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June 24, 2016

Northwest Natural estimates rate hike if IP 28 passes

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Northwest Natural estimates it faces an $11 million to $14 million annual tax hike if a controversial corporate sales tax measure wins voter approval in November. Recouping that cost would likely entail raising customers’ natural gas utility rates by at least…
June 23, 2016

Backers of high school funding initiative turn in signatures

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Petitioners for a measure to require one-sixth of new state funding to go toward targeted high school programs say they have enough signatures to secure a place on November’s general election ballot. Supporters of Initiative Petition 65 said the…
June 23, 2016

State tab in Oracle case tops $10 million

by Nick Budnick/Capital Bureau
Oregon’s legal tab to outside law firms has passed $10 million in the battle with Oracle over who is to blame for the $300 million Cover Oregon website debacle. The already staggering tab eventually could run far more than that, since there are still six…
June 23, 2016

Ed board puts lead, radon testing rules on fast track

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The Oregon Board of Education is fast-tracking adoption of a new rule that requires schools to test for lead and radon and report those results to the public. The rule came on the heels of a scandal in Portland Public Schools over lead in drinking water that…
E.J. HARRIS/EO MEDIA GROUP - Oregon is now one of just four states that has legalized marijuana for recreational use. It may have become one of the state's top cash crops.
Jun 22, 2016 627

Sales figures might prove if pot is Oregon's top crop

Sales and tax figures collected by state agencies may finally solve one of Oregon’s…
Jun 21, 2016 22

New overtime rules could hit nonprofits hard

Noel Mickelberry, executive director of Oregon Walks, often works weekends when she…
Jun 17, 2016 22

Brown declines traditional summer debate with Pierce

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown has declined to participate a July 22 debate that has been…
Jun 16, 2016 22

BOLI completes new minimum wage rules

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries finalized new minimum wage rules Wednesday,…
COURTESY PHOTO: COLUMBIA RIVERKEEPER - A derailed oil train fire sent a plume of black smoke into the sky June 3 near the town of Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge. ODOT officials want a moratorium on oil trains in the Gorge until tracks can be inspected for safety issues.
Jun 16, 2016 18

ODOT seeks moratorium on oil trains in Columbia Gorge

Oregon's Department of Transportation has asked the federal government to put a…
Jun 16, 2016 22

Business groups boycott scheduling law discussions

Business groups are boycotting a work group tasked with discussing possible proposals for…