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Algae toxins detected in Detroit Lake; Salem drinking water unaffected

Algae toxins were identified in Detroit Lake last Friday, but the toxins have not made it further downstream and Salem’s water is still safe to drink. Source: Algae toxins detected in Detroit Lake; Salem drinking water unaffected

 PERS bill is small but necessary step

With Democrats holding a supermajority in the Oregon Legislature, the fact that PERS is being addressed at all is significant. Source: Pamplin Media Group – PERS bill is small but necessary step

Oregon set to require small-watercraft permits

Summer is here, and for Central Oregon, that means many people are taking advantage of the water for a wide variety of fun. Source: Oregon set to require small-watercraft permits – KTVZ

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signs PERS bill

The bill aims to reduce costs employers pay into the troubled Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. Source: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signs PERS bill – Portland Business Journal

Judge Declines To Hold Oregon In Contempt, Orders Compliance Hearing For State Hospital

In a ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman declined to find the state in contempt of a longstanding federal court order that dictates admissions for people with mental illnesses at the Oregon State Hospital. Source: Judge Declines To Hold Oregon In Contempt, Orders Compliance Hearing For State Hospital . News | OPB

Oregon’s Major Climate Change Proposal Clears Final Committee

The sweeping cap-and-trade bill is two votes from becoming law. But challenges remain. A sweeping proposal for sharply curbing Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next three decades is headed to a vote on the House floor. In a brief hearing Wednesday, the Legislature’s full budget committee passed House Bill 2020 out on a 13-8 partyline […]
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Portland State University Reconsiders Tuition Increase, Lowers To 4.9%

PSU’s Board of Trustees originally approved an increase of 11% last month. Source: Portland State University Reconsiders Tuition Increase, Lowers To 4.9% . News | OPB

Cormorants Have Taken Up Residence On A Columbia River Bridge, Where They’re Unwanted .

The abundance of double-crested cormorants resting on the Astoria-Megler Bridge over the Columbia River can be hard for the average onlooker or motorist to appreciate. But the birds’ population has boomed in recent years. Source: Cormorants Have Taken Up Residence On A Columbia River Bridge, Where They’re Unwanted . News | OPB

Pamplin Media Group – Air horns of protest can’t stall action on climate bill

An environmental plan that will dramatically change industry in Oregon cleared a key hurdle in Salem. Democrats appear to have the support to move forward on a massive environmental plan to price carbon after a week of turmoil and uncertainty. House Bill 2020, which would implement a cap and trade program, passed out of the […]
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 Local teen needs medical care, may be abducted by parent

Child, mother last seen in SMART car; possibly in Washington or Oregon. Child is under custody of DHS Source: Pamplin Media Group – Local teen needs medical care, may be abducted by parent