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OTC moves forward on tolling application
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OTC moves forward on tolling application
In addition to tolls on I-5 and I-205, the transportation commission is exploring creating a “seamless loop” of tollways around the Portland area.

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Democrats criticize rule change for home health workers
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State grappling with frequent phone problems
State grappling with frequent phone problems
Between early 2016 and late May, state government phone systems have experienced 22 outages of some kind.
With strong economy, state jobs go unfilled
With strong economy, state jobs go unfilled
Oregon is actively trying to fill more nearly 400 of the 5,800 authorized state government positions that are vacant.
State’s new phone system has another outage
Internet service failed to support the new voice over internet protocol phones, which rely on internet to function.
Lawmakers will continue shoring up marijuana regulations
Lawmakers will continue shoring up marijuana regulations
A report funded by the federal government says Oregon produces more than 2 million pounds of marijuana each year, more than six times what it says can reasonably be consumed.
Avakian: Legislative leaders allowed hostile work environment
Avakian: Legislative leaders allowed hostile work environment
Labor complaint stems from allegations that sexual harassment claims were mishandled.
Debate continues on law related to election debates
Debate continues on law related to election debates
An opinion by Legislative Counsel differs with the interpretation of the Independent Party of Oregon, which is using the law to encourage hosts to include their gubernatorial candidate in debates.
OHA says tobacco sales to under-age smokers are widespread
OHA says tobacco sales to under-age smokers are widespread
The Oregon Health Authority says that in the first six months of 2018, 18 percent of attempts to buy tobacco products by minors — coordinated by the agency as inspections — were successful.
Oregon joins lawsuit over 3-D printed guns
Oregon joins lawsuit over 3-D printed guns
California, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
Tolling initiative refiled as IP 10
Tolling initiative refiled as IP 10
Chief petitioners added clarification to an initiative that would require voter approval for tolling existing roadway lanes and bridges and added Rep. Julie Parrish as a chief petitioner.
Ban on publicly-funded abortion heads to ballot
Ban on publicly-funded abortion heads to ballot
Initiative Petition 1 received enough valid signatures to ask voters whether to amend the Oregon Constitution to ban spending public funds on abortion.
Oregon wildfires have cost state $25.3 million so far
The federal government will reimburse the state for some of that cost, but it can take years for the reimbursements to come through.
Multiple failures caused state network crash
Multiple failures caused state network crash
The outage of state agency web sites and phone services lasted eight hours but some web sites didn’t recover for 48 hours.
Democrats say Buehler is ineligible for his House seat
Democrats say Buehler is ineligible for his House seat
Party claims GOP gubernatorial candidate’s Tualatin apartment violates Constitution’s mandate that he inhabit his Bend district.
Initiative would require vote on tolls
Initiative would require vote on tolls
An initiative proposed for the 2020 ballot could slow efforts to toll Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 in the Portland area.
Survey: Brown and Buehler tied for governor
Survey: Brown and Buehler tied for governor
The first public results from a survey of likely voters shows a close race between Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler for the state’s highest office.

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