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Top takeaways from Gov. Kate Brown’s $23.6 billion budget proposal

Gov. Kate Brown released her proposed 2019-21 budget on Wednesday. At $23.6 billion, Brown’s general fund and lottery budget would be a 12.4 percent increase from the current two-year budget. Here are some highlights of the governor’s proposal. Source: Top takeaways from Gov. Kate Brown’s $23.6 billion budget proposal | oregonlive.com

State pays $1.25 million for death of 15-year-old foster child 

The state of Oregon has agreed to pay $1.25 million to the family of a 15-year-old Albany girl who died under the watch of child welfare workers. Gloria Joya died while in foster care in 2016 from untreated gastrointestinal problems, a health condition that a 2017 lawsuitclaimed was made worse because of the girl’s tumultuous life. […]
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Conspiracy theorist given important role in reviewing child deaths 

Officials have entrusted a veteran state employee for years to coordinate child fatality reviews, despite the worker’s sometimes extreme views. Source: Conspiracy theorist given important role in reviewing child deaths | oregonlive.com

Opinion: Let’s work together to build a better Oregon

At the Oregon Leadership Summit on Monday, leaders from some segments of the business community have an opportunity to do something different this year. We challenge them to work together with a more diverse group of businesses and elected leaders to make targeted investments in our public schools and other essential public services and to […]
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Gov. Kate Brown claims unique chance to add $2 billion for schools

  Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wants to tap nearly $2 billion more for schools while the state’s economy is strong and a legislative committee prepares a multi-billion dollar package and education policy road map. Source: Gov. Kate Brown claims unique chance to add $2 billion for schools

Oregon disaster agency works with FEMA to prep for earthquakes, floods

A fire-charred hillside stripped of trees creates a conduit for floodwaters to wash out a roadway. So before the floods come, the state builds a larger culvert to divert water away from the road. For the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, it’s a textbook example of disaster mitigation: taking action before a catastrophe to lessen the damage. Source: […]
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Paying fairly for public defense

Eugene attorney Jennifer Lang Perkins plans to let Public Defender Services of Lane County train and give her experience in a full range of criminal cases during the next two or three years. Then, she’ll probably quit and go make more money elsewhere. Source: Paying fairly for public defense

Health advisory again up for Sunset Bay on Oregon Coast 

State health officials are again warning about high bacteria levels at Sunset Bay, a popular recreation location on the Oregon Coast near Coos Bay.Water samples this week indicated higher than normal fecal bacteria levels in seawater at Sunset Bay State Park, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Source: Health advisory again up for Sunset Bay […]
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Will Portland-area freeways be tolled?

Oregon Transportation Commission is expected to ask the Federal Highway Administration for permission to toll parts of I-5 and I-205 at its Dec. 6 meeting in Salem. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Will Portland-area freeways be tolled?

Multi-tenant marijuana warehouse planned for northeast Bend

Prime Vertical LLC plans to build two warehouses on industrial-zoned land in Bend to rent out to multiple marijuana businesses.The plan comes as the Oregon Liquor Control Commission plows through a backlog of new and renewal license applications and is not processing any new applications until it catches up. Source: Multi-tenant marijuana warehouse planned for […]
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