement crisis — Opinion
* Wyden forest plan needs third-party analysis — Guest Opinion
* State grant helps TriMet upgrade bike connections
* Oregon sues Oracle over website failure
* State panel denies funds for dock, OKs other projects
* Probe into massive bee die-off leaves owners, experts puzzled
* OR-7 could be recollared next month
* Attorney General Rosenblum Files Lawsuit Against Oracle — Blog
* State Says It’s Not Worried About Paying Back Health Care Money
* Biologists Discover Landlocked Chinook Salmon In Oregon
* Oregon Sues Oracle Over Cover Oregon Debacle
* Oregons Famous Wolf To Be Recollared
* Northwest Researchers Work To Boost Geothermal Power
* Small Wind Power Loses Steam In 2013
* Higher prices prompt increase in milk production
* State alleges racketeering in lawsuit against Oracle for Cover Oregon failure
* Oregon liquor commission extends 50-cent surcharge
* Warm Springs woman admits sparking 51,000-acre wildfire
* Best state in America: Oregon, for its lack of corruption — Opinion
* Oregon murderer mistakenly released from prison, then taken back into custody
* All-depth halibut fishing on central coast ends
* Comic Book to provide earthquake education
* Oregon Approves Subsidies For Oil Transport, Not For Coal

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ODOT OFFICIALS REJECT $2 MILLION SUBSIDY TO AID AMBRE ENERGY COAL EXPORT PROJECT (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Transportation Commission on Friday killed a proposed $2 million subsidy that would’ve aided Ambre Energy’s planned coal export terminal.
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HEALTH ADVISORY LIFTED FOR MILL BEACH IN CURRY COUNTY (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon officials lifted the health advisory Friday for Mill Beach in Curry County.
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IMPROVING MATH READINESS REQUIRES MATCHING EDUCATION TO STUDENT GOALS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The numbers on math readiness are so bad that it’s easy to become discouraged without even taking time to add them up.
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OREGON FILES LONG-AWAITED LAWSUIT AGAINST ORACLE, PRIME VENDOR IN COVER OREGON HEALTH EXCHANGE FIASCO (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Department of Justice has filed its long-discussed lawsuit against Oracle America, the company state officials have accused of shoddy work on the Cover Oregon health exchange.
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ORACLE RESPONDS TO OREGON DOJ’S LAWSUIT AGAINST HEALTH EXCHANGE TECHNOLOGY VENDOR (Portland Oregonian)

Oracle has issued a response to the lawsuit filed today by the Oregon Department of Justice. The suit accuses the software giant of racketeering and fraud in its work on the troubled Cover Oregon health exchange project.
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OREGON DENTISTRY BOARD TO REVISIT ITS REMOVAL OF NAMES OF DISCIPLINED DENTISTS FROM PUBLIC NEWSLETTER (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Board of Dentistry on Friday decided to revisit a controversial July vote in which members agreed the state agency would stop naming disciplined dentists in its newsletter to avoid public embarrassment of the violators.
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OREGON POLICE AGENCIES HAVE MORE THAN $10.7 MILLION IN SURPLUS MILITARY GEAR, STATE RECORDS SHOW INTERACTIVE MAP (Portland Oregonian)

The Pentagon has funneled more than $10.7 million in surplus military equipment to 50 Oregon law enforcement agencies since 1997, according to newly released state records.
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JOBS: HOW MUCH DO VETERINARIANS MAKE? (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon has nearly 1,000 veterinarians who care for pets, livestock and other animals.
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CAN BIG SUR VIDEOS CALM OREGON PRISONERS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT? (Portland Oregonian)

Officials at the Snake River Correctional Institution, Oregon’s biggest prison, are trying something novel to calm the troubled minds of inmates in solitary confinement.
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IT’S TIME TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon has had a wink-wink, nudge-nudge relationship with recreational marijuana use since 1998, when legalization for medical purposes created a wide, open system that distributes pot cards to just about anyone with a vague medical claim and the signature of a compliant physician.
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LEGALIZED MARIJUANA: EFFECT ON TEENS LOOMS LARGE IN OREGON CAMPAIGN (Portland Oregonian)

Grace Ramstad, an incoming junior at Centennial High School, dismissed the idea that legalizing marijuana would increase teen use of the drug.
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HOT, DRY SPRING CUTS NORTHEAST OREGON WHEAT YIELDS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Bill Jepsen keeps careful record of precipitation on his 4,500-acre farm about 14 miles south of Ione in rural Morrow County.
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NO TAX FUNDS FOR OREGON COAL EXPORTS (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Oregon Transportation Commission has denied taxpayer funding for a controversial project to expand a dock at Port Westward for coal exports to Asia.
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OREGON AG: “ORACLE SOLD THE STATE OF OREGON A LIE.” (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oracle committed fraud and racketeering, breached contracts, and made a series of false claims in its dealings with the State of Oregon’s Cover Oregon website project, according to the lawsuit filed Friday morning by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s office.
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DMV GETS WISE TO EASIER TEST COURSE (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The drivers licensing department will no longer be giving the tests in tiny Oakridge-

