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Oregon ethics watchdog says John Kitzhaber misused his office for personal gain

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s decision to place his fiancee Cylvia Hayes in a powerful state policy role set off a cascade of ethics violations, according to a new report from the state’s ethics watchdog. Source: Oregon ethics watchdog says John Kitzhaber misused his office for personal gain

Lawmakers move carbon cap bills closer to full vote

The signature bills of Oregon’s 2018 legislative session – establishing a climate cap and trade system – took a baby step forward Wednesday as the originating committees in the House and Senate voted along partisan lines to move them along to their respective rules committees. Source: Lawmakers move carbon cap bills closer to full vote

The typical Oregonian: where she lives, how old she is and how much money she makes

Meet the aggregate of all Oregonian’s averages. Source: The typical Oregonian: where she lives, how old she is and how much money she makes

Immigrants take oath of citizenship on Oregon Senate floor

Immigrants from Canada, China, El Salvador, Mexico, Thailand and the United Kingdom were naturalized in Oregon’s Senate chambers Wednesday. Source: Immigrants take oath of citizenship on Oregon Senate floor

Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber violated ethics laws 11 times, according to Oregon commission report

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber allegedly violated state ethics laws 11 times during his tenure as governor, according to a new report. Source: Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber violated ethics laws 11 times, according to Oregon commission report

Senate panel won’t debate Sen. Jeff Kruse harassment allegations

There will be no public hearing next week on allegations that Sen. Jeff Kruse sexually harassed colleagues, interns and lobbyists since 2011. Source: Senate panel won’t debate Sen. Jeff Kruse harassment allegations

Salem church invests $110,000 in youth incarcerated at MacLaren

Salem Evangelical Church pays for new gym floor to be installed at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn. Source: Salem church invests $110,000 in youth incarcerated at MacLaren

Oregon meth-related deaths higher than ever as opioid deaths decline

Meth-related deaths are higher now than they’ve ever been in Oregon, surpassing levels in the mid-2000s, Oregon Health Authority to investigate. Source: Oregon meth-related deaths higher than ever as opioid deaths decline

House approves protections for all Oregon seed growers

Grass seed crops have received similar protections since 2011, but other types of seed were excluded from the legislation. Source: House approves protections for all Oregon seed growers

No hearing on Kruse misconduct allegations

After the Roseburg senator’s resignation became final Wednesday, the Senate Conduct Committee canceled a Feb. 22 hearing to consider allegations against him of persistent unwanted touching of women at the Oregon Capitol Source: No hearing on Kruse misconduct allegations