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Portland Campaign Aims To "Ban the Box" For Released Felons

OPB | Feb. 28, 2015

Getting a job can be tough. But Emmanuel Price says for released felons, finding work can be almost impossible.

An Oregon City Braces For Legal Pot To Drive Up Electricity Costs

OPB | Feb. 27, 2015

Oregon's city and county leaders are scrambling to understand how electricity supplies will be affected by power-hogging indoor marijuana growers after recreational pot becomes legal in the state.

Bend Residents Share Their Experiences With Vacation Rentals

OPB | Feb. 27, 2015

Bend is struggling to balance the economic interests of tourism with neighborhood livability, and to manage the vacation rentals that are smack dab in the middle of residential areas. Local residents share their experiences.

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Bill Currier Selected To Be Chairman of Oregon Republican Party

OPB | Feb. 28, 2015 3:57 p.m.

The Oregon Republican Party selected Bill Currier to be its new party chair on Saturday, after a contentious debate.
 

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As Cover Oregon Dissolves, It Leaves Behind Costly Legacy

AP | Feb. 28, 2015 11:03 a.m.

A bill dissolving the independent corporation that runs Cover Oregon is on its way to the Gov. Kate Brown. But even when it is gone, Cover Oregon will leave a legacy of hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a health exchange that failed — with even more millions in legal fees and other expenses still to come.

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Sell Medical And Recreational Pot Separately, OR Agency Says

AP | Feb. 27, 2015 5:02 p.m.

The agency in charge of implementing Oregon's legal marijuana program says medical and recreational pot should be subject to the same tracking and testing systems if they're to be sold in the same retail outlets.

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Senate Starts Moving Transportation Bills

AP | Feb. 27, 2015 4:16 p.m.

The Senate started moving some pieces of a state transportation package, including a measure that would exempt all state highway and preservation projects from the state sales tax and would redirect sales tax money from non-highway transportation projects away from the state general fund.

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Wyoming House Advances Coal Ports Funding Bill

AP | Feb. 27, 2015 3:41 p.m.

The Wyoming House of Representatives has given preliminary approval to a bill that would allow the state to issue bonds to support possible construction of a port in the Northwest to allow shipment of Wyoming coal to Asia.

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Quake Rattles N. Idaho Silver Mine, But No Damage Reported

AP | Feb. 27, 2015 2:53 p.m.

A small earthquake in northern Idaho near the Lucky Friday Mine temporarily slowed production Friday morning but work resumed after an inspection determined the mine remained safe.

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Senate Passes Bill To Notify Families When Guns Are Returned

AP | Feb. 27, 2015 2:40 p.m.

A bill to notify family members when police return confiscated guns has won unanimous approval from the Washington state Senate.

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Bill Dissolving Cover Oregon Headed To Governor

AP | Feb. 27, 2015 1:49 p.m.

A bill dissolving Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown.

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Ship's Chief Engineer Pleads Guilty To Pollution Charge

AP | Feb. 27, 2015 11:59 a.m.

He admitted he used an illegal pump system to discharge 4,500 gallons of oily bilge water off the coast of Alaska last summer.

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Native American Tribes Converge To Discuss Pot Legalization

AP | Feb. 27, 2015 10:57 a.m.

Tribes have been wrestling with the issue since the U.S. Justice Department announced in December that it wouldn't stand in their way if they want to approve pot for medical or recreational use.