Oregon

School Upgrades
3:52 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Lawmakers Approve Making School Seismic Ratings More Accessible

A map of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
United States Geological Survey

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon parents who want to know if their child's school is strong enough to withstand a major earthquake could soon have a new way of finding out. The Oregon Senate voted unanimously Friday to require seismic ratings for all public schools in the state be posted online.

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Northwest Forestry
6:28 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Two House Bills Would Use Forests To Fund Cash Strapped Counties

A tree marked to be cut for timber.
Photo Credit: Amelia Templeton Northwest News Network

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Representatives from the Northwest released not one, but two controversial forestry bills Thursday. Both would channel funds from timber sales to rural counties. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Oregon Governor's Proposal
4:50 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Kitzhaber Counters Legislative Budget Deal

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

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has a budget counter-offer to state lawmakers. The Democrat he says his plan would prevent a prison closure and some cuts to human services. His proposal Thursday would also tap reserve funds.

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Volcano Research
7:09 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Why Mt. Hood Never Erupts With A Bang

Mt. Hood erupts less explosively than other Cascade mountains.
Photo credit Wikimedia Commons

MT. HOOD, Ore. -- Researchers at Oregon State University think they have figured out why Mt. Hood doesn’t erupt with the same bang and violence as other Cascade volcanoes. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Oregon Prison Cuts
6:38 am
Wed February 15, 2012

New Oregon Prisons Chief Threatens "Multiple" Closures

Oregon prisons may face cuts due to the state's budget shortfall.
Photo credit Wikimedia Commons

SALEM, Ore. – The new head of the Oregon Department of Corrections says she's preparing to close multiple prisons in order to address a funding shortfall. Colette Peters announced the possible actions in an email to agency staff. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Class-action Bank Suit
4:36 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Oregon seeks to recover $15.7 million invested with New York Bank

Old Bank of New York Mellon building, New York.
Photo by Wikimedia User Jim.henderson Wikimedia Commons

Oregon seeks to co-lead a class action lawsuit against Bank of New York Mellon. The bank was allegedly involved in a foreign currency exchange manipulation scheme.

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Oregon Legislature
6:34 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Oregon Session Nears Halfway Point With Key Votes Looming

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo credit Oregon Governor's Office

SALEM, Ore. – Halfway into a month-long legislative session in Salem, Governor John Kitzhaber’s key policy proposals face a major test as soon as Tuesday. As Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, there have been a few bumps along the road.

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Oregon Prison Cuts
5:42 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Lane County Cuts Jail Beds, Deputies

Lane County Sheriff's Office (Eugene, Oregon)
Photo by Wikimedia User Visitor7 Wikimedia Commons

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Lane County Sheriff plans to lay off up to 90 people and close more than one hundred jail beds. That's because the county is losing $14 million in federal timber payments.

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Oregon Spending Plan
4:10 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Oregon Revenues Down, Slightly

Oregon capital at night.
Photoe Source: GNU

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers have a clearer picture of what they'll need to do to bring the current spending plan back into balance. State economists said Wednesday that they expect revenues to fall another $35 million. As Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, that's not considered a very big drop.

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Columbia River Toll
6:12 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Possible Tolling on Columbia Between Wash. And Oregon

Oregon and Washington officials seek to set a toll for the proposed Columbia River Crossing.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are moving forward with plans to allow tolls on the proposed Columbia River Crossing between Portland and Vancouver. The project will cost as much as $3.5 billion and drivers will likely bear some of that cost. Azusa Uchikura has more from Olympia.

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