Guilty plea for teen accused of sparking Oregon wildfire

HOOD RIVER — A teenager charged in juvenile court with starting an explosive wildfire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge last fall by tossing a lit firecracker into the woods pleaded guilty Friday ...

Oregon lawmakers seek expanded gun purchase ban for abusers

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers want to expand a ban on the purchase or possession of firearms by people with domestic violence records or restraining orders.


Oregon reports increase in deaths related to meth use

SALEM — Deaths connected to the use of methamphetamine have reached higher rates than previously recorded in Oregon, surpassing the death rates from heroin and nearly matching the rates from opioids, ...

Judicial nominee resigns from bar diversity committee

PORTLAND — A federal prosecutor nominated to be a federal judge has resigned as chair of the Multnomah Bar Association's equity, diversity and inclusion committee after opinion pieces he wrote critical ...

Bill to amend Oregon Constitution lands in health committee

SALEM — The president of Oregon's Senate on Wednesday told a committee headed by a retired nurse who's bullish on public health care to consider a bill that asks voters to amend the state Constitution to make health care a fundamental right.


Oregon Governor declares addiction a public health crisis

SALEM — Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared addiction a public health crisis in the state.

Brown on Tuesday announced an executive order setting a deadline for the state Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission to develop a statewide plan to combat the problem, with intermediary deadlines as early as September. The plan would lay out steps for state agencies to ease access to recovery, treatment and prevention services.

Judge allows class-action case against Portland glass maker

PORTLAND — Portland residents can move forward with a $1.2 billion class-action lawsuit against a local glass maker over concerns about toxic air pollution, a Multnomah County judge has ruled. Circuit ...

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Oregon agency extends fight against Japanese beetles

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to expand its campaign against crop-eating Japanese beetles. The agency has proposed applying a granular insecticide over 1,900 acres around the ...

Police chief accused of striking fellow officer arraigned

BEND — Sunriver Police Chief Marc Mills has made his first court hearing for allegations that he struck another police officer. The Bend Bulletin reports that Mills was arraigned in court on Tuesday ...

Army vet shot by police at VA clinic faces charges

SALEM — An Army veteran who was shot during a confrontation inside a Veterans Affairs clinic in Oregon where he went to seek help for mental problems was in jail Tuesday, charged with attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and other crimes.


Lawsuit: Sawtooth Valley water diversions harming salmon

BOISE — Nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho's Sawtooth Valley are harming federally protected salmon, steelhead and bull trout, an environmental group said in a lawsuit.


Forgotten tank is likely source of oil on Columbia River

ASTORIA — A long-forgotten tank is the likely source of an oil sheen spotted on the Columbia River near an Astoria hotel, the U.S. Coast Guard said. A Coast Guard diver discovered the tank encased ...

Oregon Legislature faces likely budget shortfall

SALEM — Oregon's Legislature faces a likely budget shortfall as it prepares for the 2018 session that starts next week, the Senate president said on Monday.


Oregon lawmaker wants to expand whistleblower protections

SALEM — An Oregon lawmaker has introduced a bill to expand whistleblower protections in the state. Republican State Senator Jackie Winters said former Oregon Department of Transportation employee ...

Oregon's population keeps rising, now at 4.1 million

PORTLAND — Oregon's population is growing at a strong clip, driven by people coming from out of state.


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