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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown has agreed to five debates and left the door open for more.
August 25, 2016

Campaign: Gov. Brown to participate in five debates

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Gov. Kate Brown announced details Thursday for five debates she plans to participate in this fall. Her campaign has said the sitting governor who is seeking election for the first time would agreed to at least three debates. As former secretary of state,…
PHOTO  COURTESY ODOT - Poor oversight of road-paving contractors could be compromising road quality, according to former ODOT employees and federal transportation officials.
August 25, 2016

ODOT's lax quality control raises questions of fraud

by Nick Budnick/Capital Bureau
Potholes and ruts cost the average Oregonian driver hundreds of dollars in vehicle repairs every year. But as Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett prepares to ask lawmakers for hundreds of millions of dollars in increased taxes and fees…
STATE OF OREGON - A review has found ways the Department of Human Services can reduce foster care abuse.
August 25, 2016

Review: DHS could do more to prevent foster care abuses

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
SALEM — The Oregon Department of Human Services might be able to prevent the abuse of children in Oregon’s foster care system by placing their charges more appropriately and better coordinating its response to allegations of abuse, according to draft of an…
STATE OF OREGON - Katy Coba
August 24, 2016

Oregon ag director named state chief operating officer

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Katy Coba, the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, has been appointed the state’s chief operating officer and director of the Department of Administrative Services, the state’s overarching administrative agency, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s…
Aug 23, 2016 17

Citizens panel endorses corporate sales tax measure

A citizens’ panel that reviews Oregon ballot initiatives for the voters’ pamphlet has…
E.J. HARRIS/EO MEDIA GROUP - A pristine gym in the newly finished Washington Elementary School in Pendleton. The new building provides the district with a facility making it easier to comply with the state's physical education mandate.
Aug 19, 2016 79

Schools seek delay in Oregon's P.E. requirement

SALEM — With less than 10 percent of Oregon's K-8 schools providing the minimum number of…
EO MEDIA GROUP - Linn County, Ore., is suing the state over how it manages Oregon Forest Trust Lands. The suit, filed on behalf of 15 counties that donated timber land to the state, seeks $1.4 billion in lost revenues.
Aug 17, 2016 133

Oregon, county spar over $1.4 billion timber lawsuit

ALBANY, Ore. — Linn County shouldn’t be allowed to represent other counties in a lawsuit…
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The Oregon Board of Education Wednesday adopted new rules requiring school districts to submit a preliminary plan for testing for both lead and radon by Oct. 1, with a final plan due by Jan. 1.
Aug 17, 2016 75

State education board adopts lead testing rule

SUBLIMITY, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Education adopted a new rule Wednesday that for the…
JAMIE VALDEZ/PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Tom Walsh, a veteran IT troubleshooter who worked on the inside of the Cover Oregon project, says the full story of the debacle has never been told.
Aug 11, 2016 51

Cover Oregon shows need for change, insider says

Take a week off, wade through thousands of pages of court filings in Oregon’s…
EO MEDIA GROUP - The cost to maintain existing state services will increase by more than 14 percent in the next two years, according to report.
Aug 10, 2016 115

Report: State costs to climb by 14.3 percent

The cost to maintain existing state services in the next two years will climb by 14.3…