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Recreational marijuana will soon be legal to use in Oregon and the state Tuesday unveiled a public education campaign meant to help people understand the new law.

The ad campaign is aimed at 18-to-35 year-olds. It uses social media and commercials. One ad says, "Starting July 1, adults 21 and older in Oregon can possess and use recreational marijuana at home or on private property. But public use is still illegal."

Oregon's unemployment rate rose slightly in May to 5.3 percent. That’s up from 5.2 percent in April.

According to the Oregon Employment Department, the rate was still lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in May.

The rate in Oregon is near the lowest it’s been during the last 40 years.

Nick Beleiciks is a state employment economist.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Monday the first ethics bill to reach her desk since she took office in February.

Lane County Won’t Enforce New State Gun Law

Jun 3, 2015
Rod Waddington

Calling it an “unfunded mandate” the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday not to enforce a new Oregon law that expands background checks for gun sales.

The vote was 4-to-1 in favor of the resolution which states support for the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The board heard from Lane County Sheriff Byron Trapp who says his department can’t afford to enforce the expanded background checks.

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a bill that would for the first time officially define the spouse or partner of a governor.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said the state IT manager who leaked thousands of her predecessor's emails should not be prosecuted.

BLM Proposes Sage Grouse Protection Plans

May 28, 2015
Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington

The BLM is proposing actions like improving habitat, managing fire more carefully, and preventing habitat fragmentation.

Dan Morse is with the Oregon Natural Desert Association. He's pleased that the plan calls for protections for two of the state’s most important habitat strongholds.

“Our hope is that those protections will be meaningful. That being said we cannot only focus on those large areas. Because disconnecting sage grouse populations is a sure recipe for their extirpation,” says Morse.

Supporters of a proposal to extend paid sick time to most Oregon workers say the legislation has stalled.

Ore. Governor Declares More Drought Emergencies

May 22, 2015
Bert Kaufmann

Governor Kate Brown declared drought emergencies in eight additional counties around Oregon Friday, bringing the total to 15.

She also released a public service announcement launching #ORdrought.

“It may look green now, but we are going to experience one of the worst droughts in the history of our state. Snow pack is at historic lows and severe water shortages are nearly a certainty in many areas,” says Brown.

Brown added that it’s likely to be a difficult fire season.

Oregon is looking for volunteers for a new pay-by-the-mile tax.

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