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Oregon Legislator On The Power, Frustration Of Being The Only Black House Member

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Rep. Janelle Bynum, the only black member of Oregon's House, feels a special responsibility to express her life experiences, but she also wants every lawmaker working to make the state more equitable.

Oregon Senate Narrowly Passes Bill That Trims Some PERS Benefits

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Oregon Democratic senators agonize over whether to vote for a bill that would trim retirement benefits for state and local government employees.

Portland City Council Approves Budget With Painful Cuts To Parks

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In a 4-1 vote, the Portland City Council approved the mayor’s proposed 2019-20 budget Thursday, with deep cuts to parks staff and services.

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Oregon Restricts Solar Development On Prime Farmland

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission has approved new rules that restrict commercial solar development on millions of acres of high-value farmland across the state.

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Oregon Voters Approve Taxes To Help Local Schools

With turnout dipping below 15% in some parts of the state, school administrators can be grateful that the folks who did cast ballots were supportive of increased funding for public education. 

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Deadly 2017 Amtrak Wreck Could Have Been Prevented, Feds Conclude

Crew training deficiencies played a crucial role in the deadly 2017 Amtrak train derailment near DuPont, Washington, according to a final report from federal investigators accepted Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Portland City Council Approves Funding For Superfund Cleanup Plans

A hundred years of industry polluted the Portland Harbor. Now, finally, city leaders reached an agreement to fund plans to clean it.

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Oregon Does U-Turn On Opioid Tapering

Two years after trying to taper opioid users off the drug, Oregon has ended the policy.

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From Longreads and Oregon Public Broadcasting, “Bundyville” is a seven-part series chronicling the rise, fall and resurgence of the Bundy family, the armed uprisings they inspired and the fight over the future of the American West.