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Bill To Alter Juvenile Sentencing Rules In Oregon Cleared For Final Vote

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Senate Bill 1008 has become the highest-profile criminal justice bill of the Oregon Legislative session. It will need to clear a high bar to pass. 

Changes To PERS Advance To Oregon Senate

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Tight-lipped Oregon legislative leaders on Tuesday set the stage for tense votes in the House and Senate over a controversial pension bill that is opposed by many public employees.

End Of Tax Exemption Means Oregon Shoppers Will Have Fewer Reasons To Cross The Columbia

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The Washington Legislature passed a bill ending that tax break for its neighbors. Now Governor Jay Inslee has signed it into law.

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Oregon Senate Passes Bill Limiting State Death Penalty

Oregon Senate Bill 1013 is considered the most meaningful attempt to curtail capital punishment in recent memory. 

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Democrats' Impeachment Divide Tests Speaker Pelosi

President Trump's efforts to block congressional oversight into his administration and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report is ratcheting up impeachment talk among House Democrats.

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Oregon Joins Effort To Better Solve Crimes Against Native Women

On some reservations, federal studies have shown women are killed at more than 10 times the national average. Confusion by law enforcement over who has jurisdiction can lead to lax pursuit of cases and insufficient data.

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Hoping For Change, Parents And Community Members Run For Portland School Board Seats

As last-minute voters turn in their ballots Tuesday, the board of directors at Portland Public Schools will look pretty different next year. Only one of four incumbents is running for reelection.

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As Cap And Trade Moves Forward, Oregon Lawmakers Consider Constitutional Tweak

Oregon could see more than $500 million a year from a complex proposal to combat greenhouse gas emissions. But under the state constitution, most of it would be severely constrained.

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SCOTUS Rules In Favor Of Native American Rights In Wyoming Hunting Case

Justice Neil Gorsuch, the only Westerner on the court, again provided the decisive vote in favor of American Indian rights.

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In Trump's Trade War, Americans Will Be Asked To Show Economic Patriotism

Americans like trade, in bigger numbers than ever. But they also believe China doesn't play fair in trade.

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America Is In Full Employment, So Why Aren't We Celebrating?

U.S. unemployment is at a nearly 50-year low. The jobless rate for Hispanics has never been lower. The past two years have been the best job market ever for African Americans. Shouldn't we be excited?

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Portland Drafts Ordinance To Crackdown On Airbnb

Portland’s mayor is planning to introduce an ordinance that would force short term rental companies like Airbnb to take down unpermitted rentals or share their host data with the city.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Oregon’s Biggest Kicker Yet And Landmark School Funding

Bills on vaccines and guns are out, landmark school funding is in. And this year’s Legislative session shows no sign of slowing down.