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The Lake Oswego’s school superintendent recently announced he would start dipping into his retirement for his own income, so he could donate his salary to pay for staff. The move has sparked a behind-the-scenes controversy at a nearby district.
local | News | OPB News BlogDec. 30, 2014 6:30 p.m.
The end of 2014 marks the beginning of OPB News Blog's second year online. This crash course has gone by incredibly fast. Though I've learned a lot about Oregon in the past 364 days, I'm excited to continue reporting on current trends and those quirky stories that make this state so unique.
local | News | OPB News BlogApril 4, 2014 4:49 p.m.
Eugene police closed the homeless camp Whoville this morning.
local | News | OPB News BlogMarch 31, 2014 9:43 p.m.
Northwest Oregon is out of the drought danger zone after a record wet month — it was the third soggiest March with more than seven inches of rainfall.
local | News | OPB News BlogMarch 31, 2014 5:49 p.m.
The owners of a popular herd of goats in Portland are turning to crowdsourcing to move them from Belmont to the Lents neighborhood.
Washington state has no income tax. And the top Democrat in the state Senate says Washington’s sales tax is regressive. So Senator Lisa Brown is exploring the idea of a so-called millionaire’s tax.
local | Sports | News | OPB News BlogApril 2, 2014 6:57 p.m.
Wednesday is the last day to weigh in on the next design for the NBA Portland Trail Blazers’ court floor.
Crystal Cox considers herself an investigative journalist, but her only outlets are the websites she's created to write about legal issues. In one of many blog posts she wrote about Obsidian Finance Group (an Oregon firm), she was critical of the company and called its co-founder a "thug" and a "liar." When Obsidian sued her, she said she had an inside source that backed her allegations. She tried to use Oregon's shield law — which protects journalists from revealing their sources — to protect her, but the judge found that Cox was indeed not a journalist and, as such, could not be protected by the shield law. Cox, who represented herself, also argued that Obsidian's claim was unfounded because they never asked her for a retraction. Under Oregon's retraction law, a defamation case cannot go forward unless the person who claims to have been defamed has first asked for a retraction or correction and not received it, but that law only applies to printed or broadcast material. A federal judge ruled (pdf) against Cox's legal arguments. The ruling requires her to pay The jury in the case required her to pay $2.5 million in damages. The case has made international news and has reinvigorated the question of whether bloggers are journalists. Should bloggers be protected by the same laws that protect traditional journalists?
Representative Earl Blumenauer champions bicycle and transportation issues — he himself bikes to work and he's often seen wearing a bicycle pin, along with his signature bow-ties. Much of the 3rd district that he represents lies in Portland, in Multnomah and Clackamas counties. He's been a solid supporter of President Obama's health care overhaul, and he continues to advocate for changing the health system, including funding end-of-life care conversations between doctors and patients. He supports renewable energy tax reform, wants to repeal Oregon's constitutional gay marriage ban, and has sponsored legislation in Congress on a range of issues from marijuana taxation to repealing tax breaks for big oil companies. One of the lastest issues he's focusing on now is protecting bees, after some high-profile bee die-offs this summer. Last month, he introduced legislation that would restrict the use of certain pesticides. "Pollinators are not only vital to a sustainable environment," he says, "but key to a stable food supply."
It's been about three weeks since a chemical weapons attack in Syria killed 1400 civilians. The Obama administration says the intelligence is clear that the Bashad al-Assad government is responsible for the attack, and that some kind of military response is necessary. President Obama has said that the use of chemical weapons crosses a "red line" that requires action. Now, with Congress back in session and the Syria question at the top of their agenda, the President will give a primetime speech to the American public outlining his case for military action.
President Obama will hold a press conference today at noon. Topics will include Russian relations, Edward Snowden and the state of the economy. We'll have reactions to the speech with our News Roundtable immediately following the press conference.
Our series of Summer Recess Conversations continues with a sit-down with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, who represents Oregon's 1st district. Bonamici was elected to Congress in a special election in January, 2012. Since then, she's voted against efforts to change Obamacare and supported increases and changes to Medicaid reimbursements. She's joined with other members of the delegation to oppose commodity speculation that could hurt craft breweries and successfully proposed an amendment to keep 34 C-23 Sherpa aircraft for the Army National Guard in Oregon. She's supported an emphasis on science and art education, and she recently voted to pass a bipartisan plan to alleviate student loan interest rates. We'll talk with Suzanne Bonamici about the last congressional session and what she expects when Congress reconvenes next month.
We're wrapping up the news of the week a day early this time around. As always, our news roundtable is our chance to chat about the week's news with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week, our discussion topics include:
We're a day early with our regular news roundtable, our chance to review the big news of the week with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week, our discussion topics include:
- Negotiations in Salem over the education budget
- The Army Corps of Engineers' decision not to investigate the effect coal terminals would have on climate change or the region as a whole in its approval process
- The push by a majority of Washington's congressional delegation for the federal government not to prosecute Washingtonians who buy or sell marijuana under the state's new law.
- The Oregon Supreme Court upholding Gov. John Kitzhaber's right to block the execution of Gary Haugen.