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* ‘Flexible scheduling’ shaping up as next big legislative work-place fight
* ‘Incorrigible’ public masturbator shouldn’t be locked up for life, Supreme Court says
* Portland-area poverty rate falls as economic recovery spreads
* Leads still needed in Cape Kiwanda pedestal destruction, OSP says
* Oregon Supreme Court tosses Springfield murder conviction
* Sport fishing extended again for hatchery chinook in lower Columbia River
* Oregon State’s newest marine center necessary in the tsunami zone — Guest Opinion
* Celebrate national parks by fighting climate change — Guest Opinion
* Public pensions are being overly optimistic: Megan McArdle — Opinion
* Want to be a farmer? Incubator program to accept new growers
* Does Oregon discriminate against tax haven countries?
* Deadline looms for state to update IDs for air travel
* Governor should kill Nestles water bottling scheme for good — Guest Opinion
* Come talk about a third Salem bridge — or anything else — tonight — Opinion
* Oregon Supreme Court overturns Lane County mans murder conviction
* Face youth suicide problem — Opinion
* New York firm gets $1 million contract to review ODOT
* Brown says campus safety important ‘regardless of financial situation’
* Portland container shipping faces broad challenges
* Summit aims to rev up motorcycle safety
* As year winds down, locks task force plots way forward
* Lawsuit: Oregon wolf decision violated Endangered Species Act
* At long last, Oregon picks ODOT auditor
* Oregon proposes drop in workers comp rates
* State upholds zoning regulation
* Portland group spurs recommendation to list bumblebee as endangered
* Studies focus on acidic ocean impact on Dungeness crabs
* Editorial: Two historic cans cost Madras taxpayers hundreds of dollars — Opinion
* Renters Rights Highlighted At Rally At Oregon Capitol
* Oregon Works To Reduce Pain Pill Prescriptions In ER
* Cascade Locks Bottling Update
* Ahead Of UCC Shooting Anniversary, Group Issues Safety Recommendations
* Closures lifted on private forests
* Cleaner Air Oregon forum comes to Pendleton
* Our view: Tips and kicks — Opinion
* 2 horses test positive for West Nile
* Ontario officials continue work on new wastewater discharge permit
* Central Point the ‘Golden Spike’ for natural gas
* Utility, KRRC files to remove four hydro-dams
* C-flume project gets underway
* Cormorant case heads to Oregon
* Put down the cellphone and drive
* Buoy 10, lower Columbia River Chinook seasons grow
* Editorial: State promise to students falls short — Opinion
* As I See It: How childhood affects our health — Guest Opinion
* Predator Probe
* Report shows mining potential
* State fines city for wastewater violation
* Short on aquifer information — Opinion
* Bates Pond group comes close to consensus
* John Day cop killer may soon be freed
* Dying fir, pine trees dot horizon
* High bar to remove liquor license
* City, Main Street receive state awards
* Measure would clarify senate bill
* Measure 97 splits voters in Oregon
* ODF fire-protection fee could apply to more land in 2017
* Wallowa’s Uptmor a voice for small schools on state boards
* $100M Cover Oregon settlement comes with steep price tag for state– Blog
* Look Who’s Getting Oregon’s Housing Subsidy Dollars: The Rich
* One Question for Candidates: Should Portland Have Rent Control?
* Oregon DOC Will Not Open Second Women’s Prison For Now
‘FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING’ SHAPING UP AS NEXT BIG LEGISLATIVE WORK-PLACE FIGHT (Portland Oregonian)
After passing paid sick leave in 2015 and raising Oregon’s minimum wage this spring, top Democrats on Thursday signaled next year’s likely flashpoint on worker rights: a mandate requiring some employers to give employees early notice of scheduling changes.
The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday for the first time reversed a life prison sentence for an unstoppable public masturbator — saying Oregon’s three-strikes-you’re-out law for repeat sex offenders isn’t always constitutional.
PORTLAND-AREA POVERTY RATE FALLS AS ECONOMIC RECOVERY SPREADS (Portland Oregonian)
The Portland-area poverty rate took a steep dive in 2015, reflecting a broader economic recovery.
