September 18, 2014 eClips

  • Kate Brown finds receptive audience in ‘register to vote’ effort
  • Carbon tax, the Cover Oregon of tax reform — Opinion
  • Obie the Dachshund: Donations to owner spark Oregon Attorney General’s inquiry
  • NYT Mag: Will Portland’s draw for the young and educated be its undoing?
  • Oregon state senators, one big family for now, keep eyes on November elections
  • Second emergency water release ordered for Klamath Basin to combat fatal parasite
  • Oregon’s aging water-treatment facilities nearing end of useful lives with no replacement money in sight
  • Chill out, Hillsboro. No need for preemptive tax on recreational marijuana — Opinion
  • New Multnomah County data shows stark health disparities between minority, white babies
  • Oregon minimum wage will increase to $9.25 in 2015
  • Oregon State aligns itself to help lower-income students — Opinion
  • Job growth returns in Oregon amid summer-time labor influx
  • State’s coal-terminal denial respects treaty rights — Guest Opinion
  • ‘Free’ community college in Oregon wouldn’t actually be free
  • ‘Free’ community college in Oregon wouldn’t actually be free
  • Wyden’s O&C bill secures date for work session
  • Shanty boat moves down Willamette River
  • Legislators consider how to lower college costs
  • Oregon’s minimum wage will increase to $9.25 an hour
  • Legislature approves more foreclosure avoidance help
  • Sick leave battle expands
  • Forage straw research will continue
  • Foreclosure counseling to continue
  • Poll: Residents want jobs, jobs, jobs
  • Oregon minimum wage to go to $9.25
  • Medford air quality remains unhealthy for sensitive groups
  • Paid sick leave for all is long overdue — Opinion
  • Oregon’s minimum wage rises by a smidge. Is it enough?– Blog
  • Possible Changes Ahead For The Oregon Youth Authority
  • Living On The Line In Oregon’s Poorest County
  • An Endless Search For Housing For Oregon’s Working Poor
  • Oregon Cities Scramble To Pass Marijuana Sales Tax Before November Elections
  • Community college could be free for students in Oregon
  • Statewide Trails Plan workshop set in Bend
  • Our pick for states new statue — Opinion
  • Restaurant not the source of E. coli linked to 4-year-old girl’s death
  • Federal rule challenges Oregon home care system
  • DEQ testing for blue-green algae in Willamette River
  • Oregon to vote on driving cards for illegal immigrants
  • Our pick for states new statue — Opinion

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KATE BROWN FINDS RECEPTIVE AUDIENCE IN ‘REGISTER TO VOTE’ EFFORT

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown found a receptive audience at the Capitol Wednesday for her efforts to boost voter registration ahead of the November election.
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CARBON TAX, THE COVER OREGON OF TAX REFORM — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Watching the Oregon Legislature at work is always instructive and frequently either maddening or impressive. It’s not often, though, that Lawmaker World appears to exist, at once, in two contradictory realities. But such was the case this month.
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OBIE THE DACHSHUND: DONATIONS TO OWNER SPARK OREGON ATTORNEY GENERAL’S INQUIRY

(Portland Oregonian)Donations came to Nora Vanatta from around the world in amounts from a penny to $1,000 as the Northwest Portland woman who adopted a 77-pound Dachshund put him on a weight-loss regimen that gained international attention.
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NYT MAG: WILL PORTLAND’S DRAW FOR THE YOUNG AND EDUCATED BE ITS UNDOING?

(Portland Oregonian)Young people are flocking to Portland not for jobs, but for the lifestyle — or so goes the storyline that often surfaces at economic forums and within business circles.
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OREGON STATE SENATORS, ONE BIG FAMILY FOR NOW, KEEP EYES ON NOVEMBER ELECTIONS

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Senate may be divided politically, but it exuded all the feeling of a big family picnic Wednesday as senators convened for their first floor session in several months.
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SECOND EMERGENCY WATER RELEASE ORDERED FOR KLAMATH BASIN TO COMBAT FATAL PARASITE

(Portland Oregonian)For the second time this year, federal officials are releasing additional water from a Northern California reservoir to combat a parasite that threatens to kill thousands of salmon in the drought-parched Klamath River.
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OREGON’S AGING WATER-TREATMENT FACILITIES NEARING END OF USEFUL LIVES WITH NO REPLACEMENT MONEY IN SIGHT

(Portland Oregonian)Many of Oregon’s water-treatment facilities are nearing need for replacement just as the federal money that financed them is running dry.
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CHILL OUT, HILLSBORO. NO NEED FOR PREEMPTIVE TAX ON RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Is the city of Hillsboro hurting for tax revenue? Are city officials anticipating a huge demand for pot should Oregon voters pass Measure 91 and legalize recreational marijuana in November?
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NEW MULTNOMAH COUNTY DATA SHOWS STARK HEALTH DISPARITIES BETWEEN MINORITY, WHITE BABIES

(Portland Oregonian)Babies born to minority mothers in Multnomah County are more likely to die before birth, to be born prematurely, and to be born on time but underweight realities that have been proven to negatively impact health outcomes throughout life.
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OREGON MINIMUM WAGE WILL INCREASE TO $9.25 IN 2015

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s minimum wage will increase 15 cents to $9.25 an hour in 2015, state labor officials announced Wednesday.

The change arrives amid a national debate over the minimum wage. Starting Jan. 1, Oregon employers must pay workers at least $2 an hour above the federal wage floor.

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OREGON STATE ALIGNS ITSELF TO HELP LOWER-INCOME STUDENTS — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon State University has placed itself in a position to help solve one of education’s most challenging problems: the achievement gap between higher-income and lower- income students.
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JOB GROWTH RETURNS IN OREGON AMID SUMMER-TIME LABOR INFLUX

(Portland Oregonian)The unemployment rate is rising this summer in Oregon as thousands of people stream back into the labor market and start looking for jobs. Employers can’t keep up.
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STATE’S COAL-TERMINAL DENIAL RESPECTS TREATY RIGHTS — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are deeply disturbed by the off-hand, flippant and dismissive way that The Oregonian has sought to marginalize the Treaty of 1855 and our rights upon which many of our members depend for their livelihood.
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‘FREE’ COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN OREGON WOULDN’T ACTUALLY BE FREE

(Portland Oregonian)If Oregon enacts a program to give free community college to some or many young adults who want it, it wouldn’t actually be free for students.
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‘FREE’ COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN OREGON WOULDN’T ACTUALLY BE FREE

(Portland Oregonian)If Oregon enacts a program to give free community college to some or many young adults who want it, it wouldn’t actually be free for students.
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WYDEN’S O&C BILL SECURES DATE FOR WORK SESSION

(Salem Statesman Journal)Sen. Ron Wyden has finally secured a work session date for his bill to increase logging on more than 2 million acres of Oregon’s federal forest land.
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SHANTY BOAT MOVES DOWN WILLAMETTE RIVER

(Salem Statesman Journal)A floating shanty that had been moored in a slough across from Salem’s Riverfront Park has been towed down stream.
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LEGISLATORS CONSIDER HOW TO LOWER COLLEGE COSTS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon lawmakers are considering plans to make college more affordable, but with taxpayers footing the bill, costs will be a huge deciding factor in the 2015 session.
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OREGON’S MINIMUM WAGE WILL INCREASE TO $9.25 AN HOUR

(Salem Statesman Journal)Nearly 142,000 employees earning minimum wage in Oregon will see a raise of 15 cents an hour this January, with the state’s lowest legal wage rising to $9.25 in 2015 to keep pace with inflation.
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LEGISLATURE APPROVES MORE FORECLOSURE AVOIDANCE HELP

(Salem Statesman Journal)To keep up with a steady demand of homeowners seeking protection from foreclosure at a pace faster than the state ever expected, lawmakers on Wednesday approved additional funding to the Oregon Housing and Community Services agency.
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SICK LEAVE BATTLE EXPANDS

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Advocates and foes of mandatory paid time off take aim at the Legislature-

After capturing Oregons two largest cities, proponents of mandatory paid sick leave plan to conquer the rest of the state.
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FORAGE STRAW RESEARCH WILL CONTINUE

(Portland Tribune)Oregon State University will continue research into forage straw bound for export as a result of legislative action Wednesday.

The straw is a byproduct of grass seed production, largely in the Willamette Valley.

Lawmakers on the Emergency Board, who make budget decisions between sessions, approved $100,000 from the state emergency fund for OSUs Agricultural Experiment Station.
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FORECLOSURE COUNSELING TO CONTINUE

(Portland Tribune)-Lawmakers OK money for various items-

An allocation from Oregon lawmakers will allow homeowners to continue to receive counseling and meet with lenders to avoid foreclosures.

But the $659,300 set aside Wednesday by the Legislative Emergency Board will continue the program only through March, when the full Legislature will be back in session.
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POLL: RESIDENTS WANT JOBS, JOBS, JOBS

(Portland Tribune)Willamette Valley residents believe the economy is improving, but still want elected officials to focus on creating more jobs even more than protecting the environment and fighting climate change.
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OREGON MINIMUM WAGE TO GO TO $9.25

(Portland Tribune)Oregons minimum wage will increase 15 cents an hour on Jan. 1, giving a modest raise for about 8 percent of Oregons workforce.
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MEDFORD AIR QUALITY REMAINS UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS

(Medford Mail Tribune)Smoke from area wildfires drifting into the Rogue Valley has pushed Medford’s air quality into the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” category, based on hourly assessments taken over the past 24 hours.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality reported on its website that Shady Cove is seeing the same air quality.
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PAID SICK LEAVE FOR ALL IS LONG OVERDUE — OPINION

(Medford Mail Tribune)A coalition of activist organizations seeking to boost the minimum wage and require paid sick days for all workers has a better shot at the second goal, at least in Oregon.

Whether you believe the minimum wage in this state is adequate and there is plenty of evidence that it is not Oregon’s minimum is the second highest in the country, behind only Washington. A push to raise Oregon’s even higher is unlikely to gain much traction.
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OREGON’S MINIMUM WAGE RISES BY A SMIDGE. IS IT ENOUGH?– BLOG

(Oregon Business Journal)Oregons minimum wage, already the second-highest among all states, is getting set to rise by a fraction.

Oregon Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian today announced that Oregons minimum wage will increase to $9.25 on Jan. 1.
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POSSIBLE CHANGES AHEAD FOR THE OREGON YOUTH AUTHORITY

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregon lawmakers heard a report this week about possible changes coming to the Oregon Youth Authority OYA. The agency was tasked by the 2013 legislature to come up with a 10-year plan for its facilities.
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LIVING ON THE LINE IN OREGON’S POOREST COUNTY

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)According to newly released Census numbers, Oregons poverty rate went up to more than 15 percent, making it the state with the most poverty on the West Coast. In this series, we meet several families who are working poor those who are employed, but still having a hard time making ends meet. We start in Malheur County, which for the past decade, has had some of the highest rates of both poverty and unemployment in Oregon.
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AN ENDLESS SEARCH FOR HOUSING FOR OREGON’S WORKING POOR

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)In this series we bring you stories of Oregons working poor, those who are living below 200 percent of the poverty line. For many families, housing eats up the biggest portion of limited budgets
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OREGON CITIES SCRAMBLE TO PASS MARIJUANA SALES TAX BEFORE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Less than two months before Election Day, Oregon cities are anticipating the legalization of marijuana and passing local ordinances that place a tax on the sale of recreational pot.
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COMMUNITY COLLEGE COULD BE FREE FOR STUDENTS IN OREGON

(KATU)Oregon lawmakers are considering making the first two years of community college free for students. They are currently looking at how much it will cost tax payers.
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STATEWIDE TRAILS PLAN WORKSHOP SET IN BEND

(KTVZ Bend)The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department invites comments on the development of a statewide comprehensive trails plan at 14 workshops scheduled throughout the state in October, including Bend. on Oct 23.
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OUR PICK FOR STATES NEW STATUE — OPINION

(LaGrande Observer)Gov. John Kitzhaber thinks Oregon may need a new statue to represent us. We have a suggestion: the Oregon taxpayer.

