April 24, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon drug deaths: More people dying from meth use, cocaine-related deaths at a low
  • Oregon schools’ big switch to academics-only grades, with no penalty for late papers or missing homework, is kaput
  • ODOT lays out plans for Oregon 47/Verboort Road during Wednesday town hall in Forest Grove
  • John Gleason, Oregon State Bar’s controversial disciplinary chief, quietly leaves job
  • ODOT backs down from plan to limit disclosure of oil train shipments
  • Oregon asking right questions on treatment of immigrants — Opinion
  • ODOT comes to its senses on train transparency — Opinion
  • Fairgrounds has infinite legislative possibilities — Opinion
  • Cover Oregon to decide future of exchange on Friday
  • Oregon Arts Commission extends search for director
  • Oregon Geologists Release New Map Of Landslide Locations
  • ‘Equal Pay For Equal Work’ Still A Goal In Oregon
  • Oregon Has A Problem – People Switching On And Off The Oregon Health Plan

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OREGON DRUG DEATHS: MORE PEOPLE DYING FROM METH USE, COCAINE-RELATED DEATHS AT A LOW

 (Portland Oregonian)There was one less drug-related death in Oregon last year, compared to 2012.

What stood out: The fewest number of people died as a result of cocaine use in more than a decade, but the greatest number of people lost their lives as a result of methamphetamine use since 2000, according to the latest state figures.
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OREGON SCHOOLS’ BIG SWITCH TO ACADEMICS-ONLY GRADES, WITH NO PENALTY FOR LATE PAPERS OR MISSING HOMEWORK, IS KAPUT

 (Portland Oregonian)Remember the huge shift to academics-only grading that shook Oregon schools and students this year? The sea change, grounded in state law and staunchly backed by the Oregon Department of Education, that forbade dinging students for poor behavior or late assignments?
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ODOT LAYS OUT PLANS FOR OREGON 47/VERBOORT ROAD DURING WEDNESDAY TOWN HALL IN FOREST GROVE

 (Portland Oregonian)More than 70 people on Wednesday recounted troubling experiences and called for change at the intersection of Oregon 47 and Verboort Road to lawmakers, county officials and state transportation agency representatives.
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JOHN GLEASON, OREGON STATE BAR’S CONTROVERSIAL DISCIPLINARY CHIEF, QUIETLY LEAVES JOB

 (Portland Oregonian)After a short, stormy run that antagonized some lawyers around the state and divided the Oregon State Bar, John Gleason, the bar’s high-profile new disciplinary counsel, quietly left the job and Oregon late last month.
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ODOT BACKS DOWN FROM PLAN TO LIMIT DISCLOSURE OF OIL TRAIN SHIPMENTS

 (Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Department of Transportation reversed direction Wednesday on a plan to stop asking railroads for annual reports showing where crude oil moves in the state.
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OREGON ASKING RIGHT QUESTIONS ON TREATMENT OF IMMIGRANTS — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)Last week, after U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice M .Stewart ruled in Portland that county sheriffs shouldnt be detaining immigrants they had no reason to hold just because it was convenient for the federal government, Oregons sheriffs responded promptly. One after another, sheriffs started announcing that when immigrants had discharged their obligations to the county, they would be released.
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ODOT COMES TO ITS SENSES ON TRAIN TRANSPARENCY — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Department of Transportation isnt known for doing things quickly, but that doesnt mean it cant. All it takes, it seems, is some well-timed attention focused on a terrible decision, and presto The public appears to be back in the oil-train loop. ODOT should see that it stays there.
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FAIRGROUNDS HAS INFINITE LEGISLATIVE POSSIBILITIES — OPINION

 (Salem Statesman Journal)I was doing a chin-wag with Peter Wong this morning about how I’m going to miss him around the newsroom, but am looking forward to seeing him during the sturm und drang up the street during the next legislative session.
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COVER OREGON TO DECIDE FUTURE OF EXCHANGE ON FRIDAY

 (Salem Statesman Journal)As Cover Oregon’s first open enrollment period nears the end, its board of directors is expected to decide on the future of the state health insurance exchange Friday, April 25.
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OREGON ARTS COMMISSION EXTENDS SEARCH FOR DIRECTOR

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Arts Commission has extended its search for a new executive director to replace Chris D’Arcy, who was fired abruptly in October.

The search began in late February, and the board set a timeline at its Feb. 25 meeting that had the search closing in mid-March and a new director appointed by April 21.
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OREGON GEOLOGISTS RELEASE NEW MAP OF LANDSLIDE LOCATIONS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregon geologists say theyve released a new, expanded statewide database of landslide locations.

The state Department of Geology and Mineral Industries said Wednesday that more than 46,000 known landslide locations are included. The department hopes the tool will help increase the publics understanding of where future slides may occur.
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‘EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK’ STILL A GOAL IN OREGON

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Economists and politicians are debating pay inequality nationwide. President Barack Obama has taken action to promote equal pay for equal work.

And Thursday, April 23, Lilly Ledbetter is scheduled to speak at Portland State University.
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OREGON HAS A PROBLEM – PEOPLE SWITCHING ON AND OFF THE OREGON HEALTH PLAN

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregons new health system has a problem – people who switch on and off the Oregon Health Plan as their incomes fluctuate.

By 2016, about 60,000 Oregonians are expected to shift between Medicaid and commercial insurance.
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April 23, 2014 eClips

  • Cover Oregon budget crunch overshadows whether to fix bug-ridden health insurance exchange or go federal
  • ODOT acts to limit disclosure of oil train shipments after The Oregonian won its release
  • State ethics panel wants to redefine who’s a journalist in Oregon
  • ODOT bends the knee to its railroad masters– Blog
  • Legislative funds keep RCC costs from rising
  • Investigators Link Bee Die-Off To Unauthorized Hives In Oregon
  • Southern Oregon farmers divided over GMO ban issue
  • HIV Cases Rise Amongst Oregon Latinos

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COVER OREGON BUDGET CRUNCH OVERSHADOWS WHETHER TO FIX BUG-RIDDEN HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE OR GO FEDERAL

 (Portland Oregonian)Money could be as important as technology on Friday, when the Cover Oregon board decides whether to give up on its bug-ridden, unfinished health insurance exchange and switch to the federal version instead.
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ODOT ACTS TO LIMIT DISCLOSURE OF OIL TRAIN SHIPMENTS AFTER THE OREGONIAN WON ITS RELEASE

 (Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Department of Transportation, the states rail safety overseer, says it will no longer ask railroads for reports detailing where crude oil moves through the state after The Oregonian successfully sought to have them made public.
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STATE ETHICS PANEL WANTS TO REDEFINE WHO’S A JOURNALIST IN OREGON

 (Portland Oregonian)The state ethics commission wants to redefine who’s a journalist and who isn’t when it comes to enforcing Oregon’s public meetings law.

