Oregon

Same-Sex Marriage
6:34 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Oregon Gathers Signature For Same-Sex Marriage

Virginia Alvino Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:41 pm

Gay rights supporters in Oregon have begun the early work to put same-sex marriage on the 2014 ballot. Their petition was filed with the Secretary of State on Monday.

Now, 1,000 signatures are needed to initiate the ballot title process. Among the first to sign the petition Thursday were Governor John Kitzhaber and former Governor Barbara Roberts.

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Natural Gas Exports
6:40 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Wyden Leads Sharp Debate Over Natural Gas Export

Should the U.S. export its abundant supply of shale gas? Oregon Senator Ron Wyden tackled that question in a hearing today. It’s his first since he took over chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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Anti-Whaling Suit
6:29 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Sea Shepherd Files Suit in Oregon To Freeze Assets Of Japanese Whaling Group

An anti-whaling group has filed a lawsuit in Oregon court in an effort to freeze the assets of a Japanese whaling fleet. EarthFix reporter Amelia Templeton says it’s the latest twist in a legal battle that began with a confrontation at sea.

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Sequester Cuts
6:24 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Sequester Could Take Bite Out of Final Aid Payment To Oregon Timber Counties

The federal government’s across-the-board spending cuts could hit soon in western Oregon. Congressman Greg Walden says the feds plan to apply the so called sequester cut this week to a program for timber dependent counties. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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Malpractice Law
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Medical Liability Limit Set For Legislative Debate

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 7:07 pm

SALEM, Ore. - For decades, Oregon’s trial lawyers and doctors have battled over medical malpractice. Now, the state’s physician governor has brokered a deal aimed at reducing medical malpractice lawsuits. It’s one of the high-profile issues in the legislative session that gets underway Monday. But the state's medical community is deeply divided over the proposal.

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Malpractice Laws
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Return To Salem, Will Consider Medical Malpractice Proposal

A long-festering dispute between Oregon doctors and trial lawyers may be closer to a resolution. The two groups have reached a deal aimed at reducing the cost of medical malpractice litigation. It’s one of many subjects of debate when Oregon lawmakers return to the capitol Monday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Pesticide Lawsuit
5:54 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Environmental Groups Seek Ban of Common Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

The 9th circuit court of appeals will hear arguments Monday in Seattle in a pesticide lawsuit. Three environmental groups want to force the Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide used on some Northwest crops. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix Reports.

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Mohamud Trial
6:35 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Mohamud Guilty: Sentencing Set For May

Mohamed Osman Mohamud booking photo.
Credit Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Sentencing is scheduled for May 14th for Mohamed Mohamud. The young Somali-American man  has been convicted of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

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Truffle Dogs
6:36 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Local Dogs Earn Their Keep Sniffing Out Truffles

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 7:36 am

TURNER, Ore. - When a dog finds its first truffle -- the fungus, not the chocolate candy -- the sound you hear will most likely be the voice of a very excited dog handler.

And you might be as excited as Mia MacCollin of Bend if your pet showed an aptitude to find buried treasure. And treasure it is. The native Oregon white truffle can fetch several hundred dollars per pound at retail.

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Sea Energy Plan
6:38 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Oregon Adds Wave And Offshore Wind Zones To Its Sea Plan

Oregon adopted new zoning rules for its territorial sea yesterday. The rules set aside about 2 percent of the Oregon coast for wave and offshore wind energy. Amelia Templeton from our EarthFix team reports the decision was not welcomed by some Dungeness crab fisherman.

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