Each state gets two statues to represent it in the National Statuary Hall Collection of the United States Capitol. Oregon has John McLoughlin and Jason Lee. They represent pieces of the states early history and we invite you to learn more about them.
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RESTAURANT NOT THE SOURCE OF E. COLI LINKED TO 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL’S DEATH

(KPTV)A restaurant in the town of Otis is not the source of an E. coli infection connected to the death of a 4-year-old girl.
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FEDERAL RULE CHALLENGES OREGON HOME CARE SYSTEM

(Corvallis Gazette-Times)Federal rules will likely force a major overhaul of Oregon’s groundbreaking system for providing publicly funded caregivers to elderly and disabled people, state officials said in a report presented to the Legislature’s budget committee on Wednesday.
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DEQ TESTING FOR BLUE-GREEN ALGAE IN WILLAMETTE RIVER

(KOIN)-Green matter floating in river near Ross Island Bridge-

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is testing for blue-green algae in the Willamette River after green matter was noticed floating in the water near the Ross Island Bridge.

DEQ spokesperson Aaron Borisenko said the bloom sitting atop the rivers surface is some kind of algae, but whether or not it is the unhealthy blue-green strain is still undetermined.
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OREGON TO VOTE ON DRIVING CARDS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

(KOIN)-Small anti-immigrant group rounded up enough signatures to put driving privileges to vote-

For a time last year, Oregon was on the road to giving driving privileges to people living in the country illegally until a small anti-immigrant group decided to put the states love affair with ballot measures to use against the law.
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OUR PICK FOR STATES NEW STATUE — OPINION

(LaGrande Observer)Gov. John Kitzhaber thinks Oregon may need a new statue to represent us. We have a suggestion: the Oregon taxpayer.

Each state gets two statues to represent it in the National Statuary Hall Collection of the United States Capitol. Oregon has John McLoughlin and Jason Lee. They represent pieces of the states early history and we invite you to learn more about them.
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September 17, 2014 eClips

  • Oracle America accuses Oregon of violating federal copyright law in health exchange fight
  • Legal marijuana: Forest Grove proposes tax on recreational pot sales before November election
  • Economic plight of rural Oregon gets spotlight at legislative hearing in Salem
  • Entire Oregon state building inventory, including costly repair needs, heading for an online future
  • Racial impact statements will help Oregon lawmakers evaluate effect of proposed legislation on minorities
  • Broad outlines of a new carbon tax in Oregon get positive response from legislative committee
  • 54% of U.S. adults have abdominal obesity, the most dangerous kind, CDC study finds
  • Oregon tech employment hits 12-year high as software plays a growing role
  • Tough Question Tuesday: What can John Kitzhaber, Dennis Richardson do to help local economies?
  • Oregon unemployment rises as thousands join resurgent labor market
  • Oregon O&C timber bill now on post-election calendar for Senate energy committee
  • Oregon State aligns itself to help lower-income students — Opinion
  • Curry County voters again reject measure that would have kept jails open
  • OSU names hall for late Salem engineer William Tebeau
  • University coach-hiring practices scrutinized
  • Lawmakers hear testimony on lead ammunition
  • Health advisory issued for stretch of Willamette River in Portland
  • Oregons unemployment rate rises to 7.2 percent
  • Revenue agency to replace computers
  • Oregon Poverty Rate Now Highest On The West Coast
  • Living On The Line: Stories Of Oregon’s Working Poor
  • Health Advisory: Do not drink or splash in water from Willamette River
  • 36 Pit Fire threatening 168 homes near Estacada
  • License revoked from insurance agent accused of stealing from customers
  • 36 Pit Fire near Estacada draws 500 firefighters
  • SNAP benefits going unused
  • Columbia Gorge, Sept 2014 Edition– Blog
  • August Employment, 2014– Blog
  • At Least Six Percent of Oregon Jobs Affected by Minimum Wage– Blog

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ORACLE AMERICA ACCUSES OREGON OF VIOLATING FEDERAL COPYRIGHT LAW IN HEALTH EXCHANGE FIGHT

(Portland Oregonian)In the legal fracas over the Cover Oregon health exchange, software giant Oracle America is seeking help from an unlikely source to bolster its case against the state: The U.S. Copyright Office.
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LEGAL MARIJUANA: FOREST GROVE PROPOSES TAX ON RECREATIONAL POT SALES BEFORE NOVEMBER ELECTION

(Portland Oregonian)Marijuana distributors may soon have to pay taxes on sales in Forest Grove, if they decide to open up shop.
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ECONOMIC PLIGHT OF RURAL OREGON GETS SPOTLIGHT AT LEGISLATIVE HEARING IN SALEM

(Portland Oregonian)Sean Robbins has been on the job as director of the state Department of Economic Development for just a little more than three months.
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ENTIRE OREGON STATE BUILDING INVENTORY, INCLUDING COSTLY REPAIR NEEDS, HEADING FOR AN ONLINE FUTURE

(Portland Oregonian)Considerable attention has been paid over the years to the need to occasionally renovate Oregon’s Capitol building in Salem.

When it comes to the state’s total inventory of buildings, however, costs associated with weather-proofing and reroofing parts of the Capitol don’t even scratch the surface.
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RACIAL IMPACT STATEMENTS WILL HELP OREGON LAWMAKERS EVALUATE EFFECT OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION ON MINORITIES

(Portland Oregonian)Calling them “a good first step toward justice,” state Sen. Chip Shields on Tuesday outlined how he hopes new “racial impact statements” will address racial disparities in criminal sentencing and child welfare cases in Oregon.
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BROAD OUTLINES OF A NEW CARBON TAX IN OREGON GET POSITIVE RESPONSE FROM LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

(Portland Oregonian)In recent years, the mere mention of a new tax on carbon was all it took to elicit howls of protest from some.

The idea received a far more positive response from an Oregon legislative committee as a group of economists and scientists provided an overview of a detailed proposal due out Nov. 15.
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54% OF U.S. ADULTS HAVE ABDOMINAL OBESITY, THE MOST DANGEROUS KIND, CDC STUDY FINDS

(Portland Oregonian)The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures the most dangerous kind of obesity has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.
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OREGON TECH EMPLOYMENT HITS 12-YEAR HIGH AS SOFTWARE PLAYS A GROWING ROLE

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon tech jobs hit a 12-year high last month, driven upward by strong growth in software employment. But the pace of growth has eased considerably in the past few months.
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TOUGH QUESTION TUESDAY: WHAT CAN JOHN KITZHABER, DENNIS RICHARDSON DO TO HELP LOCAL ECONOMIES?

(Portland Oregonian)Welcome to the first round of “Tough Question Tuesday,” our weekly series of questions to our gubernatorial candidates submitted or inspired by readers.
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OREGON UNEMPLOYMENT RISES AS THOUSANDS JOIN RESURGENT LABOR MARKET

(Portland Oregonian)Unemployment rose even as hiring heated up last month in Oregon.

The state Employment Department said Tuesday that employers added an estimated 2,900 new jobs in August, on top of a revised 1,300 in July.
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OREGON O&C TIMBER BILL NOW ON POST-ELECTION CALENDAR FOR SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE

(Portland Oregonian)Sen. Ron Wyden’s bill to boost logging on federal forests in western Oregon has now been scheduled for a post-election work session in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
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OREGON STATE ALIGNS ITSELF TO HELP LOWER-INCOME STUDENTS — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon State University has placed itself in a position to help solve one of education’s most challenging problems
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CURRY COUNTY VOTERS AGAIN REJECT MEASURE THAT WOULD HAVE KEPT JAILS OPEN

(Portland Oregonian)Voters in southern Oregon’s Curry County on Tuesday rejected a measure that would have doubled their property tax rate to raise $1.6 million a year for three years.
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OSU NAMES HALL FOR LATE SALEM ENGINEER WILLIAM TEBEAU

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon State University in Corvallis will be holding a dedication ceremony for its newest residence dormitory, “William Tebeau Hall,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.

Originally from Baker City, William “Bill” Tebeau and his wife Genevieve moved to Salem in 1956 where they raised their seven children. He worked for Oregon Department of Transportation for 36 years.

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UNIVERSITY COACH-HIRING PRACTICES SCRUTINIZED

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon public universities could face sanctions for not interviewing minority applicants for top athletic positions if lawmakers change the rules in 2015.

The House Interim Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development heard testimony Monday on the effectiveness of the states version of the Rooney Rule.
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LAWMAKERS HEAR TESTIMONY ON LEAD AMMUNITION

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Legislature took its first steps towards deciding how it wants to handle lead ammunition when one of the country’s most endangered species, the California condor, arrives.
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HEALTH ADVISORY ISSUED FOR STRETCH OF WILLAMETTE RIVER IN PORTLAND

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Health Authority is issuing a health advisory based on sightings of algae scum on the Willamette River in Portland.
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OREGONS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RISES TO 7.2 PERCENT

(Eugene Register-Guard)Oregons unemployment rate rose from 6.9 percent in July to 7.2 percent in August as people coming into the workforce outnumbered the new jobs being created by employers, the Oregon Employment Department said today.
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REVENUE AGENCY TO REPLACE COMPUTERS

(Portland Tribune)The Oregon Department of Revenue is set to launch a four-year replacement of its computer systems that will improve its capacity to track payments and collect taxes.
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OREGON POVERTY RATE NOW HIGHEST ON THE WEST COAST

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Tuesday the U.S. Census Bureau released current numbers on poverty. In Oregon, the rate of poverty increased by more than a percentage point.

While the poverty rate went down nationally, in Oregon it increased from 13.5 to just over 15 percent.
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LIVING ON THE LINE: STORIES OF OREGON’S WORKING POOR

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)In Oregon, more than one third of families are working, but not earning enough to make ends meet.
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HEALTH ADVISORY: DO NOT DRINK OR SPLASH IN WATER FROM WILLAMETTE RIVER

(KGW)A noticeable layer of scum in the Willamette River has health officials warning people to stay out of the water and by all means, do not drink it.

The scum extends from the southern end of Ross Island to the Fremont Bridge, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
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36 PIT FIRE THREATENING 168 HOMES NEAR ESTACADA

(KGW)Fire officials said the wildfire near Estacada was not growing as quickly as it was the previous day but Tuesday night, 168 homes were threatened.
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WILL PORTLAND ALWAYS BE A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY FOR THE YOUNG?

(New York Times)Like many residents of Northwest Portland, Matthew Hale doesnt own a car. Instead, he prefers to walk or ride the bus to the citys innumerable coffee shops and breweries and live-music spots. On weekends, he and his wife have no problem hitching rides to the Pacific Coast or the Cascade mountain range.
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LICENSE REVOKED FROM INSURANCE AGENT ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM CUSTOMERS

(KPTV)The Department of Consumer and Business Services revoked the license of a Portland insurance agent accused of stealing from customers.

