Oregon Legislature
4:03 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Open 35-Day Session

File photo. The 2014 Regular Session kicked off in Salem on Monday.
Chris Phan Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 3:49 pm

Oregon lawmakers convened Monday for a whirlwind 35-day session. But the thorniest topics were largely absent from the opening day festivities.

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Christmas Trees
4:12 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

What The Farm Bill Tucked Beneath Northwest Christmas Trees

A once-stalled plan to support Christmas tree growers nationwide looks to go forward as part of Congress’ new Farm Bill.
Credit Tedder / Wikimedia Commons

A once-stalled plan to support Christmas tree growers nationwide looks to go forward as part of Congress’ new Farm Bill. This could affect many growers in Oregon, which leads the country in Christmas tree production.

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liquor privatization
4:32 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Kitzhaber Has 'Concerns' About Grocery Stores Liquor Sales

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber answers questions from reporters during a state capitol press conference Thursday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 4:16 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he has concerns about proposals to allow grocery stores to sell hard liquor.

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Oregon Unemployment
4:35 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops To Five-Year Low

December’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest mark in five years, according to the Oregon Employment Department.
Credit Andreas Klinke Johannsen / Flickr

December’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.3 percent to 7 percent. That’s the lowest mark in five years, according to the Oregon Employment Department. 

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Oregon Crab
5:11 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Oregon Dungeness Crab Now in Stores

Oregon's Dungeness crab season started on midnight Sunday.
Credit Fred Benenson / Flickr

Oregon crab fishermen are out on their boats bringing in pots brimming with Dungeness crab. The season started at midnight Sunday.

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4:30 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Oregon Unemployment Rate Hits Lowest Level Since 2008

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 3:07 pm

Oregon's unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than five years according to numbers released by the Oregon Employment Department Tuesday.

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Oregon Liquor
5:09 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Liquor Privatization Battle Could Be Headed For Oregon

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:52 pm

Oregon voters could have the chance to follow Washington's lead next year when it comes to liquor sales.

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Oregon Elections
5:10 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Kitzhaber Kicks Off Bid For Record Fourth Term

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced his re-election bid at Earl Boyles Elementary School in Portland. He was joined by Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes.
Credit Michael Clapp

No governor of Oregon has ever served four terms. John Kitzhaber says he wants to be the first. The Democrat kicked his campaign Monday pledging to make progress on health care, the environment and the economy.

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Re-election Bid
6:36 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Kitzhaber Expected To Announce Re-Election Bid

The invitation to the governor's event leaves little doubt as to the Democrat's future plans.
Credit Media Advisory For Planning Purposes

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is expected to announce a re-election bid Monday. The Democrat has scheduled an announcement Monday morning at a Portland elementary school where he says he'll discuss his plans for the coming year.

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Oregon Healthcare
5:04 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Oregon Insurance Officials Defend Health Plan Extensions

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 4:59 pm

Oregon's insurance commissioner is defending a decision to allow health insurance companies to keep policies in place for a year even if they don't comply with the Affordable Care Act.

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