Oregon

As drought conditions worsen across the state, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order Tuesday to help conserve water.

Sage Grouse Development Rules Passed in Oregon

Jul 29, 2015
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Oregon is one step closer to putting together a plan to protect greater sage grouse. The state passed new rules Monday to help guide large scale development near important habitat in Eastern Oregon. The turkey-sized bird is uniting ranchers and conservationists in an effort to keep it off the Endangered Species List.

Historically, sage grouse spanned 11 western states. Good habitat throughout those states has become greatly fragmented by things like invasive weeds, wildfire, encroaching juniper trees and development.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Monday celebrated a bill to require most employers to provide paid sick leave.

With more than half of Oregon in a drought emergency, Governor Kate Brown said state agencies can help conserve water for the rest of the state.

Oregon lawmakers are demanding the removal of the Mississippi state flag from display in front of the Oregon capitol.

Oregonians could buy recreational marijuana from stores starting in October under a measure approved Thursday by the Oregon House.

Oregon Senate Approves Tuition Waiver Program

Jul 2, 2015

Oregon students could soon have an easier time paying for community college. The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would waive tuition for some high school graduates.

Oregon House Passes Bill To Boost Speed Limits

Jul 2, 2015

Speed limits throughout eastern Oregon could increase under a bill moving through the state Legislature.

Pot Advocates Gather For Midnight Portland Party

Jul 1, 2015
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Wednesday marks the legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon. A crowd of pot advocates gathered at midnight near the Burnside Bridge in Portland to celebrate the change in drug policy.

The city’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws helped organize the event.

Russ Belville is executive director of the Portland group. He says they weren’t initially planning a large event. 

The voter-approved Measure 91 is now in effect and adults in Oregon can now legally possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes.

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