The department’s insurance division investigated complaints against Indira Jaskic and Jaskic Insurance.
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36 PIT FIRE NEAR ESTACADA DRAWS 500 FIREFIGHTERS

(KOIN)-Oregon governor calls for increased firefighting effort with Conflagration Act-

More than 500 firefighters are on the lines battling the 36 Pit Fire, and while it is nowhere near being contained, fire crews said things are looking better now than they did before
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SNAP BENEFITS GOING UNUSED

(Herald and News)-Thousands in county are eligible but not participating-

More than 3,200 people in Klamath County are missing out on benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, according to a state nonprofit organization.
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COLUMBIA GORGE, SEPT 2014 EDITION– BLOG

(Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)The mighty Columbia River, second largest in the U.S., borders the Gorge to the North and divides Oregon and Washington. However, the true regional economy bridges the river and the two states.
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AUGUST EMPLOYMENT, 2014– BLOG

(Oregon Office of Economic Analysis)A couple of notes about todays employment release.
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AT LEAST SIX PERCENT OF OREGON JOBS AFFECTED BY MINIMUM WAGE– BLOG

(Oregon Workforce & Economic Information)This Wednesday, the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries BOLI will announce the minimum wage in Oregon for 2015. The state’s minimum wage is linked to inflation, and has been set to $9.10 per hour since January 1, 2014. Oregon is one of 10 states that adjusts the minimum wage based on inflation.
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September 16, 2014 eClips

  • Finance website study says Oregon has second fairest tax system in U.S.
  • State leaders should reject LEED certification: Guest opinion — Guest Opinion
  • The mutiny in Damascus: Editorial — Opinion
  • Cover Oregon health insurance tax credit error affects fewer than thought, officials say
  • The real crisis in public education — Guest Opinion
  • Solutions to financial abuse of Oregon seniors gains traction heading toward 2015 legislative session
  • State Treasurer Ted Wheeler tells legislative committee that Oregon seniors are facing ‘generational’ retirement crisis
  • Gov. John Kitzhaber denies clemency for Wendy Maldonado, Grants Pass mom who says husband’s abuse led to killing
  • Legal residents would be helped by driver’s cards, too — Guest Opinion
  • Measure 86, which aims to fund college grants, flunks risk test — Opinion
  • Estacada fire: Kitzhaber invokes conflagration act as 36 Pit Fire threatens 168 homes
  • Five things to watch for in latest Oregon jobs report, out Tuesday
  • So you want to vote in November’s general election? Here’s how to register
  • Estacada fire: ODOT releases video of smoke, debris, fire along closed OR 224
  • Oregon drought: Not much relief in sight for severe to extreme conditions in southern half of state
  • Impasse between Oregon officials, controversial drugmaker goes before lawmakers
  • Broad outlines of a new carbon tax in Oregon get positive response from legislative committee
  • Corps of Engineers halts Boardman coal terminal review pending outcome of Oregon permit
  • Health advisory issued for Tenmile Lakes in Coos County
  • Invite e-cigarettes to the beach — Opinion
  • Legalizing marijuana will be bad for kids — Guest Opinion
  • Mandatory food labeling makes sense — Guest Opinion
  • OYA recommends closing Hillcrest in Salem
  • Cover Oregon error impacts hundreds of policyholders
  • OHA: State needs to hire 3 people for marijuana program
  • Prescription drug deaths slowing, but more can be done
  • Oregon wolves move closer to delisting
  • Cover Oregons slow burial — Opinion
  • Algae bloom making lake water toxic, officials say
  • Wyden should resist timber industrys push for more land — Guest Opinion
  • Nonvoters will get postcards this week
  • 2 east Oregon towns have too much arsenic in water
  • Doctors: Finding source unlikely in E. coli deaths
  • Oregon bioscience crew: Incubator will fuel ‘startup ecosystem’
  • Fire Creates Smoke Hazard In Willamette Valley
  • Blackleg outbreak adds to stress of Oregon canola test
  • Survey: Oregon drivers some of the most polite in U.S.
  • Health advisory issued for Tenmile Lakes
  • 36 Pit Fire tearing through forest with no containment
  • Economic indicators: Slow growth with bright spots, opportunities
  • Oregon Lawmakers Consider Tougher Oversight Of Aerial Herbicide Spraying

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FINANCE WEBSITE STUDY SAYS OREGON HAS SECOND FAIREST TAX SYSTEM IN U.S.

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s tax system takes a lot of hits, from business figures who think high income taxes discourage investment to seniors who say it’s a struggle to pay property taxes on a fixed income.

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STATE LEADERS SHOULD REJECT LEED CERTIFICATION: GUEST OPINION — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)The US Green Building Council is a non-profit, non-government tax-exempt organization that claims to promote sustainability in building design, construction and operation. Its “LEED certified” standard Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for construction of sustainable green buildings has become something of a buzzword.
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THE MUTINY IN DAMASCUS: EDITORIAL — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)One of the more urgent but curious bills to pass the Legislature this year was written specifically to protect the interests of Damascus residents who want out of Damascus. And this week, a Marion County judge denied the city’s attempt to block those “fleeing,” quickening what threatens to become a civic mutiny by longtime residents who seek to have their properties captured within the boundaries of nearby Happy Valley or Gresham.
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COVER OREGON HEALTH INSURANCE TAX CREDIT ERROR AFFECTS FEWER THAN THOUGHT, OFFICIALS SAY

(Portland Oregonian)An error in Cover Oregon’s tax credit formula will affect fewer health insurance consumers than feared, officials said Monday.
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THE REAL CRISIS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)With all eyes on the governor’s race this fall, incumbent John Kitzhaber is touting his record in reforming public education. The good doctor has misdiagnosed the patient. Oregon’s education system suffers not from a poverty of policy, but from a poverty of investment.
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SOLUTIONS TO FINANCIAL ABUSE OF OREGON SENIORS GAINS TRACTION HEADING TOWARD 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

(Portland Oregonian)Elder abuse remains a significant problem in Oregon, but a legislative work group made up of legislators, health care professionals, attorneys and others is refining some proposals aimed at crimping it.
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STATE TREASURER TED WHEELER TELLS LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE THAT OREGON SENIORS ARE FACING ‘GENERATIONAL’ RETIREMENT CRISIS

(Portland Oregonian)A dire lack of retirement savings among many Oregonians should be addressed with a state-sponsored plan aimed at boosting savings for those who now have none.

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GOV. JOHN KITZHABER DENIES CLEMENCY FOR WENDY MALDONADO, GRANTS PASS MOM WHO SAYS HUSBAND’S ABUSE LED TO KILLING

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber has denied the clemency request of a Grants Pass woman serving 10 years in prison for killing her husband — an act of violence she says amounted to self defense after years of physical and mental abuse.
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LEGAL RESIDENTS WOULD BE HELPED BY DRIVER’S CARDS, TOO — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)The debate about Senate Bill 833, which created driver’s cards, is volatile and the vote is likely to be very close in the upcoming election. The consequences of Oregon’s current policy are often very damaging to individuals and communities.
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MEASURE 86, WHICH AIMS TO FUND COLLEGE GRANTS, FLUNKS RISK TEST — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Just about anyone with a passable credit score receives credit-card offers in the mail both snail and electronic from time to time. If you accepted all of the offers, your capacity to buy things you want, and sometimes even need, would increase, at least in the short-term. But, then again, who needs that much temptation.
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ESTACADA FIRE: KITZHABER INVOKES CONFLAGRATION ACT AS 36 PIT FIRE THREATENS 168 HOMES

(Portland Oregonian)An Estacada wildfire threatening 168 homes has prompted Gov. John Kitzhaber to invoke the state’s conflagration act, allowing additional resources to be mobilized to fight the 2,358-acre fire.
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FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR IN LATEST OREGON JOBS REPORT, OUT TUESDAY

(Portland Oregonian)Job growth cooled through the early part of this summer in Oregon. A report coming Tuesday will reveal whether hiring warmed at all in August.
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SO YOU WANT TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER’S GENERAL ELECTION? HERE’S HOW TO REGISTER

(Portland Oregonian)Unregistered voters who want to cast ballots in Oregon’s Nov. 4 general election have four weeks to sign up, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
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ESTACADA FIRE: ODOT RELEASES VIDEO OF SMOKE, DEBRIS, FIRE ALONG CLOSED OR 224

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Department of Transportation on Monday posted a video taken from a vehicle clearing debris from Oregon 224, which has been closed because of the 36 Pit Fire.
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OREGON DROUGHT: NOT MUCH RELIEF IN SIGHT FOR SEVERE TO EXTREME CONDITIONS IN SOUTHERN HALF OF STATE

(Portland Oregonian)Oregon drought update: Most of the southern half of Oregon is still experiencing severe to extreme drought, with the worst conditions in south-central and southeastern Oregon, according to the National Weather Service monthly drought report.
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IMPASSE BETWEEN OREGON OFFICIALS, CONTROVERSIAL DRUGMAKER GOES BEFORE LAWMAKERS

(Portland Oregonian)The state of Oregon and the maker of a pricey new Hepatitis C drug may yet have room to compromise on cost, according to a hearing of the House Health Care Committee on Monday.
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BROAD OUTLINES OF A NEW CARBON TAX IN OREGON GET POSITIVE RESPONSE FROM LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

(Portland Oregonian)In recent years, the mere mention of a new tax on carbon was all it took to elicit howls of protest from some.
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CORPS OF ENGINEERS HALTS BOARDMAN COAL TERMINAL REVIEW PENDING OUTCOME OF OREGON PERMIT

(Portland Oregonian)The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has placed on hold its review of Ambre Energy’s application to build a coal shipping terminal on the Columbia River at the Port of Morrow near Boardman.
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HEALTH ADVISORY ISSUED FOR TENMILE LAKES IN COOS COUNTY

(Portland Oregonian)Health officials have issued an advisory for Tenmile Lakes in Coos County.
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INVITE E-CIGARETTES TO THE BEACH — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)This week, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission will receive a dispatch from the nanny-state front. Yes, we’re talking about smoking.
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LEGALIZING MARIJUANA WILL BE BAD FOR KIDS — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Once again voters will face another deceptive regulate-and-tax-marijuana measure at the ballot box. The majority of Oregon voters have already said “no” to marijuana legalization with a similar measure in 2012.
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MANDATORY FOOD LABELING MAKES SENSE — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)In recent decades businesses have begun to alter the genes of certain foods using chemical techniques in order to increase crop yields, resistance to pesticides and also profits.
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OYA RECOMMENDS CLOSING HILLCREST IN SALEM

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Oregon Youth Authority recommended closing Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility in a report presented Monday to the Oregon Legislature. That would leave MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn as the only youth prison in the Mid-Willamette Valley.
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COVER OREGON ERROR IMPACTS HUNDREDS OF POLICYHOLDERS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Cover Oregon executive director Aaron Patnode told Oregon legislators Monday that the troubled state health care exchange with faltering support will have to cut more than 60 percent of its current staff in 2015.
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OHA: STATE NEEDS TO HIRE 3 PEOPLE FOR MARIJUANA PROGRAM

(Salem Statesman Journal)An unexpected number of applications coupled with a longer than anticipated inspection process has lead the Oregon Health Authority to ask lawmakers to hire three more people for its medical marijuana dispensary program.
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PRESCRIPTION DRUG DEATHS SLOWING, BUT MORE CAN BE DONE

(Salem Statesman Journal)More people are dying from opiate painkiller overdose every year. Between 2000 and 2012, 4,182 Oregonians have died due to drug overdose, and nearly one-third of them involved prescription opiates and the majority involved some type of prescribed medication, according to a Oregon Health Authority public health report.
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OREGON WOLVES MOVE CLOSER TO DELISTING

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon could have enough breeding pairs of wolves in 2015 to reach a minimum threshold for delisting wolves under the state Endangered Species Act.
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COVER OREGONS SLOW BURIAL — OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)-Special session to disband agency unneeded-

There hasnt been this much unanimity in Salem since the last legislative proclamation honoring an Oregon war hero.
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ALGAE BLOOM MAKING LAKE WATER TOXIC, OFFICIALS SAY

(Eugene Register-Guard)The water in Tenmile Lakes is toxic, according to the Oregon Health Authority, which issued an algae bloom advisory Monday.
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WYDEN SHOULD RESIST TIMBER INDUSTRYS PUSH FOR MORE LAND — GUEST OPINION

(Eugene Register-Guard)Having voted for 45 years in Oregons elections, Ive witnessed the timber industrys overt influence upon political outcomes at the county and state levels.
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NONVOTERS WILL GET POSTCARDS THIS WEEK

(Portland Tribune)-Project aims at boosting, updating registration rolls.-

Almost 900,000 Oregonians will receive postcards starting this week inviting them to register to vote.

