Employers sue to block OregonSaves requirements

An employers trade group is suing Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read over a reporting requirement in OregonSaves, the pioneering, state-sponsored retirement savings plan that larger companies began piloting this summer and is slated to expand to all employers during the next three years. Source: Employers sue to block OregonSaves requirements | OregonLive.com

Oregon and Washington poaching ring: ‘They were doing it to kill’

In the early morning hours of Nov. 30, a trail camera hidden along a forest service road south of The Dalles snapped some routine images that would spark an two-state investigation that was anything but ordinary. The pictures showed two men exit a Toyota pickup armed with rifles, a spotlight and headlamps. Deer season was […]
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Kate Brown’s Asia trip includes play to bring container service back to Portland

Gov. Kate Brown’s trade mission to Asia this week included meetings with executives from container shipping companies that officials hope could restart container service to the Port of Portland’s marine terminal. Source: Kate Brown’s Asia trip includes play to bring container service back to Portland | OregonLive.com

Will Richard Devlin return to the Oregon Legislature? Rumors spark power struggle

Longtime state Sen. Richard Devlin is being coy with Senate leadership about whether he will quit the Legislature, a move that’s already set off jockeying for his position atop the influential Ways and Means Committee. The Tualatin Democrat tried to bat down rumors of his eventual departure. In an email to The Oregonian/OregonLive, he said […]
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EPA ‘remains committed’ to working with DEQ, tribes on Portland Superfund cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency said it “remains committed to working with all parties” involved in the $1.05 billion plan to cleanup the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The EPA’s acting administrator in the Pacific Northwest, Michelle Pirzadeh, expressed the federal agency’s support for the state, tribes and other partners in a letter Thursday to Oregon environmental […]
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Kiss during visit with inmate proved deadly and led to a federal case

It was a kiss of death. Anthony Powell was serving a life sentence at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem when prison officials said he “died unexpectedly,” alone in his cell on June 2, 2016. At age 41, he was found dead during a routine security check, the state Corrections Department said at the time. […]
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It’s Time for Oregon to Rethink Standardized Testing

This month, the Oregon Department of Education released their annual test scores taken last spring. Then came the headlines saying how many students were deemed “proficient” in various subjects, and how more students are opting out of taking the test. If you feel like you’ve heard this story before, you aren’t alone. As a teacher […]
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State goals, local control | Opinion

-Brown asks her chief education officer to resign- Oregon’s public school system is in desperate need of improvement — particularly its high school graduation rates, which rank among the nation’s worst. Yet working for improvements at the state level is like pushing a rope: The real job of teaching Oregon’s 560,000 public school students is […]
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Oregon’s new retirement savings plan faces legal challenge

A national group representing large ­businesses on Thursday filed a ­lawsuit against OregonSaves, ­Oregon’s embryonic and ­controversial state-sponsored retirement plan. The state program is ­designed to help workers whose employers — typically private companies or non-profit agencies — don’t offer a retirement savings option to save their own money through automatic payroll deductions. Source: Oregon’s […]
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Salmon-Friendly Court Rulings On Columbia, Snake Dams Could Be Oveturned By Congress

A bill sponsored by several U.S. House members from the Northwest aims to overturn two recent court decisions on Columbia and Snake river dams. Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon rejected the federal plan for managing dams to protect salmon in the Columbia River Basin. Source: Salmon-Friendly Court Rulings On Columbia, Snake Dams Could […]
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