Some 26,000 residents including the families of 12,000 children rose above the poverty line.
LEADS STILL NEEDED IN CAPE KIWANDA PEDESTAL DESTRUCTION, OSP SAYS (Portland Oregonian)
All leads have been exhausted in the investigation into the toppling of Cape Kiwanda’s duckbill sandstone pedestal, and investigators are appealing again to the public for help, the Oregon State Police said Thursday.
OREGON SUPREME COURT TOSSES SPRINGFIELD MURDER CONVICTION (Portland Oregonian)
The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a Lane County man, ruling statements he made after requesting a lawyer should not have been admissible at his 2012 trial.
SPORT FISHING EXTENDED AGAIN FOR HATCHERY CHINOOK IN LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER (Portland Oregonian)
Sport anglers can continue to fish for hatchery chinook salmon through the end of September from the Warrior Rock deadline Sauvie Island to Buoy 10.
OREGON STATE’S NEWEST MARINE CENTER NECESSARY IN THE TSUNAMI ZONE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
Contrary to what you may have heard, Oregon State University can save more lives and advance coastal safety by building its next marine studies facility within a tsunami zone in Newport.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL PARKS BY FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
This year our country is celebrating 100 years of national parks. They are special places woven into the fabric of American life from the iconic view of California’s Yosemite Valley to our own Crater Lake. Yet these places are threatened by the ever-increasing impacts of climate change.
PUBLIC PENSIONS ARE BEING OVERLY OPTIMISTIC: MEGAN MCARDLE — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)
This column often tackles controversial issues: race, gender, crime, the tragedy of people who order steak in restaurants. Today, however, we’re going to have some real fireworks. We’re going to talk about the appropriate discount rate for public-sector defined-benefit pension plans.
WANT TO BE A FARMER? INCUBATOR PROGRAM TO ACCEPT NEW GROWERS (Portland Oregonian)
There are a lot of obstacles to starting a farm — land is expensive, equipment is expensive, business wasn’t your major in college. Now is your chance to knock down some of those barriers.
DOES OREGON DISCRIMINATE AGAINST TAX HAVEN COUNTRIES? (Salem Statesman Journal)
Does having Oregon keep a list of tax haven nations curb foreign investment in the state?
Yes, and it’s akin to discrimination, according to one industry group that promotes “foreign direct investment,” a business practice where foreign companies own U.S. subsidiaries.
DEADLINE LOOMS FOR STATE TO UPDATE IDS FOR AIR TRAVEL (Salem Statesman Journal)
In less than two years, Oregonians may find themselves unable to board a plane with their state ID card unless lawmakers act. That’s because Oregon is noncompliant with the federal REAL ID Act, a 2005 counter-terrorism law that requires states to put new security features on their ID cards and pay for the upgrades.
GOVERNOR SHOULD KILL NESTLES WATER BOTTLING SCHEME FOR GOOD — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
This week, our friend and colleague Anna Mae Leonard, a Columbia River Tribal fishing woman, is staging a five-day hunger strike to protest a Nestle bottling proposal that should have been irrelevant by now.
COME TALK ABOUT A THIRD SALEM BRIDGE — OR ANYTHING ELSE — TONIGHT — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)
I’m posting this legislative press release to alert anyone who might be interested in attending the meeting tonight.
Joint Transportation Committee To Hold 10th Public Hearing in Salem September 22 _________________________________________
OREGON SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS LANE COUNTY MANS MURDER CONVICTION (Eugene Register-Guard)
– Retrial possible in murder of teen mom, 18 –
The Oregon Supreme Court has overturned a Lane County mans murder conviction, ruling that a Springfield police officer improperly questioned him after he had invoked his rights to counsel and against self-incrimination.
FACE YOUTH SUICIDE PROBLEM — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)
– Time to join states effort and deal with it boldly –
After an 18-year-old South Salem High School honor student took his life last week in the forest near McKenzie Pass Highway 126/State Route 242 junction, the words of the poet Archibald MacLeish cry out for an answer: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning.
