Oregon

Oregon Marijuana Taxes
7:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Oregon Cities Seek Clarity On Marijuana Taxes

City leaders in Fairview, Oregon passed a 40 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Dozens of Oregon cities rushed to approve taxes on recreational marijuana before Oregon voters legalized it this fall. But it's not clear whether those revenues will ever materialize since Measure 91 seemingly rules out local taxes on pot.

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Measure 92
6:27 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Oregon Food Labeling Measured Headed For Likely Recount

Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods sold in Oregon.
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The most expensive initiative in Oregon history appears headed for a recount.

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Oregon Marijuana
7:19 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Could Make Changes To Pot Measure

A new law to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon takes effect next year.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

A new law to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon doesn't begin to take effect until next year. That means state lawmakers have the chance to tweak the measure before it kicks in. A legislative panel discussed some options Wednesday at the state capitol.

Measure 91 allows adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation. Just what that state regulation looks like is still being determined. Democratic Senator Lee Beyer reminded his colleagues that there's nothing to stop them from putting their own stamp on the voter-approved measure.

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Oregon Unemployment
5:52 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

Despite steady job growth, the unemployment rate in Oregon has stayed at seven percent.
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Oregon’s unemployment rate held steady last month. That’s despite steady job growth in several industries.

Oregon added 9,900 new jobs in October. That’s the largest single month employment gain in almost 20 years.

State employment economist Nick Beleiciks says those jobs came from growth in several key industries.

“Manufacturing has added a lot of jobs during the recovery, professional business services, and healthcare and social assistance just keeps growing,” Beleiciks said.

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Government and Politics
5:52 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

What Is Astroturfing And Who's Doing It

This PowerPoint slide shows the “campaigns and coalitions” that the Western States Petroleum Association has “activated” to combat what it calls “aggressive anti-oil initiatives in the West.”
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Astroturfing is when interest groups run a campaign that’s designed to look like it’s grassroots in nature. A document obtained by public radio shows the oil industry is at the center of more than a dozen Astroturf groups in Washington, Oregon, and California.

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Sea Stars
5:13 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Find Out What’s Killing West Coast Starfish

After months of research, scientists have identified the pathogen at the heart of the starfish wasting disease.
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A new report published Monday identified the culprit behind the mysterious disease that’s been killing millions of West Coast starfish.

After months of research, scientists have identified the pathogen at the heart of the starfish wasting disease.

They said it’s different from all other known viruses infecting marine organisms and have dubbed it as “sea star associated denso virus.”

Oddly enough, West Coast starfish have been living with the virus for decades. The densovirus was detected in preserved starfish specimens from as far back as the 1940s.

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GMO Labeling
5:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

GMO Food Labeling Measure 92 Supporters Still Haven't Conceded

Measure 92 supporters in Oregon are still raising money for the initiative that would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods.
Credit Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

Sponsors of a food labeling initiative in Oregon said they haven't conceded the election yet.

Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods. As of Friday afternoon, it's still losing by about 5,000 votes. But that's close enough to give supporters a glimmer of hope.

Measure 92 supporters are still raising money. They're using it to bankroll an ongoing effort to contact voters with contested ballots.

Yes on 92 spokesman Sandeep Kaushik said he knows it's a bit of a Hail Mary.

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Oregon Medical Marijuana
6:16 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Now That Pot’s Legal, Should Oregon End Medical Marijuana?

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This week, Oregon voters chose to legalize marijuana and to direct the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to draw up rules to tax pot and to keep it out of the hands of people under 21. Now regulators in Oregon have to figure out how to take the pot economy that’s been operating under their noses and turn it into a regulated market.

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Oregon Elections
7:38 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Oregon GMO Food Labeling Measure Narrowly Defeated

Sign at a GMO food protest in Washington DC on October 12, 2013.
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Oregon voters narrowly defeated a measure that would have required labels on genetically engineered food.

After the most expensive campaign in Oregon's history, 51 percent of voters said no to Measure 92 while 49 percent said yes.

Dana Bieber is with the No on Measure 92 Coalition. She says the defeat is a victory for consumers, farmers and taxpayers.

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Measure 88
6:10 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Oregonians Reject Driver Card Measure

A sample Oregon driver card.
Credit Oregon DMV

Tuesday Oregon voters rejected Measure 88, a referendum that would have allowed driver cards for Oregonians who can’t prove they’re in the country legally.

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