Oregon

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.
ODOT

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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Oregon Attorney General Election
5:01 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Oregon Attorney General Candidates Make Final Push

Candidates for Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Dwight Holton.
Photo credit: OPB News Northwest News Network

The two Democrats running for Oregon Attorney General are making a final push as Tuesday's election nears. Both of the candidates have raised about $600,000 each, according to the latest figures.

Current Oregon Attorney General John Kroger says he'll step down this summer to take a job at Reed College in Portland. That means whoever wins the Democratic primary could have an inside shot at taking over the job in a matter of months, if they're appointed by Democratic governor John Kitzhaber.

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Kitzhaber Urges Clean Energy
6:01 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Oregon Governor Wants Power Users To Help Meet Clean Energy Goals

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is in favor of power customers playing a bigger role in the state's clean energy future.
Oregon State Governor's Office

Gov. John Kitzhaber said Thursday that power customers could play a bigger role in the state's clean energy future. He spoke at the Northwest Smart Grid Summit in Portland.

The governor says a smarter power grid can help Oregon reach his 10 year goals for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

For example, Kitzhaber says, projects are underway to install two way electric meters in people’s homes. The meters will allow utilities to tell their customers when and where they're using the most energy. That information could prompt customers to reduce their energy use to save money.

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Third Party On Oregon Ballot
5:22 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Americans Elect Qualifies For Oregon Ballot

Americans Elect has submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the Oregon ballot in November.
Northwest News Network

A new political group will appear on the Oregon presidential ballot this fall. The Oregon Secretary of State's office announced Thursday that Americans Elect has submitted enough valid signatures to qualify. But voters will have to wait a little longer to find out who the party's candidate will be.

"Americans Elect" calls itself a non-partisan organization that's trying to give Americans a third option for president. The group says it will hold an internet primary to select a candidate next month.

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Oregon Representative race
6:03 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Oregon Democratic State Representative Faces Serious Challenge From Within Party

Jeff Reardon knocks on doors in southeast Portland.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

There’s a lot of news lately about conservative challengers to Republican “establishment” candidates. This week, Indiana Senator Dick Lugar lost to a Tea Party backed opponent.

But it’s not just a Republican phenomenon. In next week’s Oregon primary election, a Democratic state representative is facing a serious challenge after frequently riling members of his own party. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Logging Lawsuit
5:57 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Conservation Groups Sue to Stop Logging Project

Conservation organizations will proceed with a legal challenge of the Goose Logging Project in the McKenzie River Watershed in the Willamette National Forest. KLCC's Christina Kempster has more on the story.

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Klamath Dam Whistleblower
6:32 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Klamath Dam Scientist Alleges He Was Fired After Questioning

A former government scientist says the Department of Interior has painted too positive a picture of Klamath Dam removal. Paul Houser was a scientific integrity officer. And he says he was fired for expressing his dissent. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Oregon School Mascots
6:29 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Oregon Board Close To Vote On Native American Mascot Ban

Molalla High School has removed Native American imagery from most sports uniforms, but the logo remains on some athletic facilities.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Fifteen Oregon schools may have to change their sports imagery soon. A state panel could vote later this month [May 17] on whether to ban Native American-themed mascots. The proposal faces resistance, as Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman found on a visit to the Willamette Valley town of Molalla.

This fall, Denise Everhart's son will become the fifth generation in his family to attend Molalla High School. He plans to play football.

Everhart: "He will be on the field as an Indian."

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Northwest News
4:33 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

University Of Idaho Goes Public With $225 Million Campaign

Graphic of the proposed science center at the University of Idaho.
Photo courtesty UI

The University of Idaho has entered into the public phase of the largest fundraising campaign in its history.

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Oregon Marijuana Petitioner
5:58 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Marijuana Petitioner Gets Record Fine

The Oregon Secretary of State's office has issued its largest ever penalty for a violation of signature gathering laws.

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