Tag Archives: U.S. States

Measles outbreaks: Anti-vax opposition prompts states to be reactive

The measles outbreaks in the U.S. this year — the 387 current reported cases in 15 states is already the second-largest figure in two decades — have highlighted the importance of fighting off the disease through immunization. The urgency to address the issue has been far from uniform, however, with affected states more likely to take […]
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Oregon’s Job Growth 16th Fastest Among the States

Oregon had the 16th fastest job growth among the states from January 2018 to January 2019. Adding 29,500 jobs for a growth rate of 1.5 percent, Oregon’s respectable job growth was slower than first ranked Nevada (+3.9%), and neighboring Washington (+2.5%) and Idaho (+2.4%). California ranked 17th with a growth rate of 1.4 percent. Oregon’s […]
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Oregon Ranks Worst For Public Records Response Times, According to Nationwide Analysis

Oregon agencies’ average response time is 148 days, which was the worst by more than three weeks. Oregon ranks dead last among all states for prompt responses to public records requests, a new nationwide analysis by MuckRock found. Source: Oregon Ranks Worst For Public Records Response Times, According to Nationwide Analysis – Willamette Week

Sports gambling not a sure bet for lawmakers

For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there’s an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it? As state legislatures across the U.S. decide whether to authorize sports gambling, lawmakers are debating whether the bets — like almost everything else in daily life — should […]
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Most states have the death penalty. Few actually carry out executions.

California’s moratorium on executions highlights a growing resistance to the death penalty in many states. The execution chamber at the San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco has never been used, an $853,000 facility that has sat empty for more than a decade. After a federal judge assailed the old chamber as dimly lit and […]
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Springing forward to daylight saving time is obsolete, confusing and unhealthy, critics say

The biannual time change is under legislative challenge in states and Congress. This weekend, Americans will once again navigate their complex relationship with the chronically confusing and arguably misnamed daylight saving time. In most of the United States, the clocks spring forward early Sunday when 2 a.m. suddenly becomes 3 a.m. People are advised to […]
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CDC reports 228 measles cases in 12 states

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 228 cases of measles in 12 states so far this year. The CDC has identified six outbreaks, which it defines as three or mores cases, in New York, Washington, Texas, Illinois and California. Source: CDC reports 228 measles cases in 12 states | TheHill

These states want you to eat more roadkill

Freeway-to-table could be the next big food trend in California. In Idaho, Mundall and others looking to salvage roadkill are free to do so, as long as they report their haul within 24 hours via an online form, by phone, or in person. The state’s department of fish and game simply asks for the roadkill’s […]
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Oregon Files Multi-State Lawsuit Against Trump ‘Gag Rule’ On Abortion

Oregon took the lead on Tuesday in a multi-state front against the Trump administration’s “gag rule” on abortion providers. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a lawsuit in Eugene along with 20 other attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia against a change to the Title X program on family planning. Source: Oregon […]
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Following California, Washington state lawmakers vote to make daylight saving time year-round

If you’re annoyed by having to change the clocks this weekend, take heart. This could be one of the last times you have to go through the time change ritual. The Washington House of Representatives voted 89 to 7 Saturday in favor of observing daylight saving time year-round. The state Senate is expected to vote […]
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