As more and more news goes online, and various bloggers, tweeters and other non-traditional news outlets gain momentum, a once-obvious line has become blurred, said Ron Bersin, executive director of the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.
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ODOT BENDS THE KNEE TO ITS RAILROAD MASTERS– BLOG

 (Portland Oregonian)If there remains any doubt as to whom the Oregon Department of Transportation “serves,” Tuesday’s story by The Oregonian’s Rob Davis eliminates it.
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LEGISLATIVE FUNDS KEEP RCC COSTS FROM RISING

 (Medford Mail Tribune)Tuition and fees will remain flat at Rogue Community College next year following a small allocation boost from the Oregon Legislature.

RCC is receiving $763,000 of $15 million awarded to the Community College Support Fund as part of a “grand bargain” bill package passed by the Legislature last fall.
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INVESTIGATORS LINK BEE DIE-OFF TO UNAUTHORIZED HIVES IN OREGON

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Investigators have discovered 30 unauthorized commercial honeybee hives near the site of a large bee die-off in Sherwood southwest of Portland.
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SOUTHERN OREGON FARMERS DIVIDED OVER GMO BAN ISSUE

 (KATU)Southern Oregon farmers are choosing sides in a pair of local campaigns to ban genetically modified crops.

Ban supporters say pollen from fields of genetically modified organisms can contaminate organic farms, and they are worried about use of the herbicide Roundup, which GMO plants are designed to resist.

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HIV CASES RISE AMONGST OREGON LATINOS

 (Jefferson Public Radio)The number of H-I-V cases in Oregon is declining, but not amongst Latinos. They are twice as likely to contract the virus as non-Hispanic whites. This is the first in an ongoing series on Latino health disparities in Oregon:

“Buenos das. Mi nombre es Diana Herrera……”
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April 22, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon has a plan to rate teachers based partly on their students’ test scores
  • Oregon primary election: What you need to know
  • Proposed FDA rule would hurt Oregon’s breweries, dairy farmers — Opinion
  • Two timber companies win bids to buy Elliott State Forest parcels
  • New Cover Oregon leader promises change
  • Lawsuit challenges timber sales near Coos Bay
  • Oregon Department of Agriculture investigating mass honey bee die-off at Sherwood

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OREGON HAS A PLAN TO RATE TEACHERS BASED PARTLY ON THEIR STUDENTS’ TEST SCORES

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon has settled on an approach to evaluating teachers based in part their students’ test score gains, officials announced Monday.

That will lead to big changes in the way all Oregon teachers have their performance judged during next school year and the one after it, Oregon schools chief Rob Saxton predicted.
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OREGON PRIMARY ELECTION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 (Portland Oregonian)With the May 20 primary election fast approaching, a few significant voter deadlines are also nearing.

Below, courtesy of the Oregon Secretary of State calendar, are dates worth marking to ensure your vote counts.
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PROPOSED FDA RULE WOULD HURT OREGON’S BREWERIES, DAIRY FARMERS — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)It’s difficult to tackle a problem where there is none that is, unless you’re the federal Food and Drug Administration and marching off a cliff in the name of fulfilling the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.
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TWO TIMBER COMPANIES WIN BIDS TO BUY ELLIOTT STATE FOREST PARCELS

 (Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber and other state leaders wanted to know whod be interested in buying the Elliott State Forest if the state decided to sell the land it owns near Coos Bay.

They have their answer: Timber companies.
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NEW COVER OREGON LEADER PROMISES CHANGE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Cover Oregons new interim director Clyde Hamstreet said the state health insurance exchange he is charged with restructuring has committed employees but suffers from a lack of organization.
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LAWSUIT CHALLENGES TIMBER SALES NEAR COOS BAY

 (Salem Statesman Journal)-State wants to increase revenue from coastal site, to support school funding-

Conservation organizations filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Oregons decision to sell part of the Elliott State Forest northeast of Coos Bay.
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OREGON DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE INVESTIGATING MASS HONEY BEE DIE-OFF AT SHERWOOD

 (Eugene Register-Guard)The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating the die-off of thousands of honeybees in Sherwood.

KGW reports http://bit.ly/1renQ7R dead bees were found Sunday scattered along on Highway 99 at Sunset Boulevard.
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April 21, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Tribes, ranchers sign deal to share scarce Upper Klamath Basin water
* 6 California sea lions killed at Bonneville Dam to protect Columbia River salmon
* Oregon providers make less from Medicare, and health, medical culture explain why
* Banning chocolate milk in Oregon schools causes waste, lower milk consumption, study finds
* Columbia River Crossing: Tab approaches $200 million after I-5 bridge project shuttered
* PERS to pay former Ducks’ defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti annual pension of nearly $250,000
* Labor fines add up for Portland-area roofing companies and the brothers in charge
* As Cover Oregon collapses, Oracle sails on — Opinion
* Northwest Forest Plan has failed rural communities — Guest Opinion
* Waiting will continue after Oregon Supreme Court’s free-speech ruling — Opinion
* DOC deputy director given no reviews for 10 years
* Halibut season opener could see 2-month delay
* Rules leave pot test labs with little oversight
* Oregon’s debate over gay rights spans 25 years — Opinion
* Job growth continues as similar occupations are recruited across state
* D’Arcy fallout draws sixth resignation
* Oil-train shipments up by 8M barrels in state
* Voter registration website glitch fixed
* Toxins force stop to mussel-gathering
* Oregon promotes prison visits to combat recidivism
* Faculty pay hurts Oregon schools — Opinion
* Controlled burns planned for Oregon forests
* Sewage dispute erupts again
* Colorado deaths stoke worries over pot edibles
* A toe tag for Cover Oregon — Opinion
* Saginaw scenario
* Secretary of State Kate Brown Hits Back Against Oregonian Editorial
* Daily Courier: Ore. Town Wants Feds To Rule On Dispensaries
* Stripe rust find puts resistance gene in question
* Jay Kenton named interim president at Eastern Oregon University

