Oregon

Oregon Shrimp Season
3:44 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Oregon Shrimpers Work to Reduce Bycatch

ODFW Biologist Bob Hannah (center) poses with crew members of the Miss Yvonne behind a bycatch reduction device. The tighter spacing on the bars of the device makes it the most effective at reducing bycatch yet.
Photo credit: ODFW Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon's shrimp season starts April 1st. No fooling. Officials say the latest technology is helping to prevent other critters from getting caught up in shrimpers' nets.

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Healthcare Law
12:12 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Two AGs, Two Different Views On Healthcare

Attorneys General (l-r): Rob McKenna (Wash.) John Kroger (Ore.)
Photo sources: Washington State Attorney General's office, Oregon Department of Justice

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear its biggest case in decades this week.  The high court will hear arguments about President Obama's landmark healthcare reform law, and whether key provisions of it are constitutional.  The justices have scheduled six hours of testimony over three days, starting today.

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Pharmaceutical Policies
5:43 am
Thu March 22, 2012

OHSU To Review Doctor-Pharmaceutical Company Payment Policies

PORTLAND -- Last fall we brought you a story about doctors at Northwest medical schools who get paid to speak on behalf of pharmaceutical companies. Thursday, a task force will convene at Oregon Health and Science University. It will review the medical school’s policy on paid speaking gigs and other industry interactions. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Juvenille Life Sentences
5:29 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Oregon Teen Killers Get New Chance At Parole

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. The Court heard arguments Tuesday about life imprisonment, without parole, for minors.
Photo by Wikipedia user: 350z33 Wikipedia

SALEM, Ore. – The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments about whether killers in their early teens can receive life sentences without the possibility of parole. Meanwhile, in Oregon, five teenage murderers are getting a chance at an earlier release date. The first of those young killers went before the Oregon Parole Board Tuesday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman was there.

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Parole For Teen-Murderers
4:38 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Convicted Teen Murderers Get Earlier Possible Parole

Conrad Engweiler addresses the Oregon Board of Parole during a hearing at the Oregon State Correctional Institution.
Image courtesy of pool video feed

SALEM, Ore. – Five Oregon murderers are getting a chance at an earlier parole date. They are inmates who are serving life sentences for crimes committed when they were teens. Two of the killers went before the Oregon Parole Board Tuesday. It’s the latest step in an ongoing controversy over how to treat these offenders.

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Oregon Jobs
4:33 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Oregon Loses Jobs, Unemployment Rate Flat

Oregon State Capitol - despite “surprising” job losses, the employment picture is slowly improving.
Photo credit Wikimedia user M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

Oregon's unemployment rate remained unchanged last month, according to new numbers from the state Tuesday. Officials say the 8.8 percent  jobless rate is the lowest in Oregon since November 2008. Employment department economist Nick Beleiciks says the non-farm payroll lost 6,400 jobs. But he says despite what he called “surprising” job losses, the employment picture is slowly improving.

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Electric Vehicles
5:24 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Interstate 5 Will Soon Be An Electric Highway

Washington's Secretary of Transporation Paula Hammond and Commerce Secretary Rogers Weed with one of electric vehicle charging stations.
Photo Source: Washington State Department of Transportation

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- It’s getting easier to take an electric car on a Northwest road-trip. As Amelia Templeton reports, I-5 is going electric.

There’s a Chevron station just off of I-5 in Central Point, Oregon. You can buy gas here. Its more than 4 dollars a gallon. Or you can plug in an electric car for free, and charge it in about 20 minutes. The Oregon Department of Transportation has just opened 8 charging stations like this one in Southern Oregon.

Neal Appleton brought his Nissan Leaf.

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Oregon Water Quality
5:15 am
Mon March 19, 2012

EPA Gives Oregon Water Report A Mixed Review

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon’s 2010 water quality report has earned a mixed review from the U.S. EPA.

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Oregon Timber Payments
5:04 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Walden: GOP Leaders Back Timber Payment Extension

A group of loggers listen to a visiting delegation at an active logging site on federal land in Southern Oregon.
Photo by Amelia Templeton Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. -- Congress may be close to funding county timber payments for one more year. The senate passed a transportation bill Wednesday that included an extension of the rural aid program.

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Death With Dignity
5:06 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Doctor Who Helped Pass Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law Ends Own Life

PORTLAND -- A medical doctor who helped pass Oregon’s assisted suicide law used the state's "Death with Dignity" Act to end his own life Sunday.

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