Oregon

Aurora Borealis
6:07 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Northern Lights Might Be Visible In the Northwest

A Aurora Borealis over North America in 2008.
Credit NASA / http://www.nasa.gov/

The Northwest could get a a rare look at the northern lights tonight and tomorrow.

The Aurora Borealis is expected to expand further south than usual, thanks to two solar flares affecting the magnetic poles. They'll help make the greenish lights visible.

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Measure 90
1:10 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Measure 90 Would Bring Top Two Primaries To Oregon

This fall, Oregon voters will choose between five candidates for U.S. Senator and six candidates for governor. It could be the last time the general election ballot is this crowded in Oregon. That's because of one of the initiatives up for a vote this year. Measure 90 would create a nonpartisan primary for all candidates. The top two would advance to the general election, regardless of party. It’s similar to the elections system already in place in Washington state.

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Wildfires
6:37 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Models Project 3X Increase In Probability Of Large Fires In The Northwest

Credit National Interagency Fire Center

Fire season in the Northwest is winding down for this year.

But scientific models suggest that with climate change, the region can expect more large wildfires in the future.

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Oregon Marijuana
6:43 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Oregon Warns Unlicensed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Close

Credit noexcusesradio / pixabay

Oregon is warning some unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries to close their doors. This summer, the state has sent letters to nine storefront pot dealers ordering them to shut down.

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Atiyeh Memorial
8:03 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Dignitaries Gather To Remember Vic Atiyeh

Former Oregon governor Vic Atiyeh

Friends, admirers, and dignitaries from across Oregon gathered at the capitol Wednesday to remember Vic Atiyeh. The former governor was elected in 1979 and held the office for 8 years. He died in July at age 91. Amelia Templeton reports.


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Export Terminal
7:19 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Port of Portland To House Terminal for Exporting Propane

Pembina Pipeline Corporation plans to invest $500 million in an agreement with the Port of Portland for a propane export facility on the Columbia River.
Credit Pembina Pipeline Corporation

The Port of Portland has reached an agreement to house a Canadian company’s terminal for exporting propane to Asia. For EarthFix, Tony Schick reports.

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Atiyeh Memorial
8:39 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh To Be Remembered At Capitol

Former Oregon governor Vic Atiyeh

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh will be remembered at the Oregon state Capitol September 3rd. A public service will include family members and former colleagues of the governor, who died in July at the age of 91. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Endangered Species
5:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Oregon Spotted Frog Listed Under Endangered Species Act

The Oregon spotted frog will now receive protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Credit Teal Waterstrat (USFWS) / Flickr

The Oregon spotted frog will now receive protection under the Endangered Species Act. The small frog was once abundant in the Northwest. It’s now mostly found in a few scattered wetlands.

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Revenue Growth
4:40 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Steady, Kicker A Possibility

Because of a unique Oregon law, if the state revenues keep going up, they'll actually go down.
Credit Doug Kerr / Flickr

Oregon's economy is humming along at a good clip, according to the latest outlook released Wednesday by state economists. But thanks to a unique Oregon law, if the state revenues keep going up, they'll actually go down.

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Statue Dispute
7:18 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Kitzhaber Creates Commission To Study Statue Squabble

A statue of early pioneer missionary Jason Lee stands in the U.S. Capitol Building ... for now.
Credit Architect of the Capitol

Each state is represented by two statues in the United States Capitol Building. Some Oregon lawmakers have tried repeatedly to replace one of their state's specimens. Now, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is pulling together a commission to try to settle this statue squabble once and for all. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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