New Poll Has Mixed Results For Merkley

May 6, 2014
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A new public radio poll shows that incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley may be more vulnerable than previously thought. The survey commissioned by Oregon Public Broadcasting found that heading into this year's election, less than half of voters have a favorable opinion of the first-term Democrat.

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Gay rights advocates are waiting for a ruling from a federal judge on whether same-sex couples can get married in Oregon. Those same advocates are also launching a campaign to defeat a potential ballot measure they say would discriminate against gay couples planning a wedding.

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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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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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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.

The Oregonian Wins Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing

Apr 14, 2014
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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.

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.

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

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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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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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.

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.

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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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.

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

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops To Five-Year Low

Jan 22, 2014
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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. 

Oregon Dungeness Crab Now in Stores

Dec 17, 2013
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Oregon crab fishermen are out on their boats bringing in pots brimming with Dungeness crab. The season started at midnight Sunday.

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

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

Kitzhaber Kicks Off Bid For Record Fourth Term

Dec 9, 2013
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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.

Kitzhaber Expected To Announce Re-Election Bid

Dec 9, 2013
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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.

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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Regulators have approved an air pollution permit for a proposed biomass power plant in Lakeview, Oregon. Some residents have questioned the permit because the town is already struggling with pollution from wood stoves.

A so-called megaload is stuck just a few miles south of Pendleton on it’s winding route through the Northwest.

Why is Oregon's Dungeness Crab Season Delayed?

Dec 2, 2013
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Oregon's Dungeness crab season has been delayed until Dec. 16. The season normally starts around the first of the month, but the crustaceans don't have enough meat yet.

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A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has awarded back pay to a former federal law clerk in Oregon who was denied health benefits for her same-sex domestic partner. 

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says his latest proposal to increase logging on Oregon forest land will also respect environmental concerns. 

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The restrictions apply to the pesticide ingredients dinotefuran and imidacloprid. Officials say they believe those ingredients killed more than 50,000 bumble bees earlier this year when they were sprayed on trees that have their own natural toxicity.

First, it was Washington and Colorado. Now, Oregon could be on the list of states where recreational marijuana use is legal.

Leadership Changes At Cover Oregon

Nov 22, 2013
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"We are putting all hands on deck to make sure again that everyone who wants and needs health coverage in this state, is able to get it and get enrolled in a plan by January 1st," says John Kitzhaber.
He announced two main staffing changes.