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TRIBES, RANCHERS SIGN DEAL TO SHARE SCARCE UPPER KLAMATH BASIN WATER (Portland Oregonian)

Cattle ranchers and American Indian tribes long at odds over scarce water in Oregon’s Upper Klamath Basin signed an agreement Friday to share access to rivers and cooperate on restoring habitat for endangered fish the tribes hold sacred.
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6 CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS KILLED AT BONNEVILLE DAM TO PROTECT COLUMBIA RIVER SALMON (Portland Oregonian)

Six California sea lions have been euthanized to protect endangered salmon crossing Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.
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OREGON PROVIDERS MAKE LESS FROM MEDICARE, AND HEALTH, MEDICAL CULTURE EXPLAIN WHY (Portland Oregonian)

The federal government recently released data on Medicare provider reimbursements, and one of the numbers jumps out: The median Oregon reimbursement per provider in 2012 was $18,890, compared to a national median of $30,265, according to The Oregonian’s analysis.
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BANNING CHOCOLATE MILK IN OREGON SCHOOLS CAUSES WASTE, LOWER MILK CONSUMPTION, STUDY FINDS (Portland Oregonian)

Researchers at Cornell University discovered in a study conducted in Oregon that removing chocolate milk from schools had some unintended consequences.
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COLUMBIA RIVER CROSSING: TAB APPROACHES $200 MILLION AFTER I-5 BRIDGE PROJECT SHUTTERED (Portland Oregonian)

It will go down in history as one of the largest public works project in Oregon history that never happened.
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PERS TO PAY FORMER DUCKS’ DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR NICK ALIOTTI ANNUAL PENSION OF NEARLY $250,000 (Portland Oregonian)

It’s not quite a Mike Bellotti-level pension, but Nick Aliotti won’t be shaking the sofa cushions in his dotage either.
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LABOR FINES ADD UP FOR PORTLAND-AREA ROOFING COMPANIES AND THE BROTHERS IN CHARGE (Portland Oregonian)

Two Portland-area contractors with a history of flouting labor laws now must pay $65,000 in penalties to workers, including more than $7,100 to their own father, to settle a long-running state investigation.
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AS COVER OREGON COLLAPSES, ORACLE SAILS ON — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

As Oregon paws through the high-tech rubble of the Cover Oregon online system wondering how more than $130 million paid to the superstar Oracle technology corporation could produce a website with more bugs than an exterminators filing system The New York Times reported last weekend that in 2013, Oracle founder and chief executive Larry Ellison collected the largest income in corporate America, $78.4 million.
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NORTHWEST FOREST PLAN HAS FAILED RURAL COMMUNITIES — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

It’s not surprising some would defend the Northwest Forest Plan NWFP, as its effectiveness depends on whom you ask, a classic case of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
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WAITING WILL CONTINUE AFTER OREGON SUPREME COURT’S FREE-SPEECH RULING — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Supreme Court issued a decision Thursday involving a TriMet advertising policy struck down by a lower court way back in 2008. Six years is a long time to wait for legal certainty. And as fate would have it, the wait will continue.
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DOC DEPUTY DIRECTOR GIVEN NO REVIEWS FOR 10 YEARS (Salem Statesman Journal)

-Morrow’s last written evaluation was in 2003-

A high-ranking prison official who has faced scrutiny from three state agencies during the past 18 months has not received an official performance review for more than a decade, records show.
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HALIBUT SEASON OPENER COULD SEE 2-MONTH DELAY (Salem Statesman Journal)

Near-shore halibut anglers off the central Oregon coast would bear with a two-month delay of the opener in exchange for daily fishing under one of the proposals that will be voted on Friday by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in North Bend.
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RULES LEAVE POT TEST LABS WITH LITTLE OVERSIGHT (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Oregon Legislatures vote last year to regulate medical marijuana shops created new business opportunities for another kind of pot enterprise marijuana testing but leaves it virtually unregulated.
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OREGON’S DEBATE OVER GAY RIGHTS SPANS 25 YEARS — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

What a difference a decade makes or a quarter century.
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JOB GROWTH CONTINUES AS SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS ARE RECRUITED ACROSS STATE (Salem Statesman Journal)

The hiring spree Oregon employers are on has spread out from the Portland area to the smaller metropolitan areas such as Bend, Medford and Salem.
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D’ARCY FALLOUT DRAWS SIXTH RESIGNATION (Salem Statesman Journal)

-Oregon Cultural Trust board member Greg Fitz-Gerald stepped down Thursday-

A member of the Oregon Cultural Trust has resigned, following in the footsteps of five Oregon Arts Commission members who resigned earlier this year in response to the abrupt firing of former executive director Chris DArcy.
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OIL-TRAIN SHIPMENTS UP BY 8M BARRELS IN STATE (Salem Statesman Journal)

The volume of oil hauled on railroads in Oregon increased last year to more than 11 million barrels a dramatic increase from about 3 million barrels in 2012, reports to the state show.
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VOTER REGISTRATION WEBSITE GLITCH FIXED (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Secretary of States voter registration website is working again after being down for about 24 hours this week. Spokesman Tony Green reported Thursday evening the glitch had been fixed.
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TOXINS FORCE STOP TO MUSSEL-GATHERING (Salem Statesman Journal)

Recreational mussel-gathering is prohibited from Tillamook Head in Clatsop County south to the North Jetty at Yaquina Bay because of elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins.
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OREGON PROMOTES PRISON VISITS TO COMBAT RECIDIVISM (Salem Statesman Journal)

When they read a study that suggested inmates who were visited by their families while in prison were significantly less likely to return to prison, officials in the Oregon Department of Corrections crunched their numbers and found about 60 percent of the state’s inmates never received a visitor.
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FACULTY PAY HURTS OREGON SCHOOLS — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregon ranks 27th in population and 30th in median family income among the 50 states, so it might be expected to show up toward the middle of national comparisons of state university systems.
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CONTROLLED BURNS PLANNED FOR OREGON FORESTS (Eugene Register-Guard)

