Category Archives: The Oregonian

4,130 cut trees near the road: Testament to Eagle Creek’s Interstate 84 destruction

A chunk of Interstate 84 closed Sept. 4 because of the Eagle Creek fire, and on Thursday officials showed why the eastbound lanes have remained off limits, even as the fire threat subsided. More than 4,000 cut trees – mostly Douglas fir and cottonwoods with obvious burn scars – lay on a patch of ground […]
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Oregon hardest-hit state in US under GOP’s new health care bill

Oregon would be the hardest hit state – losing at least $13 billion in funding — if the latest Republican health care bill becomes law, according to two analyses of the bill issued this week. Source: Oregon hardest-hit state in US under GOP’s new health care bill | OregonLive.com

Oregon lawmakers finalize ballot summary for health tax referendum

Oregon lawmakers on Wednesday finalized the language they want voters to see if an effort to overturn part of a $550 million health care tax plan makes it onto the ballot in January. Source: Oregon lawmakers finalize ballot summary for health tax referendum | OregonLive.com

Oregon lawmakers demand investigation, apology over mistaken ICE stop

Two Oregon lawmakers are calling for a federal investigation into the conduct of immigration agents who mistakenly approached a Latino man, demanded his name without identifying themselves and claimed he was in the country illegally. Source: Oregon lawmakers demand investigation, apology over mistaken ICE stop | OregonLive.com

New maps show landslide risks in Columbia gorge fire area

Officials have published new maps showing landslide risks in the Eagle Creek fire area. Source: New maps show landslide risks in Columbia gorge fire area | OregonLive.com

Portland arts tax is legal, Oregon Supreme Court rules

Portland’s controversial arts tax is legal, the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday. Source: Portland arts tax is legal, Oregon Supreme Court rules | OregonLive.com

‘Dirty secret’ of Oregon jury system could go before U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court next week will decide whether to accept a case that could test Oregon’s unusual jury system, targeted by criminal justice reform advocates as deeply flawed and racist. For decades, Oregon juries — and those in only one other state, Louisiana — have been permitted to convict most felony defendants with a […]
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Nurses are confronting an epidemic of violence (Guest opinion)

No one should expect to be abused at work. And no one should accept a culture of silence that allows attacks and abuse of caregivers to continue unchecked. I was shocked but not surprised to see the viral video of Utah nurse Alex Wubbels being violently handcuffed and arrested for correctly refusing to allow a police officer […]
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See richest, poorest U.S. cities and counties based on new Census data

California has 11 of the 20 most-affluent cities in the nation, while Florida and Ohio each have four cities on the list of the 20 poorest cities, based on an analysis of 2016 median household income. The data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey, the results of which were released this […]
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Jackson County transformer manufacturer will lay off 110

‘ Pacific Crest Transformers said the cuts will take place in November. Pacific Crest Transformers, a Jackson County company that manufactures electrical transformers, has notified Oregon officials that it plans to lay off 110 employees in November. The company says it’s been operating at its site north of Medford for more than 44 years. In […]
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