Category Archives: KATU

OHSU pediatric neurologist cautions parents about mysterious illness

There is growing concern about a rare condition that has caused paralysis in young children in certain parts of the country. A sixth child in Washington has come down with symptoms of AFM or Acute Flaccid Myelitis. “The main symptom is weakness of the lower and upper extremities that presents pretty rapidly almost overnight,” said […]
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Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million in 2018

New data shows the cost of fighting wildfires in Oregon reached an all-time high $514.6 million in 2018. According to data from Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, Oregon’s costs skyrocketed past last year’s record-setting total of $447 million. Source: Oregon wildfire costs hit record high of $514 million in 2018

Wheeler wants lawmakers to beef up state’s electric vehicle infrastructure

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says Oregon needs to improve its electric vehicle infrastructure to spur more people to make the switch to electric vehicles. “There’s people who say I’d like to take my electric vehicle to Burns, but if there’s nowhere to charge it, it’s a long walk back,” Wheeler said. Wheeler says that he’s […]
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Tens of thousands of Oregon homeowners bracing for financial impact of Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall in Florida on Wednesday as a highly-dangerous Category 4 storm. But on the other side of the country KATU discovered the hurricane may have another kind of impact, raising the flood insurance rates of tens of thousands of homeowners in Oregon. The rates in question are for the […]
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Making sense of Oregon Ballot Measure 105: Putting it in context of 1987 law

Oregon Ballot Measure 105 seeks to repeal a decades-old immigration law passed by state lawmakers that limits local law enforcement’s participation with federal immigration authorities. The law passed almost unanimously and with bipartisan support in 1987. Source: Making sense of Oregon Ballot Measure 105: Putting it in context of 1987 law

Oregon voters to decide whether to repeal state ‘sanctuary law’

On Nov. 6, Oregon voters will decide the fate of the state’s 31-year-old “sanctuary law. ” The law, which passed almost unanimously in 1987, limits the amount of cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement. It says no Oregon law enforcement agency can use its money, equipment or personnel for the purpose of […]
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‘Buyer beware’: Limousine businesses unregulated in many Oregon counties, cities

KATU discovered a limousine loophole in local government regulations in the wake of the limo crash in New York that killed 20 people over the weekend. Oregon’s Department of Motor Vehicles regulates limo drivers, but the businesses themselves are another story. “It’s always buyer beware and that includes any kind of service,” said David House, […]
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Federal government again seeks halt to climate change suit filed in Oregon

The federal government has again asked a judge to suspend legal proceedings in a climate change lawsuit filed by a group of young people that is scheduled to go to trial in Oregon later this month. Government attorneys filed a motion last week in federal court in Eugene, requesting a stay pending a review of […]
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Oregon pot growers want to export excess weed

Oregon’s Legislature will consider a bill in its 2019 session which will look to take down the initial barrier toward exporting legal cannabis from the state. The federal government would still need to allow marijuana to be sent across state lines. Cannabis remains a Schedule I drug federally. “We want to get to the point […]
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Three indicted in baby’s death at illegal daycare; state worker indicted in related case 

Hood River police are looking for two women,  Rochelle Jones, 53, and Debra Jones, 63, who investigators say helped run an illegal daycare where a 4-month-old boy was found dead in May. Another woman, 63-year-old Donna Pilcher, is under arrest in the case. Authorities say the women also ran a previous daycare that was shut […]
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