The names were cross-checked against electronic data bases of voter registrations, Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division licenses and identification cards, and Social Security death records.
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2 EAST OREGON TOWNS HAVE TOO MUCH ARSENIC IN WATER

(Albany Democrat Herald)Two Eastern Oregon towns are struggling with drinking water that has too much arsenic.

In one, Vale, city officials say that a demonstration plant built in 2005 to deal with arsenic isn’t up to snuff, the Ontario Argus Observer http://bit.ly/WPoYEw reports.

In the other town, Nyssa NIS’-uh, design work is underway for a $6 million plant it hopes will bring the arsenic levels into compliance.
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DOCTORS: FINDING SOURCE UNLIKELY IN E. COLI DEATHS

(Albany Democrat Herald)Investigators say they don’t expect to find the specific sources of fatal strains of E. coli that killed two children in the Pacific Northwest and left a Washington boy fighting for his life.

Dr. Paul Cieslak, medical director of the communicable disease section of the Oregon Health Authority, said Thursday they need at least twice as many cases to pin down a source, which might be tainted food, lake water, or contact with livestock.
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OREGON BIOSCIENCE CREW: INCUBATOR WILL FUEL ‘STARTUP ECOSYSTEM’

(Oregon Business Journal)A top Oregon business official said today’s announcement that a Portland bioscience incubator plans to expand means good things could happen within Portland’s biotech community.
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FIRE CREATES SMOKE HAZARD IN WILLAMETTE VALLEY

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)A 2000 acre wildfire burning east of Estacada is sending up a comparatively amounts of smoke.
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BLACKLEG OUTBREAK ADDS TO STRESS OF OREGON CANOLA TEST

(Capital Press)-The findings put an edge on a research project to determine if canola can be grown without harming other Willamette Valley crops.-

Experimental plantings of canola in a Willamette Valley restricted zone this summer coincided with an unprecedented infestation of blackleg disease in multiple brassica crop fields.
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SURVEY: OREGON DRIVERS SOME OF THE MOST POLITE IN U.S.

(KGW)They honk, they’re impatient, they make rude gestures, they gun their engines. They are the rude drivers, and the highest concentration of them is Idaho, a new poll suggests.

However, in Oregon, drivers are apparently very, very nice; some of the most polite in the U.S., in fact.
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HEALTH ADVISORY ISSUED FOR TENMILE LAKES

(The World)Blue-green algae is back in Tenmile Lakes, prompting a health advisory from the Oregon Health Authority.

OHA issued the advisory on Monday after water monitoring confirmed the presence of high levels of cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae.
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36 PIT FIRE TEARING THROUGH FOREST WITH NO CONTAINMENT

(KOIN)-Oregon governor calls for increased firefighting effort with Conflagration Act-

The wildfire burning through Mount Hood National Forest near Estacada has again grown overnight and has now scorched 3,500 acres, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center said Tuesday morning.
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ECONOMIC INDICATORS: SLOW GROWTH WITH BRIGHT SPOTS, OPPORTUNITIES

(Herald and News)The economic picture for the Klamath Basin has not changed much from a year ago. That actually is both good and bad news. But with that there are opportunities, according to a state economist.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS CONSIDER TOUGHER OVERSIGHT OF AERIAL HERBICIDE SPRAYING

(Jefferson Public Radio)Oregon lawmakers are considering new rules to better protect the public from aerial herbicide spraying.
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September 15, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Oregon wildfires update: Air quality suffers throughout the state
* Free community college could cost Oregon taxpayers $250 million a year, yield 100,000 two-year degrees
* Investigators consider food, livestock and water in death of Otis girl, 4, from E. coli
* Clash between state, drugmaker heats up as Legislature takes up Hepatitis C cost
* Oregon wildfires: Five large fires continue to burn over warm weekend
* Oregon workers compensation costs expected to decline for 2nd straight year
* Measure 86, which aims to fund college grants, flunks risk test: Editorial endorsement — Opinion
* Measure 89 is well-intended but unecessary: Editorial endorsement — Opinion
* Legal residents would be helped by driver’s cards, too — Guest Opinion
* State leaders should reject LEED certification — Guest Opinion
* The mutiny in Damascus — Opinion
* Vocational education at MacLaren gets upgrade
* West Coast leading the way in electric vehicles
* Deal in works on claims over Oregon Monsanto wheat
* Buoys to help gauge offshore wind power potential
* Many coastal rivers open Monday for wild coho
* Oregon government + computer project = failure? — Opinion
* Report: Government lacks people for IT projects
* Oregon lawmakers start thinking about 2015
* Ballot measure would create college aid fund
* Plan calls for riparian repair
* Salt Creek Tunnel work to cause Highway 58 delays
* Suit contests owl killings
* Approve driver card measure — Opinion
* Investing in the future — Opinion
* New presidential hunt plan needed
* All-time record set for fall chinook passing Bonneville Dam in a single day
* Feds slow to respond to state GMO task force
* ODOT to study I-5 viaduct’s viability
* Cover Oregon won’t be mourned by many — Opinion
* Measure 90 Would Bring Top Two Primaries To Oregon
* Wealth Gap Report Paints Grim Picture For Oregon
* Cover Oregon Officials Set To Face State Lawmakers

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OREGON WILDFIRES UPDATE: AIR QUALITY SUFFERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE (Portland Oregonian)

Gusty winds and extremely dry conditions prompted a Red Flag warning for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington to take effect through at least 8 p.m. Sunday.
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FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE COULD COST OREGON TAXPAYERS $250 MILLION A YEAR, YIELD 100,000 TWO-YEAR DEGREES (Portland Oregonian)

A proposal to make community college free to Oregonians would cost the state from $10 million to $250 million a year, depending on which students are eligible and whether room and board are covered, national experts have concluded.
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INVESTIGATORS CONSIDER FOOD, LIVESTOCK AND WATER IN DEATH OF OTIS GIRL, 4, FROM E. COLI (Portland Oregonian)

A turkey sandwich, exposure to livestock and recreational water are all under investigation as potential sources of E. coli that led to the death of a 4-year-old Otis girl.
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CLASH BETWEEN STATE, DRUGMAKER HEATS UP AS LEGISLATURE TAKES UP HEPATITIS C COST (Portland Oregonian)

The whopping price tag of a promising new drug– $1,000 a pill – that could help an estimated 95,000 sick Oregonians has the state and commercial insurers balking at coverage.
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OREGON WILDFIRES: FIVE LARGE FIRES CONTINUE TO BURN OVER WARM WEEKEND (Portland Oregonian)

No new large wildfires have been reported in the past 24 hours in Oregon — but five large, uncontained fires continued to burn Saturday.
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OREGON WORKERS COMPENSATION COSTS EXPECTED TO DECLINE FOR 2ND STRAIGHT YEAR (Portland Oregonian)

For the second consecutive year, the average Oregon employer will face lower workers’ compensation costs in 2015, state officials announced Thursday.
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MEASURE 86, WHICH AIMS TO FUND COLLEGE GRANTS, FLUNKS RISK TEST: EDITORIAL ENDORSEMENT — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Just about anyone with a passable credit score receives credit-card offers in the mail both snail and electronic from time to time.
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MEASURE 89 IS WELL-INTENDED BUT UNECESSARY: EDITORIAL ENDORSEMENT — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

We could not support with more enthusiasm the goal of Measure 89’s sponsors, which is to prevent gender-based discrimination.
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LEGAL RESIDENTS WOULD BE HELPED BY DRIVER’S CARDS, TOO — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The debate about Senate Bill 833, which created driver’s cards, is volatile and the vote is likely to be very close in the upcoming election.
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STATE LEADERS SHOULD REJECT LEED CERTIFICATION — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The US Green Building Council is a non-profit, non-government tax-exempt organization that claims to promote sustainability in building design, construction and operation.
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THE MUTINY IN DAMASCUS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

One of the more urgent but curious bills to pass the Legislature this year was written specifically to protect the interests of Damascus residents who want out of Damascus.
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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AT MACLAREN GETS UPGRADE (Salem Statesman Journal)

A building at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility where inmates learn welding and woodworking got a facelift during the summer.
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WEST COAST LEADING THE WAY IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES (Salem Statesman Journal)

In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads.
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DEAL IN WORKS ON CLAIMS OVER OREGON MONSANTO WHEAT (Salem Statesman Journal)

A potential settlement appears to be in the works on some claims in lawsuits over the May 2013 discovery of genetically engineered Monsanto wheat in an Oregon field.
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BUOYS TO HELP GAUGE OFFSHORE WIND POWER POTENTIAL (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is equipping two 10-ton buoys at its Marine Science Lab in Sequim to help research offshore wind power.
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MANY COASTAL RIVERS OPEN MONDAY FOR WILD COHO (Salem Statesman Journal)

Wild-coho seasons on many coastal rivers and bays open Monday, and judging by the number of ocean coho being caught off of the Oregon coast, a great season is anticipated.
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OREGON GOVERNMENT + COMPUTER PROJECT = FAILURE? — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

We start todays column with an analogy:

Imagine that you run a new Oregon company that makes widgets.
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REPORT: GOVERNMENT LACKS PEOPLE FOR IT PROJECTS (Salem Statesman Journal)

The State of Oregon does not have a fabulous track record when one considers technology projects. Even discounting Cover Oregon, there’s a long list of projects that have been very difficult to implement, and many agencies have never even gotten to start the projects they need to.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS START THINKING ABOUT 2015 (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregon lawmakers will examine lead bullets, Cover Oregon and hiring practices at public universities during three days of interim committee hearings.
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BALLOT MEASURE WOULD CREATE COLLEGE AID FUND (Salem Statesman Journal)

Students are facing a rising loan burden, and Oregon’s state treasurer wants the state to be able to take on debt of its own to help them out.
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PLAN CALLS FOR RIPARIAN REPAIR (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The state recommends EWEB clean up a contaminated riverside property-

State regulators have recommended a plan to clean up a property along the Willamette River in Eugene that was contaminated by a coal gas plant a century ago.
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SALT CREEK TUNNEL WORK TO CAUSE HIGHWAY 58 DELAYS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane as crews improve two new viaducts-

Motorists traveling on Highway 58 through the Salt Creek Tunnel east of Oakridge during the next several weeks should give themselves more time to make the trip.
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SUIT CONTESTS OWL KILLINGS (Eugene Register-Guard)

-A Eugene wildlife advocacy group joins the challenge of a federal program to shoot up to 3,600 barred owls-

A federal judge in Eugene is being asked to decide the legality of a plan that allows authorities to kill up to 3,600 barred owls in Northwest forests, in the name of trying to save the long-threatened northern spotted owl from continuing its slow slide toward extinction.
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APPROVE DRIVER CARD MEASURE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-It would allow illegal immigrants to drive legally and safely in Oregon-

When an overwhelming majority of Oregon lawmakers passed Senate Bill 833 last year allowing illegal immigrants to obtain four-year driver cards, their intent was clear, concise and commendable: to make the states roads safer for all Oregonians.
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INVESTING IN THE FUTURE — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Oregon should consider making two-year degrees free-

A group of national higher education experts has put numbers to what it would cost to provide a free two-year community college education to any Oregonian who wants one.
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NEW PRESIDENTIAL HUNT PLAN NEEDED (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The UO governing board gives its chairman, and others, broad search roles-

Saying the University of Oregon requires a different kind of presidential search this time, Board of Trustees Chairman Chuck Lillis has advanced a search plan that he wrote and that reserves broad powers for himself and a select group of others.
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ALL-TIME RECORD SET FOR FALL CHINOOK PASSING BONNEVILLE DAM IN A SINGLE DAY (Portland Tribune)

A record number of adult fall chinook salmon climbed the fish ladders at Bonneville Dam on Monday. The 67,521 chinook navigating the passage shattered the record of 63,8790 set on Sept. 9, 2013, and was the most in a single day since the dam was built in 1938.
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FEDS SLOW TO RESPOND TO STATE GMO TASK FORCE (Portland Tribune)

Federal authorities have been slow to answer questions about genetic engineering regulations asked by an Oregon task force assembled by Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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ODOT TO STUDY I-5 VIADUCT’S VIABILITY (Medford Mail Tribune)

-$4 million study will examine if rerouting freeway is a better choice than reinforcing aging structure-

A major earthquake could wipe out one of Jackson Countys most important bridges on Interstate 5: the 3,222-foot-long viaduct that cuts through the heart of Medford and serves as a critical link in the West Coast’s primary north-south transportation corridor.
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COVER OREGON WON’T BE MOURNED BY MANY — OPINION (Medford Mail Tribune)

Nearly everyone seems to agree at this point that Cover Oregon, the problem-plagued entity that couldn’t produce a functioning website to enroll people under the Affordable Care Act, needs to go.

