GOP walkout in Oregon Senate now in 5th week; uncertain if boycotters will be sanctionedMay 31, 2023 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The longest-ever walkout in the Oregon Legislature completed its fourth week on Wednesday as the enforceability of a ballot measure that would disqualify the boycotters from immediate reelection appeared in doubt.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — One of Oregon’s largest labor unions says it’s going to try to oust a Democratic state lawmaker who has been a longtime labor ally.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 said Monday it had filed paperwork to initiate a recall effort against Rep.
$2 billion budget bump: Oregon GOP walkout stalls two-year funding plan amid rosy revenue forecastMay 18, 2023 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's latest state revenue forecast far exceeded expectations Wednesday, giving lawmakers more money for a two-year budget that's due in June, but a walkout by Senate Republicans has jeopardized the process and they show no signs of planning to return to the chamber.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A boycott by Republican state senators in Oregon threatens to derail hundreds of bills, including on gun control, gender-affirming care and abortion rights, as a deadline looms that could also upend the protesters' political futures.
GOP boycott: What’s halting vote on guns, abortion and more?May 4, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Partisan tensions in Oregon skyrocketed this week because Republican state senators haven't shown up to work since Tuesday, meaning the Democrats who control the chamber don’t have enough people to lawfully convene.
Oregon Republicans stay home ahead of abortion, guns votesMay 3, 2023 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican state senators in Oregon didn't show up to work on Wednesday, denying the Democrats who control the chamber a quorum and casting doubt on planned votes later this week on legislation pertaining to gun safety, abortion rights and gender-affirming health care.
Cosmetic to critical: Blue states help trans health coverageApril 26, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For most of her life in New Mexico, Christina Wood felt like she had to hide her identity as a transgender woman. So six years ago she moved to Oregon, where she had readier access to the gender-affirming health care she needed to live as her authentic self.
Oregon nursing program risks closure amid leadership voidApril 25, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A leadership void is putting a nursing program in Portland, Oregon, at risk of closure, causing concern for students and faculty as the state grapples with a nursing shortage.
States aim to boost school safety after Tennessee shootingApril 2, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In the wake of an elementary school shooting in Tennessee earlier this week that left three 9-year-olds and three adults dead, state legislatures across the country are moving forward with bills aiming to improve school safety.
Factory or farm? Oregon may alter land use for chipmakersMarch 26, 2023 GMT
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) — Aaron Nichols walked past rows of kale growing on his farm, his knee-high brown rubber boots speckled with some of the richest soil on earth, and gazed with concern toward fields in the distance.
Oregon bill on abortion, gender-affirming care sparks debateMarch 21, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon bill that would greatly expand access to reproductive health and gender-affirming care drew emotional testimony on Monday, mirroring the culture war debates over abortion, gender identity and parents' rights that are playing out in state legislatures across the U.S.
Oregon Legislature advances $200M housing packageMarch 15, 2023 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon House lawmakers advanced housing legislation Wednesday to build housing that is more affordable, spend money to support unsheltered children and help people on the verge of losing residences.
Boston council passes proposal aimed at tackling rising rentMarch 8, 2023 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston City Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal from the mayor to cap rent prices as part of an effort to address rising housing costs and prevent homelessness.
Oregon’s tax revenue forecast exceeds expectationsFebruary 22, 2023 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s tax revenue forecast has jumped again, potentially giving state lawmakers more money to spend in the next budget and driving up the likely state tax rebate that taxpayers could receive next year, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday.
Supreme Court weighs liability shield for internet giantsFebruary 19, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State gunmen killed American college student Nohemi Gonzalez as she sat with friends in a Paris bistro in 2015, one of several attacks on a Friday night in the French capital that left 130 people dead.
Oregon, a hotbed of extremism, seeks to curb paramilitariesFebruary 17, 2023 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge. Over 100 straight days of racial justice protests that turned downtown Portland into a battleground. A violent breach of the state Capitol.
2nd Amendment sanctuary measure overturned in OregonFebruary 16, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Local governments in Oregon can’t declare themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries and ban police from enforcing certain gun laws, a state appeals court decided Wednesday, in the first court case filed over a concept that hundreds of U.S.
Red states join push to legalize magic mushrooms for therapyFebruary 15, 2023 GMT
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Shawn Blymiller spent 10 years of feeling mostly numbed while prescribed traditional anti-depressants, trudging through his day-to-day life as a suburban Salt Lake City father of two kids balancing the obligations of family and work selling technology software.
Boston mayor files plan to fight city’s skyrocketing rentsFebruary 14, 2023 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Michelle Wu filed a plan Monday meant to address the city's skyrocketing rents.
The Democrat made rent control, or rent stabilization, a centerpiece of her 2021 mayoral campaign, despite the fact that voters in Massachusetts approved a 1994 ballot question banning rent control statewide.
Love of rare liquor lands Oregon officials in criminal probeFebruary 11, 2023 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Justice is opening a criminal investigation into allegations that senior officials in the state's alcohol regulatory agency violated ethics laws by diverting rare, sought-after bourbons for personal use, the state attorney general said Friday.
