Tag Archives: Federal Government

Trump wants to raise minimum age for e-cigarette sales

President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will pursue raising the age to purchase electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 in its upcoming plans to combat youth vaping. Trump told reporters his administration will release its final plans for restricting e-cigarettes next week but provided few other details. Source: Trump wants to raise minimum age […]
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Senate appropriations committees allocate funding to benefit Eastern Oregon

The U.S. Senate’s 2020 appropriation bill approved last week includes benefits for Eastern Oregonians, from increased wildfire spending to expanded barge service on the Columbia River. Last week, four of the 12 Senate committees approved budgets for the U.S. government’s fiscal year 2020 budget. A press release from Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said the Senate’s […]
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UO student, employee accuses school of not recording hate crimes in federal report

A complaint has been filed with the federal Department of Education against the University of Oregon, alleging Clery Act violations and the university’s failure to report what the complainant describes as hate crimes. The complaint also raises questions about why the university doesn’t track or make publicly available general hate incidents on campus beyond what […]
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Half-way hemp law puts shippers in a bind

When Congress does something half-way, it can cause more problems than it solves. That’s certainly true of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp nationwide as an agricultural crop. What Congress didn’t do was make sure farmers growing hemp could ship it to buyers across the country without fear that over-zealous police officers would seize […]
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Azar | President Trump is making progress on opioids

Since President Trump’s first day in office, and from my first day as his health secretary, our country’s opioid crisis has been one of our most challenging missions. But there were always sources of inspiration: We heard from the Americans on the front lines of the fight against addiction, and we set about bringing them […]
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Oregon Hospitals Among Those Penalized By Federal Government

Twenty-three Oregon hospitals are among the more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide financially penalized this week by the federal government for having excessive rates of readmissions of recent elderly patients. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Oregon Hospitals Among Those Penalized By Federal Government | The Lund Report

Guest column: Oregon creators deserve the CASE Act

As photographers who have lived and worked in the state of Oregon for decades, we’ve both worked diligently to build solid small businesses that help sustain the livelihoods of our families. Being a creator is a wonderful and extremely personal experience, and it’s one that we love and have worked hard to achieve and master. […]
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Oregon And California Could Lose Many SNAP Recipients

The federal government plans to make changes.  That phrase gets used a lot in our time, so we’ll focus on a proposal to tighten eligibility requirements for SNAP or “food stamps.” The numbers-crunching organization Mathematica says the proposal would take SNAP benefits away from more than ten percent of the people who get them in […]
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Time to get public lands protections over the finish line

Last week we lost Mary Gautreaux, Sen. Ron Wyden’s deputy state director, who cared deeply for Oregon’s public lands and rivers. Few people knew Oregon’s public lands — and how to get things done for them — like Mary. Behind the scenes, she won many battles, but there were a few that didn’t quite get […]
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Opinion: Protecting reproductive freedom calls for repealing Hyde Amendment 

Rep. Tawna Sanchez writes that even in Oregon, which has made reproductive rights a top priority, the federal Hyde Amendment pits obstacles in the way of thousands of women of making their own health care decisions. It’s time to repeal the amendment, she writes. This week marks the 43rd anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, federal […]
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