Attention Eugene-Springfield residents: The state Department of Motor Vehicles is on to you. It knows that youve been sneaking up to Oakridge to take your driving test to get your license.
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FEDERAL DIRECTIVE THREATENS OREGONS MEDICAID REFORM (Eugene Register-Guard)

Officials responsible for implementing ambitious changes to the Oregon Health Plan are worried a new federal directive could undo the states Medicaid reform.
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FACE UP TO PENDING RETIREMENT CRISIS — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-State plan could help Oregonians build savings to supplement Social Security-

A convergence of economic and demographic factors income stagnation, the aging of the Baby Boom generation, the near-disappearance of pensions in private employment threatens the United States with a retirement crisis.
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WYDEN FOREST PLAN NEEDS THIRD-PARTY ANALYSIS — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

A few weeks ago in these pages, state Rep. Bruce Hanna wrote that U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden could cement his legacy by crafting a balanced plan to restore active management to Western Oregons Oregon & California forest lands to support our rural communities.
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STATE GRANT HELPS TRIMET UPGRADE BIKE CONNECTIONS (Portland Tribune)

TriMet has been awarded a $1.5 million state grant to enhance bicycle parking and make other improvements at two stations heavily used by bikers.
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OREGON SUES ORACLE OVER WEBSITE FAILURE (Portland Tribune)

Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle America, as expected, in connection with the states botched website for enrollment in its health insurance exchange.
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STATE PANEL DENIES FUNDS FOR DOCK, OKS OTHER PROJECTS (Portland Tribune)

The Oregon Transportation Commission denied state funding Friday for renovation of a dock that critics say would ease coal exports through Oregon to Asia.
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PROBE INTO MASSIVE BEE DIE-OFF LEAVES OWNERS, EXPERTS PUZZLED (Portland Tribune)

Four Clackamas County beekeepers may never know what killed their bees June 18.

I came home and there was just piles of dead bees, said Kim Tinker, an amateur beekeeper in Sandy who lost half her hive that day.
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OR-7 COULD BE RECOLLARED NEXT MONTH (Medford Mail Tribune)

Biologists plan to recapture and recollar wolf OR-7, and possibly some of his pups, next month as Oregon’s most famous predators work their way toward pack status.
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ATTORNEY GENERAL ROSENBLUM FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST ORACLE — BLOG (Willamette Week)

As expected, Attorney General Ellen Roseblum today filed a lawsuit against Oracle Corp, in Marion County court, related to the failure of Cover Oregon.
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STATE SAYS IT’S NOT WORRIED ABOUT PAYING BACK HEALTH CARE MONEY (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The Oregon Health Authority says its not worried itll be required to pay back the money it used to revamp the health care system.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a letter to the Oregon Health Authority earlier this month expressing several areas of concern.
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BIOLOGISTS DISCOVER LANDLOCKED CHINOOK SALMON IN OREGON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

It took some snorkeling and biological detective work to prove it.

But now Jeremy Romer and Fred Monzyk can confidently say theyve found the first documented examples of Oregon chinook salmon spawning without swimming to the ocean and back.
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OREGON SUES ORACLE OVER COVER OREGON DEBACLE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Oregons attorney general filed suit Friday against the software giant Oracle and some of its top executives, for allegedly defrauding the state.
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OREGONS FAMOUS WOLF TO BE RECOLLARED (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Biologists plan to recapture and re-collar OR-7, Oregons famous wandering wolf that is now a settled father of pups.

The plan calls for recapturing the male wolf along with his mate and three pups to keep tracking Western Oregons only known wolf family as it works its way toward pack status, the Mail Tribune newspaper of Medford reported Sunday.
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NORTHWEST RESEARCHERS WORK TO BOOST GEOTHERMAL POWER (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Theres been a lot of hype around geothermal power, which uses heat from the below the earths surface to provide a steady, renewable source of energy. But the sector has been slow to take off, even though the U.S. is the worlds top producer of geothermal energy.
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SMALL WIND POWER LOSES STEAM IN 2013 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

You may have seen small wind turbines spinning in your neighbors backyard or powering a local farm.

These mostly single turbines provide much less power than the sprawling wind farms you may see on ridgelines around the Northwest. But more and more have popped up in recent years.

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HIGHER PRICES PROMPT INCREASE IN MILK PRODUCTION (Capital Press)

High milk prices and lower feed costs grew U.S. milk production 4 percent in July over year-ago levels. Continued favorable margins are expected to boost production the rest of the year.
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STATE ALLEGES RACKETEERING IN LAWSUIT AGAINST ORACLE FOR COVER OREGON FAILURE (KATU)

The state has accused Oracle of racketeering – among other things – in a lawsuit it filed Friday over the Cover Oregon fiasco.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced the state is suing Oracle and some of its executives for the failure of Cover Oregons $250 million website.

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OREGON LIQUOR COMMISSION EXTENDS 50-CENT SURCHARGE (KATU)

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is extending a surcharge of 50 cents per bottle for another two years.

