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Climate advocates sue Secretary of State Bev Clarno to reinstate proposed climate measures

Backers of two proposed climate change measures are suing Oregon’s secretary of state, asking a judge in Marion County Circuit Court to allow the two to move forward despite Bev Clarno’s decision to reject them last month. Source: Climate advocates sue Secretary of State Bev Clarno to reinstate proposed climate measures – oregonlive.com

Green advocates sue Secretary of State over blocked ballot measures

Environmentalists are suing over the rejection of two clean-energy ballot initiatives last month, claiming the action was without legal reasoning. Source: Green advocates sue Secretary of State over blocked ballot measures

Clackamas County taxpayers to pay Chair Jim Bernard’s $20,000 legal bills from ethics investigation

Clackamas County Board of Commissioner Chairman Jim Bernard’s legal bills in the ethics inquiry totaled $25,912. He paid $5,000 and asked the county to pick up the rest, which commissioners agreed to do on Tuesday. Source: Clackamas County taxpayers to pay Chair Jim Bernard’s $20,000 legal bills from ethics investigation – oregonlive.com

Respiratory virus hitting Oregon families is especially dangerous for young kids

If you have a young child, you may have heard about RSV. It’s a respiratory illness that is hitting a lot of families hard right now Source: Respiratory virus hitting Oregon families is especially dangerous for young kids | News | kptv.com

Oregon Tobacco Tax Supporters Bracing For Expensive Political Fight

Supporters of a proposed $2-a-pack increase in Oregon tobacco taxes are continuing to stockpile money as they face the prospect of one of the most expensive political campaigns in state history. Source: Oregon Tobacco Tax Supporters Bracing For Expensive Political Fight | The Lund Report

Oregon Democrats’ cap and trade redo faces skepticism

A business group isn’t swayed, and advocates don’t like the concessions in the works. Source: Oregon Democrats’ cap and trade redo faces skepticism – Portland Business Journal

Two Oregon towns make top 10 in ‘Small Business Revolution Main Street’ competition

Two Oregon cities are semi-finalists to win a half million dollars to revitalize local small businesses. Oregon City and The Dalles both made the top ten in the “Small Business Revolution – Main Street” competition. Source: Two Oregon towns make top 10 in ‘Small Business Revolution Main Street’ competition | KATU

 Nonprofits, state office try to reverse civics education decline

Legislative attempts to mandate social studies in Oregon classrooms flop . Secretary of state’s office shifts priorities to promote education program. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Nonprofits, state office try to reverse civics education decline

US Alcohol-Related Deaths Have Doubled, Study Says

Death certificates spanning 2017 indicate nearly 73,000 people died in the U.S from liver disease and other alcohol-related illnesses. That is up from just under 36,000 deaths in 1999. Source: US Alcohol-Related Deaths Have Doubled, Study Says . News | OPB

Oregon Wedding Cake Discrimination Case Back In Court This Week

The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a former Gresham bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple seven years ago, are heading back before the Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday. Source: Oregon Wedding Cake Discrimination Case Back In Court This Week . News | OPB