Everyone, that is, except some of Cover Oregon’s own board members. But in the end, the Legislature has the final say. The only question seems to be when to pull the plug.
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MEASURE 90 WOULD BRING TOP TWO PRIMARIES TO OREGON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

This fall, Oregon voters will choose between five candidates for U.S. senator and six candidates for governor. It could be the last time the general election ballot is this crowded in Oregon.
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WEALTH GAP REPORT PAINTS GRIM PICTURE FOR OREGON (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

A new report showing that rising income inequality could negatively affect state tax revenue comes amid a push by Gov. John Kitzhaber, legislative Democrats and others to overhaul Oregons tax code.
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COVER OREGON OFFICIALS SET TO FACE STATE LAWMAKERS (Jefferson Public Radio)

The leaders of Oregon’s struggling health insurance exchange will be grilled by state lawmakers in a series of hearings at the capitol on Monday and Tuesday.

Cover Oregon has been the subject of lawsuits and ridicule for having a website that never fully functioned and the upcoming hearings won’t be the first time that lawmakers have faced down Cover Oregon executives.
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September 15, 2014 eClips

  • Wealth gap report paints grim picture for Oregon
  • Why hide costs from education investment panel?: Editorial Agenda 2014 — Opinion
  • The real crisis in public education — Guest Opinion
  • More smoke expected in Willamette Valley today
  • State sets aside $2 million for Cover Oregon lawsuit
  • Ballot measure would create college aid fund
  • Oregon To Mail 900,000 Voter Registration Reminders

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WEALTH GAP REPORT PAINTS GRIM PICTURE FOR OREGON

(Portland Oregonian)A new report showing that rising income inequality could negatively affect state tax revenue comes amid a push by Gov. John Kitzhaber, legislative Democrats and others to overhaul Oregon’s tax code.

With no sales tax and property taxes constrained by 1990s ballot measures, Oregon relies on the income tax for nearly $7 of every $10 it collects more than any other state.
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WHY HIDE COSTS FROM EDUCATION INVESTMENT PANEL?: EDITORIAL AGENDA 2014 — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Education Investment Board, created by the Legislature in 2011 at the governor’s request, is so … Kitzhaber. We mean that in a good way. Mostly.
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THE REAL CRISIS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION — GUEST OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)With all eyes on the governor’s race this fall, incumbent John Kitzhaber is touting his record in reforming public education. The good doctor has misdiagnosed the patient. Oregon’s education system suffers not from a poverty of policy, but from a poverty of investment.
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MORE SMOKE EXPECTED IN WILLAMETTE VALLEY TODAY

(Salem Statesman Journal)The Willamette Valley will likely see a repeated day of thick smoke and haze on Monday as weather conditions and regional wildfires are expected to continue.

The National Weather Service is reporting that smoke from the 36 Pit wildfire near Estacada will continue to impact areas of northwest Oregon.
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STATE SETS ASIDE $2 MILLION FOR COVER OREGON LAWSUIT

(Eugene Register-Guard)Oregon has budgeted $2 million for its legal fight with software giant Oracle over the state’s failed health care exchange website.

The state sued the Redwood City, Calif., company in Marion County Circuit Court last month, claiming that Oracle officials lied, breached contracts and engaged in “a pattern of racketeering activity.” Meanwhile, the company has sued the state in federal court alleging breach of contract.

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BALLOT MEASURE WOULD CREATE COLLEGE AID FUND

(Eugene Register-Guard)Students are facing a rising loan burden, and Oregon’s state treasurer wants the state to be able to take on debt of its own to help them out.

Ted Wheeler proposed a little-known measure that will appear on the November ballot. Measure 86 would amend the state Constitution, creating an endowment that could be used only for student financial aid. It would also allow the state to take on debt to fill the kitty. He wants to start with $100 million.

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OREGON TO MAIL 900,000 VOTER REGISTRATION REMINDERS

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)Nearly 900,000 Oregonians who have a driver’s license or state identification card but aren’t registered to vote will soon get a postcard reminding them to register.
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September 12, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon’s tuition-free ‘Pay It Forward’ college finance plan should take a back seat to other priorities, commission says
  • With Cover Oregon, enough is enough — Opinion
  • Measure 90 opponents cry foul over fake website
  • Cover Oregon errors could hurt Salem consumers more
  • Algae bloom closes swimming at Blue Lake
  • Feds slow to respond to state GMO task force
  • Kitzhaber Orders Flags Lowered Thursday
  • State Superintendent Saxton Reacts To New Oregon School Data

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OREGON’S TUITION-FREE ‘PAY IT FORWARD’ COLLEGE FINANCE PLAN SHOULD TAKE A BACK SEAT TO OTHER PRIORITIES, COMMISSION SAYS

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission reiterated its position on Oregon’s controversial tuition-free ‘Pay It Forward’ college finance proposal Thursday:

Pay It Forward should take a back seat to $150 million worth of other proposals to vastly expand state-paid financial aid and shore up operations of public universities and community colleges.
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WITH COVER OREGON, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)The state-sponsored online service to help Oregonians buy health insurance has been a train wreck since failing, nearly a year ago, to launch successfully and as promised. It’s been a costly and serial embarrassment to just about everyone involved, none more so than Gov. John Kitzhaber, who separately championed a restructuring of care under the Oregon Health Plan and won the financial support of federal officials to do so. Meanwhile, ugly litigation between Oregon and its prime site contractor, Oracle, has stolen most everyone’s attention.
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MEASURE 90 OPPONENTS CRY FOUL OVER FAKE WEBSITE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The people behind the ballot initiative to create a top-two primary system thought some of their opponents’ arguments were absurd, so they created a satirical website.

“We thought it was appropriate to have a humorous response,” Yes on 90 spokesman Maurice Henderson said.
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COVER OREGON ERRORS COULD HURT SALEM CONSUMERS MORE

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Cover Oregon’s miscalculation of tax credits means some consumers who are receiving assistance to pay for their insurance premiums could owe money to the IRS during tax season. But due to unique circumstances in Marion and Polk counties’ insurance market, Mid-Valley residents could face steeper tax bills.
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ALGAE BLOOM CLOSES SWIMMING AT BLUE LAKE

 (Portland Tribune)Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview is closed to swimming until further notice due to an algae bloom in the water.

The lake remains open to boaters, and the surrounding park will be open for a variety of outdoor activities from 8 a.m. to closing at sunset.
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FEDS SLOW TO RESPOND TO STATE GMO TASK FORCE

 (Portland Tribune)Federal authorities have been slow to answer questions about genetic engineering regulations asked by an Oregon task force assembled by Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Kitzhaber launched the task force early this year to write a report framing the controversy on genetically modified organisms and how theyre regulated in Oregon.
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KITZHABER ORDERS FLAGS LOWERED THURSDAY

 (mycentraloregon.com)Governor John Kitzhaber has ordered that all flags at public institutions throughout Oregon be flown at half-staff on Thursday in remembrance of the 2001 terror attacks.
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STATE SUPERINTENDENT SAXTON REACTS TO NEW OREGON SCHOOL DATA

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Oregon students did about the same on statewide tests in 2014 as they did in 2013, according to new results released Wednesday. That means gaps based on race remain large. Gaps were 25 percent or more, between white and African-American or Latino students, on third grade reading.

State schools superintendent, Rob Saxton, addressed the results on OPBs Think Out Loud Wednesday.
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September 11, 2014 eClips

  • Girl, 4, dies of E. coli infection after Labor Day weekend near Oregon coast
  • State test scores are in; Banks Superintendent Bob Huston announces retirement: School Notes
  • Prostate cancer pill spearheaded in Oregon receives approval for wider use
  • Financial exploitation of Oregon’s elderly climbs 18 percent, study shows
  • State DOJ to Rocklin: Get your own lawyer for SAIF litigation
  • John Kitzhaber releases governor’s office salary figures to defend claim he pays women same as men
  • Legal pot grows add new demand to NW power grid
  • Oregon’s bicycle, pedestrian plan gets update
  • Flags to be flown at half-staff tomorrow
  • Task force continues to look at bee health
  • Sources Say: Pressure’s on Kitzhaber to heal Cover Oregon ills
  • SAIF announces record dividend
  • Cold Calculation
  • Yacht captain served for lack of maritime pilot
  • Free pesticide disposal set for Eastern Oregon farmers
  • Oregon moves to step up ‘green’ purchasing
  • Diverging Employment Trends in Oregons Agriculture Industry

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GIRL, 4, DIES OF E. COLI INFECTION AFTER LABOR DAY WEEKEND NEAR OREGON COAST

(Portland Oregonian)Loved ones clung to her, tucked stuffed toys into her bed and burst into her favorite song at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital during an hourslong goodbye to an outdoors-loving 4-year-old girl who died from complications associated with a virulent strain of E. coli.
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STATE TEST SCORES ARE IN; BANKS SUPERINTENDENT BOB HUSTON ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT: SCHOOL NOTES

(Portland Oregonian)Hello, readers. The Oregon Department of Education today released scores from the latest OAKS, which tests students’ proficiency in reading, writing, math and science.
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PROSTATE CANCER PILL SPEARHEADED IN OREGON RECEIVES APPROVAL FOR WIDER USE

(Portland Oregonian)A prostate cancer drug spearheaded by Oregon researchers has received federal approval based on studies showing it prolongs life without chemotherapy.
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FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION OF OREGON’S ELDERLY CLIMBS 18 PERCENT, STUDY SHOWS

(Portland Oregonian)Nearly half of the people who exploit the finances of elderly Oregonians are members of their own families, according to a new study.
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STATE DOJ TO ROCKLIN: GET YOUR OWN LAWYER FOR SAIF LITIGATION

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Department of Justice has rejected former SAIF CEO Brenda Rocklin’s request that it provide a lawyer to defend her in the ongoing John Plotkin litigation.
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JOHN KITZHABER RELEASES GOVERNOR’S OFFICE SALARY FIGURES TO DEFEND CLAIM HE PAYS WOMEN SAME AS MEN

(Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber defended his record on pay equity before protesters at a Labor Day picnic last week.
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LEGAL POT GROWS ADD NEW DEMAND TO NW POWER GRID

(Salem Statesman Journal)As more marijuana producers move their plants indoors over the next two decades, the grow operations in Washington state are expected to need as much electricity each year as what a small Northwest city consumes, according to an energy forecast by regional power planners.
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OREGON’S BICYCLE, PEDESTRIAN PLAN GETS UPDATE

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon is updating its two-decade old bicycle and pedestrian plan, and the public is invited to chime in.
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FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF TOMORROW

(Salem Statesman Journal)Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered the all American flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 11 in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the 2001 attacks.
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TASK FORCE CONTINUES TO LOOK AT BEE HEALTH

(Portland Tribune)A legislative task force has two months to come up with recommendations about what more Oregon should do to protect bee pollinators.

