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

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

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

Oregon appeals court finds part of juvenile sentencing law unconstitutional

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that the state is violating the U.S. Constitution when it sentences juvenile offenders to life in prison without considering their youth. Source: Oregon appeals court finds part of juvenile sentencing law unconstitutional

Governor creates advisory board to tackle Oregon foster care crisis

Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday establishing an oversight board for Oregon’s troubled foster care system, which has drawn heavy criticism and is the subject of a federal lawsuit alleging abuse and neglect of children in state care. Source: Governor creates advisory board to tackle Oregon foster care crisis

Lane County outlines safety plans for deadly corridor

Lane County outlined Thursday the immediate and future steps it plans to take to improve safety on a busy corridor where a woman was struck and killed by a car four months ago. Source: Lane County outlines safety plans for deadly corridor