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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.

State agriculture officials offer $5 million in grants to fight voracious grasshoppers and Mormon crickets

By: - May 19, 2022

The state is offering $5 million in grants to help owners of rangeland in Oregon cope with an expected infestation this summer of grasshoppers and Mormon crickets. The insects are native to the West and infestations are cyclical, with the latest cycle starting in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2020, the […]

One congressional race in Oregon remains close, most incumbents advance easily

By: - May 18, 2022

The midterm primary was largely a good night for Oregon incumbents running for reelection to the U.S. Senate and Congress with the exception of one: Rep. Kurt Schrader who’s seeking the Democratic renomination in the 5th Congressional District. The Blue Dog Democrat, a seven-term moderate, trailed progressive attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner on Wednesday by just over […]

Oregon appears headed towards a low turnout

By: - May 17, 2022

Oregon appears headed towards a low turnout by its nearly 3 million voters – and potentially a new historical low in a midterm election. The final count won’t be known until next Tuesday. The Legislature last year extended the timeline for mail-in ballots. Those postmarked by 8 p.m. on Election Day will be counted, provided […]

Oregon’s Agriculture Department Director Alexis Taylor nominated by White House to serve in USDA

By: - May 13, 2022

Alexis Taylor, Oregon’s Agriculture Department director, has been nominated by the Biden White House to serve in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. An announcement by the White House of nine nominees said Taylor had been appointed to serve as under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the department. Since 2016, Taylor had led […]

State labor officials offer nearly $19 million for workforce training grants

By: - May 12, 2022

State officials have nearly $19 million to spend on training Oregonians to work in construction, health care and manufacturing.  Earlier this month, the state Bureau of Labor and Industries opened the bidding process for training and apprenticeship programs for underserved communities, including women, people of color, rural residents, low-income residents, people with disabilities, tribal communities […]

Health officials urge Oregonians to mask up indoors, especially in schools

By: - May 12, 2022

With Covid cases rising in Oregon, Multnomah County health officials advised the public on Wednesday to mask up when inside public places. The Oregon Health Authority said Thursday that those at risk for severe disease should consider doing so. “The Multnomah County Health Department’s recommendation is eminently reasonable,” Dr. Paul Cieslak, Oregon’s communicable disease director […]

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Oregon adopting rules to protect workers from excessive heat and wildfire smoke

By: - May 11, 2022

New rules going into effect in Oregon in June and July are expected to protect tens of thousands of workers from illness and death when temperatures soar past 80 or when the air becomes clogged with wildfire smoke. The heat protections require employers to allow workers to take paid breaks to get relief from the […]

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Candidates, others have to reset passwords to Oregon campaign finance system after hack

By: - May 10, 2022

About 1,100 people who use the Oregon Secretary of State’s online campaign finance tracking system have to reset their passwords following a ransomware attack against a web provider. The office said the hack did not affect state election data. “No sensitive data on our systems has been exposed,” the agency said in a release. “No […]

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Agriculture Department offers $40 million for disaster relief

By: - May 10, 2022

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is offering farmers loans of up to $150,000 that can be forgiven to help the agriculture industry recover from last year’s natural disasters.  The $40 million program, approved by the Legislature in December, applies to farm revenue throughout the year – not just in the immediate wake of a disaster. […]

Feds threaten to pull certification from Oregon State Hospital’s Junction City campus 

By: - May 9, 2022

Federal regulators have threatened to yank the certification for Oregon State Hospital’s Junction City unit if it doesn’t immediately fix multiple problems at that campus, including suspected sexual assault, attacks and a lack of supervision. The Oregon Health Authority, which manages the state hospital, has until May 15 to submit a corrective plan and until […]

Mothers join in cause to rattle Oregon into action on addiction care

By: - May 6, 2022

For Mother’s Day, a few dozen moms plan to celebrate at a Portland rally.  They want to raise awareness about Oregon’s drug crisis. The state has the highest rate of addiction in the country, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “I’m trying to educate other parents,” said Meggan McEvoy, a […]

$15 million for expanded abortion care in Oregon will take months to distribute

By: - May 4, 2022

State money meant to expand access to abortions in Oregon is months away from being put to use, state officials say. The $15 million will be awarded as grants to nonprofits in Oregon, but the process to do so is just getting underway. “Time is of the essence and they know it,”  said state Sen. […]