Category Archives: The Oregonian

Explanation of potential ballot measure rewriting Oregon redistricting rules needs rewrite, state Supreme Court rules

The Oregon Supreme Court has instructed Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to rewrite the official wording that explains how a potential November 2020 ballot initiative would change the legislative redistricting process. In an unusual move, the court suggested specific language the attorney general could use. Source: Explanation of potential ballot measure rewriting Oregon redistricting rules needs […]
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9 new measles cases reported in Clackamas and Multnomah counties since beginning of July

So far 23 cases of measles have been reported in Oregon this year, the most since 1991. Source: 9 new measles cases reported in Clackamas and Multnomah counties since beginning of July – oregonlive.com

Western Oregon conifers continue to show damage from drought

Despite this year’s mild summer, conifers in Oregon are still getting hit hard by several years of drought. Here’s how to keep your trees healthy. Source: Western Oregon conifers continue to show damage from drought – oregonlive.com

 Oregon’s new death-penalty law is not retroactive. It’s how the law works.

Oregon’s new law limiting the definition of aggravated murder doesn’t give those with affirmed death sentences grounds for a reversal, write law professors Stephen Kanter and Aliza B. Kaplan, noting that it would only apply to those whose convictions or sentences are overturned. The law does not need a “fix,” as some prosecutors are seeking, […]
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 Justice system should be grounded in clear rules. New death-penalty law needs a fix to uphold that standard

District Attorney Kevin Barton writes that the passage of Senate Bill 1013, which has a much broader reach than backers portrayed, raises bigger questions about the ability of the Legislature to overturn the will of the people. Source: Opinion: Justice system should be grounded in clear rules. New death-penalty law needs a fix to uphold […]
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Portland will soon have more e-scooters than ever before

The city released 10 weeks of data about emergency room visits, fines, complaints and other updates while authorizing 655 new scooters to hit Portland’s pavement. Portland will soon have more electric scooters on the streets than at any time in 2018. On Thursday, the transportation agency announced that 655 additional scooters were approved to hit […]
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Oregon pharmacists ordered millions of opioid pills, say they felt powerless to say no

Two rural Oregon pharmacies purchased more opioid pills per county resident than 99.9 percent of other pharmacies in the country, recently released federal data show. Howard’s Drugs, the only pharmacy in Lake County, ordered enough pain pills during a surge in the opioid epidemic for every resident to take 68 doses a year. Source: Oregon […]
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State faces insurrection of Portland hospitals over CCO plan

Oregon officials want a new, second coordinated care organization to handle Medicaid health care for low-income residents of the metro area. Area hospitals reject the plan and have refused to partner with Trillium Community Health of Eugene. The impasse complicates the state’s attempts to reboot the CCO system. Source: State faces insurrection of Portland hospitals […]
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The back-alley mugging of the death penalty: Steve Duin

Betsy Johnson predicted all of this months ago. The conservative Democratic senator from Scappoose and I were both at Josh Marquis’ retirement party at the Fillmore in Northwest Portland. A half dozen other Oregon district attorneys were in the crowded room. Source: The back-alley mugging of the death penalty: Steve Duin – oregonlive.com

Daily flights from Portland to central Tokyo’s airport coming in 2020

Federal regulators have formally approved Delta Airline’s proposal to bring nonstop daily flights from Portland to Tokyo-Haneda, the Japanese capital’s central airport. Flights will begin next spring, the Port of Portland and Delta announced in a statement Monday. Source: Daily flights from Portland to central Tokyo’s airport coming in 2020 – oregonlive.com