Angela Weirich, her husband Eli Weirich and their four children

CHILDREN IN CRISIS: Strained mental health system failing Oregon children

BY: - November 5, 2021

EDITOR’S NOTE: Some of the most troubled children in Oregon are failing to get the care they need in Oregon. The reasons are complex but the impact is clear.  This is a compilation of the four-part series reported by Deputy Editor Lynne Terry of Oregon Capital Chronicle. – Editor Les Zaitz PART 1:  CHILDREN IN […]

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In D.C.: Federal vaccine rule for private businesses to kick in on Jan. 4

BY: - November 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Many private employers beginning in January will have to ensure their workers either are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they will undergo weekly testing and wear a face covering, under a new federal rule announced Thursday by the White House. The policy from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is set to […]

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CHILDREN IN CRISIS: Improvement is slow for distressed Oregon families

BY: - November 4, 2021

When Angela Weirich moved her family to Pennsylvania in June, they had relief from trauma. Her daughter, who had repeatedly tried to kill herself in Oregon, seemed happy. But a crisis soon shattered the calm. Her daughter tried again to kill herself. Weirich, who had repeatedly struggled to get enough help for her daughter in […]

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Gov. Brown says Covid-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds can begin today

BY: - November 3, 2021

Gov. Kate Brown gave the go-ahead Wednesday for the vaccination of 5- to 11-year-olds against Covid-19. Her announcement follows approval from the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for younger children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which includes immunization experts from […]

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CHILDREN IN CRISIS: Pandemic sparked exodus of employees in children’s mental health system

BY: - November 3, 2021

Mental health treatment centers for children have one main problem: finding employees. They’ve suffered from a chronic workforce shortage for years but the pandemic made it worse, and the impact on children has been profound. Employees are with the children around the clock, helping them with daily activities. They’re responsible for keeping the children safe, […]

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CHILDREN IN CRISIS: ‘Bottlenecked’ mental health system leaves kids untreated

BY: - November 2, 2021

The pandemic has been especially challenging for Rainy Williams. She’s a single mother with three children. Her middle child, an 8-year-old boy, was sexually abused in daycare as a toddler. The resulting trauma left him needing medical care. A Polk County coordinator helps Williams arrange some treatment but when her son turns violent, she is […]

Angela Weirich, her husband Eli Weirich and their four children

CHILDREN IN CRISIS: Mental health, addiction care falling short for distressed children

BY: - November 1, 2021

Over the last four years, Angela Weirich’s daughter cycled in and out of emergency rooms, residential treatment, and outpatient therapy. The 16-year-old had treatment and medication but still she acted out. She attacked family members, ran away and skipped school.  Last spring she tried repeatedly to end her life. Following specialized hospital treatment, she was […]

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USDA notes death of monkey at Legacy’s research institute 

BY: - October 27, 2021

The Legacy Health Research Institute in Northeast Portland accidentally killed a monkey during a medical procedure, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report. The report, dated Sept. 23 and posted by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, said that Legacy staff had informed the Institutional Animal Care and Use […]

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State officials plan for the administration of Covid-19 vaccine to children 5-11

BY: - October 27, 2021

State officials are gearing up for the next round of Covid-19 vaccinations, this time for younger children. About 330,000 children aged 5 to 11 in Oregon will be eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is currently under review by federal authorities.  On Tuesday, a federal Food and Drug Administration committee recommended the vaccine. The FDA […]

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown receives Covid booster, urges Oregonians to get theirs

BY: - October 26, 2021

Oregonians should get Covid-19 booster shots as soon as they’re eligible, Gov. Kate Brown said after receiving her own shot at a Salem clinic Tuesday afternoon. Brown received a flu shot in her right arm and a dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine in her left arm.  “I thought it was really important that I […]

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IN D.C.: FDA panel recommends Pfizer vaccine for kids 5 to 11

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Tuesday recommended authorizing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a decision that means as soon as next week everyone in the U.S. over age 5 is expected to be eligible for a shot. The vote by the Food & Drug Administration panel, with 17 […]

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Oregon National Guard member accused of sexual harassment while deployed at OHSU

BY: - October 22, 2021

UPDATED: Friday, Oct. 22 at 5:25 p.m. A member of the Oregon National Guard is under investigation following allegations of sexual harassment of staff at Oregon Health & Science University. A spokesman for the guard, Major Chris Clyne, told the Oregon Capital Chronicle that the man was accused of sexually harassing more than one staff […]