Gov. Kate Brown declares ‘crisis’ at her child welfare agency, says she’ll personally step in to make fixes

Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday morning laying out a path for her to take a direct role in day-to-day operations at the state’s embattled child welfare program. Source: Gov. Kate Brown declares ‘crisis’ at her child welfare agency, says she’ll personally step in to make fixes

Kotek and Courtney weigh ‘technical’ PERS fix that could make the problem worse

The legislative session has reached its second half, and as usual, the topic of spiraling public pension costs is looming over the budget and tax policy discussions that will dominate the remainder. Source: Kotek and Courtney weigh ‘technical’ PERS fix that could make the problem worse

Frank Gable, convicted in 1989 killing of Michael Francke, should be retried or released from prison, judge says

A man convicted in the 1989 killing of the Oregon Department of Corrections director should be retried or released from prison because evidence was excluded from his trial that pointed to someone else as the possible killer, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Source: Frank Gable, convicted in 1989 killing of Michael Francke, should be retried […]
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Cylvia Hayes attends ethics commission meeting, settles for $50,000

Oregon Government Ethics Commission officials voted Friday morning to accept a settlement agreement with former first lady Cylvia Hayes, cutting her potential $110,000 fine for 22 violations to $50,000. Source: Cylvia Hayes attends ethics commission meeting, settles for $50,000 – oregonlive.com

As Portland’s traffic worsens support for tolls rises, polls finds

As Portland gridlock worsens, metro drivers are growing more comfortable with the idea of paying a toll to drive on sections of Interstate 5 and 205, but they remain skeptical it will be an effective way to reduce congestion in the long term. Source: As Portland’s traffic worsens support for tolls rises, polls finds

Oregon legislators narrow focus on business tax to raise $2 billion for schools

The Joint Committee on Student Success is expanding discussions on a business tax to raise $2 billion for Oregon schools in the next two years. Source: Oregon legislators narrow focus on business tax to raise $2 billion for schools

Judge: Retry or release Frank Gable in Oregon prison director’s murder

A federal judge ruled Thursday that the man convicted of murdering the Oregon Department of Corrections director in 1989 should either be released from prison or retried within 90 days. Prosecutors erred in excluding evidence pointing to another possible suspect in the murder of Michael Francke, 42, outside the corrections’ Dome Building in Salem, said U.S. […]
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown establishes foster care oversight board

In response to the growing crisis within Oregon’s beleaguered foster care system, Gov. Kate Brown created an oversight board and crisis management team Thursday tasked with developing and implementing solutions to some of its most troublesome challenges. Source: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown establishes foster care oversight board

Oregon Lottery’s foray into sports betting finds international intrigue

The Oregon Lottery’s journey into the sports betting world has taken state investigators to Bulgaria to vet the international company expected to handle sports wagers in Oregon. Source: Oregon Lottery’s foray into sports betting finds international intrigue

Longtime politician Grattan Kerans to be remembered at Saturday service

A memorial service will be held Saturday in Salem for Grattan Kerans, a former Oregon House speaker and state senator from Eugene who was commanding presence in Oregon politics for two decades. Source: Longtime politician Grattan Kerans to be remembered at Saturday service