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 […]

U.S. Senate Democrats fail to enshrine nationwide abortion protections, vow more action

BY: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Efforts to secure the nationwide right to an abortion stalled for a second time Wednesday when U.S. Senate Democrats failed to get enough votes to overcome the legislative filibuster. Republicans, including Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, voted uniformly against limiting debate on the bill while Democrats, save West Virginia’s […]

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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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More behavioral health care, housing in Oregon would spare individuals and society from pain

BY: and - May 11, 2022

Oregon ranks seventh in the U.S. in state spending on behavioral health supports. Yet it is ranked 48th in positive behavioral health outcomes. Every day, people who need behavioral health treatment and support are unable to secure them. These problems have now reached crisis proportions. As the Legislature continues to wrestle with these challenges, an […]

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 […]


Oregon, Washington detect first cases of bird flu in backyard flocks

BY: - May 6, 2022

Oregon and Washington officials on Friday confirmed that both states have had their first cases of a highly pathogenic bird flu and about 150 backyard chickens, turkeys and geese were destroyed this week. The disease has been present in North America since at least December and has primarily been spread by migrating waterfowl or scavengers […]

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. […]

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Overturning Roe would hand power over abortion to states. Many would ban it.

BY: and - May 4, 2022

 A U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a nearly 50-year-old right to abortion would lead to strict restrictions or bans by states across nearly half the country almost immediately. The court is poised to overturn the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade, as well as a subsequent ruling on fetal viability, according to an initial […]

Planned Parenthood in Oregon ‘prepared’ for increased demand for abortions 

BY: - May 3, 2022

The leaders of Planned Parenthood in Oregon on Tuesday condemned the draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade and promised their organizations will be ready for an expected increase in demand. “The Supreme Court is acting in defiance of the American people,” Lisa Gardner, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of […]

Abortion rights protected in Oregon regardless of Supreme Court ruling

BY: - May 3, 2022

If the U.S. Supreme Court’s final decision on abortion rights resembles a draft opinion leaked Monday night, women in more than half the country could lose access to a right they’ve had for 50 years. In Oregon, women seeking abortions would not see immediate consequences.  Over several decades, and even more during the past five […]