Category Archives: The Oregonian

Gov. Kate Brown declares ‘crisis’ at her child welfare agency, says she’ll personally step in to make fixes

Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday morning laying out a path for her to take a direct role in day-to-day operations at the state’s embattled child welfare program. Source: Gov. Kate Brown declares ‘crisis’ at her child welfare agency, says she’ll personally step in to make fixes

Kotek and Courtney weigh ‘technical’ PERS fix that could make the problem worse

The legislative session has reached its second half, and as usual, the topic of spiraling public pension costs is looming over the budget and tax policy discussions that will dominate the remainder. Source: Kotek and Courtney weigh ‘technical’ PERS fix that could make the problem worse

Frank Gable, convicted in 1989 killing of Michael Francke, should be retried or released from prison, judge says

A man convicted in the 1989 killing of the Oregon Department of Corrections director should be retried or released from prison because evidence was excluded from his trial that pointed to someone else as the possible killer, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Source: Frank Gable, convicted in 1989 killing of Michael Francke, should be retried […]
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Cylvia Hayes attends ethics commission meeting, settles for $50,000

Oregon Government Ethics Commission officials voted Friday morning to accept a settlement agreement with former first lady Cylvia Hayes, cutting her potential $110,000 fine for 22 violations to $50,000. Source: Cylvia Hayes attends ethics commission meeting, settles for $50,000 – oregonlive.com

As Portland’s traffic worsens support for tolls rises, polls finds

As Portland gridlock worsens, metro drivers are growing more comfortable with the idea of paying a toll to drive on sections of Interstate 5 and 205, but they remain skeptical it will be an effective way to reduce congestion in the long term. Source: As Portland’s traffic worsens support for tolls rises, polls finds

Harney County sheriff plans to resign, citing funding concerns

Sheriff Dave Ward cited funding concerns in an op-ed announcing his plans to retire at the end of 2019. He said it’s his opinion that the lone way for Harney County to surmount a “current budget crisis” is to eliminate employee positions. The Harney County sheriff, who rose to regional prominence during the 2016 occupation […]
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Told to help schools improve grad rates, Oregon education agency responds mostly with inaction

The agency was provided 13 recommendations; it completed 3 of  them. Sixteen months after a scathing state audit said the Oregon Department of Education urgently needed to take action to help raise the state’s lousy graduation rate, the department has completed just three of 13 actions that auditors called for, according to a follow-up report […]
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Polluted by Money: How lawmakers could flush corporate money out of Oregon politics

To reduce the share of political money that comes from corporations, lawmakers would need to set low donation limits. Source: Polluted by Money: How lawmakers could flush corporate money out of Oregon politics – oregonlive.com

How fast are Oregon counties growing — or shrinking? All 36, ranked

Fast-growing Crook County tops the list. Central Oregon is by far the fastest growing part of the state, new census data show. Not anywhere near the top of the list? The Portland metro, which previously led the way Source: How fast are Oregon counties growing — or shrinking? All 36, ranked | OregonLive.com

Oregon’s ‘tuition equity’ law could be extended to graduate students

Oregon’s law that allows students living in the country illegally to qualify for in-state tuition rates at public universities could be expanded to cover graduate classes as well. Source: Oregon’s ‘tuition equity’ law could be extended to graduate students – oregonlive.com