Category Archives: KATU

Is Oregon’s smog program worth the cost?

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is expected to collect nearly $28 million over the next two years in fees from their Vehicle Inspection Program, but is it worth it? The emissions program began several decades ago to reduce air pollution near Portland and Medford. Since then, air quality has improved dramatically, according to Oregon […]
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Crews fight fire at Viento State Park near Hood River, park evacuated

Officials have evacuated Viento State Park along Interstate 84 on Friday because of a fire, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Spokeswoman Kristie Shaw said the fire is burning on the north side of the freeway. The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to avoid the area. The cause and size […]
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What Oregon’s new cage-free egg law means for your wallet

Starting in 2024, commercial farms with 3,000 chickens or more will have to make room and raise their chickens cage-free, affecting both birds and consumers. Source: What Oregon’s new cage-free egg law means for your wallet

Endangered humpback whale stranded on Oregon Coast to be euthanized

UPDATE: Kellee Azar from KATU News has confirmed with Oregon Parks and Recreation that the whale is going to be euthanized. The whale hasn’t been strong enough to swim away during high tides. They are preparing for that process now. The plan is to do an autopsy and then bury the carcass. Source: Endangered humpback […]
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OSU holds symposium on Oregon’s required holocaust education

Oregon State University wants to help educators develop curriculum on the holocaust and genocide, which is now required by state law. Earlier this month, Governor Kate Brown signed a bill into law requiring districts teach about the holocaust and other genocides starting in the 2020-2021 school year. OSU’s College of Education is holding a symposium […]
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Oregon to pay $500K to man whose wife died in crash with drunk driver

The state of Oregon will pay $500,000 to an Ashland man whose wife died in a head-on collision with a wrong-way drunk driver. A civil trial was to begin Tuesday in Jackson County over the 2014 death of 911 dispatcher Karen Greenstein. Source: Oregon to pay $500K to man whose wife died in crash with […]
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Oregon joins multistate lawsuit to block T-Mobile, Sprint merger

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced Monday that Oregon will join the multistate lawsuit blocking the merger of telecommunications companies T-Mobile and Sprint. Oregon is the 16th state to join the lawsuit. Regulators approved a $26. 5 billion merger in late July, but Rosenblum said if the merger is finalized, prices will become higher and […]
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142nd Fighter Wing of Oregon Air National Guard to host, conduct air combat training

If you hear a lot of jets overhead in the next couple weeks, it’s more than likely a training exercise. The 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard will host FA-18F Super Hornets from a Naval base in Lemoore, Calif., August 11-23 to conduct dissimilar air combat training. Source: 142nd Fighter Wing of […]
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Gov. Brown signs what some call the most progressive family leave bill in the U.S.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Friday that will allow workers 12 weeks of paid family leave. Supporters are hailing House Bill 2005 as the most progressive family leave bill in the country. It’s so progressive because under the Family and Medical Leave Act, employees across the country are entitled to 12 weeks unpaid […]
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Gov. Brown set to sign four bills that address Oregon’s housing crisis

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will sign four bills Thursday to address the state’s housing crisis. Senate Bill 5512, House Bill 2003, House Bill 2001, and House Bill 2006 all declare emergencies. Source: Gov. Brown set to sign four bills that address Oregon’s housing crisis