Although much of the discussion has focused on pesticides and their regulation, task force members acknowledge that bee health also is affected by diseases, parasites and plant habitat.
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SOURCES SAY: PRESSURE’S ON KITZHABER TO HEAL COVER OREGON ILLS

(Portland Tribune)State Senate President Peter Courtney has given Republicans a chance to embarrass Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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SAIF ANNOUNCES RECORD DIVIDEND

(Portland Tribune)More than 44,000 employers will share a $165 million dividend from SAIF Corp., Oregons largest provider of workers compensation insurance.
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COLD CALCULATION

(Willamette Week)-Gov. John Kitzhabers Cool Schools plan flopped. So why is he trying to microwave it for his re-election campaign?-

Four years ago, John Kitzhaber needed somethinganythingto convince voters he had a plan to create jobs in Oregon, then emerging from a recession that had left as many as one in 10 people out of work.
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YACHT CAPTAIN SERVED FOR LACK OF MARITIME PILOT

(Daily Astorian)A luxury yacht could face fines after failing to employ the required Columbia River Bar and River pilots.
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FREE PESTICIDE DISPOSAL SET FOR EASTERN OREGON FARMERS

(Capital Press)A first-ever free pesticide collection event for agricultural producers in Eastern Oregon will be held Oct. 22 in Ontario. There is a 500-pound limit per registrant and farmers have to pre-register.
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OREGON MOVES TO STEP UP ‘GREEN’ PURCHASING

(KTVZ Bend)-Less-toxic products focus of new guidelines-

Oregon state agencies plan to use their collective buying power to purchase less-toxic products – making Oregon safer and providing opportunities for Oregon businesses., officials said Wednesday.
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DIVERGING EMPLOYMENT TRENDS IN OREGONS AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

(Albany Tribune)Since 2001, Oregons crop production and animal production industries have shown significantly different employment trends. Both industries have added jobs since 2001. Crop production has added more jobs than animal production since 2001, but animal production has shown much faster growth during that time period.
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September 10, 2014 eClips

  • Oregon 2014 test scores: Stagnant, with more than one-third of students failing math
  • Escrow officers turn a blind eye to elder financial abuse
  • Expanded free lunch reduces hunger and stigma — Opinion
  • John Kitzhaber releases governor’s office salary figures to defend claim he pays women same as men
  • Lawmakers disagree on when to kill Cover Oregon
  • Legislators agree: Get rid of failed Cover Oregon — Opinion
  • Cameras watch over the woods
  • Kitzhaber, lawmakers call for end to Cover Oregon
  • Cold Calculation
  • Test Results Show Persistent Gap Between White And Minority Students
  • Economy Still Growing Despite Lackluster Unemployment Numbers
  • Oregon creates disaster ‘playbook’ in case of major earthquake

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OREGON 2014 TEST SCORES: STAGNANT, WITH MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF STUDENTS FAILING MATH

 (Portland Oregonian)Oregon high schools made near-zero progress at getting more students prepared for college and careers last school year, according to test scores released Wednesday morning.
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ESCROW OFFICERS TURN A BLIND EYE TO ELDER FINANCIAL ABUSE

 (Portland Oregonian)When Trish Brazil discovered last May what had happened to Elmo and Meliitta Marquette on Southwest Garden Home Road, the Portland realtor called Heidi Gamelgaard at Fidelity National Title.

The escrow officer. By law, the “disinterested, neutral third party” in the room at closing.
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EXPANDED FREE LUNCH REDUCES HUNGER AND STIGMA — OPINION

 (Portland Oregonian)We don’t tend to think that billions of dollars in education spending are balanced on a cheeseburger, or are reflected in the aluminum foil around a breakfast wrap.

But in a state where most of our schoolchildren now qualify for free or reduced-price meals, we need to understand that crucial developments in the educational process happen or don’t happen in the belly as well as the brain.
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JOHN KITZHABER RELEASES GOVERNOR’S OFFICE SALARY FIGURES TO DEFEND CLAIM HE PAYS WOMEN SAME AS MEN

 (Portland Oregonian)Gov. John Kitzhaber defended his record on pay equity before protesters at a Labor Day picnic last week.

“We pay equal pay for equal work,” he said, rebuking countering claims by his challenger in the governor’s race opponent, Rep. Dennis Richardson, R-Central Point.
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LAWMAKERS DISAGREE ON WHEN TO KILL COVER OREGON

 (Salem Statesman Journal)The newest political divide between Oregon Republicans and Democrats appears to be a disagreement over when the Legislature should convene to put an end to the debacle known as Cover Oregon.

Republican Senate Leader Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, has called for a special session, saying “next year will be too late.”
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LEGISLATORS AGREE: GET RID OF FAILED COVER OREGON — OPINION

 (Salem Statesman Journal)Cover Oregon should disband.

It is a failure. Its name should be permanently retired, to rest among the annals of worst-executed state projects. Its remaining work should be transferred to the Oregon Health Authority or other state agencies, providing a fresh start.
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CAMERAS WATCH OVER THE WOODS

 (Eugene Register-Guard)-Remotely monitored video helps foresters spot Western Oregon fires as soon as they start-

Last Friday afternoon, a fire patrol on a high point west of Cottage Grove caught a glimpse of smoke in the distance.

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KITZHABER, LAWMAKERS CALL FOR END TO COVER OREGON

 (Portland Tribune)Gov. John Kitzhaber and lawmakers from both parties say they want to dissolve Cover Oregon if the board of the state health insurance exchange fails to vote itself out of existence.

But with less than 60 days before the Nov. 4 election, lawmakers are unlikely to meet in a special session to abolish the public corporation.
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COLD CALCULATION

 (Willamette Week)-Gov. John Kitzhabers Cool Schools plan flopped. So why is he trying to microwave it for his re-election campaign?-

Four years ago, John Kitzhaber needed somethinganythingto convince voters he had a plan to create jobs in Oregon, then emerging from a recession that had left as many as one in 10 people out of work.
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TEST RESULTS SHOW PERSISTENT GAP BETWEEN WHITE AND MINORITY STUDENTS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Test results out Wednesday show Oregon students did roughly the same last year as they did the year before.

District or school-level results vary, with some places improving and others falling off a bit.
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ECONOMY STILL GROWING DESPITE LACKLUSTER UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS

 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)Despite a couple of months of lackluster unemployment figures, the Oregon Economic Forum says the state is still enjoying better than average growth.
Summer construction continues at the University of Portland.

The Forums July report had some positive numbers.
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OREGON CREATES DISASTER ‘PLAYBOOK’ IN CASE OF MAJOR EARTHQUAKE

 (KATU)Gov. John Kitzhaber and officials with the Oregon Military Department and Office of Emergency Management were at Camp Rilea on Tuesday to announce the release of “The Cascadia Playbook.”

It’s a guidebook for emergency management agencies in counties and cities across the state that includes a timeline of what to do immediately, as well as in the hours and days after, a major earthquake.
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September 9, 2014 eClips

  • Deaf prisoners: Oregon should use only certified interpreters, groups say
  • 23 years of Oregon unemployment, in one map
  • Roseburg deer dying of disease
  • Oregon lawmakers join governor in wanting Cover Oregon to go away
  • Oregon State Bar defers investigations of federal prosecutors in Pedersen case
  • Medical marijuana in Oregon: State orders 9 illegal dispensaries to shut down
  • With property tax bills on the horizon, reform pressure continues: Editorial Agenda 2014 — Opinion
  • More legislators want to shut down Cover Oregon
  • Gnat-borne disease is killing deer near Roseburg
  • Wheeler “not ruling anything out” in post-treasurer plans
  • Truckers stopped for inspections
  • Urban vote key to GMO campaign
  • Mark Hatfield’s life gets film premiere
  • State report: Tech bypasses county
  • House Speaker Tina Kotek, Republican Senators Join Call to Abolish Cover Oregon
  • Oregon coal facility backers seek to overturn state rejection
  • Q&A: Momentum Grows To End Cover Oregon
  • Calls For End To Cover Oregon Increase
  • Chlamydia Screening Increases, But Still Below National Average
  • Wyoming appeals Oregon’s denial of coal port

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DEAF PRISONERS: OREGON SHOULD USE ONLY CERTIFIED INTERPRETERS, GROUPS SAY

(Portland Oregonian)Three national organizations that represent the deaf demanded on Monday that the Oregon prison system immediately quit recruiting its own inmates as sign-language interpreters.

In a letter to Colette Peters, director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, the groups wrote that they believe using inmates — rather than certified interpreters — to sign for deaf prisoners would be devastating to the disabled inmates’ health, safety and welfare.
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23 YEARS OF OREGON UNEMPLOYMENT, IN ONE MAP

(Portland Oregonian)Even as hiring improves and unemployment declines, Oregon’s job market looks very different today than the years leading to the recession.

Many parts of the state are still struggling with high rates of joblessness. One in nine workers are unemployed in some parts of southern and central Oregon. That compares with just one in 16 in the Portland metro area. And yet, things have been much worse.
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ROSEBURG DEER DYING OF DISEASE

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department says tests confirm that deer in southern Oregon’s Roseburg area are dying from a disease not previously seen in deer in that part of the state.
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OREGON LAWMAKERS JOIN GOVERNOR IN WANTING COVER OREGON TO GO AWAY

(Portland Oregonian)As Cover Oregon board members mull the future of the health insurance exchange this month, they will do so from beneath a political pig pile.

On Thursday, Gov. John Kitzhaber said publicly the exchange should be placed under state agencies. On Friday, Senate President Peter Courtney said he will introduce legislation to dissolve Cover Oregon and put state agencies in charge.
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OREGON STATE BAR DEFERS INVESTIGATIONS OF FEDERAL PROSECUTORS IN PEDERSEN CASE

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon State Bar has tabled its investigation into three federal prosecutors accused of misconduct in the David “Joey” Pedersen case, saying it has referred the matter to the U.S. Justice Department.
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MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN OREGON: STATE ORDERS 9 ILLEGAL DISPENSARIES TO SHUT DOWN

(Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Health Authority has ordered nine unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries, six of them in Portland, to shut down since the state launched its dispensary program in March.

The health authority last week released to The Oregonian copies of the letters that went out to the establishments. Agency officials said they’ve collected the first civil penalty from a dispensary in violation of state rules.
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WITH PROPERTY TAX BILLS ON THE HORIZON, REFORM PRESSURE CONTINUES: EDITORIAL AGENDA 2014 — OPINION

(Portland Oregonian)Shortly after Oct. 15, snail mail will bring Oregonians a pair of important envelopes. The first, for registered voters, will contain a ballot for the November election. The second, for homeowners, will hold an annual property tax statement, which breaks down in dollars and cents the consequences, both good and bad, of elections past.
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MORE LEGISLATORS WANT TO SHUT DOWN COVER OREGON

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon legislators from both parties are adding their voices to the growing movement to shut down Cover Oregon, the stillborn state health care exchange that was never able to deliver on its promise as a one-stop shop for private health insurance.

