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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.

Oregon health officials expect a winter surge of Covid, flu cases

By: - October 13, 2022

Covid-19 cases could start going up within a month, marking a fall and winter surge of the virus along with an expected uptick in flu infections, a leading health official said Wednesday. “While we are all tired of talking about Covid-19, Oregonians are still getting sick with the disease,” Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state’s chief […]

Mike Erickson gains ground in 6th Congressional District race, report says

By: - October 11, 2022

The battle to win Oregon’s newly created 6th Congressional District is tightening, according to the Cook Political Report. The influential Washington D.C.-based political newsletter rated the race as a “toss up” on Tuesday, indicating that Republican businessman Mike Erickson is gaining ground.  It initially predicted that Democrat Andrea Salinas had the edge, rating the race […]

Eric Simon plans to build 11 chicken barns on a 60-acre property in Scio to raise 3.4 million chickens a year for Foster Farms. (Courtesy of Kendra Kimbirauskas)

Opponents file lawsuit against large chicken operation in Linn County

By: - October 5, 2022

A farmer and three nonprofits representing small farmers and environmentalists took their opposition to a large chicken facility in Scio to Linn County Circuit Court this week. Their petition, which accuses the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality of ignoring potential pollution, seeks judicial review of a state wastewater permit […]

Oregon likely to face more bird flu cases during migrations

By: - October 5, 2022

Oregon is likely to face more cases of a deadly bird flu with fall migrations of geese, pelicans and other birds, state agriculture officials say. The state’s latest cases were announced by the Oregon Department of Agriculture in noncommercial flocks of chickens and ducks in Tillamook and Douglas counties. So far, 14 flocks in Coos, […]

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon Supreme Court justice retiring Dec. 31, giving Gov. Brown another court pick

By: - October 3, 2022

An Oregon Supreme Court justice announced his retirement on Monday, giving Gov. Kate Brown the opportunity to appoint her seventh member of Oregon’s highest court. Justice Thomas Balmer told Brown in a letter that he will retire Dec. 31, according to a news release from the Oregon Judicial Department. At 70, Balmer has served on […]

Under federal $1 billion agreement, Oregon will expand Medicaid coverage

By: - September 29, 2022

Under a new agreement, the federal government will give Oregon $1.1 billion to guarantee continued free health care coverage to tens of thousands of young children in households with low incomes and offer wider coverage to low-income young adults, especially those with special needs. The agreement, announced Wednesday in a conference call with Centers for […]

Syringe and opioid pills

Federal government gives $23 million to Oregon to fight opioid epidemic

By: - September 28, 2022

The federal government has allocated nearly $23 million to stem the opioid epidemic in Oregon, with overdose deaths skyrocketing in recent years. The money, announced by the Biden administration last week, is part of $1.5 billion awarded to all U.S. states and territories to fight the crisis. Nationwide, the money will be used for treatment […]

An ambulance outside Oregon Health & Science University's emergency department.

Lack of staff in hospitals leads to patient deaths, health officials say

By: - September 23, 2022

People in Oregon are dying as a result of the state’s hospital staffing shortage. Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, told a state legislative committee on Thursday that people in need of intensive care often have to wait for admission because hospitals lack staff. And that, he said, can lead to the worst […]

Experts tell state lawmakers Oregon’s novel approach to drug addiction has holes

By: - September 21, 2022

A day after the Oregon Health Authority declared a new era in the state’s approach to drug addiction had begun, experts warned legislators that the state’s drug epidemic is worsening while its new approach lacks crucial elements to stem the crisis. Keith Humphreys, director of the Stanford Network on Addiction Policy, based at Stanford University […]

Oregon’s novel approach to drugs hits ‘milestone’

By: - September 21, 2022

A year behind schedule, Oregon’s novel approach to drug addiction has reached primetime. In November 2020, voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 110, making Oregon the first state nationwide to decriminalize the possession of small quantities of drugs and establish service centers to help people tackle their mental health and addiction problems. The centers were supposed to […]

Oregon, other U.S. senators push for privacy for women seeking reproductive health care 

By: - September 13, 2022

Nearly 30 U.S. senators, including Oregon’s Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, asked the federal government Tuesday to ensure that the identities of women seeking reproductive health care remain private. Their letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Human Services, Xavier Becerra, said that the U.S. faces a reproductive health care crisis with states […]

Legacy Health plans free monkeypox vaccine clinic in Portland on Saturday

By: - September 8, 2022

Legacy Health is offering a free vaccine clinic on Saturday for people who’ve been exposed to monkeypox or risk exposure. The event will take place at its offices in Northwest Portland between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Legacy has enough vaccine doses for 160 people, and the clinic is by appointment only, spokeswoman Sarah Ericksen […]