Fire managers at the Willamette and Deschutes national forests still intend to ignite prescribed fires in designated wilderness areas, but they wont be doing it as a joint effort as they planned.
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SEWAGE DISPUTE ERUPTS AGAIN (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The owner of the Saginaw Mobile Home Park is given another fine by the state-

The Saginaw Mobile Home Parks owner is in trouble over raw sewage once again.
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COLORADO DEATHS STOKE WORRIES OVER POT EDIBLES (Eugene Register-Guard)

A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.
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A TOE TAG FOR COVER OREGON — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The state should switch to federal insurance exchange-

Hubris undoubtedly has played a part in the embarrassing failure of Cover Oregon, the only health insurance exchange in the country that still is unable to process online enrollments.
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SAGINAW SCENARIO (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Nearby residents fear gravel pit reopening, possible asphalt plant-

Residents in the small community of Saginaw north of Cottage Grove are worried about the possible reopening and expansion of a local gravel pit and the possible addition of an asphalt plant.
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SECRETARY OF STATE KATE BROWN HITS BACK AGAINST OREGONIAN EDITORIAL (Willamette Week)

It’s unusual to see a statewide elected official take to social media to fight with the state’s largest newspaper.
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DAILY COURIER: ORE. TOWN WANTS FEDS TO RULE ON DISPENSARIES (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Decision makers for cities and counties throughout Oregon who have been wringing their hands over medical marijuana dispensaries may want to send thank-you cards to the Cave Junction City Council.
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STRIPE RUST FIND PUTS RESISTANCE GENE IN QUESTION (Capital Press)

Researchers have found stripe rust on Kaseberg, an Oregon State University soft white wheat variety that has a stripe rust resistance gene. Further research will show whether it’s a new strain of stripe rust or the resistance gene is breaking down, OSU Extension cereal specialist Mike Flowers says.
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SHERIFFS LIMIT DETENTION OF IMMIGRANTS (New York Times)

Sheriffs in nine Oregon counties announced this week that they would no longer hold people in jail based on requests from federal immigration authorities after a United States magistrate judge in Portland ruled that an immigrant’s rights had been violated when she was held in a county jail on such a request.
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JAY KENTON NAMED INTERIM PRESIDENT AT EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY (The Republic (Indiana))

The state Board of Higher Education on Friday named Jay Kenton the interim president of financially challenged Eastern Oregon University.
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April 21, 2014 eClips

  • Beer prices could go up under FDA food safety proposal: readers react
  • Salem Health again pushes to have historic building razed
  • Still looking for ‘More’ about state workers for a new online feature
  • Cost of long-term care insurance rising for Oregonians
  • Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban in court this week
  • Northwest brewers fear proposed FDA rule would spike costs

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BEER PRICES COULD GO UP UNDER FDA FOOD SAFETY PROPOSAL: READERS REACT

(Portland Oregonian)A proposed rule by the Food and Drug Administration to tighten the food safety net could pump up the price of beer.
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SALEM HEALTH AGAIN PUSHES TO HAVE HISTORIC BUILDING RAZED

(Salem Statesman Journal)Salem Health is trying a second time to get approval to demolish a historic building on the former Oregon School for the Blind property, and hospital officials say that what it has planned for the land would serve the community better than preserving the landmark.
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STILL LOOKING FOR ‘MORE’ ABOUT STATE WORKERS FOR A NEW ONLINE FEATURE

(Salem Statesman Journal)Last week, I made an unusual request of state employees: Stories about the good things they and other state employees do outside of work. I’ve gotten several wonderful responses, including people nominating their coworkers and some people telling me about their amazing skills outside the office.
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COST OF LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE RISING FOR OREGONIANS

(Salem Statesman Journal)About 30,000 Oregonians who buy insurance for long-term care will see their premium rates rise, even though state regulators reduced many of the increases requested by insurance companies.
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OREGON’S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN IN COURT THIS WEEK

(Salem Statesman Journal)The future of Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage goes before a federal judge this week, with many critics arguing that it unconstitutionally discriminates against gays and lesbians and little support in favor of the ban being upheld.
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NORTHWEST BREWERS FEAR PROPOSED FDA RULE WOULD SPIKE COSTS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Northwest beer brewers have joined a national outcry over a proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration which they say would make it prohibitively expensive for them to recycle spent grain by providing it to dairy farmers.
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April 18, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon oil train shipments increased 250 percent in 2013
  • Oregon providers make less from Medicare, and health, medical culture explain why
  • Oregon Secretary of State’s voter registration website returns after outage
  • Forest Grove fire marshal says roundabouts ‘safest’, ODOT statistics show fewer crashes
  • Oregon House and Senate races: Your interactive guide
  • Driver card referendum: Oregon sheriffs group opposes measure
  • Were more than half of all babies born in Oregon in 2013 Hispanic? PolitiFact Oregon
  • Audit blasts Oregon for cuts to job training programs for poor
  • Oracle says it’s not to blame for Cover Oregon
  • Oregon court says pets are property, reverses neglect conviction
  • Voter registration website has second glitch of the year
  • Sheriffs oppose driver’s cards
  • Oregon Counties End Jail Holds On Immigrants After Court Decision
  • What Does Medical Marijuana Mean For Oregon Employers?

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OREGON OIL TRAIN SHIPMENTS INCREASED 250 PERCENT IN 2013

(Portland Oregonian)The volume of oil hauled on Oregons rails increased 250 percent in 2013. A sharp increase in crude shipments along a rail route through Portland, Scappoose, St. Helens and Rainier drove the jump.
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OREGON PROVIDERS MAKE LESS FROM MEDICARE, AND HEALTH, MEDICAL CULTURE EXPLAIN WHY

(Portland Oregonian)The federal government recently released data on Medicare provider reimbursements, and one of the numbers jumps out:
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OREGON SECRETARY OF STATE’S VOTER REGISTRATION WEBSITE RETURNS AFTER OUTAGE

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Secretary of State’s voter registration website came back online Thursday evening after a one-day outage.
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FOREST GROVE FIRE MARSHAL SAYS ROUNDABOUTS ‘SAFEST’, ODOT STATISTICS SHOW FEWER CRASHES

(Portland Oregonian)On the morning after the fatal crash at Oregon 47 and Verboort Road, Forest Grove Fire Marshal David Nemeyer took a drive back to the site out of curiosity.
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OREGON HOUSE AND SENATE RACES: YOUR INTERACTIVE GUIDE