While both sides are agreeing on Cover Oregon’s fate, they have different visions for how it should be done. In addition, Republicans are not missing the opportunity to point fingers at the Democrats.
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GNAT-BORNE DISEASE IS KILLING DEER NEAR ROSEBURG

(Salem Statesman Journal)Tests have confirmed that deer in the Roseburg area are dying from epizootic hemorrhagic disease EHD, which previously had not been seen in the area.

Lab results from Oregon State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab tested positive for EHD late the past week.
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WHEELER “NOT RULING ANYTHING OUT” IN POST-TREASURER PLANS

(Salem Statesman Journal)Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler saw his plans shift dramatically recently after he learned that he could not run for re-election in 2016.

Despite that he was originally appointed to the office, he already has been elected twice, albeit once for only half a term. As a result, he can’t run a third time and serve a total of 10 years, according to a legal opinion issued last month by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
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TRUCKERS STOPPED FOR INSPECTIONS

(Eugene Register-Guard)-A campaign to promote traffic safety and enforcement involving commercial trucks is a multiagency effort-

When it comes to commercial truck safety inspections, Russ Cottrell has heard just about every excuse in his nearly 30 years as Lane County weighmaster.

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URBAN VOTE KEY TO GMO CAMPAIGN

(Portland Tribune)The fate of Oregon’s genetically modified organism labeling initiative will hinge on whether heavy spending by opponents can overcome the liberal leanings of urban voters, experts say.

Dueling campaigns on Measure 92, which would require labeling of foods containing GMOs, will soon be operating at full throttle now that Labor Day has passed, political analysts agree.
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MARK HATFIELD’S LIFE GETS FILM PREMIERE

(Portland Tribune)After five years and more than 50 interviews, a trio of filmmakers have finished a 90-minute documentary about Mark Hatfield, twice Oregon’s governor and 30 years a U.S. senator.
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STATE REPORT: TECH BYPASSES COUNTY

(Portland Tribune)Clackamas County is lagging far behind its regional counterparts in terms of job growth. That’s according to a new report on Oregon’s economic forecast from state economists.

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HOUSE SPEAKER TINA KOTEK, REPUBLICAN SENATORS JOIN CALL TO ABOLISH COVER OREGON

(Willamette Week)Cover Oregon is beginning to resemble a soccer ball.

After Senate President Peter Courtney D-Salem on Friday vowed to introduced legislation abolishing the scandal-plagued public corporation formed to establish a health insurance exchange, two Republican state senators facing tight re-election battles issued statements over echoing and amplifying Courtney’s sentiment.
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OREGON COAL FACILITY BACKERS SEEK TO OVERTURN STATE REJECTION

(Oregon Business Journal)Developers of a proposed north central Oregon coal facility have taken steps to overturn a state lands division decision.

Ambre Energy is joined in the appeal by the Port of Morrow, in Boardman, as it battles the State of Oregon’s Department of State Lands. The department had denied a removal/fill permit for the Morrow Pacific project last month.
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Q&A: MOMENTUM GROWS TO END COVER OREGON

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The speaker of the Oregon House added her voice Monday to calls for Cover Oregon to close its doors.

OPB’s Kristian Foden-Vencil’s been following the discussion about the future of the health exchange. Good afternoon.
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CALLS FOR END TO COVER OREGON INCREASE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)The speaker of the Oregon House added her voice Monday to calls for Cover Oregon to close its doors and hand its functions over to the state.

Portland Democrat Tina Kotek says Oregon’s troubled health insurance marketplace should shut down.
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CHLAMYDIA SCREENING INCREASES, BUT STILL BELOW NATIONAL AVERAGE

(Oregon Public Broadcasting)More young women in Oregon are being screened for chlamydia, according to a new study by the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation. But the rate remains below the national average.

Chlamydia is a problem in Oregon. In 2009, a study by the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation found that just 29 percent of young women were being screened for it.
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WYOMING APPEALS OREGON’S DENIAL OF COAL PORT

(The Columbian)Wyoming is appealing Oregon’s recent decision to deny an application to build a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow, on the Columbia River.

Wyoming, the nation’s largest coal-producer, has been pressing for access to ports to export coal to Asia, but it has run into stiff opposition in the Northwest.
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September 8, 2014 eClips Weekend Edition

State Library eClips
* Portland-area high schools: Many make classes longer to meet state rule
* Hillsboro and Beaverton kindergartners take state assessment tests
* Oregon prisoner beaten to death in cell sought protection from Crips, Bloods
* Obesity rates stabilize in U.S., drop slightly for adults in Oregon — science roundup Sept. 6
* Oregon wolf OR-7: Lab tests show mate wandered far to find him
* Hanford officials miss deadline to empty tank of radioactive waste
* Thousands of Oregonians could owe money at tax time under new Cover Oregon error
* Report says Oregon’s touted model for juvenile justice isn’t working
* Shift in Oregon Health Plan cuts funds to Eugene shelter program
* Medical marijuana in Oregon: Dispensary pays thousands in civil penalties for ‘serious’ violations
* Oregon Army National Guard battalion changes command Saturday
* Unleash Oregon’s state court judges: Editorial endorsement — Opinion
* Oregon’s top court brings ‘personhood’ for animals closer — Guest Opinion
* Oregon marijuana events should be investigated by feds, Rep. Earl Blumenauer says
* Corvallis firefighters mopping up after late night wildfire; evacuation order lifted
* Steve Duin – At long last, justice: Two acres returned to Elmo and Meliitta Marquette
* Disputed efficiency subsidies lower energy costs for Oregonians — Guest Opinion
* David Sarasohn: Oregon’s exclusive – and outdated – primary elections — Opinion
* ‘Top two’ primary a good idea despite early poll numbers — Opinion
* How Oregonians can help prevent suicide — Guest Opinion
* Corps of Engineers committed to clean dam operations — Guest Opinion
* A good day for groundfish — and those who eat and catch them — Opinion
* Napa earthquake argues for better education in Oregon — Guest Opinion
* Narrow support for smoking ban on coastal beaches
* Sen. Courtney, Gov. Kitzhaber: End Cover Oregon
* OHA levies its first fines on marijuana dispensaries
* What is the Oregon State Library?
* Roy Elicker resigns as director at ODFW
* Get rid of Cover Oregon — Opinion
* Ron Wydens O&C plan falls short of helping communities — Guest Opinion
* Tribute to Vic Atiyeh, the peoples governor — Guest Opinion
* Grape harvest begins at vineyards across Mid-Valley
* Wildfire chokes area with smoke
* Medical pot shop in Veneta to be shut
* Filbert frenzy
* Mental health shelter to close
* Approve top-two primary — Opinion
* Park Rangers file OSHA complaint against Portland
* Friends file suit to protect Gorge air quality
* Body Double Standard
* State uses insurance policy to pay for wildfires
* No texts to 911 for now
* OR-7 May Have Found ‘Girl Next Door’ In Mate
* The Last Dam on Whychus Creek Slated for Removal
* Sauvie Island Site Of First Superfund Restoration Project
* Oregon State Police Plan $10M Facility In Coburg
* Report Finds More Than 1 In 5 Oregonians Are Obese
* Tests confirm OR-7s link to wolf pups; mate still a mystery
* Kitzhaber, Courtney recommend dissolving Cover Oregon
* Comments split on Oregon beach smoking ban
* Gov. Kitzhaber recommends dissolving Cover Oregon
* OSU study: Greener neighborhoods, healthier babies
* Oregon Warns Unlicensed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Close

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PORTLAND-AREA HIGH SCHOOLS: MANY MAKE CLASSES LONGER TO MEET STATE RULE (Portland Oregonian)

At a dozen large high schools across Portland and Hillsboro, the daily bell schedules debuting for 14,000-plus students this week are radically different from last year’s.
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HILLSBORO AND BEAVERTON KINDERGARTNERS TAKE STATE ASSESSMENT TESTS (Portland Oregonian)

Before Rosedale Elementary kindergarten teacher Jennifer Dawson could read the test instructions aloud, her brand new student looked at the sheet of letters and started answering.
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OREGON PRISONER BEATEN TO DEATH IN CELL SOUGHT PROTECTION FROM CRIPS, BLOODS (Portland Oregonian)

Terrified by death threats from the Aryan Brotherhood, Oregon prisoner Michael Hagen reached out to the gangs he thought could protect him.
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OBESITY RATES STABILIZE IN U.S., DROP SLIGHTLY FOR ADULTS IN OREGON — SCIENCE ROUNDUP SEPT. 6 (Portland Oregonian)

“Stabilizing” is a good word to hear sometimes say, in relation to a nuclear reactor that was threatening to melt down or a patient in the ER who came in with life-threatening injuries but is improving.
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OREGON WOLF OR-7: LAB TESTS SHOW MATE WANDERED FAR TO FIND HIM (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon’s erstwhile wandering wolf OR-7 truly met one of his own when he mated with a small black female earlier this year: She, too, is a traveler and perhaps even from northeast Oregon as well.
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HANFORD OFFICIALS MISS DEADLINE TO EMPTY TANK OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE (Portland Oregonian)

The U.S. Department of Energy failed to meet a deadline to begin emptying radioactive waste from a Hanford tank with an interior leak.
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THOUSANDS OF OREGONIANS COULD OWE MONEY AT TAX TIME UNDER NEW COVER OREGON ERROR (Portland Oregonian)

Thousands of Oregonians may owe money or see their tax refunds reduced by the Internal Revenue Service next year thanks to Cover Oregon errors that resulted in inaccurate tax credits awarded by the health insurance exchange to reduce individuals’ premiums.
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REPORT SAYS OREGON’S TOUTED MODEL FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE ISN’T WORKING (Portland Oregonian)

For years, Multnomah County has been hailed as national model for its handling of juvenile justice.
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SHIFT IN OREGON HEALTH PLAN CUTS FUNDS TO EUGENE SHELTER PROGRAM (Portland Oregonian)

One of the last resorts for mentally ill people in Eugene suffering a crisis will be closed this month after a change in state health care policy took one-third of a shelter’s money.
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MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN OREGON: DISPENSARY PAYS THOUSANDS IN CIVIL PENALTIES FOR ‘SERIOUS’ VIOLATIONS (Portland Oregonian)

The Oregon Health Authority has collected $6,500 in civil penalties from a Southeast Portland medical marijuana dispensary owner for multiple serious violations of state rules.
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OREGON ARMY NATIONAL GUARD BATTALION CHANGES COMMAND SATURDAY (Portland Oregonian)

Lt. Col. Alan Gronewald took command of the Oregon Army National Guard’s 2-641 Aviation Battalion in a ceremony held Saturday in Salem.
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UNLEASH OREGON’S STATE COURT JUDGES: EDITORIAL ENDORSEMENT — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

If you are lucky enough to be a law student at Willamette University in Salem or Lewis & Clark College in Portland, you might well have a working state court judge teaching your class in courtroom procedures a real-world professor if there ever was one.
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OREGON’S TOP COURT BRINGS ‘PERSONHOOD’ FOR ANIMALS CLOSER — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

On Aug. 7, in State v. Fessenden, the Oregon Supreme Court decided that the Oregon and U.S. constitutions allow a police officer to enter private property, without a warrant, seize an emaciated horse who was near death from starvation and take her to a veterinarian.
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OREGON MARIJUANA EVENTS SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED BY FEDS, REP. EARL BLUMENAUER SAYS (Portland Oregonian)

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer on Friday called for a federal investigation into whether taxpayer dollars are being improperly spent on marijuana education events that he said appear to be aimed at influencing voters to oppose the November ballot measure that would legalize the drug.
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CORVALLIS FIREFIGHTERS MOPPING UP AFTER LATE NIGHT WILDFIRE; EVACUATION ORDER LIFTED (Portland Oregonian)

Authorities say a late-night wildfire tearing through brush forced the evacuation of more than 200 homes.

