Oregon

Oregon Audit
4:54 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Oregon Audit Shows Unconstitutional Spending on Schools

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown / Photo Credit: Oregon Secretary of State

Oregon's Secretary of State released an audit Tuesday showing the Department of State Lands violated the constitution by spending money it shouldn't have from the Common School Fund. But as Rob Manning reports, paying back the money isn't expected to harm schools.

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Open Primary
4:46 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Oregon Sec. of State Reacts to Open Republican Primary

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The Republican primary for 'Secretary of State,' 'Attorney General' and 'Treasurer' will be open -- for the 2012 election. Party chairman Allen Alley says the Oregon GOP is telling voters: they're wanted. even if they’re not registered Republicans.

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Oregon Senator Lawsuit
6:55 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Lawsuit Alleging Shady Dealings Against Oregon Lawmaker Withdrawn

Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist.
Photo Source: Oregon State Legislature

SALEM, Ore. – Business partners suing Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist asked a judge Friday to dismiss their own lawsuit. They originally accused the Republican lawmaker of fraud. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Oregon Budget
5:02 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Legislative Budget-Writers Target Middle Managers, Prison

Oregon Capital at night.
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SALEM, Ore. - Oregon legislative budget writers are targeting middle managers in an effort to bring the state's spending plan back into balance. They also announced Wednesday a proposal to close a 440-bed minimum security prison.

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Oregon Special Election
6:27 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Bonamici Wins OR-1 Special Election

Suzanne Bonamici thanks her supporters after her win in the 1st District.
Emily Taylor Northwest News Network

PORTLAND -- A fast-paced five months of campaigning has come to an end in Northwest Oregon. Democrat Suzanne Bonamici was elected last night the next representative for the First Congressional District. Unofficial results last night showed Bonamici prevailing with a sixteen point lead over Republican Rob Cornilles. She'll replace another Democrat, David Wu. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

As a standing-room-only crowd of volunteers and donors clapped and filled a downtown conference room with their shouts, Suzanne Bonamici raised her arms to thank them.

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Oregon Special Election
6:22 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Bonamici Claims Oregon Congressional Seat In Special Election Victory

Suzanne Bonamici thanks her supporters after her win in the 1st District.
Emily Taylor Northwest News Network

PORTLAND – Oregon has a new representative in Congress. Democrat Suzanne Bonamici beat Republican Rob Cornilles Tuesday night for the right to fill the seat vacated by Democrat David Wu, who resigned last summer. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Northwest Regional News
6:48 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

University of Oregon Faculty Seek to Unionize

University of Oregon faculty members are collecting signatures in an effort to establish a union. It would be comprised of all full and part time professors and instructors -- about 2,000 members. KLCC's Rachael McDonald has more.

The group United Academics of the University of Oregon has been gathering support for the union effort this month. But it's a process that began in the fall according to Michael Dreiling, an Associate Professor of Sociology.

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Oregon Environmental Reporting
5:01 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Oregonians Can Report Environmental Complaints Through New Online System

Oregonians who want to report a possible environmental problem to the state can now do so through a website
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Oregonians who want to report a possible environmental problem to the state can now do so through a website and hotline.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has always fielded citizen complaints, but it was an antiquated system that was not centralized. Now, they have an online database for staff to better track cases. The public can use the new online form or hotline to report perceived environmental violations. Dave Belyea with the DEQ in Eugene says they will respond to the person with an update on how the situation is being handled.

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UO Faculty Union
6:48 am
Tue January 31, 2012

University of Oregon Faculty Seek to Unionize

University of Oregon faculty hope to form a union for UO professors.
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University of Oregon faculty members are collecting signatures in an effort to establish a union. It would be comprised of all full and part time professors and instructors -- about 2,000 members. KLCC's Rachael McDonald has more.

The group United Academics of the University of Oregon has been gathering support for the union effort this month. But it's a process that began in the fall according to Michael Dreiling, an Associate Professor of Sociology.

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Oregon State Budget
6:30 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Will Tackle Revenue Shortfall In February Session

The Oregon Legislature will face lower revenues than expected this year.
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SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers return to Salem on Wednesday with a fiscal challenge on their hands. Expected revenues have fallen sharply since the legislature created the current spending plan last summer. As Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, Lawmakers expect to hear more bad news soon after they arrive back in town.

Oregon lawmakers plan to be at the capitol for about a month. One of the first things they'll do is get the latest predictions about the state's revenue picture.

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