Public Safety

Oil Train Safety
6:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Oregon Report Identifies Gaps In Oil Train Safety

Reports show three oil trains a week pass through Oregon on the way to the Global Pacific oil terminal near Clatskanie, and additional oil trains pass through central and southern Oregon on their way to California once a week.
Credit Tony Schick / EarthFix

Several mile-long oil trains cross through the state of Oregon every week carrying volatile oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields. A new report released today Friday identifies gaps in Oregon's ability to handle the safety risks. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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Digital Privacy
6:04 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Balance Between Privacy And Public Safety Debated in Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are wading into the debate on the balance between personal privacy and public safety.
Credit Chris Phan / Flickr

Oregon lawmakers are wading into the debate on the balance between personal privacy and public safety. Advocates on both sides weighed in on the issue before an Oregon Senate panel Thursday.

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School Safety
6:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Washington Schools Face Multiple Threats From Natural Disasters

A new draft report finds that Washington schools face threats from nine different kinds of natural hazards.
Credit Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Oso landslide appears to rank as the third deadliest natural disaster in Washington history – after the 1910 Stevens Pass avalanche and the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. But what if there had been a school in the path of the debris field? A new hazard report from the state shows dozens of Washington schools potentially sit in slide zones. But at least one of those schools doesn’t have to worry.

Holmes Elementary in Spokane is about three blocks from the Spokane River. The new report says it’s one of 28 Washington schools near a slope with a high risk of failure.

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Public Safety Bill
7:44 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Oregon Timber Counties Reject Tax Increases To Fund Public Safety And Jails

Voters in three Oregon counties have rejected property tax increases to fund public safety and jails. The levies in Curry, Polk, and Columbia counties would have made up for cuts to federal timber aid.

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Public Safety Bill
4:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Kitzhaber Signs Public Safety Package Into Law

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signs HB 3194 into law.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

If projections are correct, Oregon will need to build fewer prison beds under a new law.

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Oregon Budget Cuts
4:41 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Oregon's Lane County Faces Continued Dismantling Of Public Safety

Inmates were released early from the Lane County Jail in July when 100 beds were cut.
Credit Rachael McDonald / KLCC

The Lane County Sheriff expects to have to cut more jail beds next year and the year after that. In two years, the county may have only 26 beds for local offenders and no sheriff's patrols. With the current 135 local beds, offenders are being released from the jail after serving only hours.

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Oregon Prisons
8:06 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Blue Ribbon Panel's Recommendations Include Easing Certain Prison Sentences

Some of Oregon’s voter-approved criminal sentencing laws would get a second look under a series of recommendations approved Monday by a high level commission. It’s part of a package of ideas aimed at slowing the growth of Oregon’s prison population. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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