Category Archives: OPB – Oregon Public Broadcasting

Gov. Kate Brown Issues Executive Order Aimed At Improving Child Welfare System

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday establishing a Child Welfare Oversight Board charged with improving the state’s beleaguered child welfare system. Source: Gov. Kate Brown Issues Executive Order Aimed At Improving Child Welfare System

Mortgage Tax Deduction | Women’s Basketball | School Boards – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Should high-income homeowners and people who own more than one home continue to get tax breaks? Some Democratic lawmakers in Salem want to get rid of Oregon’s mortgage interest deduction for people who own second homes and for those who earn more than $250,000 a year. Republicans who oppose the change say it opens the […]
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Oregon Appeals Court Rules Juvenile Sentencing Law Unconstitutional

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Wednesday the state’s sentencing of juveniles convicted of aggravated murder violates the U.S. Constitution. The court said a sentence of life in prison without considering that youth offenders are developmentally different than adults convicted of the same crime is in conflict with the Eighth Amendment. Source: Oregon Appeals […]
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Study: Visitors To Smoke-Filled Southern Oregon Plan On Returning

The survey found that 85% of visitors who visited the region during smoky summers said they would return — though maybe not in the late summer. A survey conducted by the Southern Oregon University Research Center revealed wildfire smoke did not completely ruin tourists’ experiences in the region. The majority of tourists who visited Southern Oregon […]
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Oregon Foster Care Children Of Color Disproportionately Sent Out Of State

The number of foster care children who are being sent to out-of-state private residential treatment facilities are disproportionately children of color. Source: Oregon Foster Care Children Of Color Disproportionately Sent Out Of State . News | OPB

New Secretary Of State Says Oregon Still Failing To Fix Graduation Rate

A new Secretary of State report provides an update on the state’s efforts to improve graduation rates. Source: New Secretary Of State Says Oregon Still Failing To Fix Graduation Rate . News | OPB

Oregon Parents Push Bill To Screen Newborns For More Diseases

Parents who’ve lost children to devastating genetic disease, call for a new system of adding diseases to  Oregon’s newborn bloodspot screening test. Source: Oregon Parents Push Bill To Screen Newborns For More Diseases . News | OPB

Salmon Fisheries Set As Managers Start Process To Protect Endangered Orcas

With fishery limits now set, attention turns to rebuilding “overfished” salmon runs and protecting Southern Resident orcas. The organization that sets limits for commercial, recreational and tribal salmon fisheries in the Pacific Northwest wrapped up their work Tuesday at a meeting in Northern California. Source: Salmon Fisheries Set As Managers Start Process To Protect Endangered […]
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Former Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes Agrees To $50K Fine In Ethics Case

Former Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes has agreed to pay a fine of $50,000 after she was accused of committing 22 violations of state ethics laws. Source: Former Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes Agrees To $50K Fine In Ethics Case . News | OPB

In Tight Vote, Oregon Senators Move Toward More Lenient Sentences For Juveniles .

Senate Bill 1008, which would scale back strict mandatory sentences on juvenile offenders, needed support from two-thirds of senators to pass. It barely made it. Source: In Tight Vote, Oregon Senators Move Toward More Lenient Sentences For Juveniles . News | OPB