Category Archives: Jefferson Public Radio

Wed 8:30 | Report Finds Child Poverty Rising In Oregon

In most of Oregon’s counties, less than half of the children born into low-income families will reach the middle class or beyond as adults. That is one of Source: Wed 8:30 | Report Finds Child Poverty Rising In Oregon

Electric Car Tax Incentive Soon To Expire In Washington, Just Starting In Oregon

If you’re considering buying an electric car in Oregon or Washington, you might want to pay attention to possible changes in tax policy. There’s uncertainty about the tax incentives meant to spur electric car sales. Source: Electric Car Tax Incentive Soon To Expire In Washington, Just Starting In Oregon | Jefferson Public Radio

Major Tribal Land And Forestry Bill Headed For President Trump’s Desk

A major piece of legislation championed by Congressman Peter DeFazio has cleared both houses of Congress, that – if enacted – will benefit three Native American tribes in Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. The Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act cedes more than 17,000 acres of federal land to the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians. […]
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Oregon Bottle Law Expands With New Year

Those trips to recycle bottles in Oregon could get heavier and more lucrative in the New Year. Oregon’s half-century-old bottle law is changing once again. Many categories of beverages that were previously exempt from the dime-a-bottle deposit will join soda and beer and bottled water. Source: Oregon Bottle Law Expands With New Year

Audit: Oregon Department Of Education Practices Don’t Promote 100 Percent Graduation Goal

An audit from the Secretary of State’s office found practices at the Oregon Department of Education “do not promote” the state’s goal of graduating all of its students by the year 2025. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education released data that showed Oregon’s graduation rate remains among the lowest in the country. Source: Audit: Oregon […]
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At The Water’s Edge: Embracing Science and Education As Key Local Industries

Many rural Oregon towns share the same problems; the natural resources they traditionally based their economies on no longer support them, and isolation and limited funds often make solutions hard to come by. But how these communities grapple with these changes can vary. Source: At The Water’s Edge: Embracing Science and Education As Key Local […]
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Oregon’s Healthcare Tax Vote: The Yes On 101 Side

Oregon’s budget is tight enough that keeping all the programs required a new revenue source. So the legislature narrowly passed a tax on health insurance premiums last summer. And it surprised no one when a small group of legislators organized a petition drive to force the measure to a public vote. Source: Oregon’s Healthcare Tax […]
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Critics Say Oregon Cities’ Policies Unfairly Punish Homeless

Cities across Oregon continue to grapple with questions of whether policies meant to combat offensive public behavior actually criminalize homelessness. Outside the Columbia Sportswear flagship store in downtown Portland Saturday, signs instructing pedestrians to keep the sidewalk clear were instead covered with posters that read “Mayor For Sale.” Source: Critics Say Oregon Cities’ Policies Unfairly Punish Homeless

Utah Congressman Seeks To Re-Open Area In SW Oregon to Mining

Attempts in recent years to open nickel mines near the headwaters of pristine creeks and rivers in southwest Oregon have faced solid opposition. In Source: Utah Congressman Seeks To Re-Open Area In SW Oregon to Mining

A Controversial Oregon Transmission Line Gets The Go-Ahead

The federal government has approved plans for a controversial transmission line that would cross public lands in eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho. The Source: A Controversial Oregon Transmission Line Gets The Go-Ahead