(Portland Oregonian)See which seats in the Oregon Legislature are at stake in the May 20 primary with our new interactive election maps.
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DRIVER CARD REFERENDUM: OREGON SHERIFFS GROUP OPPOSES MEASURE

(Portland Oregonian)The Sheriffs of Oregon political action committee opposes a measure on the November ballot that would grant driving privileges to Oregonians who can’t prove they’re here legally.
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WERE MORE THAN HALF OF ALL BABIES BORN IN OREGON IN 2013 HISPANIC? POLITIFACT OREGON

(Portland Oregonian)Controversial proposals to issue drivers licenses to undocumented residents and to provide permanent residency to certain immigrants highlight Oregons changing demographics.
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AUDIT BLASTS OREGON FOR CUTS TO JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR POOR

(Salem Statesman Journal)An Oregon Secretary of State audit of the states temporary cash-assistance program for poor families raised concerns that case managers were not providing enough oversight or accountability to ensure clients become employed and self-sufficient.
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ORACLE SAYS IT’S NOT TO BLAME FOR COVER OREGON

(Salem Statesman Journal)After six months of near silence about the problems at Cover Oregon, the projects main technology contractor says its not to blame for the failed launch of Oregons health insurance exchange.
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OREGON COURT SAYS PETS ARE PROPERTY, REVERSES NEGLECT CONVICTION

(Salem Statesman Journal)The notion of pets as property was tested anew this week when the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that animals statutory protections against abuse and neglect dont trump their owners constitutional rights.
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VOTER REGISTRATION WEBSITE HAS SECOND GLITCH OF THE YEAR

(Salem Statesman Journal)-Website was down Thursday-

The Secretary of States voter registration website is not working less than two weeks before the deadline to register for the May primary election.
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SHERIFFS OPPOSE DRIVER’S CARDS

(Salem Statesman Journal)-They urge voters to turn measure down-

A state organization comprised of elected sheriffs voted Thursday to oppose Measure 301, a November ballot measure that would allow the state to issue drivers cards to residents who cannot prove their identities.
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OREGON COUNTIES END JAIL HOLDS ON IMMIGRANTS AFTER COURT DECISION

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Five Oregon counties now say they will no longer hold people in jail in response to requests from the federal immigration agency.
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WHAT DOES MEDICAL MARIJUANA MEAN FOR OREGON EMPLOYERS?

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)This year, Oregon joined 19 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries; Colorado and neighboring Washington went a step further, permitting the sale of recreational pot.
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April 17, 2014 eClips

  • Columbia River Crossing audit finds $17 million in questionable spending
  • Japanese tsunami debris threat wanes along Oregon coast
  • Oracle blasts Oregon for spreading Cover Oregon ‘false narrative’
  • Oregon welfare audit says state should increase job training, accountability to move recipients into work
  • Oregon prisons push inmate-family visits to keep prisoners from coming back
  • Liz Dent named new Forests Division chief
  • More payments go to O&C counties
  • Oregon court: Dogs are property; throws out cruelty conviction
  • Oregon inmates help restore 1880s courthouse clock
  • Auditor’s Report Details Challenges Faced By Oregon Welfare Program

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COLUMBIA RIVER CROSSING AUDIT FINDS $17 MILLION IN QUESTIONABLE SPENDING

(Portland Oregonian)The Washington State Auditors Office has found more than $17 million in questionable and excessive payments among the $188 million paid for the aborted Columbia River Crossing.
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JAPANESE TSUNAMI DEBRIS THREAT WANES ALONG OREGON COAST

(Portland Oregonian)The threat of Japanese tsunami debris hitting Oregons beaches is waning.
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ORACLE BLASTS OREGON FOR SPREADING COVER OREGON ‘FALSE NARRATIVE’

(Portland Oregonian)Oracle Corp. has accused the state of Oregon of misleading the press and the public with a “false narrative” about who’s at fault for the state’s health exchange technology disaster.
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OREGON WELFARE AUDIT SAYS STATE SHOULD INCREASE JOB TRAINING, ACCOUNTABILITY TO MOVE RECIPIENTS INTO WORK

(Portland Oregonian)An audit of the welfare program in Oregon says that state officials need to boost job training, hold recipients accountable, provide more subsidized child care and make other changes in order to move more recipients into jobs.
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OREGON PRISONS PUSH INMATE-FAMILY VISITS TO KEEP PRISONERS FROM COMING BACK

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon prison officials have worked for two years to improve connections between inmates and their families, a response to studies that show prisoners who get visits are less likely to return to prison.
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LIZ DENT NAMED NEW FORESTS DIVISION CHIEF

(Salem Statesman Journal)Liz Dent has been named chief of the Oregon Department of Forestrys State Forests Division.
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MORE PAYMENTS GO TO O&C COUNTIES

(Salem Statesman Journal)Eighteen western Oregon counties have received $39.6 million in another set of one-time federal payments for lands once owned by the Oregon & California Railroad.
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OREGON COURT: DOGS ARE PROPERTY; THROWS OUT CRUELTY CONVICTION

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Court of Appeals has thrown out the conviction of a Portland-area woman found guilty of starving her dog.
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OREGON INMATES HELP RESTORE 1880S COURTHOUSE CLOCK

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Officials say the urine poses very little threat to public health, but they still plan to empty the contaminated reservoir-

While crews are nearly finished restoring the historic Morrow County Courthouse clock tower in Heppner, prison inmates in Pendleton put their expertise to the test by returning the actual clock to its original condition.
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AUDITOR’S REPORT DETAILS CHALLENGES FACED BY OREGON WELFARE PROGRAM

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A newly released audit of Oregons Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program concludes little to no progress is being made on the goal of moving beneficiaries toward self-sufficiency.
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April 16, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon schools hiring by the hundreds, a welcome reversal in the teacher job market
  • Oregon Medicare payments: 6 interesting facts in the data
  • Cover Oregon: New executive director suspends Deloitte contract, more cuts likely
  • Oregon Youth Authority staffers and at-risk youth push statewide food drive
  • Oregon environmentalists, public health activists to return products containing potentially toxic chemicals
  • Oregon economy gains back lost ground as job growth rises to housing-boom levels
  • Secretary of state ducked when Damascus asked for help — Opinion
  • Getting out from under the Cover Oregon mess requires a hard cold eye — Opinion
  • Flashing on Oregon highways: When you can — and can’t — use headlights to communicate with other drivers
  • Hamstreet takes charge at Cover Oregon, promises improved transparency
  • Oregon employers add many jobs in March as economic growth accelerates
  • Moving the Needle
  • Around the state
  • Judge sides with Forest Service on timber sale
  • Pesticide applicator investigated

