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JONATHAN HOUSE/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Middle to right, Gov. Kate Brown and Margaret Salazar, director of Oregon Housing and Community Services, tour a unit at the new Cornerstone Apartments affordable housing development in Northeast Salem Aug. 14, 2018.
August 14, 2018

First state-funded fast-track housing opens in Salem

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Cornerstone Apartments, a 180-unit rent-capped development, is the first of 1,700 units statewide under development through the state's new Local Innovation and Fast Track Rental program.
COURTESY PHOTO - Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend
August 13, 2018

Buehler announces plan to end homelessness

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Nearly 14,000 people are considered homeless in Oregon, according to a Jan.17 survey.
JON HOUSE/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Left to right, Rep. Denyc Boles, R-Salem, DOC Director Colette Peters, Tom Stenson and Joel Greenberg, both of Disability Rights Oregon, and Brandon Kelly, superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary, cut the ribbon for the opening of the penitentiary's new behavioral health treatment center.
August 10, 2018

Treatment center offers care for mentally ill inmates

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The Oregon Department of Corrections opened the behavioral health treatment center after receiving criticism that it was giving inadequate care to inmates with mental illness.
PAMPLIN/EO CAPITAL BUREAU - Pamplin/EO Capital Bureau
August 08, 2018

Oregon ranks first for homeless youth

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A new report highlights continuing struggles the state faces in addressing homeless children and youth and a high rate of foster care placements.
CAPITAL BUREAU - The State Data Center. Between early 2016 and late May, state government phone systems have experienced 22 outages of some kind.
August 08, 2018

State grappling with frequent phone problems

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Between early 2016 and late May, state government phone systems have experienced 22 outages of some kind.
EO MEDIA GROUP - A robust economy is tightening the labor pool. Oregon is actively trying to fill more nearly 400 of the 5,800 authorized state government positions that are vacant.
August 07, 2018

With strong economy, state jobs go unfilled

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Oregon is actively trying to fill more nearly 400 of the 5,800 authorized state government positions that are vacant.
EO MEDIA GROUP - A report funded by the federal government says Oregon produces more than 2 million pounds of marijuana each
year, more than six times what it says can reasonably be consumed.
August 03, 2018

Lawmakers will continue shoring up marijuana regulations

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
A report funded by the federal government says Oregon produces more than 2 million pounds of marijuana each year, more than six times what it says can reasonably be consumed.
Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has filed a complaint against Oregon legislative leaders alleging they have allowed a hostile work environment, citing claims the Legislature mishandled sexual harassment complaints.
August 01, 2018

Avakian: Legislative leaders allowed hostile work environment

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Labor complaint stems from allegations that sexual harassment claims were mishandled.
EO MEDIA GROUP - The Oregon Health Authority says that in the first six months of 2018, 18 percent of attempts to buy tobacco products by minors — coordinated by the agency as inspections — were successful.
Jul 31, 2018 36

OHA says tobacco sales to under-age smokers are widespread

The Oregon Health Authority says that in the first six months of 2018, 18 percent of attempts to buy tobacco products by minors were successful.
COURTESY PHOTO - Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn
Jul 30, 2018 44

Tolling initiative refiled as IP 10

Chief petitioners added clarification to an initiative that would require voter approval for tolling existing roadway lanes and bridges and added Rep. Julie Parrish as a chief petitioner.
COURTESY WIKIPEDIA - The Libertor, a one-shot pistol made on a 3-D printer. Oregon has joined a lawsuit to block a court settlement that will allow the plans to be posted to the internet.
Jul 30, 2018 36

Oregon joins lawsuit over 3-D printed guns

California, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - The state has spent more than $25 million fighting wildfires so far this season.
Jul 27, 2018 45

Oregon wildfires have cost state $25.3 million so far

The federal government will reimburse the state for some of that cost, but it can take years for the reimbursements to come through.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - A Multnomah County elections worker processes ballots.
Jul 27, 2018 44

Ban on publicly-funded abortion heads to ballot

Initiative Petition 1 received enough valid signatures to ask voters whether to amend the Oregon Constitution to ban spending public funds on abortion.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Oregon State Capitol in Salem
Jul 25, 2018 53

Multiple failures caused state network crash

The outage of state agency web sites and phone services lasted eight hours but some web sites didn't recover for 48 hours.
The Democrat Party of Oregon alleges GOP gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler's Tualatin apartment violates Constitution's mandate that he inhabit his Bend district.
Jul 24, 2018 59

Democrats say Buehler is ineligible for his House seat

Party claims GOP gubernatorial candidate's Tualatin apartment violates Constitution's mandate that he inhabit his Bend district.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Portland traffic
Jul 24, 2018 51

Initiative would require vote on tolls

An initiative proposed for the 2020 ballot could slow efforts to toll Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 in the Portland area.
COURTESY PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown
Jul 23, 2018 63

Survey: Brown and Buehler tied for governor

The first public results from a survey of likely voters shows a close race between Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler for the state's highest office.
PAUL WAHL/EO MEDIA GROUP - Knute Buehler, the GOP candidate for governor, addresses the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association convention.
Jul 20, 2018 80

GOP, Independent candidates make case to publishers

Knute Buehler and Patrick Starnes addressed the convention of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. Gov. Kate Brown did not attend.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Alex DiBlasi, Pacific Green nominee for governor, withdraws his candidacy, and registers as a member of the Independent Party of Oregon during a visit to the Oregon secretary of state's office in Salem Friday, July 20.
Jul 20, 2018 54

IPO works to recruit third party members

Alex DiBlasi, the Pacific Green nominee for governor, withdrew his candidacy Friday and joined the Independent Party of Oregon.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Chronic pain patients and their supporters demonstrate outside Oregon Heath Authority offices in Salem July 19, 2018.
Jul 19, 2018 56

OHA grapples with patients' chronic pain v. opioid crisis

The Oregon Health Authority is considering a policy to severely limit chronic pain patients' access to opioids through the Oregon Health Plan.