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Pot taxes across U.S. shore up school budgets, drug-prevention efforts

States with legal pot have collected more than $1.6 billion since the newest sin taxes went into effect in 2014. Source: Pot taxes across U.S. shore up school budgets, drug-prevention efforts

Oregonians can sport gray whale license plates in 2019

Oregonians will have a new license plate option at the Department of Motor Vehicles next year. Source: Oregonians can sport gray whale license plates in 2019

Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions, new data show

Opioid prescriptions and daily doses rose steadily starting in the 1990s, fueled by factors including marketing of new opioid pills such as Oxycontin. The U.S. is estimated to consume roughly 30 percent of all opioids used worldwide. Source: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions, new data show

Looming trade issue opens doors for Oregon hazelnuts

At least one agricultural industry is utilizing the possibility of Chinese tariffs as an opportunity.The Oregon hazelnut industry is hoping that an unexpected communication from the Consulate General Office of China will lead to reduction or elimination of a prohibitive tariff that for years has str Source: Looming trade issue opens doors for Oregon hazelnuts

Put A Whale On It — Oregon Gets A New License Plate

Oregon is about to issue a new license plate featuring a gray whale. Source: Put A Whale On It — Oregon Gets A New License Plate

State education administrator fired after complaints

Mitch Kruska was dismissed in March after alleged bullying and harassment of colleagues and questions about his attempts to use state education money for a special program in Lake Oswego. Source: State education administrator fired after complaints

Sources Say: PERS problems go national in New York Times

Plus, proof that Portland is still a small town and the non-candidate raising the most campaign money in a city race. Source: Sources Say: PERS problems go national in New York Times

Registered to vote? Better do it by April 24

The Independent Party of Oregon has opened its May 15 primary this year to voters not affiliated with any political party. Source: Registered to vote? Better do it by April 24

Oregon to get new license plate featuring gray whales

From Oregon’s wine country to Crater Lake to the Portland Trailblazers, it can seem like there’s a special license plate for everything — but Oregonians will soon have one more to choose from. Oregon State University, home to a whale research program, has gathered enough would-be purchasers to launch a new license plate design featuring […]
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A Hyper-Partisan Race for Oregon Labor Commissioner Turns Remarkably Nasty

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Race for Oregon Labor Commissioner (But Were Afraid to Ask) Source: A Hyper-Partisan Race for Oregon Labor Commissioner Turns Remarkably Nasty