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


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


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


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.

Water | NW Life | Sustainability | Environment | Politics | local

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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