Marijuana Regulations
5:46 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Dispensary Moratoriums Now Exceed 150

A medical cannabis shop in Denver, Colorado.
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Local governments in Oregon had until Thursday to enact a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. More than 150 cities and counties in Oregon have already taken advantage of the ability to ban them. One city has sued the state because they want to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in their jurisdiction permanently.

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Interstate Movement
5:54 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Would You Move To Another State? Poll Shows How Many People Want To Move

The border with Washington at Oldtown, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robbinson

A new Gallup poll reveals how many people prefer to be in a different state, given the chance. Overall, the Northwest has a pretty loyal crowd. Oregonians, in particular, are quite happy where they are. But the poll finds a high rate of Idahoans planning their goodbyes.

This June, Cat Wiechmann is finishing up her Master's in wetland ecology at the University of Idaho in Moscow. But instead of staying put, she’s heading to Pueblo, Colorado, for a university position there.

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Oregon Gay Marriage
6:57 am
Tue April 22, 2014

National Group Attempts 11th-Hour Intervention In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

This altered version of the American flag, sometimes called "the Freedom Flag," has been used to symbolize gay and lesbian pride since the 1970s. The different colors symbolize the diversity in the LGBT community.
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A national group that opposes same-sex marriage is trying to intervene in a case scheduled to go before a federal judge in Oregon this week.  Gay rights advocates are denouncing the effort.

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Pulitzer Prize
5:37 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

The Oregonian Wins Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing

The Oregonian newspaper is among this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners.
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The Oregonian newspaper is among this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners. The organization is being recognized for a series of editorials it published last year on Oregon's Public Employee Retirement System, also known as PERS.

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Mugshot Law
4:44 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Attorneys Cast Doubt On Effectiveness Of New Oregon Mugshot Law

A formerly lucrative trade that posted mugshots on commercial websites was undercut last year. That’s because the Oregon legislature passed a law that allows people to have their mugshots removed from these sites for free if they can demonstrate they were never convicted. Before the legislation, they could end up paying hundreds of dollars. But as Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, it's not clear whether the law is having any impact.

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Medical Marijuana
5:54 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Oregon Begins To Accept Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applications

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Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 5:35 pm

Oregon launched its medical marijuana dispensary program Monday. Nearly 300 dispensary owners signed up at this first opportunity for a state license.

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Oregon Ballot
5:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Kitzhaber Claims Truce In Potentially Divisive Ballot Measures

File photo of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 5:27 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he's brokered a deal that will avoid a potentially divisive battle at the ballot box this fall.

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Elderly Safety
4:56 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Send 'Silver Alert' Bill To Governor

Oregon lawmakers sent a measure to the governor that would require law enforcement agencies to create plans to alert the public using technology.
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Oregonians could soon notice more alerts about people with Alzheimer's or dementia who have gone missing. Oregon lawmakers Friday sent a measure to the governor that would require law enforcement agencies to create plans to alert the public using any technology of the agency's choice. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:22 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Oregon's Attorney General Won't Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum takes questions from reporters during a state capitol press conference.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon's Attorney General says she won't defend the state against federal lawsuits challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. A ruling in the case could come this spring.

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Gun Regulations
5:10 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Background Checks For Private Gun Sales

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Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 3:53 pm

Former astronaut Mark Kelly was among those speaking out in favor of a measure requiring criminal background checks for most private gun sales in Oregon.

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