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September 28, 2016

Hillsboro janitorial company banned from public contracts

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The Bureau of Labor and Industries has banned a Hillsboro janitorial company accused of underpaying workers on publicly funded projects in Western Oregon from ever working on public works contracts in the state again. The lifetime ban on Cornerstone…
STATE OF OREGON - Director Clyde Saiki, Oregon Department of Human Services.
September 27, 2016

DHS sued to block placement of children in hotels, offices

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
SALEM — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday to stop the Oregon Department of Human Services from placing foster children temporarily in hotels and offices alleges the practice inflicts emotional trauma on kids and violates their civil rights. The lawsuit, filed…
September 26, 2016

Troubled by past woes, DOGAMI 'financially strong'

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
CORVALLIS — Two separate ongoing audits of the state’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries have not yielded any significant concerns, according to the department’s chief financial officer. The department, which has recently confronted financial…
COURTESY OF THE BEND BULLETIN - Gov. Kate Brown and GOP challenger Bud Pierce at Saturday's gubernatorial debate in Bend.
September 24, 2016

Brown, Pierce clash on rural issues

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
BEND — In their first public sparring, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. William “Bud” Pierce went head to head on three topics: the economy, land use and the “urban-rural divide.” The debate was intended to focus on rural…
HERMISTON SCHOOL DISTRICT - The Emergency Board Friday approved $5 million to help school districts pay for lead testing in water.
Sep 23, 2016 18

Emergency Board OKs $5 million for school lead tests

SALEM — The Oregon Emergency Board on Friday approved $5 million to help pay for the cost…
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY - Passengers pass through security at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. An Oregon legislator is proposing a bill that would allow Oregonians to upgrade their driver's license to meet federal security standards and allow them to be used to board airplanes.
Sep 23, 2016 21

Legislator proposes voluntary 'REAL ID' option

SALEM — A proposal by an Oregon lawmaker would give Oregonians a voluntary path to…
COURTESY PHOTO: ROSEBURG NEWS-REVIEW - Douglas County and Roseburg law enforcement officers searched buildings on the Umpqua Community College campus after the Oct. 1, 2015, shooting that killed nine people, including the gunman. A state work group has recommended ways to improve safety on college campuses across the state.
Sep 22, 2016 20

Brown: Campus safety important 'regardless' of finances

SALEM — A work group formed in the wake of last fall's shooting at Umpqua Community…
EO MEDIA GROUP - A New York company will conduct a review of the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Sep 22, 2016 25

New York firm gets $1 million contract to review ODOT

The state has awarded a nearly $1 million contract to New York-based McKinsey & Company…
EO MEDIA GROUP - A container ship is loaded at the Port of Portland in this Capital Press file photo. Ocean carrier service at the 'Terminal 6' facility has since stopped. The Port of Portland's ocean container terminal faces broader problems than a labor dispute that effectively discontinued shipping at the facility last year, according to a port official.
Sep 22, 2016 20

Portland container shipping faces broad challenges

SALEM — Labor disputes are often blamed for discontinued ocean container shipping at Port…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JAIME VALDEZ - Gov. Kate Brown responds to questions at Wednesday's Portland Business Alliance meeting. Brown told the group that her decision to endorse the corporate tax measure was extremely difficult for her.
Sep 21, 2016 113

Brown: Measure 97 needed to avoid big budget cuts

PORTLAND - Gov. Kate Brown defended her decision to support a corporate sales tax measure…