Oregon

Oregon Alzheimer Plan
5:43 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Oregon Unveils Alzheimer Plan

The state unveiled its new plan to coordinate and improve care for people with Alzheimer's Monday.

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Rainwater Collection
5:55 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Southern Oregon Man Sentenced to Jail Time For Illegal Rainwater Reservoirs

Collecting rainwater can get you in legal trouble in Oregon. A court has sentenced a southern Oregon man to 30 days in jail, and a fine, for maintaining 3 illegal reservoirs on his property. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Obama Oregon Fundraiser
5:51 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Obama Holds Campaign Fundraiser In Oregon

President Barack Obama
Photo courtesy U.S. White House

President Barack Obama returned to Oregon yesterday for a brief campaign fundraising swing. When candidate  Obama swept through Oregon in 2008, a huge crowd packed Portland's waterfront for a sunny rally that became one of the memorable images of that year's campaign. But the closed fundraiser at the Oregon Convention Center was different kind of affair. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

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Wildlife Drone Monitoring
6:08 am
Tue July 24, 2012

ODFW to Launch Unmanned Drone on Oregon Coast

Wildlife officials plan to launch an unmanned aircraft on the Oregon coast. They hope the drone will allow them to monitor seabird populations on hard-to-reach rocky islands that serve as nesting grounds. KLCC’s Jes Burns reports.

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Ice Cream Truck Business
4:30 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

With Few Prospects, College Duo Start Summer Business With A Twist

Two University of Oregon seniors are playing their hand by mixing ice cream and Dubstep -- a kind of electronic dance music.
Trevor Mathwick and Taylor Robart

This summer, college seniors looking for jobs are low on options. In fact, government statistics show that more than half of recent college graduates are either unemployed or working jobs that don’t require college degrees.

Two seniors at the University of Oregon decided to stop waiting for conventional jobs. Instead, they set out to create a new version of one of America’s staple summertime businesses.

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Hair Braiding Licensing Rule
5:07 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

African-American Hair Braiders Want Easing Of State Licensing Rules

Some African-American hair stylists are objecting to an Oregon licensing rule that means they can't braid hair without taking a two-year course. And they’re asking state lawmakers to take up the cause.

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Oregon NCLB Waiver
6:15 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Oregon Gets Waiver From No Child Left Behind

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Oregon has joined Washington and 31 other states in getting a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Courtesy StateImpact Florida NPR.

Oregon has joined Washington and 31 other states in getting a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it's approved Oregon's request for more flexibility. Oregon education officials say part of the aim is to shift away from penalizing schools for failing to meet rigid benchmarks. Ben Cannon is Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s the education policy advisor. He says the green light from the feds ends a period of uncertainty for school districts.

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Mudslide In Oregon Town
6:47 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Small Northeast Oregon Town Digs Out From Mud Flow

Tucker Wilson, 14, and his grandfather Philip Berg, take a short break from cleaning mud up off their 120-acre wheat and hay farm near Helix, Ore.
Anna King Northwest Public Radio

Residents of the tiny northeast Oregon town of Helix are cleaning up after a huge mudflow that inundated much of the community.

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Tired Truck Drivers
6:38 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Oregon, Wash. Truck Inspections Turn Up Weary Drivers

An Oregon Department of Transportation motor carrier enforcement officer weighs a truck as a it passes through a weigh station.
ODOT Flickr

A joint effort in Oregon and Washington to make sure truckers are following safety rules turned up a higher than expected number of weary drivers. More than a quarter of drivers inspected in Oregon were found to be on the road when they shouldn't have been.

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Oregon Corporate Kicker Rebate
4:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Corporate Kicker Initiative Could Be Low-Key Fight

Another corporate tax hike, Measure 67, generated more opposition than the current measure headed for the ballot.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

This fall, Oregon voters will debate the future of one of the state’s most unusual tax policies. Oregon elections officials will soon announce whether an initiative to repeal the state's one-of-a-kind corporate kicker rebate has made the ballot. Backers submitted well over the number of signatures needed. But unlike one recent corporate tax measure, this initiative isn't generating much opposition yet.

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