Oregon

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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Oregon Bald Eagle Recovery
5:21 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Oregon Removes Bald Eagles From Threatened List

Bald eagle in flight. Oregon's population has recovered in recent years.
Photo credit: USFWS USFWS

Bald eagles are no longer considered threatened by the state of Oregon. The state's Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Friday to remove the iconic bird from the state list of endangered species.

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Rural School Aid
5:12 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Secure Rural Schools Amendment Passes US Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Oregon Senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, have secured their colleagues' support of several million dollars in aid to counties in timber country. As Oregon Public Broadcasting's April Baer reports, the Senate voted 86 to 12 in favor of an amendment to extend the Secure Rural Schools Act.

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Meat Substitutes
6:13 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Real Or Fake? New Meat Alternatives Strive To Make It Hard To Tell

Turtle Island Foods founder Seth Tibbott examines freshly made Tofurky Italian sausages.
Phot by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Northwest-born Gardenburger and Tofurky are vegetarian alternatives to meat. They sell well, but they don't fool any meat lovers. This year, food companies from here and abroad aim to debut fake meat products that come closer than ever to mimicking the real thing. Dutch researchers claim they can grow hamburger in the laboratory from just a few bovine stem cells. But are people really craving a Petri-patty? Correspondent Tom Banse explores that question.

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Afghanistan Withdrawal
6:04 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Oregon And Washington Senators Want An Earlier Afghan Exit

U.S. Soldiers depart Forward Operating Base Baylough, Afghanistan, June 16, 2010, to conduct a patrol. The Soldiers are from 1st Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment.
U.S. Army DoD photo by Staff Sgt. William Tremblay

All four U.S. Senators from Oregon and Washington and 20 of their colleagues are asking the Obama administration for an expedited end to the war in Afghanistan. Two Republicans and one Independent Senator are part of the group. Some Democratic Senators declined to sign the letter.

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