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Budget roadshows spotlight Oregon’s ‘fiscal crisis’ 

Seven months before legislators convene at the Capitol, lawmakers, business groups and the governor are crisscrossing the state to discuss the state budget, education funding, rising public pension costs and taxes. Source: Budget roadshows spotlight Oregon’s ‘fiscal crisis’ | OregonLive.com

Oregon to allow students to identify as neither male nor female 

Starting in August, students will be able to select a non-binary gender option, “X.” Source: Oregon to allow students to identify as neither male nor female | OregonLive.com

Oregon fire season revs up as state prepares for extra busy summer 

Fire season is officially here for most of Oregon as nine of the state’s 12 fire districts have already entered into fire season. Source: Oregon fire season revs up as state prepares for extra busy summer | OregonLive.com

Chinook Indian tribe, seeking recognition, advances with lawsuit 

A federal judge allowed the tribe to move ahead with some of its claims, including that it should have access to federal money awarded in 1970 as compensation for tribal lands the U.S. took in the 1850s. Source: Chinook Indian tribe, seeking recognition, advances with lawsuit | OregonLive.com

Oregon DMV employee’s purported Facebook post suggests shooting immigrants at the U.S. border 

An Oregon DMV worker has sparked an international firestorm — as well as an investigation from her employer — amid accusations that she advocated for shooting migrants arriving at the U.S. border. Source: Oregon DMV employee’s purported Facebook post suggests shooting immigrants at the U.S. border | OregonLive.com

Oregon had 126 large fires in 2017; here’s a look at the 22 largest 

Last year, 2,058 fires affected 717,219 acres of National Forest System land in Oregon, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center. Of those fires, 45 percent were caused by humans. Source: Oregon had 126 large fires in 2017; here’s a look at the 22 largest | OregonLive.com

Oregon issues second kill permit for wolves

State officials will issue a permit allowing an Eastern Oregon rancher to kill one member from a group of wolves blamed for attacking his livestock Source: Oregon issues second kill permit for wolves

21 small wildfires ignited by hundreds of lightning strikes in Oregon

Wildfire season kicked off across Oregon on Wednesday with thunderstorms that brought heavy lightning statewide and sparked a number of small fires. Source: 21 small wildfires ignited by hundreds of lightning strikes in Oregon

Lane County ranks high in food insecurity, study shows

Oregon’s economy is booming, with a record number of people employed, increasing minimum wages and housing developments springing up.Yet come meal time, many Oregonians are struggling to put food on the table in every county, especially in Lane County. Source: Lane County ranks high in food insecurity, study shows

Fire forces evacuations in Jefferson County; Gov. Kate Brown declares conflagration

Authorities in Jefferson County have told residents in the Three Rivers community to leave immediately as winds whipped a fire burning in Central Oregon. Source: Fire forces evacuations in Jefferson County; Gov. Kate Brown declares conflagration