New Oregon Governor
4:51 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Kate Brown Tells Reporters She Wants To 'Put My Own Imprint On Oregon'

Kate Brown takes questions during her first press conference as Oregon Governor.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 2:54 pm

Oregon's new governor promised continuity for the most part as she faced the press for the first time since taking the oath of office on Wednesday.

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Carbon Emissions
5:25 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Oregon Senate Votes To Extend Low-Carbon Fuels Despite Link To Ethics Scandal

Senate Bill 324 would ultimately would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 10 percent over a decade.
Credit AP Images

The Oregon Senate voted Tuesday to extend the state's low-carbon fuel program. The decision came despite objections from Republicans that the plan is tainted by the ethics scandal surrounding Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes.

Senate Bill 324 would lift the 2015 sunset on Oregon's low-carbon fuel program. That would ultimately would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 10 percent over a decade.

But the plan has gotten caught up in a swarm of accusations of influence peddling in the governor's office.

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New Governor
4:41 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Kate Brown Sworn In As Oregon Governor

Kate Brown is sworn in as governor in the Oregon state capitol.
Alan Sylvestre OPB

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 4:38 pm

Kate Brown has been sworn in as Oregon's 38th governor.

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Seat Belts
4:38 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Oregon Seat Belt Blitz

Police agencies across Oregon are participating in a two-week traffic safety campaign focused on proper seat belt use.

State law requires that children under 40 pounds use a car seat.

Last year, nearly a third of children killed or injured in Oregon crashes were not wearing the proper restraint.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s spokesman Lieutenant Steve Alexander says kids are much safer in car seats.

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Minimum Wage
4:16 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Minimum Wage Battle Brewing In Salem

Shaundd Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 4:11 pm

Oregon lawmakers are set to consider a measure that would raise the wage to $15 per hour.

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Daylight Savings Time
7:42 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Propose Abolishing Daylight Saving Time

On this map, the blue areas observe DST, the red areas never have and the orange areas have in the past, but don't currently.
Credit Paul Eggert / Wikimedia Commons

It's about time... daylight saving time, to be precise. Some Oregon and Washington legislators want to end the yearly practice of springing forward and falling back.

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Oregon Marijuana
5:03 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Legislative Panel To Consider Possible Changes To Oregon Marijuana Law

A panel of Oregon lawmakers will consider changes to the voter-approved law that legalized marijuana in the state.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 4:11 pm

A panel of Oregon lawmakers will take a first look Wednesday at changes to Measure 91 -- the voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana.

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Oregon Dunes
7:57 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Oregon Dunes Off-Road Enthusiasts Lose Trails, Gain Riding Area

Driver Joe Cusic from Sandland Adventures is shown on August 19, 2007 taking a family out for a dune buggy ride in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in Florence.
Credit AP Images

The Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area is a 50-mile long sandbox stretching along the coast from Florence to North Bend . Giant dunes reach up to 500 feet tall and rolling hills of open sand can seem to stretch to the horizon.

But the dunes are in trouble. Invasive vegetation is quickly closing in, shrinking the open sand.

A new Forest Service plan addresses how off-road vehicles use the dunes.

It’s a quiet morning at the Oregon dunes. Usually, you’d hear the buzz of off-road vehicles here.

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Water Protection
5:18 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Feds Rule Oregon Not Protecting Coastal Waters From Logging

The Environmental Protection Agency told Oregon it needed to tighten regulations on its coastal water pollution plan.
Credit Anne Swoboda / Flickr

Federal regulators said Oregon is not doing enough to protect water quality in coastal areas. A ruling Friday could end up costing the state millions.

More than fifteen years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency told Oregon it needed to tighten regulations on nonpoint source, or runoff-related, pollution. Some changes happened, but not enough. Federal officials said Oregon’s logging rules still don’t do enough to protect fish habitat and drinking water.

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5:04 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Oregon’s Wolves Reach Milestone Recovery Mark

Officials have confirmed 7 breeding pairs in Oregon compared to 5 pairs in Washington, and 11 pairs in Idaho.
Credit Kasey Myers / Flickr

Wolves in the eastern third of Oregon have reached a key milestone in the state’s recovery program. Officials have confirmed seven breeding pairs. It’s the third year in a row a healthy number of pups have survived. Those two indicators of a recovering wolf population trigger phase two in the state's wolf reintroduction plan.

Oregon’s wolf program coordinator Russ Morgan spoke Wednesday on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s talk show, Think Out Loud.  Morgan said one of the big takeaways is that ranchers can now kill wolves that are chasing livestock on their properties.

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