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Oregon Capitol Renovation
7:27 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Oregon Capitol Renovation Would Include Seismic Upgrades

Base isolators like this one would be used to stabilize the capitol building in the event of an earthquake.
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Oregon's state capitol building could soon undergo a massive renovation. It's a project so big, lawmakers would have to use a temporary capitol for more than three years.
 
Senior project manager Tary Carlson says the idea is to help the Depression-era capitol building withstand a major earthquake.

"When this was built 76 years ago, they did not design for lateral forces of a seismic event such as a Cascadia Subduction Zone," Carlson says.

And so what would be left if the Big One hits?

"A pile of rubble," Carlson says.

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Oregon Elections
7:38 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Oregon GMO Food Labeling Measure Narrowly Defeated

Sign at a GMO food protest in Washington DC on October 12, 2013.
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Oregon voters narrowly defeated a measure that would have required labels on genetically engineered food.

After the most expensive campaign in Oregon's history, 51 percent of voters said no to Measure 92 while 49 percent said yes.

Dana Bieber is with the No on Measure 92 Coalition. She says the defeat is a victory for consumers, farmers and taxpayers.

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Oregon Legislature
6:39 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Democrats Make Gains In Oregon Legislature

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Democrats in the Oregon legislature fared far better in Tuesday's elections than their counterparts in Congress. The latest tally shows Democrats picking up one seat in the Oregon House and at least one seat in the Oregon Senate.

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Health and Wellness
5:20 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Oregon Congressman Pushes End-Of-Life Conversations

Legislators are working to try to allow doctors to bill health insurance companies for end-of-life conversations.
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Currently, if a doctor wants to talk to a patient about dying, he or she has to do it off-the-clock. They can't bill insurance companies for the time.

Portland Democrat, Earl Blumenauer, says he has 60 co-sponsors for his bill to allow such conversations to be covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

"It will pay for a 93-year-old woman with terminal cancer to have her hip replaced, but it won't pay a couple of hundred bucks for the doctor to have a conversation with this woman and her family to find out what her wishes are," he said.

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Oregon Legislative Races
8:12 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Parties Jockey To Win Control Of Oregon Legislature

Sara Gelser (center) is surrounded by campaign workers and volunteers at her Corvallis field office.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

State lawmakers often work in relative obscurity compared to their Beltway counterparts. But the men and women in Boise, Olympia and Salem frequently vote on bills that have an immediate and direct impact on the lives of everyday people. That's one reason why political parties in the Northwest are working hard this fall to win as many state house seats as possible.

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Oregon Wildfires
7:41 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Oregon Lawmaker Chides Congress For Not Giving More Money For Fighting Wildfires

Fires burn near Ashland, Oregon.
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More than fifty fires continue to burn in the West. Efforts this summer to change how the federal government pays for fire suppression hasn't moved forward. And that has one Oregon lawmaker speaking out.

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Revenue Growth
4:40 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Steady, Kicker A Possibility

Because of a unique Oregon law, if the state revenues keep going up, they'll actually go down.
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Oregon's economy is humming along at a good clip, according to the latest outlook released Wednesday by state economists. But thanks to a unique Oregon law, if the state revenues keep going up, they'll actually go down.

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Oregon License
6:55 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Oregon Driver Card Campaign Kicks Off

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Oregonians will vote this fall on whether its residents should be able to apply for drivers’ licenses regardless of their immigration status. Supporters of the measure kicked off their campaign yesterday.
 

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Firearm Background Checks
5:46 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oregon To Investigate Failed Firearm Background Checks

Oregon state troopers are now being dispatched when a person tries to buy a gun but fails the background check.
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Oregon state troopers are now being dispatched when a person tries to buy a gun but fails the background check. It comes after critics complained that state laws that ban certain categories of people from buying guns were not being enforced.

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