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Inslee, Brown meet to revive I-5 bridge replacement

Nov. 18, 2019 6:01 PM EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an agreement Monday to work together to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge that connects their two states. The Columbian reports that the governors’ action reinvigorates a goal to replace the twin spans, which opened...

Oregon, Washington governors to talk Interstate Bridge

Nov. 16, 2019 12:28 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The governors of Oregon and Washington will meet Monday in Vancouver to show their commitment to restarting the long-discussed project to replace the Interstate Bridge. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Govs. Kate Brown and Jay Inslee have both expressed interest in reviving the...

Knute Buehler, others, consider congressional run

Oct. 29, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A day after U.S. Rep. Greg Walden said he would not seek re-election, former state lawmaker and Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler announced on Twitter that he's considering seeking his party's nomination. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports at least two other Republicans...

Governor updates LGBTQ community equal rights in Oregon

Oct. 25, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's LGBTQ community has updated rights to equal treatment under an executive order signed by Gov. Kate Brown. Brown, America's first openly bisexual governor, said a 1987 executive order needed to be updated to reflect current law and understandings about sexual orientation and...

Brown appoints panel to address health care costs

Oct. 23, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced the members of a new committee tasked with controlling rising health care costs. The Statesman Journal reports the committee — made up of government officials, union representatives and health care professionals — is responsible for...

Oregon governor says state will accept refugees

Oct. 21, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has responded to President Donald Trump's executive order giving state and local governments the authority to refuse to accept refugees. Brown said in a video posted Monday on Twitter that refugees are welcome in Oregon, and noted that it is a sanctuary state. The...

Court issues temporary stay on flavored vaping ban in Oregon

Oct. 17, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Court of Appeals on Thursday put a halt to the state's ban on flavored vaping products two days after it took effect. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the temporary stay issued appears to apply only to tobacco-based vaping products, sold under the oversight of the Oregon...

Western governors want nuclear testing compensation expanded

Oct. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout and resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government currently recognizes, Western governors said. The Western Governors' Association on Friday sent letters to the U.S. Senate...

GOP efforts to recall Oregon's Democratic governor fail

Oct. 14, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A pair of recall efforts by Republicans to oust Oregon's Democratic governor failed on Monday, with officials saying one lacked the necessary number of signatures and the other failing to submit any signatures to election officials. "Since the deadline for submission of signatures for...

Oregon approves six-month ban on flavored vape products

Oct. 11, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon regulators enacted a six-month ban Friday on the sale of flavored nicotine and cannabis vape products in stores and online statewide amid an outbreak of illnesses that has sickened nearly 1,300 people nationwide and killed 26, including two people in Oregon. The Oregon Liquor...