NEW YORK FIRM GETS $1 MILLION CONTRACT TO REVIEW ODOT (Portland Tribune)
The state has awarded a nearly $1 million contract to New York-based McKinsey & Company to conduct a long-awaited management review of the Oregon Department of Transportation before lawmakers approve a transportation package in 2017.
BROWN SAYS CAMPUS SAFETY IMPORTANT ‘REGARDLESS OF FINANCIAL SITUATION’ (Portland Tribune)
A work group formed in the wake of last fall’s shooting at Umpqua Community College has recommended the state certification of campus security officers, creating a state council on campus security and making building security upgrades.
PORTLAND CONTAINER SHIPPING FACES BROAD CHALLENGES (Portland Tribune)
Labor disputes are often blamed for discontinued ocean container shipping at Port of Portland’s Terminal 6, but the facility faces broader problems, a port executive said.
Even if conflicts between the port, the terminal operator and the longshoremens union were resolved, turmoil in the global shipping industry would affect the facility, said Keith Leavitt, the ports chief commercial officer.
SUMMIT AIMS TO REV UP MOTORCYCLE SAFETY (Portland Tribune)
Traffic fatalities are increasing this year in Portland, including deaths in motorcycle crashes. City officials are hoping to reduce the trend with Vision Zero policies that call for no traffic fatalities or serious injuries in the future.
AS YEAR WINDS DOWN, LOCKS TASK FORCE PLOTS WAY FORWARD (Portland Tribune)
When the Willamette Falls Locks Task Force met for the first time in January 2016, representatives from a variety of state and local bodies generally agreed that the task force should work toward the eventual reopening of the locks.
LAWSUIT: OREGON WOLF DECISION VIOLATED ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT (Bend Bulletin)
-Oregon prepares to update wolf management plan-
Oregon violated its own Endangered Species Act and failed to follow its rules when it removed gray wolves from the endangered list late last year, conservation groups argue in a lawsuit.
The Tuesday filing comes as the state prepares to update its wolf management plan last updated in 2010 and as some federal legislators question protection levels for wolves and seek more state control over wolf management.
AT LONG LAST, OREGON PICKS ODOT AUDITOR (Bend Bulletin)
-Agency audit is key step towards road funding proposal-
Oregon, we have liftoff.
After spending the better part of a year trying to get an audit of the Oregon Department of Transportation off the ground, the state has chosen a contractor to dig into the agency and send its findings to the Legislature by March, just as lawmakers will try to launch a major roads funding bill.
OREGON PROPOSES DROP IN WORKERS COMP RATES (Bend Bulletin)
-Average premium would decline four fourth straight year-
Workers compensation insurance rates would drop for the fourth straight year in 2017 under a proposal by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.
The average rate, before insurers profits and other expenses, would decline by 7.2 percent, from $1.10 per $100 of payroll to $1.02 per $100, according to a department announcement.
STATE UPHOLDS ZONING REGULATION (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon state officials have upheld local regulations blocking people from growing medical marijuana on property zoned for rural residential use. County laws had already blocked growing marijuana for recreational use in that zone.
The Land Use Board of Appeals sided with Jackson County on the issue, releasing a decision this month that found the county’s regulations reasonable and moderate.
Federal wildlife officials on Thursday made a formal recommendation to list the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species because it has disappeared from about 90 percent of its historic range in just the past two decades.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the recommendation after the Portland-based Xerces Society petitioned the agency on behalf of the bee in 2013 and presented studies showing it was struggling due to a combination of disease, habitat loss, climate change and overuse of pesticides on commercial crops.
STUDIES FOCUS ON ACIDIC OCEAN IMPACT ON DUNGENESS CRABS (Bend Bulletin)
Millions of pounds of Dungeness crab are pulled from Pacific Northwest waters each year in a more than century-old ritual for commercial and recreational fishermen.
But as marine waters absorb more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, federal scientists are worried that the oceans changing chemistry may threaten the sweet-flavored crustaceans.
