Category Archives: KATU

Oregon Health Authority shares what you need to know with case of coronavirus in the U.S.

The death toll is rising for a new disease popping up around the globe. Now, the first case of the virus has been confirmed in the United States. At least nine people have died from the new strain of the coronavirus, and more than 400 are infected. That includes a man in Washington state. The […]
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Where does the new paper bag fee actually go?

Starting this year, Oregonians must now pay at least five cents for a paper bag at all retail stores. Some viewers wanted to know: Who gets that extra nickel? The answer: retailers. Source: Where does the new paper bag fee actually go? | KATU

ODOT’s bigger effort can’t keep I-84 open after jackknifed semi

A jackknifed tractor-trailer blocked traffic on Interstate 84 early Thursday, forcing a road closure that the Oregon Department of Transportation didn’t think would happen after it beefed up its resources in the Columbia River Gorge. ODOT Spokesman Don Hamilton says it’s not only getting the jackknifed truck out of the way that takes time — […]
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ODOT report details expected cost increases of Rose Quarter I-5 project

The costs of reconstructing Interstate 5 through Portland’s Rose Quarter have risen nearly 60%. Source: ODOT report details expected cost increases of Rose Quarter I-5 project | KATU

Wood stoves, chimneys emit amounts of pollution comparable to wildfires, data shows

Breathing in smoke from chimneys and wood stoves can harm your health, data from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality shows. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), just one hour of burning 10 lbs of wood generates 4,300 times more carcinogens than 30 cigarettes. Source: Wood stoves, chimneys emit amounts of pollution comparable to […]
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Oregon lawmaker proposes statewide homeless emergency

An Oregon lawmaker is proposing a statewide emergency declaration to respond to the growing homelessness situation, meaning more funding and fewer roadblocks to building shelters. Typically, the governor’s office issues these types of declarations, like in 2017 during the Eagle Creek Fire. House Speaker Tina Kotek’s Office is looking at what it would take to […]
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Transportation crews, drivers brace for winter weather; start preps in Columbia Gorge

With winter weather imminent across the Greater Portland metropolitan area, road crews and drivers alike are bracing for the worst and hoping for the best. The Oregon Department of Transportation is focusing it’s early efforts on the Columbia River Gorge area, an area with plenty of history as a headache for drivers. “This storm is […]
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Oregon Democrats to try again with new climate change bill, say it’ll help rural areas

Democrats in Oregon will try again this year to pass a controversial and major piece of legislation aimed at reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. Their attempt last year to pass a similar cap-and-trade program — House Bill 2020 — ended in chaos at the Capitol in Salem. Republican senators walked out in protest and […]
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Snow closes Oregon highway: ‘There’s no estimated time for reopening’

Winter storms have closed a state highway near Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. “Oregon 230 is closed due to hazardous trees leaning over the highway, creating hazardous conditions,” the Oregon Department of Transportation. Source: Snow closes Oregon highway: ‘There’s no estimated time for reopening’ | KATU

Health officials suspect dangerous batch of heroin circulating through Oregon

Public health officials suspect an especially dangerous batch of tainted heroin is circulating through Oregon after a rash of overdoses in Douglas County. This tampering may be a deliberate decision by drug dealers. Source: Health officials suspect dangerous batch of heroin circulating through Oregon | KATU