Oregon

Oregon Initiatives
5:52 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

No Big Surprises On Signature Deadline Day

The deadline to turn in signatures to qualify initiative petitions in Oregon produced no big surprises.
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The deadline to turn in signatures to qualify initiative petitions in Oregon produced no big surprises Thursday. But Oregonians could still have a range of controversial topics to decide this fall.

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Clean Water Act
7:35 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Farmers Urge EPA To "Ditch The Rule"

Angela Bailey farms decorative trees and shrubs near Gresham, Oregon.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman. / Northwest News Network

And now a story about farmers and water. It’s a common and often contentious issue out here in the West. Well now farmers across the country are also riled up. That’s because the U.S. EPA wants to revise the clean water act. As Correspondent Chris Lehman explains depending on who you talk to these revisions are either a “land grab” under the “brute force” of the federal government or a simple clarification of rules that ensure all Americans have clean water to drink.

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Oregon GMO Labeling
4:45 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oregon GMO Labeling Campaign Submits Signatures

Supporters of an initiative that would require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients rally in front of the Oregon capitol Wednesday.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon voters may get the chance to require food companies to label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. Sponsors of an initiative to require that turned in more than 150,000 signatures Wednesday in an effort to make the ballot this November. Opponents have already denounced the measure.

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Student Testing
7:11 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Schools Grapple With Linking Student Test Scores To Teacher Evaluations

Jan LeBlanc, a teacher at Cherry Park Elementary, helps one of her students.
Credit Michael Clapp / OPB

It's summer vacation for students - and teachers - across the country. Administrators often use the summer to take a bigger look at how schools are doing, and that can mean a critical look at teachers. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Rob Manning looks at evaluations for current teachers - and the role of student test scores in those evaluations.

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Oregon Marijuana
5:51 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Campaigners Turn In Signatures

Chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares boxes of signatures to submit to the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon could soon follow Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana. Sponsors of an initiative to do that turned in boxes of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Thursday. If enough of the signatures are valid, the measure would come before voters this fall.

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Oregon Primary System
7:08 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Oregon Voters Could Decide On "Top Two" Primary System

Chief petitioner Jim Kelly turns in six boxes of signatures for the Top Two primary initiative.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon voters might have the chance to overhaul the state's primary voting system this fall. Sponsors of an initiative to create a so-called "Top Two" primary turned in six cases of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Monday. The measure would let people vote in primaries even if they don't belong to a major political party. The top two vote-getters would advance to the general election, regardless of party. Chief petitioner Jim Kelly says it will give more Oregonians a part in the process.

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Oregon Equal Rights
5:10 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Equal Rights Amendment On Oregon's November Ballot

A vintage Equal Rights Amendment pin from the 1970s.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon voters will get to decide whether to grant equal rights to women this fall. If that sounds like a blast from the past, it's because the proposed amendment to the state constitution is nearly identical to the version that failed nationally in the 1970s.

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Oregon Death Penalty
4:49 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty Case

Oregon's Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty in a case involving the 2004 murder of an African immigrant.
Credit Courtesy Oregon DOC

Oregon's Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty in a case involving the 2004 murder of an African immigrant. The ruling comes as capital punishment faces increased scrutiny nationwide after a botched execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma.

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Paid Sick Leave
5:43 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Eugene Could Become Third Northwest City To Require Paid Sick Leave

Eugene, Ore., could become the third city in the Northwest to require paid sick leave for most workers.
Credit tallasiandude / Flickr

Oregon's second-largest city could be the next place to mandate employer-provided sick leave. The Eugene City Council Wednesday voted to direct city staff to draw up an ordinance that would take effect next year. 

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ODOT Preparedness
6:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

State Audit Questions ODOT's Long-Term Preparedness

The Oregon Department of Transportation may lose a vast amount of institutional knowledge in the coming years. That's according to an audit released Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State. And the report questions whether ODOT is doing enough to retain that knowledge of how to design and build roads. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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