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Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He specializes in health care, business, politics, law and public safety. In 2004 he was embedded with the Oregon National Guard in Iraq.
Kristian started as a cub reporter in 1988, working for newspapers in London, England. In 1991 he moved to Oregon and started freelancing. His work has appeared in The Oregonian, the BBC, NPR, the Statesman Journal, Willamette Week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Voice of America.
He graduated from the University of Westminster in London.
Oregon’s public health departments are urging doctors to be on the lookout for respiratory illness among people who vape or use electronic cigarettes.
The state of Oregon has started to put pressure on drug companies to keep prices down. Wednesday, it released a list of the most expensive medications, and the medications that caused the greatest insurance rate increases.
The Oregon Health Authority has sent a letter to the federal government saying it wants to continue getting Title X money — but it won’t spend it.
Health officials say 23 people have contracted measles in Oregon so far this year — the most seen since 1991. Clackamas and Multnomah counties have seen nine cases combined in just six weeks.
The Oregon Health Authority is encouraging immigrants with questions about a new public benefit rule to find an attorney
Another patient has died at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, Portland’s clinic for people going through mental health emergencies.
Hundreds of people attended a community meeting in Portland Monday eveing to figure out ways to stop the renovation of the Zenith Energy oil terminal along the Willamette River.
About 24,000 state employees will see raises of up to 15% over the next two years, if a tentative agreement is finalized.
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The city of Portland is holding a community forum Monday evening at the University of Portland on the proposed expansion of the Zenith Energy tar sands terminal.
The Oregon Health Authority lifted warnings for two of five popular beaches on the coast just in time for Fourth of July celebrations.
A bill to make pseudoephedrine easier to buy in Oregon failed to pass this session. That means Oregon remains one of only two states to continue requiring a prescription.
Some people with epilepsy use cannabis to treat their condition, but a new study out of Oregon Health And Science University finds that only a small percentage know the dose they’re taking in milligrams.
The movement to decriminalize psilocybin — the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms — appears to be gaining momentum. Denver and Oakland have now decriminalized the drug, and Oregon might be next.
Disability Rights Oregon looked at one year’s worth of trespass arrests made by the Portland Police at several local hospitals. They found 142 cases.
Oregon legislators try to make some hospitals justify their nonprofit status by providing more community benefit.