EDITORIAL: TWO HISTORIC CANS COST MADRAS TAXPAYERS HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS — OPINION (Bend Bulletin)
Would you pay hundreds of dollars for a couple of historic rusty cans, one squashed flat by vehicle traffic and the other likely to be no older than U2 frontman Bono? Its a question taxpayers in Madras should ask because, well, they did.
RENTERS RIGHTS HIGHLIGHTED AT RALLY AT OREGON CAPITOL (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregon lawmakers will take up two major pieces of legislation designed to improve rights for renters next year. That’s if a group that rallied at the state capitol in Salem on Thursday has its way.
OREGON WORKS TO REDUCE PAIN PILL PRESCRIPTIONS IN ER (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
The nation is in the middle of an opioid abuse epidemic. And Oregon is trying to find out just how many prescriptions are written in emergency departments and then reduce them.
CASCADE LOCKS BOTTLING UPDATE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Last May voters in Hood River County passed a ballot measure outlawing commercial water bottling plants. But now activists are raising concerns that plans for a Nestle water bottling plant in the city of Hood River may still be moving forward.
AHEAD OF UCC SHOOTING ANNIVERSARY, GROUP ISSUES SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Oregon college campuses should have better access to sworn police officers and develop active shooter training programs for all students and employees.
Those are some of the recommendations in a draft report issued Thursday by a work group convened by the Oregon Governors Office.
CLOSURES LIFTED ON PRIVATE FORESTS (East Oregonian)
The Oregon Department of Forestry will lift regulated use closures Friday on private forests within the agency’s Northeast Oregon District. However, fire season remains in effect for private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands protected by ODF.
CLEANER AIR OREGON FORUM COMES TO PENDLETON (East Oregonian)
Cleaner Air Oregon, a program created by Gov. Kate Brown and jointly led by the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Environmental Quality, will hold its third regional forum Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Pendleton Convention Center.
OUR VIEW: TIPS AND KICKS — OPINION (East Oregonian)
A tip of the hat to emergency planning committees in both Morrow and Umatilla counties for working hard to prepare for a potential oil train derailment and crash.
A tip of the hat to allowing Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution inmates outside the prison to do manual labor and community projects.
Pendleton’s nearly three decade-long ban on inmates doing such work was overturned this year by city council. It was the only city to have such a ban, and we think its high time it was removed.
2 HORSES TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE (Argus Observer)
Although West Nile virus has not been detected in mosquitoes in Malheur County, two horses have tested positive with the virus, according to a release from the Oregon Health Authority.
One of the horses is near Vale and other one is near Rome, said Gary Page, manager of the county Vector Control District.
ONTARIO OFFICIALS CONTINUE WORK ON NEW WASTEWATER DISCHARGE PERMIT (Argus Observer)
With its permit expiring to discharge wastewater into Snake River, the City of Ontario has been looking at ways to meet state requirements for a new permit.
Ontario City Council voted to approve going ahead with the second phase in the citys negotiations with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on a required National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.
CENTRAL POINT THE ‘GOLDEN SPIKE’ FOR NATURAL GAS (Medford Mail Tribune)
Nearly four years after the first of three 40-foot liquid natural gas tanks were installed near the Pilot Travel Center, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has opened the facility for business.
With the addition of the 275 Peninger Road location, Clean Energy Fuels’ Americas Natural Gas Highway” is now operational from San Diego to Seattle. But instead of being one of the oldest stops on the route, Central Point has become the “Golden Spike” location.
UTILITY, KRRC FILES TO REMOVE FOUR HYDRO-DAMS (Herald and News)
The Klamath River Renewal Corporation KRRC will file Friday two applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC to decommission four dams on the Klamath River.
According to a press release from the KRRC, one application, filed jointly with PacifiCorp, asks FERC to transfer PacifiCorps licenses to operate the four dams in California and Oregon to the KRRC.
