Oregon

Tsunami Buoys
6:19 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Pacific NW Tsunami Buoys Out Of Service

Ocean bound tsunami warning buoys like this are designed to provide early detection.
Photo courtesy of NOAA.

One quarter (12 of 39) of U.S.-operated tsunami warning buoys in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans are out of service. That includes the two tsunami detection buoys directly off the Pacific Northwest coast. But as Correspondent Tom Banse reports, the warning system has some redundancy built in.

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Drone Testing
6:28 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Central Oregon Considered For Drone Testing Area

For years now, the US military has flown unmanned drones over hotspots like Iraq and Afghanistan. Drones gather intelligence and at times conduct attacks on the battlefield. But here at home, drones have largely been absent from American skies. That however is about to change. The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing to select 6 areas throughout the US for drone testing. And as OPB's David Nogueras reports, there’s an effort underway in Oregon to compete for one of those spots.

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Portland Mayoral Race
5:05 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Portland Mayoral Race Narrows

Portland voters selected two top candidates for mayor Tuesday. Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith will advance to a November run-off.
Photo credit: Stuart Seeger Wikimedia Commons

Results from Portland's Mayoral primary show a veteran city leader and a charismatic state legislator advancing to a November runoff.

Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales took a healthy lead early, finishing with 38 percent of the vote when the counting wrapped for the evening. State Representative Jefferson Smith and entrepreneur Eileen Brady engaged in a standoff, as vote tallies showed Smith consistently ahead by about five percentage points.

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Rosenblum Wins Democratic Nomination
4:50 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Democrats Pick Rosenblum For Attorney General

Oregon is poised to have its first woman Attorney General. In Tuesday's Democratic primary election, former Oregon state judge Ellen Rosenblum cruised to victory over former federal prosecutor Dwight Holton.

It's not clear yet whether Rosenblum will face any opposition in November. No Republican filed for the office. But the GOP launched a last minute write-in campaign. Results of that effort won't be known for a few weeks. For now, Rosenblum is basking in her primary victory, which puts her one step closer to becoming Oregon's first female attorney general. She spoke to supporters at an election night party in Portland.

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Oregon Attorney General Election
6:41 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Rosenblum Wins Democratic Attorney General Primary

Former state judge Ellen Rosenblum celebrates her victory in the Democratic primary for Oregon Attorney General.
Photo by Michael Kilman. Northwest News Network

Oregon Democrats have chosen former state judge Ellen Rosenblum as their nominee for Attorney General. She defeated form federal prosecutor Dwight Holton in Tuesday's primary election by a wide margin. But it's still not clear if Rosenblum will face any opposition in the general election this fall. As correspondent Chris Lehman reports, marijuana became a key issue in the race.

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Portland Mayoral Race
6:21 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Hales, Smith Ahead In Portland Mayoral Race

Results from Portland's Mayoral primary show a veteran city leader and a charismatic state legislator advancing to a November runoff. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

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Oregon Write-Ins
6:07 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Oregon GOP Tries Write-In Strategy To Fill Two Nominations

Tomorrow’s Tuesday’s primary election in Oregon could include some write-in candidates for two statewide offices. The state GOP is encouraging its members to fill in names for state Treasurer and Attorney General. As Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, it doesn't take much to win a write-in nomination.

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Oregon Public Safety
5:57 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Kitzhaber Moves Ahead With Look At Oregon's Public Safety System

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber hopes a newly revived public safety commission will lead to big changes in the state's criminal justice system. The Democrat issued an executive order Monday that brings back to life a blue ribbon panel created by his predecessor, Ted Kulongoski.

Oregon's prison population is expected to grow by another 2,000 by the end of the decade. Kitzhaber's public safety adviser, Steven Powers, says the governor thinks Oregon needs to take a close look at everything from mandatory sentences to drug rehabilitation programs.

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Direct Flights Portland-D.C.
5:46 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

New Non-Stop Flight From PDX to D.C.’s Reagan National

Alaska Airlines will run the service from PDX to D.C.'s Reagan National Airport.
Photo Courtesy of Alaska Airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration restricts flights to and from the D.C. area. But it has now authorization for eight non-stop flights from Western cities to Reagan National. Senator Ron Wyden says it'll be good for business.

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Oregon Wine Plates
5:16 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Oregon Is First In Nation To Offer Specialty Wine Country License Plate

Oregon drivers can now purchase wine country license plates that benefit tourism marketing.
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Beginning Monday Oregon drivers can purchase a wine country license plate. The additional cost will benefit tourism marketing.

There are specialty license plates for salmon, Crater Lake, culture and other causes. Now Oregon is the first in the nation to offer one touting the state's wine industry.

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