Legislative proposal would allow state to hold schools accountable for certain types of abuse

BY: - February 2, 2023

School staff have held students down and left them in closets as punishment without any repercussions, state officials, parents and advocates said this week.  Students with disabilities, especially, have suffered unnecessary seclusion and restraints, they told lawmakers on Wednesday. Some had been pinned to the ground under gym mats by staff, unable to move. Yet […]

More than 200 people take their fight against Oregon’s addiction crisis to the statehouse

BY: - February 2, 2023

People from around Oregon brought their heartaches and triumphs in the state’s drug and alcohol addiction crisis to the Capitol on Wednesday.  Many stories were shared: A partner lost to a fentanyl overdose. A son forced to move out-of-state to find drug addiction treatment. A legislator who has stayed sober for nearly half a century. […]

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Natural gas utilities must act quickly to meet state-mandated emissions cuts, report finds

BY: - February 2, 2023

UPDATED Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 to include a response from NW Natural Oregon’s three natural gas providers need to move faster to cut greenhouse emissions or risk incurring significant fines and stalling the state’s efforts to combat climate change, a two-year investigation from the state’s Public Utilities Commission found.    The investigation began shortly after the […]

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Idaho legislators push for discussions about moving the state’s border with Oregon

BY: - February 1, 2023

Two Idaho legislators are pushing a longshot proposal to have certain rural eastern Oregon counties secede from the state and join Idaho. Reps. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, and Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, are sponsoring House Joint Memorial 1, a nonbinding petition that invites the Oregon Legislature to begin discussions with the Idaho Legislature about the potential […]

Billions in federal farm payments flow to a select group of producers, report shows

BY: - February 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — The top 10% of recipients of federal farm payments raked in more than 79% of total subsidies over the last 25 years — producing billions of dollars for a relatively small group of U.S. producers, according to a new analysis of federal data from an environmental group. In total, the federal government paid […]

12 Oregon insurers fail to pay full cost of eligible reproductive services, audits find

BY: - February 1, 2023

Oregonians have been guaranteed free reproductive health care coverage, including for abortions, under a law that went into full effect in 2019. But at least a dozen insurance companies have charged consumers anyway, state officials said Wednesday. The Department of Consumer and Business Services released reports on violations by 12 health insurers that cover nearly […]

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Oregon lawmakers seek to expand sorely needed child care facilities

BY: - February 1, 2023

With a shortage of child care options in Oregon, state lawmakers want to put $100 million into a new program to increase capacity.  House Bill 3005 is aimed at child care providers who want to expand but cannot get the financing. It would create a new $100 million fund to be available during the next […]

U.S. House Oversight chair’s agenda: Hunter Biden, COVID origins, classified documents

BY: - February 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer on Monday previewed his priorities for this Congress, which he says will include a heavy focus on the handling of classified documents, the origins of the COVID-19 virus, and what he described as possible “influence peddling” by Hunter Biden. The Kentucky Republican addressed reporters and […]

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek proposes $32.1 billion 2023-25 budget

BY: - January 31, 2023

The $32.1 billion state budget Gov. Tina Kotek proposed Tuesday redirects hundreds of millions of dollars that would have gone to the state’s reserves to build houses, teach kids to read and improve access to mental health services. Education and human services, including funding behavioral health and homelessness, make up a combined 75% of the […]

The Fender's blue butterfly has returned in large number

Willamette Valley butterfly once considered extinct is back in strong numbers

BY: - January 31, 2023

A butterfly native to the Willamette Valley and that was once thought to be extinct has returned in strong numbers.  The Fender’s blue butterfly will move from the endangered to threatened species list under the federal Endangered Species Act on Feb. 13, federal officials said. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement […]

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State lawmakers consider allocating $1 billion towards I-5 bridge

BY: - January 31, 2023

Oregon lawmakers this legislative session are considering allocating $1 billion toward replacing the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington, a project that could represent an opportunity for bipartisan work on an essential piece of infrastructure for the region. The need to replace the bridge is not under debate: The current […]

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Oregon lawmakers propose bills to tamp down prescription costs

BY: - January 31, 2023

Oregon lawmakers are considering legislation to rein in soaring prescription drug prices for Oregonians and help rural independent pharmacies stay open. Prescriptions are an expensive part of Oregonians’ health care, especially for specialty or cancer medications necessary to treat life-threatening illnesses. The highest priced drug in Oregon in 2022 was Carvykti, a new drug that […]