Oregon

Travis Williams / Willamette Riverkeeper

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
Bryan M. Vance / Oregon Public Broadcasting

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
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office / Associated Press

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.

Oregon Public Broadcasting

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.

Andrew Selsky / Associated Press

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
Don Ryan / Associated Press

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
Amelia Templeton / Oregon Public Broadcasting

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.

Krista Niles/Photo Taken at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles / Associated Press

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

Don Ryan / Associated Press

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

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When Oregon voters approved medical marijuana almost two decades ago, supporters assumed there’d be more research into it’s health benefits. 

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Voters in  Coos County, Oregon said ‘no’ Tuesday to a measure that could have blocked a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline. The results are too close to call for a Lincoln County measure banning aerial pesticide spraying.

Oregonians could be getting a kicker when they file their taxes next year. State economists said Tuesday that revenues for the current budget cycle are on track to exceed projections by a wide enough margin to trigger Oregon's unique kicker law.

The wettest spring on record in eastern Washington state not only rendered state highways and other roads impassable, it has also kept loggers from harvesting timber and shuttered one sawmill for at least two weeks.

Jes Burns

A state commission Thursday rejected the University of Oregon’s plan to raise in-state tuition by more than 10 percent. The U of O says this is a tremendous setback as it grapples with less state funding and higher costs.

Oregon lawmakers have signed off on a bill that would make it easier for transgender people to change their identity on state government documents like a drivers license or birth certificate.

The Senate voted 23-6 Wednesday to approve the bill, which now heads to the governor's desk.

In a year when Oregon lawmakers are grappling with a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, even some legislative leaders are having trouble gaining traction for their priorities.

The Oregon Department of Human Services will have a new director this fall. Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday that she's appointing the head of another state agency to take the helm at DHS.

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