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Subsidized passenger train ridership declines after derailment
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Subsidized passenger train ridership declines after derailment
Oregon saw its subsidized passenger train ridership plummet in December following a fatal train derailment south of Tacoma Dec. 18.

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Little chance of false alert in Oregon, officials say
Little chance of false alert in Oregon, officials say
Oregon emergency alerts are written at the time of specific events and must be authenticated by a supervisor before being sent.
Public may weigh in on I-5/I-205 tolling
An Oregon Transportation Commission advisory committee will hold public hearings on tolling I-5 and I-205.
Senate president: Fixing education a ‘tall mountain to climb’
Senate president: Fixing education a ‘tall mountain to climb’
Peter Courtney said 1990s tax measures make improving graduation rate particularly daunting.
Williams has ‘significant concerns’ about state’s regulation of pot
Williams has ‘significant concerns’ about state’s regulation of pot
Williams said that he wants to host a summit among law enforcement and other groups to share information about the state’s problems to “inform our federal enforcement strategy.”
Impact of federal tax plan on Oregon still uncertain
Impact of federal tax plan on Oregon still uncertain
State economists are unsure how changes in federal corporate tax provisions will affect revenues coming to the state.
Bill would remove State Board of Education member
Bill would remove State Board of Education member
Democrat’s bill would effectively remove Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s designee as non-voting member from the board.
Initiative petition rules suspended in wake of lawsuit
Initiative petition rules suspended in wake of lawsuit
Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said he will hold off implementing rule changes allowing petitioners to collect signatures before ballot description is finalized.
Guns, PERS among Brown’s legislative priorities
Guns, PERS among Brown’s legislative priorities
The governor has released five proposals ahead of next month’s short session of the Oregon Legislature.
Interest groups respond to ‘cap and invest’ bill
Interest groups respond to ‘cap and invest’ bill
The first draft of a bill that would tax carbon emissions to benefit projects to reduce the release of greenhouse gases.
It’s unclear how state could block pot prosecutions
It’s unclear how state could block pot prosecutions
Oregon officials say they’ll fight to protect state-regulated cannabis businesses from federal prosecution, but offer no strategies.
Our Oregon challenges new initiative petition rules
Our Oregon challenges new initiative petition rules
The complaint alleges the changes by Secretary of State Dennis Richardson violate state law and the Oregon Constitution.
Hayes faces $100,000-plus in fines for ethics violations
Hayes faces $100,000-plus in fines for ethics violations
Commission finds former first lady used her public position to wind a paid fellowship and several consulting contracts.
Officials quick to react to Session’s pot policy
Officials quick to react to Session’s pot policy
Oregon elected officials are critical of the attorney general’s reversal of Obama-era policies on recreational marijuana.
SAIF data breach exposes information from thousands of people
The information, including the individuals’ names and Social Security numbers, was compromised on Nov. 3 through a phishing attack.
Investigators: Cylvia Hayes violated ethics laws
Investigators: Cylvia Hayes violated ethics laws
Investigators with the Oregon Ethics Commission and the state Department of Justice outlined their findings in an ethics investigation report, released early Wednesday.
Audit: Delays in air quality inspections, permits could pose risks
Nearly a quarter of DEQ’s air quality permit renewals have been behind schedule in the last decade. The department can’t quantify the size of the inspection backlog.
First African-American appointed to Oregon Supreme Court
First African-American appointed to Oregon Supreme Court

SALEM — Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Adrienne Nelson will be the first African-American to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court.

Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that she has appointed Nelson to succeed Justice Jack L. Landau, who...

Gas tax bump, fee hikes among new laws
Gas tax bump, fee hikes among new laws
From higher gas taxes to more bottles redeemable for a deposit, here are some highlights of new laws that take effect on New Year’s Day in Oregon.
Court says Sweet Cakes must pay fine for refusing to bake
Court says Sweet Cakes must pay fine for refusing to bake
Oregon’s Court of Appeals affirms that the bakery’s owners violated gay couple’s civil rights and a state law that businesses not discriminate based on sexual orientation.
Bend Democrat eyeing Greg Walden challenge
Bend Democrat eyeing Greg Walden challenge
Jennifer “Jenni” Neahring would be one of two women in the pool of several Democrats lining up to try to unseat the 10-term U.S. representative.
Four laws that made an impact in 2017
Four laws that made an impact in 2017
From stricter distracted driving laws to minimum wage increases, some of Oregon’s hundreds of new laws were more palpable than others.
Voter primer on Ballot Measure 101
Voter primer on Ballot Measure 101
January election issue could impact how Oregon finances its share of the Medicaid bill.

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