Oregon

Oregon Governor's Race
5:56 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Kitzhaber Wins Fourth Term As Oregon Governor

Oregon governor John Kitzhaber waves to supporters at Democratic party election night headquarters in Portland, Oregon Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit Alan Sylvestre / OPB

John Kitzhaber is headed back to office for an unprecedented fourth term as Oregon Governor. The Democrat held a four-point lead over Republican challenger Dennis Richardson Tuesday night.

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Election 2014
7:18 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Last Minute Tips For Voting In Election 2014

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It’s election week. Here in the Northwest, Washington and Oregon voters will cast their ballots by mail – or drop box. In Idaho, most voters still go to the polls.

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Oregon Governor
6:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

The Twists And Turns Of The Oregon Governor's Race

John Kitzhaber is running in a state that hasn't elected a Republican as governor since 1982, but a decision made by the governors long-time partner could sway the election.
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The race for Oregon governor was supposed to be predictable. An incumbent Democrat is running in a state that hasn't elected a Republican as governor since 1982. But this campaign hasn't exactly followed the script.

Actually, the campaign did follow the script most of the way. You had the incumbent governor, John Kitzhaber, announcing his re-election campaign in an elementary school library.

"Today I am announcing my candidacy for another term as governor of the state of Oregon," Kitzhaber said.

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Tripe Recipe
8:36 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Oregon Chef Asks If You Have The Guts To Celebrate World Tripe Day

Chef Bennett's Cowboy Calamari.
Credit Sybaris Bistro / Northwest News Network

An Oregon chef is asking if you have the guts to celebrate World Tripe Day on Friday. What is tripe? It's the lining of the cow's stomach.

Matt Bennett is the owner of Sybaris Bistro in Albany. He volunteered to promote consumption of beef stomach on behalf of the British-based Tripe Marketing Board.

"They had good luck with calling it Lancashire calamari, Bennett said. "It is very similar in texture. So they said, 'Well, maybe you could do a Portland calamari or Tillamook,' which was funny because they were apparently just looking at a map."

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Sexual Assault Prevention
6:41 am
Thu October 23, 2014

UO Task Force Offers Sweeping Sexual Violence Recommendations

University of Oregon campus
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A University of Oregon task force on sexual violence proposed 23 recommendations at a university senate meeting Wednesday.

The task force report is called "Twenty Students Per Week." That refers to about how often undergraduate women at U of O experience unwanted sexual contact. The same survey with those numbers also found most student-victims don't report being sexually assaulted.

"The University of Oregon can become a leader in addressing this problem," Carol Stabile said.

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Sea Stars
5:36 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Amid a Mass Die-Off Thousands Of Young Sea Stars Found

A team of divers has discovered thousands of young sea stars off the Oregon coast near Florence
Credit Alexandra MacKenzie / Flickr

A team of divers has discovered thousands of young sea stars off the Oregon coast near Florence. Some say it could be a sign of recovery from a disease that's been wiping out sea stars all along the Pacific coast.

At first, the dive team thought they were barnacles.

But a closer look revealed they were actually thousands of little sea stars covering the rocks.

Divers with the Oregon Coast Aquarium counted more than 200 sea stars in one square meter.

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Ashland Divestment
7:31 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Ashland City Council Passes Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution

File photo of a truck at a Wyoming coal mine. Ashland has become the second Oregon city to formally come out against the investment of its dollars in coal and other fossil fuel industries.
Credit Katie Campbell

The city of Ashland passed a resolution Tuesday night supporting divestment from the fossil fuel industry. It joins Eugene as the only other Northwest city to take this kind of action to fight climate change.

The scope of the resolution is limited.

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Marijuana Legalization
6:28 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Big Bucks Pour In For Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns

The group behind the marijuana legalization measure in Oregon has taken in more than two million dollars.
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  The big bucks keep pouring into Oregon ballot measure campaigns. The campaign to pass a recreational marijuana law similar to Washington’s got a big financial boost over the weekend. Even the less flashy top-two primary measure is rolling in out-of-state money.

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Food, Agriculture, And Animals
6:01 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Money Battle In Oregon Food Labeling Measure Mirrors Washington

Signs mark a field of genetically modified corn.
Credit Lindsay Eyink

The big-money battle is over whether to require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods. A similar initiative also set spending records in Washington state last year.

The group that supports the genetic engineering food labeling measure has raised more than $5 million so far. The group opposed to it has raked in about $11 million. More than two weeks remain before Election Day so those numbers will likely grow even higher.

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Health And Medicine
5:57 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Oregon Leads In Un-Vaccinated Kids

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 7.1 percent of kindergartners in Oregon were exempted from vaccinations during last school year.
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 According to the report, in Idaho, 6.4 percent of kindergartners were exempt, while in Washington it was 4.7 percent.A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 7.1 percent of kindergartners in Oregon were exempted from vaccinations during last school year. Most of the exemptions were for religious or philosophic reasons.

That’s a far cry from just a few years ago when Washington has the highest rate of unvaccinated kindergartners in the county.

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