Category Archives: The Oregonian

Oregon lawmakers eye more than $3.5 billion in school improvements

A legislative committee that spent the summer and fall combing the state for ways to improve Oregon schools learned Thursday evening how much it would cost to enact all their best ideas: more than $3.5 billion. That staggering sum was not completely unexpected. No one expected Oregon would go for the entire wish list. Source: […]
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Dennis Richardson says brain cancer not slowing him down in video update

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson says the brain cancer discovered earlier this year has not spread and that his mind remains sharp. “The three most recent MRIs show the tumor has not grown,” Richardson said in a video posted Thursday afternoon on his agency’s YouTube channel, noting that the tumor is “small.” Source: Dennis […]
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Oregon hemp industry poised for big growth after feds sign off

Hemp now has something marijuana doesn’t: federal approval. A provision of the $867 billion farm bill Congress approved this week removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and treats the low-THC version of the cannabis plant like any other agricultural crop. Source: Oregon hemp industry poised for big growth after feds sign off

Oregon lawmakers get a taste of possible tax hikes in 2019

Democrats in the Oregon Legislature are gearing up to raise billions of dollars in taxes next year to boost school spending and cover ballooning public pension costs. During interim hearings in Salem this week, lawmakers are pulling back the curtain on some of the ideas they might consider. Source: Oregon lawmakers get a taste of […]
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Washington governor proposes funds to relaunch Interstate Bridge replacement

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to reopen an office dedicated to studying how to replace or retrofit the Interstate Bridge, the aging span over the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver. Inslee’s proposed 2019-21 budget released Thursday morning included $17.5 million to “reopen an Interstate 5/Columbia River Bridge project office.” Source: Washington governor proposes funds […]
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Oregon’s public defense system fails defendants and their lawyers, report says

A report by the Sixth Amendment Center says its review of Oregon’s justice system found high caseloads for public defenders and inadequate funding for the public defense system. Source: Oregon’s public defense system fails defendants and their lawyers, report says

Oregon’s new driver’s license features Mount Hood, ‘laser-etched’ text

Oregonians could start receiving newly designed driver’s license and identification cards this month, part of what state transportation officials are calling the biggest overhaul of the ID cards since 2003. The new licenses aren’t a requirement just yet, but Oregonians whose licenses have expired or otherwise need to replace a lost card may be issued one of […]
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Vaping stores can’t use ‘apple’ to describe apple-flavored products: Owner sues state

The owner of two vaping stores in Portland claims that state health regulators are over-reacting by heavily restricting the language and illustrations he can use on the vaping liquids he sells. Source: Vaping stores can’t use ‘apple’ to describe apple-flavored products: Owner sues state

Oregon Senate Republicans elect new leader

Former Republican Leader Sen. Jackie Winters of Salem faces a federal fair housing lawsuit. Republicans in the Oregon Senate have a new leader, after Sen. Jackie Winters of Salem decided not to seek re-election to the job again going into 2019. Sen. Herman Baertschiger, Jr. of Grants Pass was elected late Tuesday to lead the […]
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Internet speeds up in Oregon cities, but rural areas still lag

Portland residents enjoy some of the nation’s fastest internet speeds, but newly released Census data shows rural parts of the state continue to lag way behind. In some communities, fewer than half of the homes have fast internet service. “With the rural markets the state doesn’t do well – or as well,” said Joe Franell, […]
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