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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, demonstrators against a proposed liquid-natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon sit in in the governor's office in the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., to demand Democratic Gov. Kate Brown stand against the proposal. The Jordan Cove pipeline is undergoing a permitting process and would end at a proposed marine export terminal in Coos Bay, Ore. Members of a federal regulatory agency on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, delayed a vote on the project, with one member saying greenhouse gas emissions and endangered species should be considered. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

US panel delays vote on Oregon pipeline amid process issues

Feb. 20, 2020 9:26 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. regulatory agency on Thursday delayed a vote on a proposed natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon, with one member saying greenhouse gas emissions and endangered species should be considered and blasting the decision-making process as “rotten.” The...

Selmet Inc. fined $27,500 for furnace explosion that hurt 2

Feb. 20, 2020 4:01 PM EST

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Occupational Safety and Health on Wednesday fined Selmet Inc. $27,500 for an 2019 titanium furnace explosion that injured two employees. The state agency issued the fine for violating job safety rules, calling three of the violations serious, The Albany Democrat-Herald reported....

3 state transportation employees investigated for theft

Feb. 20, 2020 10:38 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Police is investigating three Oregon Department of Transportation employees on theft allegations, the department announced Wednesday. Three employees from the Lawnfield Maintenance Station in Clackamas are being investigated, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Two of...

Democrat vies for Bend, Oregon, Statehouse seat

Feb. 19, 2020 4:52 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A county prosecutor in Bend, Oregon, announced Wednesday he will run as a Democratic candidate for a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives that is currently held by a Republican. With just under three weeks before the candidate filing deadline, Deschutes County Deputy District...

Oregon cop used badge to get sex; now he wants to be lawyer

Feb. 19, 2020 10:22 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Bar has rejected the application of an ex-Springfield police officer to become a lawyer after its investigators found that he had used his position to exploit vulnerable women for sex and lied about it. The Board of Bar Examiners determined that Neil Halttunen had not...

Oregon House GOP members refuse to appear for session

Feb. 18, 2020 9:58 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Most Republican lawmakers refused to attend a Tuesday night session of the Oregon House of Representatives amid a slowdown over anger at a sweeping bill on climate change. Earlier, Republican lawmakers, who are a minority in the House, insisted that bills coming to the floor be read in...

ODOT managers retire following internal investigation

Feb. 18, 2020 11:01 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two Oregon Department of Transportation managers at the center of a 2017 whistleblower-retaliation scandal have retired following a six-month internal investigation into possible new policy violations. David McKane, 60, and David Fifer, 63, worked for ODOT’s Motor Carrier...

Highway 22 closed after tanker crash, diesel spill

Feb. 17, 2020 7:00 PM EST

IDANHA, Ore. (AP) — A stretch of Highway 22 will be closed for much of this week as crews clean up gasoline and diesel fuel that leaked out of a crashed tanker truck near Idanha along the North Santiam River, state transportation authorities said Monday. The highway between Idanha and Santiam Junction is...

FILE - In this July 22, 2019, file photo, Oregon State University's Marine Studies Building, which is under construction in a tsunami inundation zone, is viewed from the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Ore. The building, center right, is surrounded by Yaquina Bay. The Oregon Legislature appears poised to continue to allow construction of critical facilities in tsunami inundation zones, a move slammed by critics. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon wrestles with building facilities in tsunami zones

Feb. 17, 2020 2:01 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Experts say the big one is coming to the Pacific Northwest: a massive earthquake that will cause buildings and bridges to collapse and unleash a tsunami that will devastate the coast. But, doubling down on its decision last year to allow the construction of critical facilities in tsunami...

Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

Feb. 15, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week,...