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OREGON SCHOOLS HIRING BY THE HUNDREDS, A WELCOME REVERSAL IN THE TEACHER JOB MARKET

(Portland Oregonian)After six years of anemic hiring, Oregon school districts will extend job offers to an estimated 2,000 teachers this year a turnaround that has energized those doing the hiring as well as those securing jobs.
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OREGON MEDICARE PAYMENTS: 6 INTERESTING FACTS IN THE DATA

(Portland Oregonian)Last week, the federal government released data on 2012 Medicare payments to doctors across the nation.
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COVER OREGON: NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUSPENDS DELOITTE CONTRACT, MORE CUTS LIKELY

(Portland Oregonian)Cover Oregon late last week severed one of its contracts with technology consultant Deloitte, the first of what could be a series of cost-cutting moves as the troubled operation enters a new era of fiscal austerity.
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OREGON YOUTH AUTHORITY STAFFERS AND AT-RISK YOUTH PUSH STATEWIDE FOOD DRIVE

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon Youth Authority staffers and at-risk youths donated the equivalent of 54,797 pounds of food during the 2014 Governor’s State Employee Food Drive.
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OREGON ENVIRONMENTALISTS, PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVISTS TO RETURN PRODUCTS CONTAINING POTENTIALLY TOXIC CHEMICALS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon environmental and public health activists are planning to visit a Walgreens in Northwest Portland on Wednesday evening to return products containing potentially toxic chemicals linked to birth defects, cancer and other diseases.
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OREGON ECONOMY GAINS BACK LOST GROUND AS JOB GROWTH RISES TO HOUSING-BOOM LEVELS

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon job growth accelerated in March to its strongest pace in nearly a decade, according to a report issued Tuesday.
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SECRETARY OF STATE DUCKED WHEN DAMASCUS ASKED FOR HELP — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Lets say youre the secretary of state, Oregons chief elections officer, and a small city facing a high-stakes vote asks you to shed some light on a pivotal matter of law.
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GETTING OUT FROM UNDER THE COVER OREGON MESS REQUIRES A HARD COLD EYE — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)The Cover Oregon mess has triggered anger and bewilderment as Oregonians try to grasp what went so horribly wrong.
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FLASHING ON OREGON HIGHWAYS: WHEN YOU CAN — AND CAN’T — USE HEADLIGHTS TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER DRIVERS

(Portland Oregonian)Last weeks story about a southern Oregon judges ruling that flashing your headlights is a form of free speech at least when youre warning other drivers about the presence of police in the area generated a great deal of reader response.
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HAMSTREET TAKES CHARGE AT COVER OREGON, PROMISES IMPROVED TRANSPARENCY

(Salem Statesman Journal)Clyde Hamstreet, who was hired to temporarily lead Cover Oregon last week, hasnt taken his time easing into his new role.
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OREGON EMPLOYERS ADD MANY JOBS IN MARCH AS ECONOMIC GROWTH ACCELERATES

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregons latest jobs report suggests economic growth accelerated in March, with many major industries adding at least 1,000 jobs.
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MOVING THE NEEDLE

(Willamette Week)-A new law expanding the use of an anti-overdose drug is cutting the number of heroin deaths.-

Two months ago, a heroin user overdosed on the Southwest Salmon Street overpass across Interstate 405, about a block from the headquarters of Outside In.
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AROUND THE STATE

(Bend Bulletin)Pot dispensary moratoriums At least 71 Oregon cities have moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries, and more than 40 others are considering bans, according to the League of Oregon Cities and the Association of Oregon Counties.
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JUDGE SIDES WITH FOREST SERVICE ON TIMBER SALE

(Capital Press)-An environmental group has failed to stop a 2,000-acre thinning project in Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest. -

A federal judge has shot down several environmentalist arguments against a 2,000-acre thinning project in Oregons Mount Hood National Forest.
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PESTICIDE APPLICATOR INVESTIGATED

(Capital Press)A helicopter company may face penalties for a pesticide spraying incident on the southern Oregon coast.
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April 15, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon schools hiring teachers after long hiring drought; 40% more employers at Tuesday’s big job fair
  • Driver’s education students can now waive DMV’s road test thanks to new rule
  • Oregon Medicare data shows disparity in provider payments
  • Oregon Department of Corrections tries ‘owl boxes’ to rid rodents, avoid poisons
  • Medical marijuana in Oregon: Which cities have moratoriums on dispensaries?
  • Pulitzer Prize: The Oregonian wins for editorial writing; finalist for explanatory reporting
  • Marine Board to talk to boaters about budget crunch
  • State’s history reveals racist attitudes
  • Marijuana News: Legalization, THC testing and Oregon moratoriums
  • Job vacancies up among small businesses
  • Why didnt Kitzhaber do this much sooner? — Opinion
  • State issues CAFO fines for manure handling problems

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OREGON SCHOOLS HIRING TEACHERS AFTER LONG HIRING DROUGHT; 40% MORE EMPLOYERS AT TUESDAY’S BIG JOB FAIR

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon schools plan to hire more teachers this spring than they have in years, and the huge increase in turnout of employers at Tuesday’s big annual job fair for Oregon educators reflects that, organizers say.
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DRIVER’S EDUCATION STUDENTS CAN NOW WAIVE DMV’S ROAD TEST THANKS TO NEW RULE

(Portland Oregonian)Remember feeling nervous before the road test required for your drivers license?
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OREGON MEDICARE DATA SHOWS DISPARITY IN PROVIDER PAYMENTS

(Portland Oregonian)Medicare paid $508 million to Oregon providers and provider groups in 2012. But some providers made much more than others.
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OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TRIES ‘OWL BOXES’ TO RID RODENTS, AVOID POISONS

(Portland Oregonian)A Beaverton company recently installed a pair of “owl boxes” on the Oregon Department of Corrections gun range and obstacle course on the edge of Salem to kill rodents before they chew up the training grounds.
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MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN OREGON: WHICH CITIES HAVE MORATORIUMS ON DISPENSARIES?

