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Multnomah County Tobacco Shops Need New Licenses

OPB | June 17, 2016 8:09 a.m. | Portland

Multnomah County adopted new rules for tobacco licenses this week. Stores that sell tobacco will have to apply for a license starting July 1.

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Oregon Judge Grants New Gender Designation

OPB | June 10, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Portland

An Oregon judge has allowed a transgender person to change their legal gender designation to non binary.

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Lead In The Water: How We Got Here

OPB | June 1, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools shut off the drinking water district-wide after tests showed elevated lead levels at two schools. How did this happen and where do we go from here?

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High Blood Sugar And Weight Gain In Pregnancy Can Imprint Obesity On Children

OPB | May 6, 2016 9:24 a.m. | Portland

Mothers who gain too much weight or who have high blood sugar during pregnancy are more likely to have obese children, according to a new study by Kaiser Permanente.

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Some Oregonians Shrug At New FDA E-Cigarette Rules

OPB | May 5, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

A Food and Drug Administration announcement assuming regulatory authority over e-cigarettes has been met with a shrug in Oregon. Some local authorities have already taken action.

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Oregon Researchers Frustrated By Federal Genetic Testing Block

OPB | April 22, 2016 10:10 a.m. | Portland

Congressional efforts to block research on the genes of human embryos continues. Researchers at Oregon Health & Sciences University find that particularly frustrating.

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Report: Oregon DHS Fails All Federal Childcare Standards

Statesman Journal | April 20, 2016 7 p.m.

Oregon state officials knew eight years ago of deficiencies in their child welfare programs and failed to address any of the significant issues, according to a report sent to federal assessors last month.

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Fertile Ground: Why Oregon Is The Surrogacy State

OPB | April 18, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Tel Aviv, Israel

There isn't one big reason people end up looking for surrogates in Oregon. It's more like a consequence of a lot of decisions.

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Checkup: An Oregon Surrogate's Story

OPB | April 18, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Portland

Meet Mardi Palan, a hairdresser from Southeast Portland who lives with her partner and 2-year-old son. Palan is carrying twins as a surrogate for a gay couple from Israel.

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Religion And State: Oregon Born, Israel Bound

OPB | April 18, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Portland

There are many reasons why Oregon is something of an international center for surrogacy. But for Israeli couples who are gay, there’s another reason to come here: Congregation Beth Israel in Portland.