C-FLUME PROJECT GETS UNDERWAY (Herald and News)
-KID breaks ground on water delivery pipeline-
Community members gathered around the entrance to a new era for the C-flume on Wednesday in Klamath Falls, with members of Klamath Irrigation Districts board of directors lifting the first shovels of dirt to kickoff the construction of the new structure planned for completion by summer 2018.
CORMORANT CASE HEADS TO OREGON (Daily Astorian)
The federal lawsuit brought by an animal welfare group against the U.S. Coast Guard over the groups efforts to document the controversial shooting of double-crested cormorants near East Sand Island has been moved from San Diego to Portland.
PUT DOWN THE CELLPHONE AND DRIVE (Daily Astorian)
Honor students, football stars, cheerleaders, cool kids and the girl they called granny at the wheel. All share one thing in common: they are among the 4,000 teenagers who die each year in preventable car crashes, the No. 1 killer of teens in the nation.
In 2015, 3,829 teens lost their lives on the roadway and only 25 percent of those were attributable to drinking or drugs. Fifty percent of teens killed were passengers.
BUOY 10, LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER CHINOOK SEASONS GROW (Daily Astorian)
Fish on through Sept. 30 for hatchery Chinook salmon from Buoy 10 upstream to the Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island deadline, under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.
EDITORIAL: STATE PROMISE TO STUDENTS FALLS SHORT — OPINION (Albany Democrat Herald)
One of the few good things that came out of this year’s short legislative session was the deal that Sen. Sara Gelser struck to preserve at least some semblance of the fifth-year programs that many mid-valley high schools have pioneered.
AS I SEE IT: HOW CHILDHOOD AFFECTS OUR HEALTH — GUEST OPINION (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
Yeah, yeah, Ive tried to quit. … I’m a dirt bag.
This 45-year-old had smoked for over 30 years and felt frustrated talking to me about his health. When we took time to connect, he realized cigarettes helped him manage stress and anxiety built in childhood, and he was not a dirt bag, but instead a survivor who sometimes struggles.
PREDATOR PROBE (Baker City Herald)
-Biologists investigate ravens as a cause of the grouses decline-
Understanding Baker County’s Plummeting Population of Sage Grouse
A black bird with an appetite for sage grouse eggs could be the culprit or at least one of the culprits behind a precipitous decline in sage grouse populations in Baker County over the past decade.
A preliminary survey done this spring suggests raven numbers are high enough here to play a significant role in the sage grouses struggles, said Lee Foster, state sage grouse conservation coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife ODFW.
REPORT SHOWS MINING POTENTIAL (Baker City Herald)
-Study ordered by 2015 Legislature rates Baker County’s potential high for gold & limestone, moderate for several other metals, minerals-
A new report from Oregon’s geology agency concludes that Baker County has rich potential for mining gold and limestone, and a moderate potential for several other metals and minerals.
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries released the report last week as mandated by state lawmakers.
STATE FINES CITY FOR WASTEWATER VIOLATION (Baker City Herald)
Baker City is appealing a $6,800 fine from the state, which issued the penalty because the city released wastewater into the Powder River last fall that exceeded chemical limits.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality DEQ levied the fine.
The violations, which happened in October 2015, involve whats known as the biochemical oxygen demand in the treated wastewater the city releases into the Powder River from its sewage lagoons about one mile north of town.
SHORT ON AQUIFER INFORMATION — OPINION (Baker City Herald)
When you irrigate fields and pastures from a reservoir or a stream, its easy to tell when you’re running short on water.
You just have to look.
But the situation is nothing like as simple when it comes to some of Oregons larger sources of water for irrigation and for drinking.
Because these reservoirs are underground.
BATES POND GROUP COMES CLOSE TO CONSENSUS (Blue Mountain Eagle)
A stakeholder work group discussing the future of Bates Pond and Bates State Park finished their three planned meetings but failed to reach a consensus about a recommendation to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
JOHN DAY COP KILLER MAY SOON BE FREED (Blue Mountain Eagle)
The man who pleaded guilty to killing a John Day police officer in 1992 may soon be freed.
