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New law could take Lane County man off of death row

A new law that redefines the crime of aggravated murder in the state of Oregon could mean that a Lane County man may be taken off of death row, to the surprise of prosecutors who were reassured during the legislative session that the law wouldn’t apply to old cases. Source: New law could take Lane […]
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Oregon pharmacists ordered millions of opioid pills, say they felt powerless to say no

Two rural Oregon pharmacies purchased more opioid pills per county resident than 99.9 percent of other pharmacies in the country, recently released federal data show. Howard’s Drugs, the only pharmacy in Lake County, ordered enough pain pills during a surge in the opioid epidemic for every resident to take 68 doses a year. Source: Oregon […]
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State faces insurrection of Portland hospitals over CCO plan

Oregon officials want a new, second coordinated care organization to handle Medicaid health care for low-income residents of the metro area. Area hospitals reject the plan and have refused to partner with Trillium Community Health of Eugene. The impasse complicates the state’s attempts to reboot the CCO system. Source: State faces insurrection of Portland hospitals […]
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The back-alley mugging of the death penalty: Steve Duin

Betsy Johnson predicted all of this months ago. The conservative Democratic senator from Scappoose and I were both at Josh Marquis’ retirement party at the Fillmore in Northwest Portland. A half dozen other Oregon district attorneys were in the crowded room. Source: The back-alley mugging of the death penalty: Steve Duin –

Daily flights from Portland to central Tokyo’s airport coming in 2020

Federal regulators have formally approved Delta Airline’s proposal to bring nonstop daily flights from Portland to Tokyo-Haneda, the Japanese capital’s central airport. Flights will begin next spring, the Port of Portland and Delta announced in a statement Monday. Source: Daily flights from Portland to central Tokyo’s airport coming in 2020 –

Oregon will spend $9 million on new Interstate Bridge project

Oregon will spend $9 million on the newly revived effort to replace the Interstate Bridge over the Columbia River, a decision officials say is intended to show the state’s growing commitment to the once moribund project. Top transportation decisionmakers approved a plan Friday to direct a large share of unanticipated federal money toward the bridge […]
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Oregon among states suing over rule to block immigrants from public assistance

Oregon is among four states who filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s new “public charge” rule that could revoke legal status or green cards from immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other public services. Source: Oregon among states suing over rule to block immigrants from public assistance […]
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Oregon’s new death penalty law has immediate effect: confusion

The chief backers of a bill that limits Oregon’s aggravated murder statute disagree on how to move forward, with one pushing the governor to hold a special session to fix what he called a “mistake” and the other saying the law should stand as written. Source: Oregon’s new death penalty law has immediate effect: confusion […]
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Opinion: Why Bonneville can’t save salmon

The Northwest is not winning the battle to save wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River. Although most of the 12 listed salmonid stocks in the basin demonstrated a weak upward trend for a couple decades, that progress has stalled. Total returns of salmon and steelhead passing Bonneville Dam last year slipped to the […]
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Editorial: Fix ‘retroactive’ death-penalty bill in special session

Senate Bill 1013 was the Oregon Legislature’s attempt to get as close as possible to abolishing the death penalty without going to voters. By significantly narrowing the definition of aggravated murder — the only crime that carries the possibility of capital punishment — lawmakers could largely shut down the pipeline of people to death row. […]
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