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Oregon Senate Votes To Strip Gun Rights From Stalkers, Abusers

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Oregon state senators approved a measure to strengthen the state’s gun laws by expanding the number of people who are banned from owning a gun in the case of domestic violence or stalking cases.

Oregon Commission Trying To Change How Doctors Treat Pain

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The Oregon Pain Management Commission is trying to change the way people think about pain.

Oregon Governor Wants Money To Hire More Foster Care Caseworkers

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After a critical audit highlighted failings at the Office of Child Welfare, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is asking for an additional $14.5 million this legislative session to hire 200 more caseworkers.

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Oregon Lawmakers Take Aim At Making Plea Bargains Fairer

Some plea bargains presented to defendants deprive them of fundamental rights, say Oregon lawmakers who moved on Wednesday to make them fairer.

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Portland Area Wakes Up To Snow — Again. More On The Way

Portland has seen its sixth snowiest February in the past 75 years. There’s a chance for more on the way.

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Oregon Lawmakers Advance Tax Proposal After Removing Breaks

The proposed bill would reverse the funding hole impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by removing breaks for individuals and businesses.

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Additional PNW Governments Vote To Sue Opioid Manufacturers

Government officials in Portland and Clark County, Washington, voted Wednesday to file lawsuits against the nation’s opioid manufacturers.

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Growth Prompts Speed Limit Changes In Key Areas Of Bend

The city is lowering speed limits in four areas due to changes in use and activity in those areas. More broadly, it's a testament to growth in the city.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown: 'Gun Violence Must End'

Gov. Kate Brown appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to support a bill that would expand a ban on the purchase or possession of firearms or ammunition by people convicted of stalking and domestic violence or with restraining orders.

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Oregon Officials Struggle To ID Which Cannabis Sites Are Legal

The issue is especially sensitive because U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently allowed federal prosecutors more leeway to pursue federal anti-marijuana laws in states like Oregon that have legalized cannabis.

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TriMet Bus Driver Charged With Drunken Driving

A Gresham police spokesman says a patrol officer noticed the speeding TriMet bus early Tuesday. After stopping the vehicle, the officer noticed that the 55-year-old driver appeared to be intoxicated.

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Transportation Agencies Gear Up For Round Two Of Snowfall

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is gearing up for a second round of snowfall after snow accumulation Tuesday night caused widespread closures and delays Wednesday morning.

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Mom's Prep Sports Investigation Finds Bias — And A System That Perpetuates Secrecy

Finding a pattern is one thing. Proving discrimination and getting changes is quite another … especially when the problems seem perfectly suited to slip through cracks in Oregon bureaucracy.

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Oil Trains In The Northwest

OPB's coverage on the transportation of oil by rail in the Northwest.

Lead In The Water

Communities across the Northwest were shocked recently to discover dangerously high lead levels in their water. How did this happen, and what’s being done to fix the problem?

Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland's air is dirtier than we thought. A study conducted by researchers at the U.S. Forest Service revealed dangerously high levels of heavy metals in Portland, sparking an investigation into the sources and causing regulators and officials to question why the pollution was left unchecked for so long.