The OLCC’s unanimous decision Thursday means the extra tax will now expire on June 30, 2017.
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WARM SPRINGS WOMAN ADMITS SPARKING 51,000-ACRE WILDFIRE (KTVZ Bend)

-Says she tossed firework because bored firefighter friends needed work-

A Warm Springs woman who admitted tossing a lit firework out of a car last summer to create some work for her bored firefighter friends — igniting a wildfire that eventually blackened over 51,000 acres and forced evacuations — is due for sentencing Sept. 3, prosecutors said Friday.
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BEST STATE IN AMERICA: OREGON, FOR ITS LACK OF CORRUPTION — OPINION (Washington Post)

Nearly 20 million Americans are employed by state and local governments across the country. With so many workers, its almost impossible to keep everyone honest. Waste, fraud and abuse can cost taxpayers millions.

But in Oregon, strong oversight and audit rules ensure that state officials keep their hands out of the cookie jar.
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OREGON MURDERER MISTAKENLY RELEASED FROM PRISON, THEN TAKEN BACK INTO CUSTODY (KPTV)

Oregon’s Department of Corrections mistakenly released a murderer this week who killed a 16-year-old girl in 1993.
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ALL-DEPTH HALIBUT FISHING ON CENTRAL COAST ENDS (Lebanon Express)

Thanks to excellent fishing, anglers have caught the remaining 2014 Pacific halibut summer all-depth season quota for the Central Oregon coast thus ending the season in Oregons most popular halibut fishery.
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COMIC BOOK TO PROVIDE EARTHQUAKE EDUCATION (north coast Citizen)

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management OEM and Dark Horse Comics have released a new comic book titled, “Without Warning,” aimed at teaching earthquake preparedness to teenagers.

The comic book is the result of collaboration between the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup CREW, OEM, and Dark Horse Comics.
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OREGON APPROVES SUBSIDIES FOR OIL TRANSPORT, NOT FOR COAL (Jefferson Public Radio)

The Oregon Transportation Commission voted Friday to approve nearly $5 million in subsidies for rail and dock infrastructure tied to controversial coal export and oil-by-rail projects.
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August 25, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon wolf OR-7 targeted for recapture, new tracking collar
  • Old dormitories at Fairview site may be razed
  • AG fires back at Oracle — Opinion
  • Earthquake: Big one overdue in Oregon

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OREGON WOLF OR-7 TARGETED FOR RECAPTURE, NEW TRACKING COLLAR

(Portland Oregonian)Biologists plan to recapture and re-collar OR-7, Oregon’s famous wandering wolf that is now a settled father of pups.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that the plan calls for recapturing the male wolf along with his mate and three pups to keep tracking Western Oregon’s only known wolf family as they work their way toward pack status.
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OLD DORMITORIES AT FAIRVIEW SITE MAY BE RAZED

(Salem Statesman Journal)Four long-vacant buildings on the former Fairview Training Center site may be moving a step closer to demolition.

Salem City Council today will receive a report on a planning administrator’s decision to allow an amendment to the Fairview Master Plan. The change is needed before the property owner, Sustainable Fairview Associates LLC, can apply for demolition permits.
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AG FIRES BACK AT ORACLE — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Blistering lawsuit filed in Cover Oregon fiasco-

The failure of Cover Oregon the now-abandoned state-run health insurance exchange was destined to result in a legal fight over who was responsible for the debacle and who should be stuck with its quarter-billion-dollar cost.
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EARTHQUAKE: BIG ONE OVERDUE IN OREGON

(Portland Tribune)A 6.0 magnitude quake in California’s Napa Valley served as another friendly reminder to Oregonians about “the big one.”

It’s not a matter of if, but when a major quake along the Cascadia fault strikes Oregon, and emergency preparedness is of the utmost importance.
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August 22, 2014 eClips

  • Who says 80 percent of Oregon’s young people should go to college? They do
  • Oregon Farm Bureau seeking photos for next year’s Oregon’s Bounty calendar
  • Oregon health reforms threatened by new federal directive, officials say
  • Oregon prison tackles solitary confinement with Blue Room experiment
  • Oregon gay marriage plaintiffs reach fee settlement with state
  • Make manufacturing pay off for Oregon — Opinion
  • LTD becomes toast of transit world
  • Candidates for governor take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  • Feds should leave Oregon blueberry farmers alone — Opinion
  • OLCC Already Discussing Recreational Pot Sales

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WHO SAYS 80 PERCENT OF OREGON’S YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD GO TO COLLEGE? THEY DO

(Portland Oregonian)Members of the public routinely question Oregon’s official goal that 80 percent of its young people should earn college credentials — at least half of them four-year degrees and the rest either two-year degrees or industry certification.
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OREGON FARM BUREAU SEEKING PHOTOS FOR NEXT YEAR’S OREGON’S BOUNTY CALENDAR

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit photos for its 2015 Oregon’s Bounty calendar through Sept. 15.
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OREGON HEALTH REFORMS THREATENED BY NEW FEDERAL DIRECTIVE, OFFICIALS SAY

(Portland Oregonian)Federal officials have thrown a wrench into the state’s high-stakes reforms to the Oregon Health Plan, threatening a program that serves one in four Oregonians.
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OREGON PRISON TACKLES SOLITARY CONFINEMENT WITH BLUE ROOM EXPERIMENT

