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DREAMSTIME - Oregon's Court of Appeals administrator has issued a temporary order blocking a statewide ban on flavored cannabis vape products.
November 15, 2019

Oregon court blocks flavored cannabis vape product ban

by Sam Stites
Appeals court administrator cites harm to businesses and likelihood of petitioners prevailing on judicial review as reason for legal stay.
November 15, 2019

State audit: Veterinary board must improve drug security

by Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau
Background checks and more stringent inspections and participation in drug monitoring program should be implemented, auditors found.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon's courts set a rule to block ICE arrests in state courthouses.
November 15, 2019

New Oregon rule blunts ICE courthouse arrests

by Jake Thomas/Oregon Capital Bureau
The rule is intended to maintain court access for immigrants. But ICE has signaled it'll continue to make arrests.
PMG FILE PHOTO - SEIU 503 members rallied outside the Capitol in late May during negotiations for a new state contract. Union dues have dropped after a Supreme Court ruling on public union membership.
November 13, 2019

Public unions search for silver lining as dues nose dive

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
AFSCME, SEIU officials still optimistic as 'fair share fees' drop and group pushes people to drop out of unions.
November 12, 2019

Whistleblower settles claim against emergency management agency

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Former deputy who highlighted malfeasance gets $510,000, says leaders subjected her to hostile environment.
OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU: JAKE THOMAS - Visitors at the Oregon State Penitentiary Memorial Healing Garden on the day of its opening.
November 07, 2019

State penitentiary sees healing 'therapy' in new inmate garden

by Jake Thomas/Oregon Capital Bureau
Project behind high walls near Salem was made possible by determined inmates and some help from the outside.
COURTESY PHOTOS - Medals left unclaimed are stored in Salem. The state is trying to find the owners of medals left behind in safe deposit boxes and other places.
November 07, 2019

State seeks owners of medals of heroism sitting unclaimed in Salem

by Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau
More than a dozen medals, countless ribbons and artifacts are in government hands, awaiting their owners or heirs to collect them.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Hundreds of people attended a town hall organized by the Q Center in February took aim at hate crimes against LGBTQ Portlanders. A new law has changed the way hate crimes are reported.
November 06, 2019

Why a new law seeks to improve how hate crimes are reported

by Jake Thomas/Oregon Capital Bureau
Improved data could reveal the breadth of hate in Oregon while aiding law enforcement and community groups.
PMG FILE PHOTO - OHSU doctors check out the new Knight Cancer Research Building. The university and its labor unions are battling over working conditions and other issues.
Nov 05, 2019 62

Unions, OHSU locked in workplace struggle

Oregon's training hospital campus finds itself beset by social media trolls and employment clashes.
PMG FILE PHOTO - A computer system used by Oregon's Department of Education could be vulnerable to security breaches, according to a new audit by the secretary of state's office.
Nov 05, 2019 59

Audit: State education agency should do more to secure data

Bureaucratic reshuffling blamed for some issues, but Department of Education needs tighter control on software, security.
OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU: SAM STITES - Steve Allen is new director of the Oregon Health Authority's behavioral health care program.
Nov 05, 2019 52

New Health Authority program director sees opportunity, not chaos

Steve Allen stepped up for the job nobody wanted, now he's overhauling the way Oregon responds to mental health and addiction.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Nkenge Harmon Johnson of the Urban League of Portland, plans to run for a Salem-area Senate seat held by the late Jackie Winters.
Nov 05, 2019 481

Nkenge Harmon Johnson plans to run for Jackie Winters' Senate seat

The Democrat is the third entrant into what's expected to be a competitive race in Marion and Polk counties.
PMG FILE PHOTO - State Sen. Michael Dembrow of Portland was part of a  pro-carbon emission bill rally outside the Capitol in June. Dembrow and others could try again to pass a cap-and-trade bill next year.
Oct 30, 2019 1025

Democrats rev up plan for new carbon-reduction bill

Fear over denial of quorum during short session sparks murmurs of referring constitutional amendment to voters.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Supporters of an initiative petition to repeal a law that would give Oregon driver's licenses to people who could be in the country illegally are making a new push after the secretary of state bounced their original petition.
Oct 28, 2019 879

Initiative supporters make a new push to repeal driver's license law

'We were kind of at a point where we could either fight it in court, which would cost a lot of money, or revise and re-file as a new initiative petition, which we did.'
State Sen. Denyc Boles
Oct 23, 2019 712

Democrats see opportunity in Salem Senate seat

Although the election is a year away, both parties are preparing for a competitive race that could tip the state's political balance.
PMG FILE PHOTO - A new state audit says the Department of Human Services data security system could use a few tweaks to improve.
Oct 23, 2019 393

Audit shines light on weaknesses in state public assistance system

Kinks expected to be fixed in Department of Human Services system by pilot-phase rollout beginning April 2020.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon, D-Woodburn, supported a bill to allow undocumented immigrants and others without proof of legal residence to get an Oregon driver's license.
Oct 22, 2019 137

Petitioners blast state decision to block driver's license initiative

Secretary of state says effort to repeal law giving undocumented immigrants licenses went against 'full text' requirement.
COURTESY PHOTO: DREAMSTIME - A coalition of groups are promoting a rule to block ICE agents from making arrests in Oregon courthouses.
Oct 18, 2019 110

Groups push rule to block ICE courthouse arrests

'There is a perception in communities across the state that if they go to court for any reason, they may be arrested by ICE.'
DREAMSTIME - Oregon's Court of Appeals blocks a temporary six-month ban on some vape products. The ban would have affected hundreds of people employed in the industry.
Oct 17, 2019 546

Appeals court blocks vape products ban

An injunction was sought by business owners who were worried about the ban's impact on employment in the cannabis and nicotine vape industry.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon labor unions are unhappy with the Legislature's pension reforms, and they're withholding cash for many Democratic candidates.
Oct 16, 2019 582

Unions to Dem candidates: Don't expect a lot of election cash

Education Association joins other labor groups in withholding funds for lawmakers who voted for pension reforms.