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Biden names Oregon magistrate to federal judge vacancy

BY: - September 7, 2023

A U.S. magistrate judge from Eugene is President Joe Biden’s pick for the state’s next district court judge. Biden included Mustafa Kasubhai, who in 2018 became the first Muslim American judge to serve on the federal bench, in his latest round of four nominees to district courts throughout the nation. Kasubhai, 53, still must be […]

Governor’s secret panel gets to work on prisons issues

BY: - September 7, 2023

Gov. Tina Kotek is taking her first major plunge into the problems at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility by convening an advisory panel to recommend ways to prevent abuse, trauma and retaliation among staff and inmates at Oregon’s only women’s prison. The advisory panel will meet for the first time Thursday – in secret.  In August, […]

Some of the most powerful and consistent winds in the world are located off the southwest Oregon coast, according to the Oregon Department of Energy.

Federal officials will meet with Oregonians about controversial offshore wind energy projects

BY: - September 7, 2023

Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management officials will meet with Oregonians concerned or curious about potential floating offshore wind energy projects following public and political outcry. Officials will host three in-person meetings in Gold Beach, Coos Bay and Brookings on Sept. 26, 27 and 28. The agency also doubled the public comment period from 30 […]

A drought in 2015 nearly emptied Detroit Lake, a reservoir between Bend and Salem. (David Reinert/Oregon State University)

Third of Oregon counties now in a drought emergency

BY: - September 6, 2023

Twelve of 36 counties, covering half the land in Oregon, are in a state of emergency over drought, with local officials calling for help. Gov. Tina Kotek Wednesday declared the latest drought emergencies in Gilliam, Douglas and Lincoln counties, the 10th, and 12th such declarations of the year.  The declarations follow requests for drought aid […]

Nearly 50 congressional members want the Health and Human Services secretary to further tighten privacy regulations for personal medical records.

Oregon regulators set 2024 rates for health insurance plans 

BY: - September 5, 2023

The average Oregonian who buys health insurance on the individual marketplace will see costs increase 6.2% in 2024 after state regulators approved final rates. That’s a slightly smaller increase than last year’s 6.7%, but insurance rates for small businesses will increase slightly more than they did in 2023. The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation on […]

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum asks Congress to protect children from artificial intelligence

BY: - September 5, 2023

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is leading a 50-state request for Congress to study how artificial intelligence can exploit children and pass laws to prevent those harms.  Rosenblum on Tuesday released a letter asking Congress to appoint a commission to identify how artificial intelligence can harm children through the creation of AI-generated child sexual abuse […]

Oregon Fish and Wildlife approves killing of wolves in eastern Oregon, angering conservationists

BY: - September 1, 2023

State fish and wildlife officials authorized the killing of six gray wolves in eastern Oregon during the past six weeks, bringing relief to ranchers who lost livestock to the wolves and heartache and anger to conservationists who see the killings as inhumane and ineffective.  The six wolves were caught with foothold traps and then shot […]

Oregon State Hospital escapee back in custody after getting stuck in mud

BY: - September 1, 2023

Escaped Oregon State Hospital patient Christopher Pray is back in police custody after a madcap 36 hours that began with stealing a van while in shackles and ended with firefighters tugging him out of a muddy pond with a rope.  Pray, 39, faces a litany of felony charges, including attempted aggravated murder, robbery and assault. […]

A building on the Burns Paiute Tribe's Jonesboro Ranch destroyed by debris from a June mudslide. (Burns Paiute Tribe)

Burns Paiute Tribe in southeast Oregon to receive federal disaster assistance for floods, mudslides

BY: - September 1, 2023

The Burns Paiute Tribe is getting help digging out from heavy spring rains that caused flash flooding, mudslides and major damage to its Jonesboro ranch, a 6,380-acre property in eastern Oregon. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, announced this week that the tribe would receive federal disaster assistance to help with recovery costs following […]

‘Extremely dangerous’ Oregon State Hospital patient escapes in state van 

BY: - August 31, 2023

A handcuffed and shackled Oregon State Hospital patient with pending felony charges stole a van and escaped from the state-run psychiatric hospital in Salem late Wednesday night, commandeering it southbound on Interstate 5. The patient remains at large, and the van is still missing. The Capital Chronicle contacted Oregon State Police early Thursday, after hearing […]

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum leads brief against religious school discrimination exemptions

BY: - August 29, 2023

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Tuesday led a group of Democratic attorneys general urging a federal appeals court to limit the ways that religious schools can discriminate against students based on their sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. Rosenblum and other attorneys general filed a brief in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case Hunter […]

Oregon, Western companies settle with EPA for sale of equipment used to disable car pollution controls

BY: - August 28, 2023

A northeast Oregon company that manufactured parts used to disable pollution controls in cars will pay a six-figure fine to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. EPA accused Diamond Eye Manufacturing, a custom exhaust and car parts fabricator in Athena, and six companies in California, Washington and New Jersey, of violating the Clean Air Act by […]