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Oregon government worker pay equity analysis underway

Pay equity analyses in all three branches of state government have exposed instances of unequal pay for similar work and created growing confusion among legislative staff and members. Intermittently during the past few days of legislative hearings, lawmakers and staff have emailed and met to discuss the implementation of pay equity and the corresponding analysis as […]
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Oregon receives $16 million to fight opioid crisis 

The federal government gave Oregon $16 million to use on tactics to fight opioid abuse. The money comes from a $1 billion effort spread among all 50 states. Oregon’s chunk will help make treatment more accessible and expand options, according to a federal release. Source: Oregon receives $16 million to fight opioid crisis | OregonLive.com

Oregonians need to register to vote, or update their records by Oct. 16

Midterm elections typically attract an anemic voter turnout. The number to beat come Nov. 6, is 70.9 percent. That’s the number of registered voters who actually voted in the last midterm generation election in 2014 Source: Oregonians need to register to vote, or update their records by Oct. 16

Study shows 10-year life expectancy gap between Salem neighborhoods

Residents in a section of West Salem can expect to live 10 years longer than residents just five miles away in an area of Northeast Salem, according to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics. Source: Study shows 10-year life expectancy gap between Salem neighborhoods

What It’s Like to Be Pepper Sprayed in Prison

Twenty lawsuits allege Oregon prison guards refused to allow inmates to shower for hours or even days after spraying them with pepper spray. Source: What It’s Like to Be Pepper Sprayed in Prison – Willamette Week

Got A New Job This Year? You Might Be In For An Unpleasant Surprise Next Tax Season

Changes to the federal tax code might mean taxpayers owe more to the State of Oregon than expected next year, officials say. Source: Got A New Job This Year? You Might Be In For An Unpleasant Surprise Next Tax Season . News | OPB

U.S. Highway 20 tree removal to begin next week;

The removal of trees along U.S. Highway 20 that were poisoned by an improperly applied herbicide is scheduled to start Monday.The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Thursday that crews will begin removing hazardous trees along a stretch of Highway 20 west of Sisters. Source: U.S. Highway 20 tree removal to begin next week;

Buck fever’s back

Rifle hunters will head en masse Saturday into the forests of Southern Oregon, where they will see solid black-tailed buck deer ratios and a lot of closed signs on private forestlands. Source: Buck fever’s back | Mail Tribune

Two Rivers inmate dies in custody

An inmate serving a murder sentence at Two Rivers Correctional Institution died Thursday morning.The Oregon Department of Corrections reported Daniel Holterman died at a hospital and not at the state prison in Umatilla. He was 80. Source: Two Rivers inmate dies in custody – Local News – East Oregonian

Courts face growing need for interpreters

In the Umatilla County courthouse, the question, “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” may be answered in a number of different languages. Source: Courts face growing need for interpreters – Local News – East Oregonian