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Sun glints off the pioneer atop the Oregon Capitol building in Salem, Ore., Saturday, June 29, 2019. Republican senators returned to the Capitol after a nine-day walkout in order to finish Senate business before the June 30 deadline.

Oregon Senate votes to make health care a right

The Oregon Senate has approved a resolution that would ask voters to decide whether the state is obligated to ensure that every resident has access to affordable health care as a fundamental human right.



Harney District Hospital is at the center of a rural health care system with few providers. The Harney Health Care district receives a small portion of its funding through property taxes.

Report lists rural hospitals at risk of closing

In spite of added workload during the coronavirus pandemic, many rural hospitals around the country are struggling financially. A newly updated report is attempting to show how many rural hospitals are at risk of closing, including those in Oregon and California.




New research shows students are struggling in distance learning

New research released Tuesday is giving school leaders across the country their first broad look at how students fared in distance learning over the last several months. The new analysis of test results show students are struggling, even as many Oregon students are continuing school from home this fall. That includes students in OPB’s Class of 2025, a group we’ve been following since 1st grade.


Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, attends an Oregon House session on Monday, April 29, 2019, in Salem.

Oregon’s mental health system falls short for people of color. A state lawmaker is trying to change that

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s become clear that Oregon doesn’t have enough therapists to meet everyone’s needs. For Oregonians of color, therapists that provide culturally competent care are scarce, partly due to the shortfalls of Oregon’s mental health care system. Here's what one Oregon lawmaker is doing to try and change it.

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