The Corvallis Police Department said late Friday night that firefighters struggled against high winds and rough terrain as they fought the fire in the north part of town.
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STEVE DUIN – AT LONG LAST, JUSTICE: TWO ACRES RETURNED TO ELMO AND MELIITTA MARQUETTE (Portland Oregonian)

Elmo and Meliitta Marquette were finally made whole Friday, when Michael Leland and Sandra Bittler agreed to return the two-acre property they purchased from the elderly couple last November for one-tenth of its real-market value.
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DISPUTED EFFICIENCY SUBSIDIES LOWER ENERGY COSTS FOR OREGONIANS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

As Oregon’s ratepayer advocate, the Citizens’ Utility Board disagrees with The Oregonian editorial board’s recent piece on energy efficiency. There’s no plainer way to say this: Cutting cost-effective energy efficiency investment will raise bills for Oregon families and businesses.
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DAVID SARASOHN: OREGON’S EXCLUSIVE – AND OUTDATED – PRIMARY ELECTIONS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

In a rare display of unity, the Oregon Democratic and Republican parties, along with most of the other pillars of Oregon politics, are opposed to Measure 90, and you can see why.
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‘TOP TWO’ PRIMARY A GOOD IDEA DESPITE EARLY POLL NUMBERS — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Pop quiz What’s worse than two members of a single party facing off in November for the same position? Easy: One member of a major party facing off against nobody. The former is the supposedly terrible outcome held up by some opponents of Measure 90, which would create a top-two primary. The latter is what frequently happens now.
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HOW OREGONIANS CAN HELP PREVENT SUICIDE — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

For many, the recent suicide of Robin Williams is a haunting loss and a wakeup call. How anyone so loved, talented and successful could choose to kill themselves is baffling. We’re also puzzled by the deaths of Dundee mother Jennifer Huston and Pink Martini percussionist Derek Rieth.
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CORPS OF ENGINEERS COMMITTED TO CLEAN DAM OPERATIONS — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has entered into an agreement with Columbia Riverkeeper to resolve consolidated litigation addressing eight Corps dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. This agreement reflects the Corps’ ongoing commitment to environmentally sustainable operations on our nation’s waterways.
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A GOOD DAY FOR GROUNDFISH — AND THOSE WHO EAT AND CATCH THEM — OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

It was good news in 1999, when an outfit named Seafood Watch made handy for diners a guide that listed fish in danger. Among other things, it helped people know that several species were overfished and that a wise individual choice in ordering at the restaurant might help certain stocks to rebound.
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NAPA EARTHQUAKE ARGUES FOR BETTER EDUCATION IN OREGON — GUEST OPINION (Portland Oregonian)

Last month, we traveled to Napa, California, to perform post-earthquake reconnaissance, and it reminded us that a large, magnitude 9.0 earthquake, which will affect the Pacific Northwest, is impending. The impending earthquake is not optional. It is a reality. A recent study indicates that Oregon faces a 40 percent chance of a major earthquake in the next 50 years.
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NARROW SUPPORT FOR SMOKING BAN ON COASTAL BEACHES (Salem Statesman Journal)

Oregonians favor a rule that would ban smoking on Oregon Coast beaches, but only by a razor thin margin, according to public comments collected by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
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SEN. COURTNEY, GOV. KITZHABER: END COVER OREGON (Salem Statesman Journal)

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, announced Friday that he wants to put an end to Cover Oregon.
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OHA LEVIES ITS FIRST FINES ON MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES (Salem Statesman Journal)

The Oregon Health Authority has begun levying fines against medical marijuana dispensaries it caught violating the rules.
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WHAT IS THE OREGON STATE LIBRARY? (Salem Statesman Journal)

When I am looking for information on local history, my research wanderings typically lead me first to the Oregon State Library.
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ROY ELICKER RESIGNS AS DIRECTOR AT ODFW (Salem Statesman Journal)

Roy Elicker, the director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, has resigned effective Oct. 10.
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GET RID OF COVER OREGON — OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

Cover Oregon should disband.

It is a failure. Its name should be permanently retired, to rest among the annals of worst-executed state projects.
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RON WYDENS O&C PLAN FALLS SHORT OF HELPING COMMUNITIES — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

After decades of gridlock, state and federal officials are seeking to restore balance to the management of Western Oregons O&C federal forestlands.
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TRIBUTE TO VIC ATIYEH, THE PEOPLES GOVERNOR — GUEST OPINION (Salem Statesman Journal)

I became acquainted with Vic Atiyeh as he made his first unsuccessful bid to become Oregons governor.
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GRAPE HARVEST BEGINS AT VINEYARDS ACROSS MID-VALLEY (Salem Statesman Journal)

Fall may be in the air but things are heating up at vineyards across the Willamette Valley as harvest begins.

So far, the weather is cooperating, unlike the torrential storms that hit last year as remnants from a typhoon in the Pacific moved into the West Coast just as harvest was beginning.

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WILDFIRE CHOKES AREA WITH SMOKE (Eugene Register-Guard)

-The Yellow Point Fire is burning about 25 miles west of Cottage Grove-

Eugene residents may have noticed a haze in the air and perhaps a hint of campfire smell Saturday.
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MEDICAL POT SHOP IN VENETA TO BE SHUT (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Officials say an incomplete application is forcing the closure of the dispensary-

State regulators said Friday theyve ordered the closure of nine unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries, including one in Veneta, since it began enforcement this spring.
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FILBERT FRENZY (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Reduced crops here and afar are driving up hazelnut prices-

A forecasted 20 percent drop in the Oregon hazelnut harvest this year, coupled with a much smaller than usual crop out of Turkey the worlds largest producer means higher prices and potentially new markets for Oregon hazelnut growers.
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MENTAL HEALTH SHELTER TO CLOSE (Eugene Register-Guard)

-A shortage of funding drives ShelterCare to shut down its Royal Avenue Program after 27 years-

After serving mentally ill people for 27 years, Eugenes Royal Avenue Program 19-bed mental health crisis shelter will be closed and locked up indefinitely on Sept. 15 following a loss of state funding that one official says created a cascading series of events.
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APPROVE TOP-TWO PRIMARY — OPINION (Eugene Register-Guard)

-Measure 90 opens elections to many whose voices are blocked-

Opponents of Measure 90 on Oregons Nov. 4 ballot are at a disadvantage: By resisting a proposal to change how candidates for the general election are chosen, they are implicitly defending the status quo.
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PARK RANGERS FILE OSHA COMPLAINT AGAINST PORTLAND (Portland Tribune)

The Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Division has received a complaint against the city of Portland in an issue relating to city Park Rangers.
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FRIENDS FILE SUIT TO PROTECT GORGE AIR QUALITY (Portland Tribune)

Friends of the Columbia Gorge has filed a lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality over an air pollution permit the state agency issued earlier this year for the proposed Troutdale Energy Center at the former Reynolds Aluminum site in Troutdale.
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BODY DOUBLE STANDARD (Willamette Week)

-How Legacy Healths acquisition of cadaversnow under FBI investigationescaped state scrutiny-

In the spring of 2013, Portland hospital system Legacy Health launched a body donation program to obtain cadavers for surgical training.

That June, the Oregon Legislature passed a law that mandated state oversight of body donation programs, which had previously been unregulated. The new rules imposed standards for the safe and ethical handling of bodies by for-profit tissue banks that supply cadavers for surgical training.

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STATE USES INSURANCE POLICY TO PAY FOR WILDFIRES (Bend Bulletin)

-Oregon has already blown through fire deductible –

For the second straight year, Oregon has tapped into its insurance coverage to help cover the growing cost of firefighting.

Acres burned by wildfires this year have already tripled the 10-year average, and scientists expect that to become a trend as long-term droughts intensify as a result of climate change.

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NO TEXTS TO 911 FOR NOW (Bend Bulletin)

-Upgrades up to states and counties, despite FCC ruling-

The Federal Communications Commission last month voted to require wireless phone companies and certain messaging services to allow customers to send emergency text messages to 911 by the end of the year.

But the service wont be available in Oregon anytime soon, because network upgrades are necessary before emergency call centers can properly process text messages, said Steve Reinke, the director of Deschutes County 911.
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OR-7 MAY HAVE FOUND ‘GIRL NEXT DOOR’ IN MATE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Genetic tests indicate that the mate Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, OR-7, found in the Cascade Mountains of southwestern Oregon could have been the girl next door when he was growing up hundreds of miles away in northeastern Oregon.
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THE LAST DAM ON WHYCHUS CREEK SLATED FOR REMOVAL (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

The removal of the last remaining concrete dam on Whychus Creek near Sisters, Oregon is slated to get underway following a ceremony on Monday.
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SAUVIE ISLAND SITE OF FIRST SUPERFUND RESTORATION PROJECT (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

A first-of-its-kind habitat restoration project is underway on the southern tip of Sauvie Island, in the Willamette River.

For years, contaminated sites at the north end of the Willamette have been at the center of a Superfund cleanup. Separate – but related – to that, are plans to restore habitat.
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OREGON STATE POLICE PLAN $10M FACILITY IN COBURG (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

A new 40,000-square-foot Oregon State Police regional headquarters is headed to Coburg North business park, off of Interstate 5, according to the parks developer Steve Lee.
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REPORT FINDS MORE THAN 1 IN 5 OREGONIANS ARE OBESE (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Obesity rates for adults and children appear to be stabilizing, according to the latest state-by-state report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for Americas Health, but still almost 70 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese.
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TESTS CONFIRM OR-7S LINK TO WOLF PUPS; MATE STILL A MYSTERY (Capital Press)

Tests show OR-7 is the father of new wolf pups in southwest Oregon Cascades, but his mate is still unidentified.
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KITZHABER, COURTNEY RECOMMEND DISSOLVING COVER OREGON (KATU)

Although Oregon has decided to scrap its flawed online health insurance exchange and is hooking up to the federal portal, state officials are still trying to decide what to do with the agency that has been running it.

But the state’s governor has already made his choice for the quasi-independent public corporation that was set up by the Legislature to run all aspects of the state’s health insurance marketplace.
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COMMENTS SPLIT ON OREGON BEACH SMOKING BAN (KGW)

Oregon state park leaders eyeing a decision on whether to forbid smoking on coastal beaches say public comments were slightly in favor of a ban, a newspaper reported Friday.
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GOV. KITZHABER RECOMMENDS DISSOLVING COVER OREGON (KGW)

Although Oregon has decided to scrap its flawed online health insurance exchange and is hooking up to the federal portal, state officials are still trying to decide what to do with the agency that has been running it.
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OSU STUDY: GREENER NEIGHBORHOODS, HEALTHIER BABIES (KTVZ Bend)

-Researchers focus on areas with lots of green vegetation-

Mothers who live in neighborhoods with plenty of grass, trees or other green vegetation are more likely to deliver at full term and their babies are born at higher weights, compared to mothers who live in urban areas that arent as green, a new study shows.
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ANIMAL TRAFFIC (New York Times)

The trade in illegal wildlife is a $19 billion annual business with ties to the Russian mob and Islamic extremists, and theres one place the world turns to investigate the crime: a federal forensics lab and curiosity cabinet in a hippie town in Oregon.
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OREGON WARNS UNLICENSED MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES TO CLOSE (NW News Network)

Oregon is warning some unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries to close their doors. This summer, the state has sent letters to nine storefront pot dealers ordering them to shut down.
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