President Joe Biden in Portland

Biden on leaked draft opinion on abortion: The ‘right to choose is fundamental’

BY: - May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration “will be ready when any ruling is issued” on abortion rights, after the nation was rocked by the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirmed the court is planning to overturn access to abortion. “I believe that a woman’s right […]

Climate change, education, forest management – Oregon candidates answer key questions

BY: - May 3, 2022

The following Q&A was compiled by Oregon newsrooms collaborating to cover the 2022 governor’s race. Journalists across the state drafted the following 15 questions, which were distributed to candidates by the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon. Responses are in the candidates’ own words and have been trimmed to the 300-word limit. Click […]

Candidates for Oregon governor address key state issues in unique presentation

BY: - April 28, 2022

Nearly three dozen candidates for governor are vying for their parties’ nomination in the 2022 primaries on May 17. A collaborative of Oregon journalists wrote 15 questions to help you get to know these folks before you cast your ballot. Click on each candidate’s “card” to see how they responded to our questions on housing, […]

U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz

Bentz takes point on Republican opposition to marijuana legalization

BY: - April 2, 2022

The U.S. House passed legislation Friday to legalize marijuana nationally, but its future is much less clear in the Senate. The House voted 220-204 to approve the measure, which would fix the split between federal law and 19 states where recreational marijuana is legal. Three Republicans joined all but two Democrats in approving the measure. Matt Gaetz and […]

Oregon highway work

State agencies in Oregon begin to grapple with hidden costs of high fuel prices

BY: - March 14, 2022

Gasoline is both the hand that gives and the hand that takes at the Oregon Department of Transportation. For its funding, the agency relies on taxes collected from statewide gas sales. To power road crews, mowers and snow plows, it has to buy about three million gallons of gas and diesel a year.  When prices […]

Photos: primary election filing day

BY: - March 9, 2022

Candidates, their advisers and their families flocked to the Oregon Capitol on Tuesday to celebrate the end of the candidate filing period and the official beginning of the primary season. Over the next 70 days, these candidates will make their case to voters, in what Secretary of State Shemia Fagan described as the strangest job […]

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

U.S. government shutdown days away as Congress struggles on Ukraine aid, COVID-19 relief

BY: - March 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — With just five days left before government funding expires, Democrats and Republicans are trying to reach agreement on $1.5 trillion in federal spending as well as billions more in assistance to Ukraine and COVID-19 relief. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday afternoon that both political parties were “very close” to reaching […]

Oregon Legislature passes bill mandating overtime pay for farmworkers

BY: - March 3, 2022

Oregon is headed towards becoming the eighth state to mandate overtime pay for farmworkers. The pay bill passed its final legislative hurdle on Thursday and heads to Gov. Kate Brown, who appears ready to sign the new requirement into law. That means an estimated 86,000 farmworkers next year will get overtime pay – a benefit […]

Rewards, tougher prosecutions employed to slow illegal slaughter of wildlife

BY: - March 2, 2022

In what was described as a “thrill kill,” poachers in January killed two pronghorn antelope and shot two others, left for dead outside the remote community of Crane, in Oregon’s Outback. In December, a poacher shot and killed a mule deer from a private driveway near homes outside Springfield, beheading the animal and fleeing when […]

Sharp divide emerges over proposal to increase spending on livestock killed by wolves

BY: - February 11, 2022

A proposal to add $1 million to a state fund that compensates farmers and ranchers who’ve lost livestock to wolves has drawn criticism from conservation and animal rights advocates, who’ve asked legislators to oppose it. House Bill 4127 would more than triple the amount of money in the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Wolf Depredation Compensation […]

Corrections Department adjusts hiring process to draw more candidates for Oregon openings

BY: - February 10, 2022

In the town of Umatilla, Two Rivers Correctional Institution needs to hire a food service coordinator. Pay: up to $61,000 a year. In Ontario, Snake River Correctional Institution is recruiting for a nurse practitioner for the state’s largest prison. Pay: Up to $124,000. And in Madras, Deer Ridge Correctional Institution is looking for a correctional […]

Oregon would drop remaining limits on self-service fueling, leaving drivers with choice

BY: - February 8, 2022

Oregonians throughout the state would have the option to pump their own gas under provisions of House Bill 4151. The bill, introduced in the 2022 Oregon Legislature, isn’t expected to affect the price of gas and is meant to address labor shortages, with self-service allowing stations to open earlier and close later.  Chief sponsors are […]