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Oregon population will grow through migration as births drop

May. 22, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new report from the state says that in future years, Oregon's population will mostly grow through people moving into the state rather than from new births. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Wednesday that the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis predicts the state will see deaths...

Editorials from around Oregon

May. 22, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Corvallis Gazette-Times, May 22, on letting voters decide on capital punishment: A bill before the state Legislature that would dramatically curtail the cases in which the death penalty could be applied passed the state Senate on Tuesday and now heads for the...

WA governor signs bill changing tax exemption for Oregonians

May. 22, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that changes how the sales tax exemption for Oregonians shopping in that state works. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Wednesday that Oregon residents will no longer be free of Washington's 6.5% sales tax at the cash register. Instead,...

Union Pacific to lay off up to 195 employees in Hermiston

May. 22, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — Union Pacific Railroad filed notice this week with Oregon that it will lay off up to 195 employees at the Hinkle Rail Yard in Hermiston and close the yard's supply warehouse and mechanical shop. The East Oregonian reports the railroad said the layoffs would be completed by July 19...

Groups oppose plan to kill ravens to save grouse in Oregon

May. 22, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental advocates in Oregon have criticized a state plan to kill more than 1,000 ravens to help save the greater sage grouse, officials said. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife applied for permits in 2018 to kill up to 500 ravens per year over a three-year period to...

$15M verdict reduced to $683K for woman in light rail crash

May. 22, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a woman who lost her leg when she dashed in front of a MAX light rail train is lawfully entitled to only $682,800 of the $15 million in damages awarded by a jury. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Andrea "Amy" Laing and her attorneys contended that she should...

Trail Blazers' cohesiveness helped them to conference finals

May. 21, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers faced a number of challenges on the journey to their first Western Conference finals in 19 years. But there was one they couldn't overcome: The Golden State Warriors. Portland's run in the playoffs, which captured fans' imaginations after Damian Lillard's...

Pension reform plan advances, kicker rebate not targeted

May. 21, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A plan to rein in the growing costs of Oregon's public pension system was sent to the Senate floor Tuesday after passing two key committees. But Democratic leaders face a stiffer battle before the full chamber, where some members of their own party are recoiling at the idea of dipping...

Jury awards $27M in damages after fatal crash in Oregon

May. 21, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal jury in Oregon has awarded nearly $27 million in damages against two trucking companies and their drivers who lawyers say were involved in a road rage episode that killed a motorist. The jury deliberated for about five hours before returning its verdict Friday after a...

Oregon Senate passes election-security bill on election day

May. 21, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — County clerks in Oregon would be required to audit results after each election under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate on election day. The bill requires county clerks to conduct hand-count or risk-limiting audits after every primary, general and special election....