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s most incorrigible prisoners spend 23 hours, 20 minutes a day alone in cells deep inside a sprawling prison complex near Ontario.
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OREGON GAY MARRIAGE PLAINTIFFS REACH FEE SETTLEMENT WITH STATE

(Portland Oregonian)The attorneys representing one group of plaintiffs in Oregon’s landmark gay marriage case will receive $133,657 in legal fees and court costs from state taxpayers, according to an agreement approved by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane this week.
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MAKE MANUFACTURING PAY OFF FOR OREGON — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Discussions about manufacturing’s rebound in the United States often include Oregon. The Portland area has become a hot spot for the so-called maker movement, the technology-fueled emergence of small-scale manufacturers, and Oregon consistently ranks among the states that get the biggest economic contribution from manufacturing.
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LTD BECOMES TOAST OF TRANSIT WORLD

(Register Guard)-A local brewery produces a celebratory ale to honor the agency named the best of its size in North America-

A craft beer inspired by a transit award
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CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR TAKE ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

(Salem Statesman Journal)Gov. John Kitzhaber and his opponent Rep. Dennis Richardson both took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and posted their respective videos on YouTube this morning.
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FEDS SHOULD LEAVE OREGON BLUEBERRY FARMERS ALONE — OPINION

(Salem Statesman Journal)The U.S. Department of Labor has been extorting admissions of employment law violations from American blueberry farmers.
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OLCC ALREADY DISCUSSING RECREATIONAL POT SALES

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The ballot measure to make recreational pot legal in Oregon wont be voted on until November. But the state is already preparing for its passage.
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August 21, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon Food Bank hit by recall of salmonella-tainted peanut, almond butter
  • Large Oregon employers, unions to join Knight boost for Oregon Health & Science University cancer research
  • State says it wont charge ex-Prineville police chief
  • It’s never too early to speculate about governor’s race
  • Probe into massive bee die-off leaves owners, experts puzzled
  • Memorial service readied for Atiyeh
  • A Fiscal Reckoning for Oregon’s ‘Pay It Forward’

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OREGON FOOD BANK HIT BY RECALL OF SALMONELLA-TAINTED PEANUT, ALMOND BUTTER

(Portland Oregonian)A recall of salmonella-tainted peanut and almond butter has hit the Oregon Food Bank hard by forcing the nonprofit to destroy a cheap, convenient source of protein.
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LARGE OREGON EMPLOYERS, UNIONS TO JOIN KNIGHT BOOST FOR OREGON HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY CANCER RESEARCH

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon Health & Science University’s push to join the top cancer research facilities in the country is about to get another boost a joint effort by large Oregon employers and labor unions to push Knight Cancer Institute fundraising nearer its $1.2 billion goal.
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STATE SAYS IT WONT CHARGE EX-PRINEVILLE POLICE CHIEF

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Theres no basis for theft or official misconduct case, investigators say-

State of Oregon investigators have concluded there is insufficient evidence to charge former Prineville Police Chief Eric Bush with a crime.
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IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO SPECULATE ABOUT GOVERNOR’S RACE

(Portland Tribune)Even though the 2014 Oregon governors race is still underway, some Democrats already are wondering who will run in 2018.
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PROBE INTO MASSIVE BEE DIE-OFF LEAVES OWNERS, EXPERTS PUZZLED

(Portland Tribune)Four Clackamas County beekeepers may never know what killed their bees June 18.
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MEMORIAL SERVICE READIED FOR ATIYEH

(Portland Tribune)Plans are being made for a public memorial service for former Gov. Vic Atiyeh.
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A FISCAL RECKONING FOR OREGON’S ‘PAY IT FORWARD’

(Forbes)Remember Oregons Pay It Forward plan? Students would attend college with no upfront tuition charges and instead pay a small share of their earnings after they left school for about 20 years.
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August 20, 2014 eClips

  • Can Oregon quake-proof its schools and the state Capitol as well?
  • Most Oregon high school grads unprepared for college academics, ACT scores say
  • How state education leaders seek to boost achievement — Guest Opinion
  • 5 things you should know about Oregon’s coal terminal permit rejection
  • Oregon Retirement Savings Task Force shows appropriate caution — Opinion
  • Airbnb to start collecting Oregon lodging tax statewide
  • Salem genealogy, history buffs are losing a hidden gem
  • Smoking ban on Oregon beaches to be discussed this week
  • Sen. Courtney wants $200M for school seismic upgrades
  • What’s old is new again for the Oregon State Fair
  • County jobless rate inches up
  • Senate President Peter Courtney Talks Up $200 Million for School Seismic Retrofits
  • Gov. John Kitzhaber Names Kendall Clawson Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Former Journalist To Direct Oregon’s Early Learning Division
  • Starvation caused bee deaths, expert says
  • 8 New Fires Burning In Southern Oregon

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CAN OREGON QUAKE-PROOF ITS SCHOOLS AND THE STATE CAPITOL AS WELL?

