Portland mayor suspends city-funded travel to Indiana

PORTLAND - Mayor Charlie Hales says Portland's government is joining the reaction against an Indiana law aimed at preventing government from compelling people to do things they object to, such as catering ...

Oregon ski areas ask Legislature for liability protection

SALEM - Ski areas are asking the Oregon Legislature for enhanced protection from lawsuits after the state Supreme Court invalidated the broad liability waivers often printed on the back of lift tickets. Ski ...

Oregon Zoo elephant Rama euthanized

PORTLAND - Oregon Zoo officials in Portland say they have euthanized a 31-year-old elephant known for his enthusiasm for painting. They decided Rama was in too much pain from an old leg injury. The Oregonian ...

Feds to announce sage-grouse deal with Oregon ranchers

The Obama administration has reached an agreement with Oregon ranchers to protect sage grouse that the ranchers hope will help avoid having the bird listed by the federal government as an endangered species.

State agency hacked; governor calls for study, changes

SALEM - Oregon officials said Thursday that they plan to restructure information technology functions after software found an external third-party had gained access to a state network. Gov. Kate Brown ...

Oregon Democrats push for background checks on private gun sales

SALEM - Oregon Democrats introduced a bill Thursday to require background checks on private firearm sales, setting up a showdown with gun rights advocates that could come as soon as next week. Gun control ...

Paid sick leave mandate advances in Oregon Legislature

SALEM - Democrats on an Oregon legislative committee voted Wednesday to advance a bill that would require nearly all employers to give workers up to five days a year of paid sick leave. The measure would ...

Oregon legislative panel advances schools budget

SALEM - Democrats on an Oregon legislative panel voted Tuesday to advance a $7.255 billion spending plan for primary and secondary schools. Education interests have criticized the budget as inadequate, ...

Upcoming Brittany Maynard video supports aid-in-dying bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The family of Brittany Maynard will release a new video recorded before her death of her testimony in support of California's proposed aid-in-dying legislation ahead of a committee ...

Salem crews trying to stop spread of black walnut disease

SALEM — Crews are cutting down 14 century-old black walnut trees at the Oregon State Hospital and are trying to save 38 more from an infestation that could threaten the species citywide. The infestation ...

US Rep. says timber county payment extension in the works

GRANTS PASS — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden said Tuesday that House Speaker John Boehner has agreed to include a two-year extension of subsidies to Oregon timber counties in a bipartisan agreement to overhaul the way doctors are paid by Medicare.

Washington man says Oregon police used excessive force

EUGENE — A man who got kicked out of a Social Distortion concert in Eugene last fall has filed a complaint against two city police officers, saying they unnecessarily used a stun gun during an incident ...

New look on the horizon for popular reservoir near Ashland

ASHLAND — Patched together over more than 50 years, the marina at Howard Prairie Resort seems like a project even extreme makeover shows might shun.

Glitch sends false notice to crime victims, triggers probe

Routine computer maintenance caused a major technical glitch that sent out thousands of false reports, saying prison inmates had been released, according to Oregon officials.

Fare turnstiles coming to 2 Portland light-rail stations

PORTLAND — After decades of operating on the honor system at its light-rail stations, TriMet plans to install turnstiles at two stations on the soon-to-open Orange Line. The Oregonian reports that ...

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