Northeast Oregon farms, food industries to buy water filters for those with contaminated wells
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 22:22:22 +0000

In response to the groundwater nitrate emergency in Morrow County, a coalition of food processors, an industrial dairy and an energy company working out of the Port of Morrow will pay for water filters for hundreds of people with contaminated wells. The Boardman Chamber of Commerce released a statement Friday saying Beef Northwest, Boardman Foods, […]

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Former Keizer city councilor Rich Walsh is new Democratic nominee in competitive Oregon Senate race
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 19:35:46 +0000

KEIZER – Sitting in a folding chair under a basketball hoop in a sticky middle school gym on Thursday night, Rich Walsh heard the election results he had hoped to receive more than a month earlier.  Walsh, a former Keizer city councilor, lost the Democratic primary for a state Senate seat in May, coming in […]

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Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 19:14:50 +0000

A group of Democratic governors urged President Joe Biden on Friday to use federal facilities to provide access to abortions, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade last week. In a video conference with nine governors, including Kate Brown of Oregon, Roy Cooper of North Carolina, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico […]

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Supreme Court ruling limiting EPA authority will not impact Oregon climate targets, laws
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 13:00:40 +0000

A Thursday ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court limiting the authority of the federal Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants will have little impact in Oregon, according to the state’s environmental director.  “Today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court limiting EPA’s authority to regulate emissions from power plants does not […]

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Need for trusted journalism is more important than ever to help Oregon progress
Fri, 01 Jul 2022 12:45:32 +0000

The fate of news in Oregon should matter mightily to you. Getting the facts about government, the economy, social justice and more is what it takes to make good decisions. And those decisions affect your life – where you chose to live, the quality of teachers educating your kids, the condition of the streets you […]

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U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases, in blow to Biden
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 23:37:59 +0000

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority to broadly regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants, siding with a group of Republican attorneys general and coal companies in a major blow to the executive branch’s power to curb climate change. The opinion was a victory for the Republican-led states that undertook the […]

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As wells run dry, Oregon residents depend on a state program that trucks in water
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:00:19 +0000

Rhonda Nyseth’s well dried up on Sept. 15, 2021, nine months after she bought her house in Klamath Falls.  “When it happened, I won’t lie, I started crying immediately,” Nyseth said.  She was familiar with the situation. She’s a social services emergency liaison for the Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Resilience and Emergency […]

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U.S. Supreme Court’s decision by six Catholics breaches wall between church and state
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:30:57 +0000

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to gut Roe, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt declared, “The womb is now … the safest place for a child to be.”  My question is, where is the safest place for women and the babies they will now be forced to bear£ The court’s decision to overturn Roe made […]

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Supreme Court ruling expands states’ authority to prosecute crimes on tribal land
Thu, 30 Jun 2022 02:57:37 +0000

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that states can prosecute non-Native people who commit crimes against a Native person on tribal lands, a dramatic move for tribal sovereignty that undoes decades of practice. Victor Manuel Castro-Huerta, who is non-Native, was sentenced to 35 years in prison stemming from a 2015 child neglect conviction in […]

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State fails to enact majority of recommendations aimed to stem opioid misuse, audit says
Wed, 29 Jun 2022 17:00:29 +0000

UPDATED: Wednesday, 2:22 p.m.  As a deadly drug epidemic continues to rage in Oregon, state officials have only made a few changes recommended by the Secretary of State’s Office nearly four years ago to curb opioid misuse. That was the overarching finding of an audit released Wednesday of the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which […]

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