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney on Tuesday proposed a big increase in state funding to help strengthen schools at risk of of collapse in an earthquake.
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MOST OREGON HIGH SCHOOL GRADS UNPREPARED FOR COLLEGE ACADEMICS, ACT SCORES SAY

(Portland Oregonian)Most Oregon high school graduates aren’t skilled enough at reading, writing, science and math to pass freshman college classes, ACT scores for the class of 2014 show.
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HOW STATE EDUCATION LEADERS SEEK TO BOOST ACHIEVEMENT — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Each student in Oregon deserves a high quality education and a clear pathway to a career.
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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OREGON’S COAL TERMINAL PERMIT REJECTION

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s Department of State Lands on Monday dealt a serious blow to Ambre Energy’s proposed coal terminal, denying a key permit needed for a project to export 8.8 million tons of coal annually to Asia.
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OREGON RETIREMENT SAVINGS TASK FORCE SHOWS APPROPRIATE CAUTION — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Retirement Savings Task Force, created by the 2013 Legislature, released its draft report earlier this month. It expects to present the report to the Legislature in September and with legislative feedback will continue to refine the plan.
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AIRBNB TO START COLLECTING OREGON LODGING TAX STATEWIDE

(Portland Oregonian)Airbnb says it will start collecting a 1 percent state lodging tax across Oregon, another step in its efforts to square its business model with local regulations.
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SALEM GENEALOGY, HISTORY BUFFS ARE LOSING A HIDDEN GEM

(Salem Statesman Journal)Come with me to the historic Oregon State Library, the first building constructed on what we know as the Capitol Mall.
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SMOKING BAN ON OREGON BEACHES TO BE DISCUSSED THIS WEEK

(Salem Statesman Journal)Public comment on a rule banning smoking at Oregon Coast beaches will be accepted at four town hall meetings this week.
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SEN. COURTNEY WANTS $200M FOR SCHOOL SEISMIC UPGRADES

(Salem Statesman Journal)Sen. Peter Courtney, D-Salem, stood near the steps at McKinley Elementary Tuesday morning when he announced a plan for the 2015 Legislature to spend $200 million on seismic upgrades to schools.
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WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN FOR THE OREGON STATE FAIR

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon State Fair has been reorganized and handed over to a brand-new, governor-appointed council, all with the hope that it can turn around dwindling admissions and ultimately boost the performance of the Oregon State Fairgrounds all year long.
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COUNTY JOBLESS RATE INCHES UP

(Eugene Register-Guard)-The state reports that local unemployment numbers have seen little change for the past few months-

Lane Countys unemployment rate rose slightly in July but has been basically flat for the past few months.
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SENATE PRESIDENT PETER COURTNEY TALKS UP $200 MILLION FOR SCHOOL SEISMIC RETROFITS

(Willamette Week)-The announcement follows criticism of Courtney’s $252 million plan to refit and remodel the State Capitol-

In his race for re-election, Senate President Peter Courtney D-Salem has taken heat from his opponent for his push to proceed with a $252 million seismic upgrade and renovation of the Oregon Capitol.
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GOV. JOHN KITZHABER NAMES KENDALL CLAWSON DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF

(Willamette Week)Gov. John Kitzhaber has promoted key aide Kendall Clawson to his deputy chief of staff for community engagement.
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FORMER JOURNALIST TO DIRECT OREGON’S EARLY LEARNING DIVISION

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A former journalist is stepping in to direct Oregons Early Learning Division, following the retirement of the new agencys first director.
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STARVATION CAUSED BEE DEATHS, EXPERT SAYS

(Capital Press)The latest Oregon bee deaths were a case of “classic starvation,” not pesticides.
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8 NEW FIRES BURNING IN SOUTHERN OREGON

(Jefferson Public Radio)Thunderstorms rolling through Southern Oregon sparked 8 new wildfires Monday evening in Jackson and Josephine counties.
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August 19, 2014 eClips

  • Nutella shock: Turkish hazelnut shortage may boost Oregon growers
  • Oregon Department of State Lands rejects Ambre Energy coal export permit, dealing major blow
  • Oregon Department of State Lands rejects Ambre Energy coal export permit, dealing major blow
  • Northwest wildfires: Crews continue to make progress against 15 large blazes in Oregon, Washington
  • Common Core lost support with teachers, the public over past year
  • Why is the state library closing its research room?
  • Courtney pushing for seismic upgrades to Oregon schools
  • A deeper look at women’s pay
  • Business tour looks at area economy
  • Prioritizing financial aid
  • Coal export project gets thumbs down from state
  • State Says “No” to Building a Boardman Coal Terminal– Blog
  • Deschutes County job growth tops Oregon
  • Oregon Senators, Fire Chiefs See Gaps In Proposed Oil Train Rules
  • Obamacare Premiums Falling the Most in This State?

