A group of bison cross the road in Yellowstone National Park near the Madison River in April 2023.

How a looming government shutdown could hit national parks

BY: - September 26, 2023

National parks and nearby communities could forego millions of dollars per day during a partial government shutdown that could start this weekend. Would-be visitors will likely see restrictions on park access, though the extent of those restrictions was still unclear just days before a potential lapse in federal appropriations set to begin Sunday. Parks would […]

Active-duty military would work without pay in shutdown, White House warns

BY: - September 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House is warning that a partial government shutdown would mean 1.3 million active-duty armed services members must keep working without receiving paychecks and hundreds of thousands of Pentagon employees would face furloughs. The Biden administration on Tuesday blasted what it’s now calling an “extreme Republican shutdown,” saying it would undermine national […]

State ends two Measure 110 grants this month over misuse of funds, failure to provide services

BY: - September 26, 2023

The Oregon Health Authority gave $1.2 million to two programs promising to help residents mired in the state’s drug addiction crisis, following approval of the grants last year. This spring, after distributing most of the money, officials learned about problems with the programs. They terminated the contracts months later and now are trying to figure […]

Shutdown inches closer as U.S. House GOP fails to pass defense bill, lawmakers exit D.C.

BY: - September 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans were unable for a third time Thursday to begin debate on the defense funding bill, throwing another wrench into Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s leadership tenure. The 212-216 vote that rejected the rule for the $826 billion defense spending measure was unexpected, coming less than a day after House GOP lawmakers gathered […]

Oregon auditors flag millions in misspent money in state agencies 

BY: - September 20, 2023

Oregon Secretary of State auditors unearthed millions of misappropriated dollars and a lack of oversight and accountability in four state agencies,  according to an audit released Wednesday. In all, state auditors flagged $35.2 million of questionable spending within the Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Housing and Community Services and Higher Education […]

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

A ‘disaster’ nears: Millions of federal workers’ paychecks would be on hold in a shutdown

BY: - September 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — More than 3.5 million federal employees and military personnel — many in the Washington, D.C., area but also scattered across the states and around the globe — are bracing for another partial government shutdown, as U.S. House Republicans struggle to produce a short-term plan to fund the government past the end of the […]

Oregon State Hospital will keep vehicle keys secure, add barriers to prevent escapes

BY: - September 20, 2023

The state’s psychiatric hospital changed its patient transportation policies after a federal inspector ordered “immediate” fixes following the escape of a dangerous patient.  More than two weeks ago, an “extremely dangerous” patient facing felony charges escaped from Oregon State Hospital and careened down Interstate 5 in a state-owned van – all on his first day […]

U.S. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to reporters after a House Republican conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 19, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

U.S. House GOP spending bills falter as Congress struggles to avoid a shutdown

BY: and - September 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats said Tuesday they are preparing their own short-term spending bill that they believe will garner bipartisan support, a decision that could stave off a partial government shutdown — and as House Republicans failed to advance two spending bills. The Senate move would work as long as the House votes to […]

Oregon looks to struggling Portugal for answers on drug addiction

BY: - September 18, 2023

Oregon leaders hope Portugal will help them successfully transform the state’s approach to illegal drugs and addiction so that treatment and prevention – not the police – are at the center of the solution. A group of Oregon legislators, advocates and others will travel in October to Portugal, which decriminalized drug possession in 2001 and […]

Federal officials order Oregon State Hospital to make ‘immediate’ changes following escape

BY: - September 16, 2023

Two weeks after an “extremely dangerous” man facing felony charges escaped from the Oregon State Hospital in a state-owned van, federal health authorities ordered immediate changes to ensure the secure transport of patients, especially those involved in the criminal justice system. Late Friday, the Oregon Health Authority, which oversees the hospital, issued a brief news […]

On Democracy Day, newsrooms unite for pro-democracy coverage

BY: - September 15, 2023

It’s no secret: U.S. democracy is under serious threat. Politicians use rigged maps to entrench themselves in power, allowing them to ignore the will of voters. Hundreds of members of Congress, state lawmakers, and top state officials — including chief elections officials — deny the results of the last presidential contest. And a leading candidate […]


Drug decriminalization stumbled in Oregon. Other states are taking note.

BY: - September 15, 2023

Just before Portland’s City Council approved a ban on public drug use last week, Mayor Ted Wheeler described what he’d observed on his way to work that afternoon: “The last time I saw somebody consuming what I believe to be fentanyl publicly on our streets was less than five minutes ago, three blocks from City […]