Oregon

Crime, Law And Justice
5:23 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Federal Court Turns Down Oregon's Attempt To Sue For-Profit College

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the State of Oregon in a lawsuit against the company that operates the University of Phoenix.

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 10:14 pm

Oregon has failed in its attempt to recover millions from a bad investment in a for-profit university.

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Helicopter Rescue
5:01 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Newport Coast Guard Helicopter Base Will Remain Open

Newport Coast Guard Helicopter Base had been slated to close this month, but Democratic members of the Oregon delegation reauthorized a bill that will keep the base open through January 1, 2016.
Credit Coast Guard News / Flickr

    

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter base in Newport will stay open. It had been slated to close this month to save the Coast Guard $6 million.

Democratic members of the Oregon delegation negotiated the language in the coast guard reauthorization bill. It will prohibit the closure of any air facilities in the U.S. for the next year.

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Measure 92
4:31 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Supporters Of Food Labeling Measure Throw In The Towel

More than one month after the election supporters of Measure 92, which would have required food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods, have conceded defeat.
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Supporters of a food labeling measure in Oregon have conceded defeat, more than one month after the election. Measure 92 would have required food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods. It produced the most expensive initiative campaign in Oregon history. The difference between the "no" and "yes" votes was so close, it triggered the first statewide recount in more than six years. That recount is largely confirming the initial totals.

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Elliott State Forest Sale
4:44 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Oregon Land Board Ponders Future Of Elliott Forest

Protesters demonstrated in front of the capitol prior to the meeting of the State Land Board.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

A large state owned forest in Oregon might end up in new hands.

The State Land Board endorsed a proposal Tuesday to transfer ownership of the Elliott State Forest. But it's not clear who the new owners would be.

The Elliott State Forest in southwest Oregon is supposed to be managed to bring in as much money as possible. And that money is supposed to go to public schools. But the forest is actually losing money in the wake of restrictions on logging.

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Measure 92
5:51 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Amid Recount, Measure 92 Supporters File Suit To Halt Certification Of Vote

Yes on 92 campaign manager Paige Richardson spoke at a Portland press conference announcing the Measure 92 lawsuit.
Credit KATU

Supporters of a food labeling measure in Oregon sought a court order to block the certification of the election results. The group filed a request for a temporary injunction Monday.

Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods. It fell just 800 votes short in the November election.

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Oregon Marijuana Funding
4:10 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Regulators Request Funding To Develop Rules

A state agency in Oregon could get a more than a half million dollar injection of emergency funds to help oversee the legalization of recreational marijuana.
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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission could get a more than $500,000 injection of emergency funds to help oversee the legalization of recreational marijuana.

That’s because starting next year, the OLCC won't be controlling just liquor anymore. Voters gave it the job of regulating pot, too.

Legal marijuana sales likely won't begin until early 2016. But the OLCC is about to embark on a lengthy rulemaking process for how marijuana can be grown and sold in the state. The agency wants to hire four new people right off the bat with more to come next year.

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Small Business Crowdfunding
8:29 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Oregon Rule Change Would Allow Small Businesses To Use Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is the practice of gathering funds from a large number of people for a project or venture.
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Businesses in Oregon could soon take advantage of the crowdfunding phenomenon. State regulators Wednesday heard from the public on proposed rules to let smaller companies raise cash from Oregon investors.

Think Kickstarter except instead of making a donation you'd be making an actual investment in a small business. It’s a workaround of federal rules--with a quarter-million dollar limit per company. Small business advocate Jarvez Hall says he thinks the new policy could open doors to people of color who can have a harder time accessing traditional sources of capital.

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Pesticide Restriction
8:50 am
Wed December 3, 2014

How One Complaint Reveals The Flaws In Oregon’s Pesticide Regulation

Helicopters help spread weed killer after logging to effectively regrow trees, but people in Gold Beach, Oregon say they were poisoned by the pesticides.
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Forest owners in the Northwest use helicopters to spray weed killer after logging. It is an effective way to kill plants like blackberry and alder that compete with the next crop of tree seedlings. But it is controversial.

Last year people near the coastal Oregon city of Gold Beach claimed they were poisoned. State officials and timber lobbyists blamed that incident on mistakes by the pilot. But sometimes, communities report drift even when timber companies appear to be following the rules.

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Undocumented Immigrants
5:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Report: Idaho and Oregon Have Most Unauthorized Immigrants Who Stand To Benefit From Obama Action

Clara and Jorge Romero-Morales from Aloha, Oregon, pictured here with their sons, will likely be relieved from deportation because two of their sons are U.S. citizens.
Credit AP Images

Idaho and Oregon have the highest share of unauthorized immigrants who will benefit from President Obama’s recent executive action. That’s according to a report from the Pew Research Center.

46 percent of Idaho’s and 43 percent of Oregon’s undocumented immigrants are newly eligible for deportation protection. The program Obama announced last month extends protection to people who have been in the country for more than five years and have children born in the U.S. D’Vera Cohn from the Pew Research Center says that describes many of Oregon’s 120,000 unauthorized immigrants.

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GMO Labeling
5:35 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Recount Of Food Labeling Measure Underway

Elections workers in Salem hand-count Marion County ballots.
Credit Chris Lehman

The first statewide recount in more than six years is underway in Oregon. Elections workers Tuesday started hand-counting the more than 1.5 million votes cast for and against Measure 92.

The initiative would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods. It failed in the initial tally by just 812 votes. That triggered a state-funded recount. In Salem, Marion County clerk Bill Burgess has a team of about 50 temporary workers combing through ballots. He says the counters found just one correction to make during the first three hours on the job.

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