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Fewer homeless students reported in Oregon for first time in 5 years

Oregon saw its first drop in the number of homeless students since 2012, according to data released Thursday. There were nearly 3.5 percent fewer homeless students throughout Oregon during the 2017-18 school year than in 2016-17. However, the number is still high at 21,756 — and the problem is starting to increase in rural areas […]
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Oregon marijuana prices plunge – and sales soar

Rampant overproduction in Oregon’s market for legal, recreational marijuana has produced a 50 percent decline in prices, according to state economists. That widely documented collapse has been hard on farmers and retailers – but a boon for consumers. Source: Oregon marijuana prices plunge – and sales soar |

Seniors should get high-dose flu shots, Oregon study says

A high-dose flu vaccine has been shown to be much more effective at keeping seniors healthy, a study by the Oregon Health Authority says. The state public health agency collects data about flu hospitalizations every year. Researchers there tracked more than 144,000 Portland area residents 65 or older during last year’s flu season. Source: Seniors […]
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Ferry between Portland and Vancouver? Backers call for public funding, ‘courage’

Portland is “woefully lagging behind” dozens of fellow river cities around the globe, backers of an upstart ferry project said Friday, and it’s past time for the metro area and the state to find the political courage – and the cash – to help make a larger system happen here. Source: Ferry between Portland and […]
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Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney retains leadership post

Peter Courtney, already the state’s longest-serving Senate president, will extend his record run. The Salem Democrat was first selected Senate president in 2003. All told, he has served 34 years in the Legislature – five terms in the Senate and seven in the House – making him Oregon’s most tenured current legislator. Source: Oregon Senate […]
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Ignored warnings endangered mentally ill Oregon man, father says

Virtually nobody who knew Samuel thought he was ready to move out of Pioneer Guest Home, an unlocked facility for mentally ill people in Enterprise, and into an apartment on his own. A complex set of medications kept his schizophrenia and diabetes under control. Caregivers made his food and made sure he tested his blood […]
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Moving Oregonians with mental illness out of locked facilities was the goal. But things didn’t go as planned.

A state effort to dramatically reduce the number of Oregonians with severe mental illness in locked facilities has been plagued by problems, including serious injuries to three vulnerable patients discharged to lower levels of care. Family members and advocates contend that the state and its private contractor have been too aggressive in denying individuals eligibility […]
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In mild pain after doctor or dentist visit in Oregon? Don’t expect opioids anymore

The Oregon Health Authority has released new guidelines for prescribing opioids to patients with short-term acute pain. The guidelines include advising doctors not to consider opioids for mild to moderate pain in patients who haven’t had past exposure to opioids. Doctors should also check on the patient’s history of substance abuse problems, educate them about […]
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Massive ground turkey recall for salmonella contamination includes Oregon, Washington

They are the last two words people want to hear the week before Thanksgiving: “turkey recall.” On Thursday, Jennie-O recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be linked to salmonella outbreaks in multiple state, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Source: Massive ground turkey recall for […]
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Documents show initial response, public outcry over fatal cougar attack

The body of Diana Bober, a 55-year-old avid hiker from Gresham, was discovered on the southern flanks of Mount Hood on Sept. 10, believed to be the first victim of a fatal attack by a wild cougar in Oregon’s history. Since then, countless news stories have detailed her passion for the outdoors, the state of […]
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