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A Fire-Filled Future Could Lead To More Smoke-Related Deaths

Deaths related to air pollution from wildfires could double by the end of the century, according to newly published research into the links between climate change, wildfires and human health. Source: A Fire-Filled Future Could Lead To More Smoke-Related Deaths

Interstate 5 reopens in N. California after Delta Fire forces 6-day closure

Interstate 5 near the Oregon-California border reopened Monday, six days after the Delta Fire forced its closure. Source: Interstate 5 reopens in N. California after Delta Fire forces 6-day closure

Senior Suicide Rates Remain High in Oregon

Despite a nationwide decrease in suicide rates, Oregon continues to rank among the states with the highest rates of suicide. The outlook is particularly bleak for seniors. Oregon’s suicide rates have topped national averages for the past three decades. Federal data shows that those rates are highest among white men over age 70. Source: Senior […]
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ODOT, DMV sued for discriminatory suspensions

A new class action lawsuit filed against Oregon’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles accuses the agencies of discriminating against people living in poverty. Source: ODOT, DMV sued for discriminatory suspensions

Oregon Agency Sued After Refusing To Release Upcoming Bills

Since 2010, one Portland attorney has used public records requests to give his clients a glimpse of upcoming bills in the Oregon Legislature. But this year, lawyer Greg Chaimov says he got something new when he filed his request: A denial. Source: Oregon Agency Sued After Refusing To Release Upcoming Bills

Governor Brown’s four strategies to end homelessness in Oregon

On Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released her comprehensive strategy on how to end child and veteran homelessness and how to make housing more affordable in Oregon. According to the policy agenda, Brown’s ultimate vision is to increase accessible housing that will enable families to flourish. Source: Governor Brown’s four strategies to end homelessness in […]
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Chronic pain patients at risk to lose opioids due to Oregon Medicaid proposal 

The Oregon Health Authority is considering a proposal for the state’s Medicaid program that will remove opioid painkillers from patients who experience chronic pain. The proposal would require these patients to ultimately eliminate their opioids over a 12-month period of time. Source: Chronic pain patients at risk to lose opioids due to Oregon Medicaid proposal […]
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Oregon’s Uninsured Rate Stagnates

The percentage of Oregonians without health insurance has stagnated in the past two years, new data show. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Oregon’s Uninsured Rate Stagnates | The Lund Report    

Central Medford life expectancy rate 66 years

The Oregon Health Authority put out a research study on Monday that shows Central Oregon has the lowest life expectancy rate in the State. The states average is 79.6 years whereas central Medford falls nearly 13 years under that at 66.2 years. The highest expectancy rate in the state is in Portland at 89.1 years. […]
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New audit says Oregon’s state agencies are bad at audits

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s office issued an audit Wednesday lambasting state agencies internal audit functions, saying they had been consistently understaffed, undervalued and neglected by leadership. Source: New audit says Oregon’s state agencies are bad at audits