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Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry has more than 30 years of journalism experience, including a recent stint as editor of The Lund Report, a highly regarded health news site. She reported on health and food safety in her 18 years at The Oregonian, was a senior producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting and Paris correspondent for National Public Radio for nine years. She has won state, regional and national awards, including a National Headliner Award for a long-term care facility story and a top award from the National Association of Health Care Journalists for an investigation into government failures to protect the public from repeated salmonella outbreaks. She loves to cook and entertain, speaks French and is learning Portuguese.

12 Oregon insurers fail to pay full cost of eligible reproductive services, audits find

By: - February 1, 2023

Oregonians have been guaranteed free reproductive health care coverage, including for abortions, under a law that went into full effect in 2019. But at least a dozen insurance companies have charged consumers anyway, state officials said Wednesday. The Department of Consumer and Business Services released reports on violations by 12 health insurers that cover nearly […]

Mother of child poisoned by cream

2 infants with high lead levels prompt warnings against skin cream

By: - January 26, 2023

Two infants in the Portland area with high lead levels in their blood prompted a warning Thursday by health officials about a skin cream used for eczema, a common condition in children. Both children – in Multnomah and Washington counties – were younger than 1 and were exposed to Diep Bao, a cream made in […]

Oregon Food Bank in Northeast Portland

Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians face drastic food budget cut

By: - January 26, 2023

Oregon food banks are bracing for an uptick in demand in March when hundreds of thousands of state residents will face a drastic cut in their food budget. More than 720,000 Oregonians rely on the federal food Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to eat. In April 2020, after the pandemic hit and many people lost wages […]

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Aluminum recycling facility pleads guilty, paying $550,000 for hazardous emissions

By: - January 25, 2023

UPDATED: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023 at 10 a.m. to include comment from U.S. Attorney’s Office. An Illinois-based company has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Air Act at an aluminum-processing facility in The Dalles. Hydro Extrusion USA released hazardous smoke from the facility from July 2018 through June 2019, endangering employees and the nearby […]

Taxpayers have free options for filing 2022 income tax returns

By: - January 24, 2023

Filing taxes can be costly, but it doesn’t need to be: There are free options. Oregon taxpayers who prepare their own returns and file want to file electronically have several options, according to the state Department of Revenue. They include services by AARP, United Way’s MyFreeTaxes program, MFS-CASH Oregon and the IRS that provide tax […]

Live Feed: Oregon Gov.-elect Tina Kotek, state legislators will be sworn in

By: , , and - January 9, 2023

House lawmakers will be on the floor at 9 a.m. and the Senate at 9:30 a.m. to swear in new members, adopt rules and elect their leaders. House Speaker Dan Rayfield, D-Corvallis, is expected to win re-election to the House’s top job, while Democrats in the Senate majority tapped Sen. Rob Wagner, D-Portland, as their […]

U.S. Senate $1.7 trillion spending package includes allocations for dozens of projects in Oregon

By: - December 21, 2022

The U.S. Senate’s $1.7 trillion government funding package released on Tuesday includes allocations for dozens of projects across Oregon. The package, which excludes spending on mandatory programs like Medicare and Social Security, includes investments in clean water, transportation, education, health care, wildfire and housing.   Every part of the state would win millions of dollars if […]

Kotek names interim director for the Oregon Health Authority

By: and - December 13, 2022

Gov.-elect Tina Kotek will appoint a 20-year health care veteran to lead the Oregon Health Authority in early January, at least temporarily. In a statement on Tuesday, she said that James Schroeder, currently the CEO of the state’s largest Medicaid insurer, Health Share of Oregon, will serve as interim director. “James brings over 20 years […]

Oregon hospitals face ‘dire’ situation involving large numbers of sick children and adults

By: and - December 7, 2022

For nearly three years, Oregon’s hospitals have faced surge after surge of patients sick with COVID-19. They filled hospital rooms, overflowed into hallways on gurneys and jammed emergency rooms, with hours-long waits. But the current crisis involving a disease called RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, that primarily affects children along with influenza, other diseases and […]

Oregon faces spike in monkeypox infections

By: - November 29, 2022

Monkeypox infections in Oregon have suddenly spiked, prompting health officials to urge those most susceptible to the virus to get vaccinated. The Oregon Health Authority said on Tuesday that the epidemic had appeared to have peaked in August from about 10 to 15 cases a week previously to two to three. But 19 new infections […]

Sick children and adult patients jam Oregon’s hospitals

By: - November 28, 2022

The number of patients needing hospital care for the flu is rising, fueling the demand for beds by hundreds of children with a respiratory illness and adults suffering from COVID-19. According to the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, about 220 hospitalized patients had COVID in mid-November. That shot up to about 375 people […]

Congress passes proposal to make it easier to research benefits, effects of marijuana

By: - November 27, 2022

Although marijuana is legalized in several dozen states and easily obtainable even in areas where it’s illegal, scientists have faced big bureaucratic barriers to conduct research on the drug. A new, bipartisan bill just passed by Congress aims to snip away some of that red tape.  The Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act does […]