Oregon court refuses to overturn order blocking gun measureFebruary 10, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has again refused to overturn a lower court ruling blocking a voter-approved gun measure from taking effect.
In a ruling Thursday, the high court concluded it would be inappropriate to get involved while the matter is still being addressed in a trial court, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
Oregon bill would ban lawmakers from hiring family as aidesFebruary 3, 2023 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill introduced in the Oregon Legislature that would ban lawmakers from hiring family members as aides has sparked a debate about nepotism at the state Capitol.
Under current law, public officials are barred from employing relatives unless they declare a conflict of interest.
Oregon’s new governor requests $1B for housing spendingFebruary 1, 2023 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's recently inaugurated Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek plans to ask lawmakers to allocate more than $1 billion to housing and hundreds of millions more to mental health and education, unveiling her strategy for tackling the state's most pressing crises in a budget proposal released Tuesday.
Oregon primate research facility under scrutiny after deathsJanuary 25, 2023 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A state lawmaker in Oregon is using thousands of pages of redacted documents he sought for more than a year to launch legislation demanding more accountability and oversight of a primate research facility with a long history of complaints.
State lawmakers propose power grid protections after attacksJanuary 22, 2023 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When gunshots at two electrical substations cut power to thousands of central North Carolina homes for several days in early December, Republican state Rep.
Oregon lawmakers show signs of bipartisan harmony — for nowJanuary 18, 2023 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers in both the Democratic and Republican parties named housing, homelessness and mental health as top priorities on Tuesday as they began the 2023 legislative session on a note of relative bipartisan good will.
Oregon wants high court to toss orders blocking gun measureJanuary 14, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The state attorney general has petitioned the Oregon Supreme Court to either toss out a circuit judge's rulings that block the implementation of a new, voter-approved gun safety measure or else explain why the rulings should stand.
3 ex-Oregon state workers sentenced in $6M theft schemeJanuary 7, 2023 GMT
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Three former Oregon Department of Transportation workers have been sentenced for a long-running theft and reselling scheme estimated to have cost taxpayers about $6 million.
Outgoing Oregon governor reflects on turbulent final termJanuary 6, 2023 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Democratic Gov. Kate Brown faced unprecedented challenges in her final term: COVID-19, a surge in homelessness and street battles between police, racial justice protesters and right-wing extremists.
Oregon: People convicted by split juries can have new trialDecember 31, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of defendants in Oregon who were convicted of crimes by non-unanimous juries before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down such jury verdicts have a right to a new trial, under a decision issued by the state's supreme court on Friday.
Oregon governor appoints 2 more state Supreme Court judgesDecember 28, 2022 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday she is appointing two justices to the Oregon Supreme Court before she leaves office, which makes every justice on the state’s highest court a Brown appointee.
Biden signs bill to study salt lakes in drought-hit US WestDecember 28, 2022 GMT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Scientists will get $25 million to study salt lake ecosystems in the drought-stricken U.S. West, as President Joe Biden signed legislation Tuesday allocating the funds in the face of unprecedented existential threats caused by the lack of water.
States banking big bucks as Fed attempts to fight inflationDecember 27, 2022 GMT
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State governments emerging from the coronavirus pandemic built historic cash surpluses as inflation in prices and wages drove up sales and income tax collections.
Now many states are reaping another reward: banking millions of dollars off those surpluses as the Federal Reserve fights inflation with higher interest rates.
CVS, Walgreens finalize $10B in settlements over opioidsDecember 12, 2022 GMT
CVS and Walgreens have agreed to pay state and local governments a combined total of more than $10 billion to settle lawsuits over the toll of opioids and now want to know by Dec. 31 whether states are accepting the deals.
Oregon loses 2nd elections director in as many yearsDecember 11, 2022 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is losing its second elections director in as many years with the current one announcing her resignation, saying the job is extremely challenging and citing uncertain funding.
Oregon store allegedly selling psychedelic mushrooms raidedDecember 9, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A store that had been openly and illegally selling psychedelic mushrooms in Portland, Oregon, was raided by police on Thursday, authorities said.
In 2020, Oregon became the first state in the country to legalize the use of psilocybin for people 21 and older in a controlled, therapeutic environment under the supervision of trained facilitators.
Oregon high court won’t let voter gun control measure beginDecember 8, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s tough, voter-approved gun control law remains temporarily blocked after the Oregon Supreme Court declined to overturn an earlier decision preventing the measure from taking effect Thursday.
Gov. extends emergency order as respiratory illnesses surgeDecember 8, 2022 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is extending a state of emergency as a surge of respiratory illnesses in adults and children — including RSV, the flu and COVID-19 — strains hospitals.
The executive order issued Wednesday calls for the Oregon Health Authority and other state agencies to deploy emergency volunteer health care workers and designate emergency health centers.
Oregon port must spend $200M on water quality controlsDecember 7, 2022 GMT
BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) — A port along the Columbia River in northeast Oregon will spend up to $200 million during the next four years to better treat and store wastewater used to irrigate farms, under a modified state permit issued last month.