Lack of staff in hospitals leads to patient deaths, health officials say

There also are about 700 people every day who are stuck in a hospital unit awaiting discharge or stuck in the emergency room, awaiting hospital admission. People in Oregon are dying as a result of the state’s hospital staffing shortage. Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, told a state legislative committee on Thursday […]
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State group finds livestock, chicken farm regulations need review

Many are concerned about the state’s lack of water regulations and air pollution regulations from confined animal feeding operation. For months, a group of state lawmakers, farmers, environmentalists, county commissioners and opponents and supporters of industrial chicken farms have discussed the future of these operations in Oregon. On Thursday, Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, who chaired […]
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Oregon needs thousands of construction, government workers to close housing gap

Experts told a state House committee that the state also needs more available land, more units and a cut in development costs. Oregon’s housing shortage is worse today than it was before the start of the Covid pandemic, a state economist told lawmakers Wednesday during a hearing to discuss ways of easing the statewide crunch. […]
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Where did Oregon’s hotel and restaurant workers go? Answers lie in state wage data

Oregon’s economy has recovered all the jobs it lost to the pandemic, bouncing back from record layoffs at a much faster pace than in prior recessions. But the comeback has been much slower in some industries — especially in the hospitality sector. Hotels, restaurants and bars still have about 12,000 fewer workers than they did […]
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Controversial map labeling Oregon properties at risk of wildfire to be re-released next year

Oregon will release a new map March 1 identifying properties at risk of wildfire, marking a significant shift to the timeline following public blowback this summer over the initial map. The Oregon Department of Forestry released its first draft in June but shelved it in August, saying the agency failed to adequately communicate with the […]
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Capital Chatter: Moderate not green enough for transportation committee?

Sen. Lee Beyer is not green enough to please environmentalists. And probably not sufficiently blue, either. Nine organizations, including 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Oregon Environmental Council, made a last-ditch attempt to derail the Springfield Democrat’s appointment to the Oregon Transportation Commission. Their letter to Gov. Kate Brown subsequently was joined by additional environmental […]
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Oregon insiders: Who’s who in and around state government

Ellen O’Brien and Matthew Puckett joined the Oregon Legislature’s Legislative Policy and Research Office on Sept. 15 as analysts and will work through June 2023. Erin Seiler will begin Oct. 3 as an analyst in a permanent role. LPRO will soon begin recruiting additional analysts and legislative committee assistants for the 2023 session. Department of […]
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Floating wind turbines could soon dot Oregon’s south coast

Floating wind farms off the Oregon coast could create as many as 100,000 jobs and help the state meet its clean energy targets, the Oregon Department of Energy told a legislative committee Thursday. But deployment faces challenges, including a lack of infrastructure and potential impacts on fishing, recreation and tourism, and marine habitats, officials said. […]
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Cleanup of west Eugene yards contaminated by J.H. Baxter toxins delayed until early 2023

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has again delayed the cleanup of the yards contaminated by the J.H. Baxter & Co. wood treatment plant in west Eugene. Oregon DEQ pushed the cleanup to early next year after finding toxins deeper in the soil this summer. Source: Cleanup of west Eugene yards contaminated by J.H. Baxter […]
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Oregon could receive more than $20 million in settlement with Juul

Accused of relentlessly marketing to underaged people, Juul Labs — a company that manufactures electronic cigarettes — is expected to pay the state of Oregon more than $20 million in a settlement. This comes after a two-year investigation into the company’s marketing practices led by the Oregon Department of Justice alongside Texas and Connecticut. The […]
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