Category Archives: Jefferson Public Radio

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Oregon? Depends Where You Live

The Oregon Health Authority just released its second review of hospital pricing and there are some big differences. During 2015, the cost of a typical child delivery at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City was $4,000. But that same delivery at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend was more than $11,000. Source: How Much […]
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Why Oregon Police Favor “De-Felonizing” Some Drugs 

Headlines in other parts of the country keep saying Oregon has “decriminalized” some drug offenses. That is not quite the case, but it is true that the that the legislature recently voted to turn some drug possession felonies into misdemeanors. Source: | Why Oregon Police Favor “De-Felonizing” Some Drugs | Jefferson Public Radio

Tue 8:30 | Bicyclists React To New Oregon Tax

The big transportation bill passed by the Oregon Legislature had a lot of features for a lot of different travel modes. Source: Tue 8:30 | Bicyclists React To New Oregon Tax | Jefferson Public Radio

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Reflects On 2017 Session, What’s Next

With the 2017 legislative session behind her, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown joined OPB’s “Think Out Loud” to reflect on successes and disappointments, and to talk about the future. Source: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Reflects On 2017 Session, What’s Next | Jefferson Public Radio

Legislation To Provide Land Base For Western Oregon Tribes Passes House

The U.S House passed legislation this week that would provide a land base for two Western Oregon tribes. The Oregon Tribal Fairness Action (H.R. 1306) would provide 17,500 acres of federal land to the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Another 15,000 acres would be held in trust for the Confederated Tribes of […]
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Oregon’s Medicaid Program Frustrates Midwives And Mothers-To-Be

Low-income women in Oregon who want to give birth at a birth center or at home are covered by the Oregon Health Plan if they meet certain criteria. OHP is Oregon’s Medicaid program. But midwives from around the state say it’s so difficult to get state insurance approval that women’s choices in childbirth are in […]
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Oregon Legislature Gets Very Near The End

Will they or won’t they? Oregon legislators have had their faces in the legislative process for five months now, and the end approaches. Source: Oregon Legislature Gets Very Near The End | Jefferson Public Radio

Oregon Lawmakers Advance Measure To Require School Lead Testing

Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a measure that would require school districts to test for lead. Children are especially vulnerable to lead, which can harm the nervous system and development of the brain. The bill comes after lead was found in drinking water at several Portland area schools. Source: Oregon Lawmakers Advance Measure To Require School Lead Testing | […]
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Oregon, Washington Threaten To Sue EPA Over Methane Rules

Fourteen states — including Oregon and Washington — are threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Clean Air Act. In a letter to the EPA sent Thursday, the group argues Director Scott Pruitt broke the law when he ordered his agency to halt part of the rule-making process for regulating methane […]
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SCOTUS Could Shape Outcome Of Oregon Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case

The Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case in Colorado involving a baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple could resolve a nearly identical case moving through the courts in Oregon. Source: SCOTUS Could Shape Outcome Of Oregon Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case | Jefferson Public Radio