(Portland Oregonian)A controversial law, passed in the legislative session this year, gives local governments the ability to impose moratoriums on medical marijuana retailers through May 1, 2015.
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PULITZER PRIZE: THE OREGONIAN WINS FOR EDITORIAL WRITING; FINALIST FOR EXPLANATORY REPORTING

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregonian has won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing for a series about efforts to curb rising costs in the states public pensions system.
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MARINE BOARD TO TALK TO BOATERS ABOUT BUDGET CRUNCH

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a pair of open-house sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday to talk about the agencys budget situation going into planning for the 2015 Oregon Legislature.
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STATE’S HISTORY REVEALS RACIST ATTITUDES

(Salem Statesman Journal)How come most people ignore the fact that Oregon excluded people of color and has ties to the KKK?
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MARIJUANA NEWS: LEGALIZATION, THC TESTING AND OREGON MORATORIUMS

(Salem Statesman Journal)A left leaning group in Texas plans to test the political waters in the state to see whether legalizing recreational marijuana is possible, according to 1200 News Radio.
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JOB VACANCIES UP AMONG SMALL BUSINESSES

(Salem Statesman Journal)-Fewer people competing for positions-

While some people struggle to find work, businesses in Oregon reported there were more job vacancies at the beginning of this year than in 2013 during the same time period.
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WHY DIDNT KITZHABER DO THIS MUCH SOONER? — OPINION

(Daily Astorian)Hiring corporate turn-around specialists Clyde Hamstreet & Associates to continue cleaning up the embarrassing mess at Cover Oregon is a reasonable move.
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STATE ISSUES CAFO FINES FOR MANURE HANDLING PROBLEMS

(Capital Press)Oregon Department of Agriculture releases list of 2013 CAFO violations. An Oregon Board of Agriculture member drew the biggest fine.
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April 14, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Key Oregon corrections official remains on duty as ethics probe launches
* Wind Turbines, the new icon of Pacific Northwest landscape
* Oregon judge says flashing lights to warn oncoming drivers of police is free speech
* Oregon special education graduates declared eligible for federal financial aid
* Oregon’s agriculture department fines 3 dairies, including 1 owned by board member
* Oregon fines Redmond contractor for failing to pay prevailing wages for work on school
* Turning economic blooms into jobs — Opinion
* Elliott State Forest management places needs of birds over those of kids — Guest Opinion
* Twenty years of the Northwest Forest Plan — Guest Opinion
* Public to get detailed insider view of certain Oregon schools
* Decision time for Cover Oregon: Move to federal exchange or finish state site?
* WESD didn’t learn from its past — Opinion
* More medical marijuana dispensaries approved, including one in Salem
* Stark differences in how drought is hitting Oregon
* Work continues at WWII memorial
* Oregon considers selling forest to benefit schools
* Caretakers needed to aid disabled children, adults
* Oregon transportation funding could fall by $500M
* Urban forests share links with healthy lives — Guest Opinion
* Project would require roadwork
* UO carefully tends to out-of-state tuition
* Inmate imprisoned for crimes in Lane County found dead
* Gaps in a photogenic state — Opinion
* High-tech crimes task force founder charged
* A fairly good deal: Oregon Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Salem gets new operator
* Saving The Greater Sage Grouse
* Contaminated Wells May Force E. Ore. Town To Annex Territory
* Ore. Cities, Counties Enforce Medical Marijuana Dispensary Moratoriums
* Study Suggests Housing Homeless Could Lower Healthcare Costs
* Cause Of 911 Outages Under Investigation
* Foreclosure Filings Spike In March
* Rethinking College Costs: 3 Radical Plans

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KEY OREGON CORRECTIONS OFFICIAL REMAINS ON DUTY AS ETHICS PROBE LAUNCHES (Portland Oregonian)

Mitch Morrow, deputy director of the Oregon Corrections Department, will stay in his job while facing a new investigation into whether he abused his office to help his son.
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WIND TURBINES, THE NEW ICON OF PACIFIC NORTHWEST LANDSCAPE (Portland Oregonian)

There’s more than talk now about bringing offshore wind farms to the West Coast and Oregon is at he heart of the deal. Gov. John Kitzhaber announced specific plans in February at a press conference in Portland.
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OREGON JUDGE SAYS FLASHING LIGHTS TO WARN ONCOMING DRIVERS OF POLICE IS FREE SPEECH (Portland Oregonian)

It’s a good time to be a flasher on Oregon highways.

To be clear, we’re talking about headlights here.

A judge in southern Oregon has ruled that flashing your vehicle’s lights to warn others about by the presence of law enforcement is protected as free speech under the state Constitution.
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OREGON SPECIAL EDUCATION GRADUATES DECLARED ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon students with disabilities who’ve earned modified high school diplomas were declared eligible for federal financial aid this week, reversing an earlier ruling that blocked aid for more than 1,700 recent Oregon high school graduates, Oregon House Education Chairwoman Sara Gelser announced Thursday.
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OREGON’S AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT FINES 3 DAIRIES, INCLUDING 1 OWNED BY BOARD MEMBER (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Department of Agriculture fined three dairies last year for polluting or failing to follow an animal waste management plan.
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OREGON FINES REDMOND CONTRACTOR FOR FAILING TO PAY PREVAILING WAGES FOR WORK ON SCHOOL (Portland Oregonian)

The state has ordered a contractor to pay $13,600 in civil penalties because it failed to pay prevailing wages for work done on a southern Oregon elementary school.
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TURNING ECONOMIC BLOOMS INTO JOBS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

As the weather warms, signs of economic improvement are as common and welcome as spring blooms. The unemployment rate has dropped in every Oregon county over the past year, and all six of the states metropolitan areas have added jobs. Wages are picking up.
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ELLIOTT STATE FOREST MANAGEMENT PLACES NEEDS OF BIRDS OVER THOSE OF KIDS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Last year, the S&P 500 Index had a total return on investment of 32 percent. That should have been good news for Oregon public schools, which receive twice-yearly checks from an endowment known as the Common School Fund CSF.
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TWENTY YEARS OF THE NORTHWEST FOREST PLAN — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Twenty years ago, the Northwest Forest Plan sought to resolve the timber wars. Has it worked? We think so.
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PUBLIC TO GET DETAILED INSIDER VIEW OF CERTAIN OREGON SCHOOLS (Portland Oregonian)