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NUTELLA SHOCK: TURKISH HAZELNUT SHORTAGE MAY BOOST OREGON GROWERS

(Portland Oregonian)A frost that damaged the hazelnut crop in Turkey might be a boon to growers in Oregon at least in the short term even as it hits Nutella-lovers’ pocketbooks.
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OREGON DEPARTMENT OF STATE LANDS REJECTS AMBRE ENERGY COAL EXPORT PERMIT, DEALING MAJOR BLOW

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s Department of State Lands on Monday dealt a serious blow to Ambre Energy’s proposed coal terminal, denying a key permit needed for a project to export 8.8 million tons of coal annually to Asia.
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OREGON DEPARTMENT OF STATE LANDS REJECTS AMBRE ENERGY COAL EXPORT PERMIT, DEALING MAJOR BLOW

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s Department of State Lands on Monday dealt a serious blow to Ambre Energy’s proposed coal terminal, denying a key permit needed for a project to export 8.8 million tons of coal annually to Asia.
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NORTHWEST WILDFIRES: CREWS CONTINUE TO MAKE PROGRESS AGAINST 15 LARGE BLAZES IN OREGON, WASHINGTON

(Portland Oregonian)Firefighters across the Northwest continued to make good progress against the 15 large blazes burning in Oregon and Washington.
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COMMON CORE LOST SUPPORT WITH TEACHERS, THE PUBLIC OVER PAST YEAR

(Portland Oregonian)A set of rigorous standards for reading, math, writing and speaking that are set to go fully operational in schools in Oregon and most other states this fall plummeted in popularity among the public and, moreso, teachers over the past year, a new poll shows.
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WHY IS THE STATE LIBRARY CLOSING ITS RESEARCH ROOM?

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon State Library’s research room will close to the public starting Oct. 1 due to a reorganization and budget cuts demanded by the Oregon Legislature last year, state librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen announced earlier this month.
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COURTNEY PUSHING FOR SEISMIC UPGRADES TO OREGON SCHOOLS

(Salem Statesman Journal)More than 1,000 Oregon school buildings were found to have a very high or high risk of collapse during a major earthquake, but in the years since the 2007 study the state has granted money to only 25 locations for seismic upgrades.
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A DEEPER LOOK AT WOMEN’S PAY

(Salem Statesman Journal)We published a story last week that found women in state government make, on average, about 88 percent of what men make.
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BUSINESS TOUR LOOKS AT AREA ECONOMY

(Eugene Register-Guard)-The states development agency is visiting 11 regions of Oregon to gather opinions on local priorities-

On Monday, the Eugene-Corvallis area was stop No. 10 on Business Oregons six-week road tour of 11 regions throughout the state.
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PRIORITIZING FINANCIAL AID

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Higher ed commission recommends big increase-

Oregons new Higher Education Coordinating Commission cant make $147 million appear with a wave of its hand, and even if it could theres no guarantee that either the governor or the Legislature would support spending the money as recommended.
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COAL EXPORT PROJECT GETS THUMBS DOWN FROM STATE

(Portland Tribune)For the first time, a government agency has rejected a permit sought for one of the coal export facilities proposed in the Northwest.
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STATE SAYS “NO” TO BUILDING A BOARDMAN COAL TERMINAL– BLOG

(Willamette Week)Gov. John Kitzhaber’s election-season opposition to shipping more coal down the Columbia River seemed to run against a plan to push forward a new coal terminal in Boardman, where Ambre Energy would offload rail cars onto barges headed downriver.
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DESCHUTES COUNTY JOB GROWTH TOPS OREGON

(KTVZ Bend)-Nearly 3,400 jobs added, but jobless rates barely move-

Summer is heating up across the High Desert, with hiring up in all three counties over figures of a year ago, the state Employment Department reported Monday.
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OREGON SENATORS, FIRE CHIEFS SEE GAPS IN PROPOSED OIL TRAIN RULES

(Jefferson Public Radio) Local fire chiefs joined Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley on Monday in their push to expand proposed federal safety rules for oil trains.
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OBAMACARE PREMIUMS FALLING THE MOST IN THIS STATE?

(NASDAQ)It’s almost hard to believe that it’s been more than four months since open enrollment for health insurance in 2014 closed. But that distance becomes clearer when you realize that open enrollment for 2015 is set to kick off in just under three months.

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August 18, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Oregon’s tuition-free ‘Pay It Forward’ college finance plan appears dead
* Wildfire update: 5 Mile, Roseburg-area fires nearly contained; Somers fire 50 percent contained
* Oregon and Washington wildfires: Crews make slow, steady progress on stubborn blazes
* Thinning Oregon’s dry-side forests cuts fire risk — Guest Opinion
* Southern half of Oregon facing severe to extreme drought through fall
* Oregon soldiers, airmen en route to and on ground in Afghanistan
* Oregon’s reported voter registration drop was really just a data entry error
* Oregonians should vote for top-two primary — Opinion
* Intel’s tax break: Compare it to other Oregon tech deals
* Intel’s new tax breaks make a 30-year guarantee
* Oregon open-primary measure an important part of a national movement — Guest Opinion
* Volunteers fight rising tide of Oregon suicides — Opinion
* Oregonians affected by alien crime invasion of U.S. — Guest Opinion
* Officials say unauthorized drone flights pose threats to firefighters
* Oregon State Fair to start charging again for parking
* Upper Snake River opens for fall Chinook on Sept. 1
* Wyden drafts new forest bill
* Under fire — Guest Opinion
* Getting it right on autism — Opinion
* ODOT working on wildlife overpass design
* Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes avowal back in game
* New nursery sprayer could be game changer
* Oregon coast tribe seeks federal recognition
* Prison chief: Death row cell not a hardship
* Food Stamp Use Shows Continued ‘Underemployment’ Pain
* Agency reconsidering water for Klamath salmon
* Oregon Uses Grants to Fund Innovation in Disabilities and Aging Support
* Oregon To Decide On Controversial Coal Export Dock Permit Monday
* Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review Could Expand To Other States
* Criticism of Oregon’s med-mal mediation law off base, lawmaker says

