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Oregon will raise 911 phone fee by 25 cents a month

Subscribers have been paying 75 cents a month since 1995. The Oregon Legislature approved the fee increase during this year’s session. Source: Oregon will raise 911 phone fee by 25 cents a month – oregonlive.com

Vaping ban, suspended licenses, beer deliveries. Lawmakers line up short session issues

Legislators expect 35 days of fast action on dozens of big issues when they convene in early February. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Vaping ban, suspended licenses, beer deliveries. Lawmakers line up short session issues

Peter DeFazio announces opposition to Jordan Cove

In a letter to campaign supporters Friday, U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio announced that he does not support the Jordan Cove Energy Project. Source: Peter DeFazio announces opposition to Jordan Cove | Local News | theworldlink.com

Foster Care | Police Wellness | Amazon | Voles – OPB’s Think Out Loud

OPB reporter Lauren Dake fills us in on new reporting on for-profit facilities where foster kids were sent out of state. A recent investigation by “Reveal” exposed the human toll of Amazon’s speedy delivery times. “Reveal” journalists found that workplace injury rates are above average for the 23 Amazon warehouses it examined around the country, […]
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Rose Quarter project goes before state transportation board next week, with no staff recommendation on what to do

Oregon Department of Transportation officials aren’t expected to offer a formal recommendation on what to do about the $500 million freeway project. Source: Rose Quarter project goes before state transportation board next week, with no staff recommendation on what to do – oregonlive.com

Many Oregonians can secure health insurance without premiums — if they take advantage of tax credits: report

A new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation concludes that thousands of Oregonians eligible for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act could utilize tax credits to get a 2020 plan that would see them pay nothing in premiums. Source: Many Oregonians can secure health insurance without premiums — if they take advantage of tax […]
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Department of Forestry’s new management plan is so vague it’s meaningless, critics say

Barely a week after its release, stakeholders from across the spectrum are criticizing the draft plan as lacking the specifics they were expecting from the agency. Source: Department of Forestry’s new management plan is so vague it’s meaningless, critics say – oregonlive.com

Oregon Supreme Court Ruling Does Not Affect Elliott State Forest Plan

The Oregon Department of Justice told the State Land Board Tuesday a recent state Supreme Court decision will not affect a proposal to repurpose the Elliott State Forest for research. The high court ruled last month the state’s 2014 sale of 788 acres of the Elliott State Forest to a private timber company was illegal. Source: […]
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OSP arrest man for wildlife harassment, animal abuse after trying to ride a deer

OSP have arrested a suspect after a disturbing video on social media depicted a male climbing onto and riding on the back of a mule deer buck. Jacob Belcher, 18, of Riley, Oregon was located, interviewed by troopers and eventually arrested and lodged in Harney County Jail on charges of wildlife harassment and animal abuse. […]
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Only A Week Left To Sign Up For Health Insurance

Tens of thousands of Oregonians have less than a week to enroll in health insurance for next year. Source: Only A Week Left To Sign Up For Health Insurance | The Lund Report