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Can ODOT fire employee for advocating for shooting?
Lori McAllen, an employee at a state DMV office, purportedly made a post on Facebook advocating for shooting migrants at the border. She is on paid leave.

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Boquist asks tax court to strike down SB 1528
Boquist asks tax court to strike down SB 1528
A state senator from Dallas says the passage of a measure denying certain business owners the ability to take a federal deduction on their state taxes didn’t meet constitutional requirements.
State lands considers forest management options
State lands considers forest management options
The department is investigating whether counties or private entities might more cheaply manage Common School Fund forest land.
IPO threatens legal action if nominee not in debates
IPO threatens legal action if nominee not in debates
The Independent Party of Oregon says organizers have to invite its gubernatorial nominee, Patrick Starnes, to debates or face the consequences.
Legal challenges filed to gun storage ballot title
Legal challenges filed to gun storage ballot title
The court challenge drastically shortens the time supporters have to gather signatures to get Initiative Petition 44 on the ballot.
Cause of state network outage still unknown
Cause of state network outage still unknown
The core network that supports 80 state agencies collapsed Saturday, June 9, and state officials still don’t know why.
Brown, Buehler lose IPO nomination
Brown, Buehler lose IPO nomination

Despite robust write-in campaigns, Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler have failed to cinch the Independent Party of Oregon nomination for governor.

The nomination went to Brownsville cabinetmaker Patrick Starnes, the only candidate listed as...

Study: A fifth of rural Oregon kids live in poverty
Study: A fifth of rural Oregon kids live in poverty
A report from Save the Children places Oregon 24th among states in terms of how its rural children are faring economically.
Buehler releases 2017 tax returns
Buehler releases 2017 tax returns
GOP nominee and his wife reported income of nearly $1 million and paid almost $250,000 in federal taxes in 2017.
DHS struggles to fill child welfare jobs
DHS struggles to fill child welfare jobs
As it works to fill 186 new jobs created by the Legislature, the child welfare division has more than 100 vacancies due to normal attrition.
Expert: Bankruptcy won’t spare Hayes from judgment, fines
Expert: Bankruptcy won’t spare Hayes from judgment, fines
The former first lady’s lawyer indicated that she plans to file bankruptcy in part to avoid paying a judgment to The Oregonian.
Beehive solar project draws opposition
Beehive solar project draws opposition
A solar project featuring honeybees in Oregon’s Clackamas County is being appealed by farmland conservationists.
ODFW Commission reverses decision to ‘uplist’ marbled murrelet
ODFW Commission reverses decision to ‘uplist’ marbled murrelet
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday not to “uplist” the marbled murrelet as an endangered species, apparently reversing an earlier decision by the commission in February.
Second challenge to ‘assault weapons’ ballot title filed
Second challenge to ‘assault weapons’ ballot title filed
The Oregon state director for the National Rifle Association and the legislative committee chair of the Oregon Hunters’ Association say the certified ballot title issued by the Attorney General’s Office doesn’t comply with state laws...
Political momentum building for family leave law
Political momentum building for family leave law
Lawmakers push to end a system in which “vast majority of Oregonians . . . are forced to make impossible choices” when medical issues arise.
Despite legal threat, union memberships rise
Despite legal threat, union memberships rise
A case being contemplated by the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn mandatory public sector union dues, but Oregon unions think the blow could be mostly temporary.
Public meetings set on statewide housing plan
Public meetings set on statewide housing plan
The long-awaited Statewide Housing Plan is scheduled to be released by the end of this year or beginning of 2019.
Oregon stops new pot license applications to handle backlog
Oregon stops new pot license applications to handle backlog
Liquor commission says with thousands of licenses and worker permits to renew and a steady stream of new applications that it is falling behind.
Human error led to vague emergency warning
Human error led to vague emergency warning
Office of Emergency Management personnel didn’t know all the steps necessary to operate the system, causing a default warning to be broadcast rather than specific water hazard alert.
Nonmedical vaccination exemptions at record high
Nonmedical vaccination exemptions at record high
A 2013 law to increase the mandatory vaccination rate has failed to produce sustainable improvement in the number of nonmedical exemptions sought by parents and guardians.

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