When results of a massive survey of Oregon teachers are released late next month, the public will get a detailed look at what really happens inside most of the state’s schools, as reported by the school’s teachers and administrators.
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DECISION TIME FOR COVER OREGON: MOVE TO FEDERAL EXCHANGE OR FINISH STATE SITE? (Salem Statesman Journal)

Cover Oregons job for the next several months is a steep one: Launch a working health insurance marketplace by Nov. 15 or drop its ambitious vision and allow the federal government to take over its job.
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WESD DIDN’T LEARN FROM ITS PAST — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

A detailed investigative report by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission should have legislators and state education leaders questioning whether the future of the Willamette Education Service District can ever be righted.
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MORE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES APPROVED, INCLUDING ONE IN SALEM (Salem Statesman Journal)

Eleven medical marijuana dispensaries were approved this week by the Oregon Health Authority, including 2nd Step Dispensary in Salem.
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STARK DIFFERENCES IN HOW DROUGHT IS HITTING OREGON (Salem Statesman Journal)

-North half of state is faring better than the South-

The difference between northern and southern Oregon has remained sharp in terms of snowpack and precipitation, according the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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WORK CONTINUES AT WWII MEMORIAL (Salem Statesman Journal)

With the two most prominent features of the Oregon World War II Memorial in place, now comes the hard work.
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OREGON CONSIDERS SELLING FOREST TO BENEFIT SCHOOLS (Salem Statesman Journal)

The state of Oregon will consider selling the whole Elliott State Forest, where legal battles over logging and protections for threatened species have reduced revenues for schools.
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CARETAKERS NEEDED TO AID DISABLED CHILDREN, ADULTS (Salem Statesman Journal)

Dozens of job openings across the Mid-Valley were being touted at a job fair Friday, but there was no line of applicants creeping out of the building and snaked around its corner during the fairs five-hour duration.
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OREGON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING COULD FALL BY $500M (Salem Statesman Journal)

People are driving less, and their vehicles have become more fuel efficient.
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URBAN FORESTS SHARE LINKS WITH HEALTHY LIVES — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

While generally understood, the health benefits of trees in our communities are under-appreciated by the average American.
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PROJECT WOULD REQUIRE ROADWORK (Eugene Register-Guard)

Developers say the opening of their proposed Glenwood hotel and conference center hinges on the city finishing an expensive reconstruction of the stretch of Franklin Boulevard that runs in front of the property.
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UO CAREFULLY TENDS TO OUT-OF-STATE TUITION (Eugene Register-Guard)

University of Oregon administrator Brad Shelton recently had to explain to the new UO Board of Trustees a delicate fact about university financing.
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INMATE IMPRISONED FOR CRIMES IN LANE COUNTY FOUND DEAD (Eugene Register-Guard)

A 53-old-year inmate incarcerated for crimes committed in Lane County in 2001 was found dead in his cell Thursday morning at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla.
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GAPS IN A PHOTOGENIC STATE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Blue Book cover has ignored 20 of 36 Oregon counties-

In her invitation to amateur photographers to compete in the biennial Blue Book cover contest, Secretary of State Kate Brown noted that scenes from 20 of Oregons 36 counties never have been featured on the cover of the states official almanac.
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HIGH-TECH CRIMES TASK FORCE FOUNDER CHARGED (Medford Mail Tribune)

-Josh Moulin, who started and led the Southern Oregon team, is accused of official misconduct and computer crimes-

The former Central Point police lieutenant who founded and headed the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force faces official misconduct and computer-crime charges alleging he knowingly altered or damaged a police computer or software in 2012.
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A FAIRLY GOOD DEAL: OREGON FAIRGROUNDS AND EXPOSITION CENTER IN SALEM GETS NEW OPERATOR (Oregon Business Journal)

The Oregon State Fairgrounds has a new operator.

Management and control of the Fairgrounds and Exposition Center will move from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to the Oregon State Fair Council, state officials said Thursday. The Parks Department will continue to support the Council as the transition continues.
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SAVING THE GREATER SAGE GROUSE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Its early in the morning, hours before sunrise. An old pickup truck turns down a dirt road at Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Eastern Washington, about 90 minutes west of Spokane.
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CONTAMINATED WELLS MAY FORCE E. ORE. TOWN TO ANNEX TERRITORY (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Wells north of Milton-Freewater are a public health threat, due to fecal contamination, a state inspection found. And the city may be forced to connect water and sewer to the site.
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ORE. CITIES, COUNTIES ENFORCE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY MORATORIUMS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

County commissioners and city councils are scrambling to pass medical marijuana dispensary moratoriums that comply with state law by the May 1 deadline.

Senate Bill 1531 legalizes medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, but it also empowers counties and cities to enforce a one-year moratorium. All of the moratoriums will expire May 1, 2015.
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STUDY SUGGESTS HOUSING HOMELESS COULD LOWER HEALTHCARE COSTS (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

When homeless people are housed, the cost of their health care drops by 55 percent.

Thats according to a new study by Providence Health.
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CAUSE OF 911 OUTAGES UNDER INVESTIGATION (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Widespread 911 outages hit Washington state and two Oregon counties early Thursday, between 1:00 a.m and 6:30 a.m.

Anna Pendergrass is the Director of 911 and emergency management for Clark County.
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BUYERS FIND TAX BREAK ON ART: LET IT HANG AWHILE IN OREGON (New York Times)

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, tucked into a quiet corner of a college campus here in the hills of the Pacific Northwest, is hardly the epicenter of the art world.
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FORECLOSURE FILINGS SPIKE IN MARCH (Jefferson Public Radio)

Home foreclosure filings in Oregon spiked last month. Four hundred and seventy four court foreclosures were filed in March compared to 295 in February. According to John Helmick, CEO of Gorilla Capitol, the increase was anticipated.
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RETHINKING COLLEGE COSTS: 3 RADICAL PLANS (Fox Business)

For the 2013-2014 class, college costs are steep. The Institute for College Access and Success reports that among students who took out private student loans, the average graduate in 2012 accrued nearly $30,000 in debt.
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