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Oregon hit with class action lawsuit over short school days for students with disabilities

Oregon is denying hundreds of students with disabilities the right to a full school day in violation of federal laws, and state education officials need to ensure that schools can and do provide them the complete and meaningful education to which they are entitled, say the advocates and parents behind a federal class action lawsuit […]
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Oregon crashes involving drunken drivers between .05 and .08 killed 11 in 2017, data show

Eleven people were killed in Oregon in 2017 in crashes involving drivers who had a blood alcohol content level between the current legal limit and the lower level proposed by Sen. President Peter Courtney. That’s according to an analysis of impaired driving data provided to The Oregonian/OregonLive. The 11 people died in in crashes in […]
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Oregon lawmakers propose unorthodox approach to rent control

Oregon appears poised to impose statewide rent controls, a national first, and place new restrictions on evictions. It’s the second time rent control has been teed up as a major decision for the Legislature. This time, however, Democratic leaders in the Oregon House and Senate have united around a single proposal, and there’s little sign […]
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Oregon transportation leader Matt Garrett will resign after 14-year tenure

Matt Garrett has been Oregon’s top transportation official since George W. Bush was president. That makes the former staffer for U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield the longest-tenured transportation director in the country. Source: Oregon transportation leader Matt Garrett will resign after 14-year tenure |

Oregon horse appeals dismissal of lawsuit against former owner

Attorneys for a Portland-area horse who sued a former owner are appealing to a higher court after a Washington County judge dismissed the case last month. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is pressing ahead with a 2018 lawsuit on behalf of the horse, now named Justice, against the horse’s former owner, Gwendolyn Vercher of Cornelius, […]
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Latest warning for Oregon PERS: negative cash flow

Warnings about Oregon’s public pension system have been relentlessly consistent for nearly two decades. But a deficit of roughly $26 billion, seesawing financial markets and years of political inaction continue to drive painful cost increases for schools, municipalities and government employers across the state. Source: Latest warning for Oregon PERS: negative cash flow |

Oregon’s Legislature convenes Tuesday. Here’s a look at lawmakers’ priorities

When Oregon legislators open the 2019 session, they will set off a five-month race to shore up public schools, reduce greenhouse gases and rein in rents. But their first order of business will be to pass a tax package to continue funding the state’s Medicaid program, Gov. Kate Brown and Democratic leaders said Friday during […]
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Large earthquakes follow ‘silent slip,’ new OSU research shows

Researchers at Oregon State University have found a new explanation as to why foreshocks often precede large earthquakes. Large quakes appear to follow a short period of “shallow mantle creep” and “seismic swarms,” according to the study, which was published Monday in the the academic journal Nature Geosciences. Source: Large earthquakes follow ‘silent slip,’ new […]
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Intel preparing to spend billions on new Oregon factory

Intel is preparing for a massive buildup in Oregon, according to multiple people familiar with the conversations, potentially spending billions to build and equip a factory for its next generation of computer chips. People with direct knowledge of the plans say Intel hopes to begin construction by the end of June. Source: Intel preparing to […]
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Lawsuit quickly ends: The Barrel Room drops $115k suit against bartender who drank on the job

Less than two weeks after a Portland bar filed a $115,000 lawsuit against one of its former bartenders – for prompting state regulators to temporarily suspend its liquor license – the bar has agreed to drop its lawsuit. An attorney for the bartender, Gunnar Hokan Jorstad, announced Saturday that The Barrel Room has agreed to […]
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