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Oregon House Approves Sending A Cigarette Tax Hike To Voters

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Oregon lawmakers in the House approved a measure on Thursday that could end up raising taxes on cigarettes.

After Long-Awaited Repairs, Even More Water Problems Arise In Warm Springs

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As soon as crews replaced a critical stretch of pipe Wednesday, things got worse, prolonging the outages and warnings to boil water for thousands of people on the largest tribal reservation in Oregon.

Landmark Oregon Housing Measure Inches Closer To Passage

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The landmark measure sailed through the state House on a bipartisan 43-16 vote and now moves to the Senate, where it could get tangled up by a walkout of Republican senators seeking to derail a major climate change bill.

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Trump Administration Abandons Plans To Close Forest Service Job Corps Centers

Oregon lawmakers were among those pressuring Trump officials to back off plans to close nine centers – including two in Oregon and Washington – and transfer 16 others to private contractors.

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Ritz-Carlton Hotel To Replace Portland's Largest Food Cart Pod

Construction on the 35-story building will begin later this year. 

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Oregon Senate Republicans Walking Out (Again)

Three Republican state senators confirmed they and their colleagues would be scarce at the Oregon Capitol Thursday to stymie a vote on a cap-and-trade bill.

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Portland Requires Landlords To Use First-Come-First-Served System To Choose Tenants

The Portland City council has adopted a sweeping package of regulations to how landlords screen their prospective tenants.

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Oregon Senate Approves Controversial Restrictions On Electronic Voter Petitions

Democratic lawmakers are moving to more tightly regulate electronic petitions, which are becoming more popular for initiative, recall and referendum campaigns in Oregon.

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Facing Officer Shortage, Portland Proposes New Standards For Beards, Tattoos - And Education

The Portland Police Bureau is lowering its education standards for officers and may change its grooming policy - to deal with a shortage of officers.

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New Bill Would Provide Civil Legal Attorneys To Oregon Women's Prison

A new bill would provide Oregon Justice Resource Center funding for three full-time attorneys to create a civil legal program inside Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

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Change To Oregon Smoke Rules Seeing Early Results For Prescribed Burns

We’re not getting nearly enough prescribed fire on the ground to restore forests and manage the risk of severe wildfire. Oregon's new smoke rules are intended to change that trend.

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Oregon Legislature Punts On Changing Troubled Public Defense System

In a hearing Wednesday, lawmakers killed proposed changes to Oregon's public defense system.

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Oregon Group Supports Overturning Louisiana Non-Unanimous Jury Conviction

Louisiana voters amended the state's constitution to prohibit non-unanimous jury convictions last year. The U.S. Supreme Court will reconsider the case of a man convicted of murder by a split jury. 

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Class Of 2025: Follow Students From 1st Grade To Graduation

Oregon set a goal to have graduate 100 percent of students in the class of 2025. OPB has followed a group of students from kindergarten as they start their educational journey toward high school. Third grade is almost over for the Class of 2025. These are some of their stories.