Good morning, it’s Thursday, June 19. Here are this morning’s headlines:
- Oregon won’t receive $470 million in federal funds for highway programs if the Obama Administration ends the Highway Trust Fund. Existing road projects will likely be completed but new road projects will be canceled or delayed. ODOT estimates 4,700 jobs will be lost.
- The Oregon Forestry Department says a wildfire burning near Hood River covers only about 12 acres, not 50 as was first reported.
- Oregon regulators are investigating a bee “die-off” in Eugene. The bees died after trees were sprayed near an apartment.
- Eugene City Councilors voted 6-2 to develop an ordinance that requires employers to give their workers paid sick leave.
- A task force says Bend’s low vacancy rate means OSU-Cascades will need to build additional housing for students. The primary recommendation from the task force is to house 40 percent of students on campus.