Oregon youth marijuana vaping jumped dramatically in the last 2 years

Vaping has made significant inroads with young Oregonians in the last two years, with nearly half of 11th grade marijuana users getting high off vape oils, not flower, new data shows. Source: Oregon youth marijuana vaping jumped dramatically in the last 2 years

Oregon law puts small towns in a bind when big tech demands huge tax breaks

As bustling metropolises have grown increasingly skeptical of big tech companies demanding tax breaks, Oregon’s rural communities keep doling them out. Source: Oregon law puts small towns in a bind when big tech demands huge tax breaks

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown creates council to address severe mental illness

A committee formed by Gov. Kate Brown is tackling the state’s behavioral health care system with the goal of improving access to services. Source: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown creates council to address severe mental illness

Oregon’s economic development leader stepping down

The head of Oregon’s economic development agency will be stepping down at the end of the year, the agency said Thursday. Chris Harder has led Business Oregon, overseeing a two-year budget of about $800 million, since March 2016. Source: Business Oregon leader Chris Harder to resign

New true-crime podcast, ‘Murder in Oregon,’ examines the 1989 murder of Michael Francke

“Murder in Oregon” will examine one of the state’s most high-profile murder cases through 12 episodes — the killing of prison director Michael Franke. Source: New true-crime podcast, ‘Murder in Oregon,’ examines the 1989 murder of Michael Francke

Women Of Color In Politics

In national and local races, more women of color are running for elected office and winning. We sat down with four local leaders: Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal, TriMet board member Kathy Wai and Color PAC executive director Ana del Rocio. We discuss their unique leadership styles, the challenges […]
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Wildlife groups condemn ODFW’s decision to euthanize bobcat, claim it was done inhumanely

The Humane Society of the United States is condemning the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s (ODFW) decision to kill a bobcat kitten that was found inside a Eugene elementary school last week. Source: Wildlife groups condemn ODFW’s decision to euthanize bobcat, claim it was done inhumanely

Gov. Brown forms advisory council on mental illness issues

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown convened Thursday a Behavioral Health Advisory Council formed by Executive Order 19-06. The council will make recommendations to the governor and the Legislature with a focus on care for adolescents and adults with serious mental illnesses, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders. Source: Gov. Brown forms advisory council on mental illness issues

Oregon agency needs to tweak computer project clocking in at a half billion dollars, audit finds 

About one million Oregonians next year will start using a new state system to more quickly get benefits they need. An audit finds the state agency in charge of the project needs to guard against potential trouble. Source: Oregon agency needs to tweak computer project clocking in at a half billion dollars, audit finds | […]
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New panel will address health care costs in Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced the members of a new committee tasked with controlling rising health care costs. Source: New panel will address health care costs in Oregon