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OREGON’S TUITION-FREE ‘PAY IT FORWARD’ COLLEGE FINANCE PLAN APPEARS DEAD (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon’s attention-getting proposal to offer students tuition-free college if they agree to repay a small portion of their earnings for years afterward got the official thumbs down from Oregon’s higher education board this week.
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WILDFIRE UPDATE: 5 MILE, ROSEBURG-AREA FIRES NEARLY CONTAINED; SOMERS FIRE 50 PERCENT CONTAINED (Portland Oregonian)

Firefighters throughout the state continue to fight wildfires in northeastern and southern Oregon.
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OREGON AND WASHINGTON WILDFIRES: CREWS MAKE SLOW, STEADY PROGRESS ON STUBBORN BLAZES (Portland Oregonian)

Warm, dry weather returned to the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, but two days of rain and high humidity have helped firefighters make progress on several stubborn wildfires in Oregon and Washington.
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THINNING OREGON’S DRY-SIDE FORESTS CUTS FIRE RISK — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Short of paving over forests or lining the trees with asbestos, you will not be able to “fire-proof” a forest. However, despite assertions to the contrary, it is entirely possible to create fire-resistant forests through fuels reduction.
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SOUTHERN HALF OF OREGON FACING SEVERE TO EXTREME DROUGHT THROUGH FALL (Portland Oregonian)

Severe to extreme drought in much of Oregon’s southern half is expected to continue at least through October, drying up irrigation reserves and increasing wildfire danger.
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OREGON SOLDIERS, AIRMEN EN ROUTE TO AND ON GROUND IN AFGHANISTAN (Portland Oregonian)

The largest concentration of Oregon National Guard soldiers deploying to Afghanistan is en route to the country.
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OREGON’S REPORTED VOTER REGISTRATION DROP WAS REALLY JUST A DATA ENTRY ERROR (Portland Oregonian)

Among Oregon political insiders, a report posted on the Oregon secretary of state’s website raised eyebrows this week. According to the report, the state’s two major parties lost about 36,000 registered voters in July and the overall number of registered voters in the state dropped by nearly 30,000.
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OREGONIANS SHOULD VOTE FOR TOP-TWO PRIMARY — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Far be it from us to complain about anything that gets voters interested in the November 2014 ballot. So, hooray for the spirited debate over Measures 91 and 92, which would, respectively, legalize recreational marijuana and require labels on foods produced with genetic engineering.
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INTEL’S TAX BREAK: COMPARE IT TO OTHER OREGON TECH DEALS (Portland Oregonian)

Intel’s 30-year property tax exemption, potentially worth $2 billion to the company, is almost certainly the largest deal of its kind in Oregon history.
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INTEL’S NEW TAX BREAKS MAKE A 30-YEAR GUARANTEE (Portland Oregonian)

Imagine the world in 2046: That’s eight presidential elections and eight World Cups away. Justin Bieber will be 52.
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OREGON OPEN-PRIMARY MEASURE AN IMPORTANT PART OF A NATIONAL MOVEMENT — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

With Ballot Measure 90, Oregonians can challenge the exclusion of over one third of the state’s voters while, at the same time, fight rising partisanship in the Congress, and increasingly in our country. E pluribus unum, the concept of “Out of many, one,” is being made meaningless by the partisan divide.
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VOLUNTEERS FIGHT RISING TIDE OF OREGON SUICIDES — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The photograph is the young Robin Williams, with multicolored overalls, brown hair looking like it was cut with nail clippers, eyes alight with what can only be called life.
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OREGONIANS AFFECTED BY ALIEN CRIME INVASION OF U.S. — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The current ongoing immigration surge, call it an invasion, across the United States of America’s border with Mexico by persons who have illegally entered the country is really old news revisited to those who have been victimized of foreign national criminals in Oregon.
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OFFICIALS SAY UNAUTHORIZED DRONE FLIGHTS POSE THREATS TO FIREFIGHTERS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Hobbyist drones have been involved in three wildfires, one of those incidents in Northern California almost grounding aerial firefighting efforts.
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OREGON STATE FAIR TO START CHARGING AGAIN FOR PARKING (Salem Statesman Journal)

Can you put a price on fun?

