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Few People Want to Be Poll Workers. That’s a Problem.

State Library Ed. Note: Oregon is obviously vote-by-mail, but is there a shortage of individuals assisting local government election officials? Poll workers can be the difference between a smooth election and long lines, mass confusion and miscounted ballots. But poll workers are older, less prepared and becoming scarcer. Local election officials are dealing with a […]
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6 Children From Washington Hit With Rare Disease Similar To Polio

A rare disease similar to polio appears to be spiking. Six children from Washington have been hospitalized so far this year. All told, 16 states have confirmed a total of 38 cases of acute flaccid myelitis in 2018. It’s not a new condition, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the increase is not normal. Source: […]
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Eugene to host annual convention for leaders of Oregon cities

More than 700 officials from cities around Oregon will be in town starting Thursday for an annual conference.Eugene is this year’s host for the League of Oregon Cities 93rd Annual Conference with mayors, city councilors, city managers and department directors from Oregon’s 241 incorporated cities scheduled to attend. Eugene last hosted the conference in 2014. […]
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Flu season arrives. Here’s what you need to know. 

You know what season it is. That’s right, flu season. Early fall is the best time to get a flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you can get one by the end of October, that’s your best bet because the number of people with flu peaks in the winter […]
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Warrenton Grade School overflows, a sign of the city’s growth

Overcrowding one of the issues behind bond. Students at Warrenton Grade School, many with parents in tow, socialized outside the front door and inside at tables in the cafeteria, waiting to start their first day back to class on Tuesday. By 7:50 a.m., the parking lot shut down to all cars as it filled in […]
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Meet the next misinformation format: Fake audio messages

Over the past year, fake audio messages have been slowly making the rounds on WhatsApp. Diego Maradona isn’t dead, and he’s willing to pay $10,000 to figure out who said he was. The famous retired soccer player for Argentina was the subject of an internet death hoax in late June. The rumor claimed that Maradona had suffered […]
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The Cybersecurity 202: Russia hacking tactics exposed in Mueller indictment still a threat, election officials say

State Library Ed. Note: Story includes content regarding the efforts of state elections officials to defend against hacking attempts. It’s hard to defend against these simple attacks. At first glance, the techniques Russian military intelligence agents used to penetrate Democratic organizations during the 2016 elections may seem less potent now that they’ve been revealed. But […]
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California’s net neutrality bill is back and as tough as ever

State lawmakers have been working to restore key provisions that were stripped out last month. California lawmakers will be moving forward with tough provisions in a legislative proposal that could turn into one of the most ambitious net neutrality laws in the country. The announcement Thursday comes two weeks after members of the state assembly voted […]
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Veterans ride for free thanks to grant

Veterans in Union County may breathe easier knowing that they can get a free ride to and from their medical visits, thanks to a grant allotted to Union County Public Transit by the Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs. Source: Veterans ride for free thanks to grant; Veterans ride for free thanks to grant

Salmon Are Booming in Oregon’s Rogue River. Dam Removal May Be Why.

Eight obsolete dams have been removed or modified on the Rogue River over the past decade. Now its salmon help sustain commercial fishing, despite recent droughts that have devastated fish in other rivers. After chasing salmon along the southern Oregon coast for 48 years, commercial fisher Duncan MacLean has developed a strong sense of who’s […]
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