Author Archives: Jerry Curry

Oregon Moves Ahead With State-Run IRA Program – NAPA Net

The Beaver State took another step forward this week to implement the “OregonSaves” program, as the Oregon Retirement Savings Board approved the final rules that will govern the operation of the program. Starting Nov. 15, 2017, Oregon employers with 100 or more employees must begin to register with the program, either certifying that they already […]
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Google’s data center raises the stakes in this state’s ‘water wars’

Endless emails, map requests, web searches, and everything else we do online requires the use of energy-hungry, water-guzzling data centers. For Google, that enormous thirst for water is causing controversy near Charleston, South Carolina, where the tech giant hosts a sprawling data center complex. State Library ed, note: Story mentions Google’s Prineville, OR operation. Source: Google’s […]
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Women inmates file second suit against state prison doctor 

Women inmates file second suit Three inmates who claim they were sexually abused by a physician at the state women’s prison have filed a federal lawsuit against the doctor and two other medical staffers. The lawsuit filed this month in U.S. District Court names Dr. Robert W. Snider, and two other medical administrators, Dr. Steve […]
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Plan for local control of transit funds alive

The bill would shift authority from Salem to Bend area A plan that would allow Bend-area officials to set transportation spending priorities for some state money has been safely parked in the House Revenue Committee. While no action is pending on the bill, its approval by the House Transportation Policy Committee on March 27 beat […]
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Apple drives solar-array construction

Computer giant to buy enough power to run a small city Apple is the customer behind a 56-megawatt solar array — the largest so far in Oregon — that is under construction in Crook County, according to Apple’s latest environmental sustainability report. Source: Apple drives solar-array construction; Computer giant to buy enough power to run […]
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States with the highest child vaccine rates

Vaccines have made huge inroads over recent decades – dramatically shrinking the numbers of people affected by potentially deadly diseases such as measles, whooping cough, influenza and polio. But an additional 1.5 million deaths could be prevented across the globe if more people were immunized, says the World Health Organization. Source: States with the highest […]
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Attorneys general criticize DeVos for hurting student loan borrowers

Nearly two dozen state attorneys general are blasting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for revoking federal guidance issued by the Obama administration to increase consumer protections in student loan servicing. In a letter sent to DeVos on Monday, the coalition of 21 attorneys, including those from Maryland, Virginia and the District, said the secretary’s decision to “roll back […]
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Oregon Hospitals See Fewer Patients Able to Pay Full Cost of Care in 2016 

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Lund Report. We can be reached at: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 The data reveals an increase in charity care spending that seems to coincide with a decline in Medicaid enrollment last year. But there was wide variation across the state, with some rural […]
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Single-Payer Activists Come to Salem, Tout Universal Care Study

Researchers from the Rand Corporation showcased the results of a $300,000 study Oregon funded two years ago. It examined different methods of improving the healthcare financing system in the state. The state’s single-payer activists made their annual descent on Salem on Thursday, championing their perennial legislation to implement publicly financed, privately delivered healthcare — this […]
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Nosse Prescription Drug Price-Setting Bill Survives Filing Deadline

A more thorough fiscal analysis of HB 2387 will be conducted in the Committee on Ways & Means. The amended version sets up an account for drug manufactures to issue rebates for excessively priced drugs, which will be used to repay health insurers. A bill regulating the price of medications in Oregon passed out of […]
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