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Energy regulators’ first-draft assessment of the Jordan Cove Energy Project’s environmental impact is expected out this spring. That would come on the heels of the approval in March of a permit to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries like China and India.
The Federal Drought Monitor has designated all of Marion County in either severe or extreme drought through the end of August.
Waterside Energy announces plans to expand its proposed energy project in Longview, Washington. In addition to a crude oil refinery, the company now wants to handle liquified petroleum gas.
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The city of Portland passed new rules regulating short-term rentals in August, but few people have applied for the necessary permits to make their rentals legal.
A few days ago on Here & Now we heard a story about how drug shortages across the country are affecting emergency medicine. In the conversation they said that in Oregon some ambulances are now carrying expired medications. Our response in the office was, "really?" So we dug in. And sure enough, in late June, The Oregon Health Authority temporarily adopted a rule permitting expired pharmacological and medical supplies in ambulances. In Bend, paramedics began dealing with drug shortages back in 2010. Earlier this year they were carrying up to 11 medications that were expired. In Washington County, however, Metro West Ambulance says that although drug shortages are a big problem, they have yet had to resort to carrying expired medications. They say that "good connections" and relationships with vendors have allowed them to always carry unexpired medications. We'll find out what drugs are in shortest supply, and what it means if you are given expired medications.
Portland Business Journal editor Rob Smith will be in studio for our regular business update. Here are some of the topics we'll be looking at:
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has been busy since he was sworn in in January. He addressed gun control in his first mayoral press conference. More recently, he's had to answer questions about a city employee who was arrested in connection with a suicide bombing in Pakistan. Last week, Hales made news by stepping in to stop a controversial apartment building going up on SE Division Street. Neighbors object to the project mainly because of a lack of on-site parking. Hales is requiring developers apply for a new permit so that neighborhood residents can have more information about the project. Taking a page out of former mayor Vera Katz's playbook, Hales has temporarily taken control of all city bureaus during the contentious budgeting process. Commissioners won't get their bureau assignments until May. He's already pared down his own costs by hiring a much smaller staff than his predecessor, Sam Adams.