Oregon Timber Plan
4:24 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Wyden Timber Plan Aims To Bolster Hard-Hit Logging Towns

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber introduces U.S. Senator Ron Wyden during a press conference at the Oregon capitol Tuesday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 3:10 pm

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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Pesticide Restriction
5:15 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Oregon Restricts Pesticides Linked With Thousands Of Bee Deaths

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is restricting the use of two pesticide ingredients to protect bees and other pollinators.
Credit Jon Sullivan / Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Oregon Marijuana Legalization
4:50 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Marijuana Legalization

Oregon voters could choose whether to legalize marijuana next year.
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:23 pm

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

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Cover Oregon
4:49 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Leadership Changes At Cover Oregon

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced leadership changes at Cover Oregon.
Credit Orna Izakson / Wikimedia Commons

"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.

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Cover Oregon
5:47 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Question Health Insurance Exchange Director

The head of Cover Oregon is acknowledging the troubles of the health insurance exchange. But Rocky King described the system as “unfinished”, rather than “broken.” Oregon lawmakers are questioning King Wednesday in hearings on why Cover Oregon has failed to sign up even one customer. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman says despite the troubled rollout, King's job doesn't appear to be in immediate jeopardy.

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Healthcare Delays
5:04 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Cover Oregon Director Says Online Exchange Won't Be Ready By Deadline

Cover Oregon Executive Director Rocky King testifies before a panel of Oregon lawmakers.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:42 pm

Oregon’s online health insurance exchange won’t be up and running in time for people to get covered by the beginning of the year.

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Oregon Insurance
5:52 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Oregonians Can Keep Health Insurance

Oregon insurance companies now have the option to extend their health plans through the end of next year.
Credit Elizabeth Allen / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon’s insurance commissioner is giving insurance companies the option to extend their health plans through the end of next year, even if they don't comply with the federal health care law.

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Oregon Bomb
5:42 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Homemade Bomb Damages Jackson County DA’s Office

A homemade bomb caused an early morning explosion outside the offices of the Jackson County District Attorney’s office in southern Oregon. The local police chief is calling the blast an act of domestic terrorism.

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Oregon Capitol Building
6:35 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Oregon Capitol Building Turns 75 Years Old

The seldom-visited Senator Kathryn Clarke room is decorated in the style of the previous capitol building, which burned to the ground in 1935.
Credit Chris Lehman

You've seen those safety posters marking so many days since a workplace injury. Oregon's state capitol building could have one that says "75 years without burning to the ground!" The original two went up in flames. Now, a series of events scheduled next week will mark the 75th anniversary of Oregon's third and longest standing state capitol. The celebration comes as lawmakers consider a $300 million overhaul.

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7:17 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Falling Tree Kills Firefighter In Central Oregon

Shadow Lake Wildfire located 15 miles west of Sisters. The fire began August 28th and burning entirely within the Mt. Washington Wilderness. Photo taken Sept. 10, 2011, from Mt. Washington pullout off Highway 20.
Credit Mary R Bernsen

Authorities are identifying the wildland firefighter who was killed Thursday outside the town of Sisters as John Hammack of Central Oregon. Another firefighter was injured in the accident and was taken to a local hospital. 

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