Oregon

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Washington state lawmakers are moving ahead with an effort to revive a plan to replace the aging Interstate 5 Bridge. They remain hopeful their counterparts in Oregon will join them.

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A second jurisdiction announced it’ll no longer send children to a juvenile detention facility in The Dalles. 
The Oregon Youth Authority said it’s taking the action after a report of “psychologically harmful conditions” at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility.

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Several conservation groups are challenging new rules involving the permitting process for large power plants in Oregon.

The new rules consolidate two public comment periods into one that happens further into the process of building a new power plant.

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency report shows no signs of slowdown in home price growth nationwide. Washington and Oregon top the charts on a handful of measures, ranking no. 2 and 8 respectively on home price appreciation by state.

The beaver may be Oregon's official state animal but that status is not shielding it from being killed by the hundreds by a federal agency. 

The killing could end, though, if two environmental groups prevail with their new lawsuit challenging the practice. They contend that it's harming more than just the state’s marquee mammal.

A task force appointed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has released a series of possible options for shrinking the state’s public pension deficit. The options include a lengthy list of ways to generate cash through a combination of one-time and ongoing changes.

The list includes some eye-catching proposals such as privatizing the state’s public universities that are unlikely to gain much traction politically.

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Immigrant detainees being held at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility have begun a hunger strike demanding better conditions. Some activists say their detention violates the state’s sanctuary law.

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  The state’s so-called sanctuary law essentially prohibits local police from enforcing federal immigration policy or helping federal agents go after people whose only violation is living in the country illegally.

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The Trump administration has a new plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site that could reverse progress toward cleaning up toxic pollution in the Willamette River, Oregon officials said.

The projected incarceration rate of Oregonians is expected to fall by 11 percent over the next decade. That’s according to the semi-annual prison population forecast issued by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

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Nearly 300 different species have crossed the Pacific Ocean on debris washed out to sea during the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan, according to a new analysis from Oregon scientists.

Most tsunami debris, and the organisms that hitched a ride, have washed up in Oregon and Washington, says Brian Steves, who’s based at Portland State University.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Attacks Sanctuary Cities In Portland

Sep 19, 2017
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with federal employees and law enforcement officials in Portland Tuesday, where he delivered an attack on sanctuary policies that protect immigrants from deportation.

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Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson is hearing from opponents and supporters of a proposed change to the state's initiative process.

It's official: Oregon taxpayers will receive a kicker rebate. Nearly $464 million will be sent back to taxpayers when they file their state income taxes next year.

Oregonians will find out Wednesday if they'll receive a kicker rebate on their taxes next year.

The kicker is that unique Oregon institution that dishes out money to taxpayers when the state's official economists under-predict how much revenue the state will collect over a two-year period.

Eclipse revelers whooped and hollered as the sun went black at a major encampment in the remote town of Durkee on the Burnt River Ranch in eastern Oregon.

As the sun slipped more and more behind the moon, the revelers whooped and screamed. A black shadow zoomed across the deep valley and people exclaimed as they took off their glasses.

Hundreds of eclipse revelers from all over the nation have flocked to a remote ranch outside of Durkee in eastern Oregon. They’re camping in yurts, tents and RVs.

The benefits of an above-average snowpack measured in most locations statewide earlier this year have yet to be fully realized due to extreme heat and little precipitation.

Some Oregon Hospitals Clearing Appointments Ahead Of Eclipse

Aug 10, 2017

There aren’t many surgeries scheduled the day of the eclipse in Central Oregon, which sits right in the eclipse’s path of totality. Part of the reason might be that patients would much rather watch the first total solar eclipse in the region in 38 years.

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Summer brings crowds to the coast to swim and surf.  Inevitably, fears of shark attacks surface, buoyed by media reports and events like “Shark Week” on cable TV.  Despite recent sightings like those at Cannon Beach last week, most of the fear is over hyped.  

MAX Double Homicide Suspect: 'No Heroes In This Case'

Jul 18, 2017
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A Portland man accused of killing two men and injuring a third on a TriMet MAX train this spring appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Oregon’s attorney general is threatening to sue the Trump administration if it tries to change the boundaries of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Department of Interior is currently reviewing the status and size of national monuments across the country.

In his final days in office, President Obama invoked the Antiquities Act to expand Southern Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by nearly 50,000 acres. The region is considered a bio-diversity hotspot in the West.

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The FBI agent indicted for allegedly lying about a pivotal moment during the 2016 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation has hired a high-profile Washington D.C.-based attorney to defend him.

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The Oregon Legislature on Friday finished a more than five-month session that left most participants with mixed emotions.

Oregon House Passes Landmark Transportation Bill

Jul 5, 2017
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A landmark transportation bill for Oregon looks like it will soon become reality. The state House passed a measure today that raises taxes and fees by $5.3 billion over the next decade. That money will be used to relieve highway bottlenecks, boost transit and improve safety.

FBI Agent Indicted In Finicum Shooting Identified

Jun 28, 2017
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An FBI agent who allegedly lied to investigators about a fatal shooting during the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation has been identified.

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The Oregon Senate sent a handful of education-related bills to the governor’s desk Tuesday morning. One of them allows parents to hold their children back from kindergarten for an extra year.

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The Oregon Senate passed a bill Tuesday that will make graduation easier for students who are homeless, in foster care or come from military families.

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Communities in the path of totality for the upcoming solar eclipse are preparing for huge crowds on Aug. 21st.

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One of President Trump’s ideas to generate revenue is not sitting well with some Northwest utilities.

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