Oregon

Oregon Unemployment
4:26 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Down

Photo credit: Wikimedia user Dual Freq Wikimedia Commons

2012 was off to a good start, according to the Oregon Employment Department.
State economist, Nick Beleiciks, says more people are working in manufacturing, education, health services and the financial industry.

Nick Beleiciks: "The monthly job gains was really large. It's the largest we've seen in the last year. 54-hundred jobs in January. The last time we had a one month gain like that was last January. So that was a nice surprise."

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Ore. Legislature
5:42 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Approach Adjournment

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers are negotiating a way to wrap up business this week. They’re scheduled to adjourn on Wednesday. Some bills are passing, but major legislation remains bottled up in committee.

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Mental Health Care
6:28 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Prison Mental Health Unit Not Designed For Treatment

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

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon is putting the finishing touches on a gleaming new mental health hospital. The Salem facility replaces a crumbling 130-year-old building and is hailed as a new chapter in the state's troubled history of treating people judged guilty but insane. But there are far more mentally ill people in Oregon’s standard prisons. And the inmates with the most severe mental problems are housed in a ward designed for hardened criminals. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman found that facility isn’t designed for treatment.

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Kitzhaber Key Bills
4:55 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Kitzhaber Continues Public Pressure On Key Bills

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo credit: Oregon Governors Office Oregon Governors Office

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is keeping up the public pressure on lawmakers to pass some of his major policy proposals this session. For the second day in a row, the Democrat held a state capitol press conference to urge the legislature to pass bills that have been stuck in committee.

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ELF Documentary
4:42 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Best Documentary Oscar Contender Has Northwest Connection

Film maker Marshall Curry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user David Shankbone Wikimedia Commons

One of the movies up for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards Sunday has a strong connection to the Northwest.

"If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front" tells of Daniel McGowan, a young man from New York who came to Eugene, Oregon to engage in environmental activism. McGowan was involved in a couple of arson fires sparked in the name of ELF.

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Seda to Prison Pending Appeal
4:31 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Seda Must Go To Prison During Appeal Process

Pete Seda, (center) and his attorney Steven Wax (left) leave the Federal Courthouse in Eugene following his sentencing hearing. (2010)
Photo credit: Rachael McDonald KLCC

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled an Oregon man must report to prison next week for a money laundering conviction. The case centered around a defunct Ashland Islamic charity.

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Governor Pressures Oregon Lawmakers
4:06 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

With Adjournment Looming, Kitzhaber Pushes Lawmakers

Governor John Kitzhaber speaks at a state capitol press conference.
Photo credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – With less than a week to go in the legislative session, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is stepping up the pressure on lawmakers to act soon on his major policy proposals. At least one of his key initiatives gained final approval Thursday, but three more are stalled.

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Forests
6:23 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Secretary Salazar Visits Oregon to Promote Ecological Timber Sales

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
Photo courtesy U.S. Depatment of the Interior

MEDFORD, Oregon -- Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar was in Southern Oregon Tuesday. He’s asked the Bureau of Land Management to prepare five new logging projects in Oregon that have an environmental twist. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Free Speech
5:34 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Stiffen Penalties For Funeral Misconduct

The Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon.
Photo credit: Wikimedia User Aboutmovies Wikimedia Commons

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers are trying to crack down on bad behavior at funerals. The state House voted Tuesday to increase the penalty to up to a year in jail for disorderly conduct within 200 feet of a funeral service.

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Support For Education
6:46 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Union, School Supporters Rally In Salem

Oregon State capital building.
Photo Credit: Dual Freq Wikimedia commons

Hundreds of school and labor supporters rallied at the Oregon Capitol today Monday to advocate for more state spending on education and social services. Rob Manning reports.

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