Oregon

Ore./Wash. Prison Crowding
3:55 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Oregon, Washington Anticipate Higher Demand For Prison Beds

The Oregon Department of Corrections.
Photo credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. - Corrections officials in Olympia and Salem are bracing for an expected increase in prisoners. The Washington Department of Corrections is predicting a need for 900 more beds in the next four years. And a new report issued Friday confirms an earlier forecast that Oregon will need housing for 2,000 more inmates by the end of the decade.

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Natural Gas Terminal
6:01 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Future of Oregon LNG In Question

ASTORIA, Ore. -- Changes are afoot at a liquefied natural gas project near Astoria. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Oregon Studded Tire Extension
3:28 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Oregon Extends Deadline For Studded Tires

Studded tires are responsible for $40 million dollars in Oregon road damage each year.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Kantor.JH Wikimedia Commons

Oregon drivers have an extra week before they must remove studded tires from their vehicles. The Oregon Department of Transportation extended the season through April 9th. The traditional deadline is April 1.
Weather forecasts are calling for difficult driving conditions in snow zones during the first week of April.

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Governor's Mansion Radon
5:29 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Oregon Governor's Mansion Has Elevated Radon Levels

Neal Correy of EcoTech checks a radon monitor in the basement of the Oregon governor's mansion in Salem.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – The governor's mansion in Oregon has tested positive for elevated levels of radon. Technicians found the readings Wednesday when they picked up monitors left in the basement of the stately, two-story home known as Mahonia Hall. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Natural Gas Export Terminal
5:22 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Jordan Cove Needs New License For LNG Export Terminal

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Federal regulators visited the site of a proposed liquefied natural gas facility near Coos Bay, Oregon Wednesday. Regulators say the Jordan Cove energy project will need to submit a new application now that it is proposing to export natural gas instead of importing it. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Oregon Doulas
5:03 am
Wed March 28, 2012

More Mothers Look To Doulas As Oregon Explores Payment Options

Khai East used a doula when she gave birth to her daughter, Chloe.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

PORTLAND - An Oregon health agency is recommending the use of doulas as a way to reduce infant mortality among low-income and ethnic minority households. Correspondent Chris Lehman explains what a doula actually is and whether there's any money in the health care bureaucracy to pay for them.

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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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