The 2014 Oregon State Fair opens one week from today, and now that it is overseen by a public corporation instead of a state agency, there have been a few changes.
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UPPER SNAKE RIVER OPENS FOR FALL CHINOOK ON SEPT. 1 (Salem Statesman Journal)

Fishing for hatchery fin-clipped fall Chinook salmon will open Sept. 1 on the upper Snake River.
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WYDEN DRAFTS NEW FOREST BILL (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The new version would increase logging in some Oregon forests, a move environmentalists are opposing-

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden introduced a new version of his bill on the eve of Congress August recess, two weeks ago, that would increase logging in Western Oregons federal forest lands.
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UNDER FIRE — GUEST OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Changes in our forests are making wildfires much wilder-

As a forester, I couldnt ignore the Oregon Department of Forestrys daily fire report in late July stating that wildfire already had burned 36,888 acres this year on state-protected private and public forestland seven times the 10-year average.
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GETTING IT RIGHT ON AUTISM — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-State to order insurers to stop denying treatment-

It took a seven-year fight and a federal court ruling, but on Thursday the Oregon Insurance Division finally did the right thing for autistic kids and their families, announcing that it will order health insurers to cover the considerable cost of Applied Behavior Analysis ABA therapy for autistic children.
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ODOT WORKING ON WILDLIFE OVERPASS DESIGN (Medford Mail Tribune)

In an effort to cut down on vehicle-versus-deer collisions in northern Klamath County, state officials are working on designing and installing a wildlife overpass south of Crescent.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is designing the overpass to cover a section of Highway 97, according to spokesperson Peter Murphy.
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CLATSOP-NEHALEM CONFEDERATED TRIBES AVOWAL BACK IN GAME (Daily Astorian)

-A bill restoring federal rights to the Clatsop-Nehalem has been introduced in Congress.-

U.S. Rep. Suzanne, D-Ore., has introduced a bill in the U.S. House calling for federal recognition of the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes.
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NEW NURSERY SPRAYER COULD BE GAME CHANGER (Capital Press)

-The USDA and university researchers are testing a sprayer that dramatically cuts pesticide use and drift.-

An intelligent sprayer that uses a laser sensor to determine where and what to spray has shown it can cut pesticide in half and greatly reduce drift.

Researchers estimate the technology can save growers $230 an acre annually on chemicals alone.

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OREGON COAST TRIBE SEEKS FEDERAL RECOGNITION (The Daily News-Kelso Longview)

An Oregon congresswoman wants federal recognition for the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes on the northern Oregon coast.

A bill by Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici would restore federal benefits to the Indian tribe, but not fishing or hunting rights. Recognition wouldn’t require a reservation, but allows members to live in Tillamook and Clatsop counties.
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TAKING UP ARMS WHERE BIRDS FEAST ON BUFFET OF SALMON (New York Times)

The salmon here in the Columbia River, nearly driven to extinction by hydroelectric dams a quarter century ago, have been increasing in number a fact not lost on the birds that like to eat them. These now flock by the thousands each spring to the rivers mouth, where the salmon have their young, and gorge at leisure.
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PRISON CHIEF: DEATH ROW CELL NOT A HARDSHIP (San Francisco Chronicle)

Death row is not a significant hardship compared to ordinary prison life, the head of Oregon State Penitentiary said in response to a federal lawsuit filed by a convicted killer who wants to be moved into the general population while he awaits a new sentencing hearing.
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FOOD STAMP USE SHOWS CONTINUED ‘UNDEREMPLOYMENT’ PAIN (Stateline)

Luxuries were affordable for Linda Fish before she lost her job in retail management in 2009.

I won’t lie. The dinners out, the perfect martinis, the salon visits with a master stylist, and the rooms at nice hotels when I was too lazy or tired to do the long commute homethese things I could afford and they made me very, very happy, the Chicago resident wrote on her blog soon after she became unemployed.
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AGENCY RECONSIDERING WATER FOR KLAMATH SALMON (Herald and News)

A federal agency said Friday it is taking another look at releasing water in Northern Californias Klamath Basin to prevent the spread of disease among salmon returning to spawn in drought conditions.
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OREGON USES GRANTS TO FUND INNOVATION IN DISABILITIES AND AGING SUPPORT (The Skanner)

Oregon DHS issued grants worth almost $13 million to nine social welfare nonprofits and regional governments to pilot new approaches to caring for vulnerable people, supporting people with disabilities, and for preventing physical and emotional health crises.
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OREGON TO DECIDE ON CONTROVERSIAL COAL EXPORT DOCK PERMIT MONDAY (Jefferson Public Radio)

Oregon regulators plan to decide Monday whether to deny a permit for a coal export dock in Boardman to preserve tribal fishing on the Columbia River.

The Morrow Pacific coal export project needs a permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands to build a dock for coal barges.
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OREGON’S CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE REVIEW COULD EXPAND TO OTHER STATES (Jefferson Public Radio)

This week, a group of Oregonians will meet in Salem to figure out where they stand on an upcoming ballot measure. It’s called the Citizens’ Initiative Review and it’s been a part of the Oregon election process since 2010.
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CRITICISM OF OREGON’S MED-MAL MEDIATION LAW OFF BASE, LAWMAKER SAYS (Modern Healthcare)

An Oregon law to encourage settlement of medical malpractice claims through disclosure, apology and compensation has taken heat from HHS and the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen because it exempts some claims from being reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank. But the bill’s sponsor said the criticisms misinterpret the measure’s intent.
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