Today, the Oregon Court of Appeals overturned the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervisions decision to postpone Sidney Dean Porters prison release date, stating the board lacked authority to rescind a release date absent a timely hearing, according to the court opinion.
DYING FIR, PINE TREES DOT HORIZON (The Dalles Chronicle)
It is not unusual to see orange, rust and brown foliage dotting the landscape during the fall months, but when evergreens start changing colors, its indicative of a problem, Oregon Forestry Department officials say.
Chet Behling, stewardship forester for ODFs office in The Dalles, said the agency protects about 148,000 acres from fire in Wasco County. This year, 12,300 acres were mapped as being affected by drought-related stress and/or bark beetles, he said.
HIGH BAR TO REMOVE LIQUOR LICENSE (The Dalles Chronicle)
A spokeswoman for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Monday laid out rigorous standards that must be met in order to deny a liquor license to an establishment.
The city of Dufur and the Wasco County sheriff have both recommended that the Dufur Pastime not have its liquor license renewed, and spokeswoman Christie Scott described the standards that would have to be met in order for that to happen.
CITY, MAIN STREET RECEIVE STATE AWARDS (The Dalles Chronicle)
The city of Dalles and The Dalles Main Street have been recognized for their ongoing partnership to revitalize the downtown blocks.
Main Street has also received an award for its new promotional publication that provides an overview of its diverse programs.
MEASURE WOULD CLARIFY SENATE BILL (LaGrande Observer)
One measure on the ballot in November would ensure public universities have the right to make investments, something legislation passed three years ago was originally supposed to do.
In 2013, legislation was passed that allowed universities within the Oregon University System to create governing boards. The same legislation, Senate Bill 270, also gave those universities the power to manage their finances and make investments.
MEASURE 97 SPLITS VOTERS IN OREGON (LaGrande Observer)
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., did well in the Pacific Northwest during the presidential primary season with his lectern-pounding message about fairness, need and corporate greed.
A ballot measure this fall that would sharply raise corporate taxes is now testing just how deeply Sanders message about economic inequality has sunk in.
ODF FIRE-PROTECTION FEE COULD APPLY TO MORE LAND IN 2017 (Wallowa.com)
Wallowa Countys so-called fire protection donut hole interior land vulnerable to fire but not currently assessed a fire protection fee may be a thing of the past starting in 2017.
State forest officials, county representatives and local fire chiefs held meetings last week in Flora and Enterprise to announce a proposal to officially place all non-federal land in the county that isn’t within city limits or currently being farmed under the protection of the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Wallowa School Superintendent Bret Uptmor is broadening his influence and representing smaller schools with service on two state boards.
He has been serving on the Accountability Recording Advisory Committee for about 18 months. That board reports to the Oregon Department of Education and was mandated by the legislature to work on ways to hold schools accountable for student success and show their work. It also makes recommendations on appeals of information found in school report cards.
$100M COVER OREGON SETTLEMENT COMES WITH STEEP PRICE TAG FOR STATE— BLOG (Oregon Business Journal)
Oregon’s $100 million settlement with Oracle America could end up costing state agencies at least twice that much, due to the installation fees associated with the free software under the deal, as well as maintenance down the road.
LOOK WHO’S GETTING OREGON’S HOUSING SUBSIDY DOLLARS: THE RICH (Willamette Week)
– Oregon homeowners get more than $800 million a year in subsidy and fatcats take the biggest chunk.-
The Oregon House Revenue Committee met yesterday, in part to review the state’s role in addressing soaring real-estate costs.
One of the questions lawmakers examined is what programs the state currently has to subsidize affordable housing.
ONE QUESTION FOR CANDIDATES: SHOULD PORTLAND HAVE RENT CONTROL? (Willamette Week)
– Lots of local office-seekers won’t talk about it, even when asked. –
Last week, House Speaker Tina Kotek D-Portland announced she’ll try to repeal Oregon’s ban on rent control next year.
Oregon’s Department of Corrections has decided not to ask the state for funds to open a new women’s prison. Oregon only has one facility for women, and its overcrowded.
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