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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.

A nurse is vaccinated at Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon needs more financial aid for nursing students and more educators, experts say

By: - April 20, 2022

More scholarship money and perhaps tax credits would help stem Oregon’s nursing shortage, according to nursing students and deans of Oregon nursing schools. In an one-hour online discussion on Wednesday, they told U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, that having enough money to pay for housing, food and other necessities and pay for their education is […]

Former Oregon Health Authority worker accused of embezzling $1.5 million in federal Covid funding

By: - April 20, 2022

An Oregon Health Authority employee who processed requests for vendor payments has been indicted for embezzling nearly $1.5 million, state officials said Wednesday. A Marion County grand jury indicted Marzieh Abedin of Portland on 21 criminal counts, including theft, forgery, identity theft and computer crime – all felonies, according to a statement from Attorney General […]

Nurses and staff at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland

Oregon medical providers rely on diminishing number of out-of-state nurses, study finds

By: - April 20, 2022

Thousands of patients in rural areas of the state might not get high quality medical care in the future if the number of out-of-state nurses practicing in Oregon continues to fall, according to a new study. The research found that rural health care settings are the most reliant on out-of-state nurses, putting them at higher […]

Dozens of companies that defied Covid mandates are fighting nearly $1 million in fines

By: - April 19, 2022

Though most pandemic restrictions in Oregon are gone, several dozen businesses cited by state safety officials for violating Covid mandates still owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines to the state. More than 200 companies were fined between March 2020 and March 2022 for violating state mask, capacity, physical distancing and closure mandates. The […]

Overtime pay for Oregon’s farmworkers will start phasing in next year

By: - April 18, 2022

Farmworkers in Oregon will get overtime pay next year with the adoption of the contentious farmworker bill. Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 4002 without any fanfare on Friday. Instead of holding a media event, as she has with other high-profile bills, she notified legislative leaders that she was signing it and called on them […]

psilocybin mushrooms

Oregon’s psilocybin program stands on thousands of years of indigenous experience

By: - April 13, 2022

As the first state nationwide to develop a psilocybin treatment program, Oregon is standing on the shoulders of thousands of years of expertise among indigenous people from Mexico to South America. A new paper recently published in the journal Fungal Biology summarizes centuries of psilocybin use among shamans and guides who treated people for a […]

inside state Capitol

Two state representatives create PAC to back working women running for office

By: - April 12, 2022

Two legislators retiring from state service are focused on influencing voters to put more working women in the Legislature. State Reps. Rachel Prusak of Tualatin and Anna Williams of Hood River, Democrats and each chairing a House committee, announced on Tuesday that they’ve formed a political action committee to support reform-minded working women who are […]

health insurance marketplace

State marks first step towards keeping tens of thousands on health care coverage

By: - April 11, 2022

State officials have taken the first step towards crafting a new health care plan to ensure medical care for tens of thousands of low-income Oregonians. Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday the appointment of 13 people to a new task force that will develop a plan by September. The appointees have expertise in health equity, health […]

Farmworker in spinach field

Study says state failed farmworkers during Covid; OSHA denies findings

By: - April 7, 2022

The past two years have been difficult for everyone, but some 87,000 farmworkers in Oregon have faced some of the worst hardships, with state officials sometimes failing to protect them, according to a report published Tuesday. The Covid-19 Farmworker Study involved in-depth interviews with 48 farmworkers from 11 counties statewide, from Marion to Malheur to […]

Portland Farmers Market

Thousands of low-income residents seeking state aid wait longer than they should

By: - April 6, 2022

A state online enrollment system that was launched a year ago continues to make thousands of people wait longer than they should for state help buying food, caring for children and paying for medical care. As of March 18, the state had failed to meet federal deadlines in processing more than 8,000 applications. Nearly 5,500 […]

Harney County

Report: Harney County has highest Covid-19 death rate on West Coast

By: - April 5, 2022

Harney County had the highest Covid death rate on the West Coast, according to a report published on Monday. A Poor People’s Pandemic Report 2022 shows that 36 people died in Harney County between February 2020 and this February, giving the county a death rate of 487 per 100,000 people. That’s higher than any other […]

About half of Covid-19 cases are in people who’ve been vaccinated

By: - April 1, 2022

Just under half of the latest Covid-19 cases in Oregon involve people who’ve had at least one vaccine dose, according to the latest Oregon Health Authority report. The most recent breakthrough case report, which details instances of people testing positive for the virus at least 14 days after vaccination, shows that almost 750 of the […]