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Outgoing Oregon governor reflects on turbulent final term

Jan. 06, 2023 17:46 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Democratic Gov. Kate Brown faced unprecedented challenges in her final term: COVID-19, a surge in homelessness and street battles between police, racial justice protesters and right-wing extremists. Now, in her final days in office, Brown said in an...

New Mexico governor appointed a new top health official

Dec. 30, 2022 13:37 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Oregon's top health official will be taking the reins of New Mexico's Health Department as the state builds a new veterans home and grapples with the enduring hardships of COVID-19 and the toll of alcoholism, drug-overdose deaths and gun violence. The...

Judge: Nevada can't yet consider death sentence commutations

Dec. 19, 2022 22:49 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s pardons board will not be able to consider a last-minute request from outgoing Gov. Steve Sisolak to commute the sentences of all 57 of the state’s death row prisoners, a judge ordered Monday evening. The state Board of Pardons was set to vote on the...

Oregon research forest will be North America’s largest

Dec. 17, 2022 10:15 AM EST

Oregon is on its way to creating North America’s largest research forest, following this week's decision by top state officials to separate the Elliott State Forest in southwest Oregon from its obligation to fund schools and designate the land as a place for scientific discovery. ...

Report: Executions continued decline but many 'botched'

Dec. 16, 2022 00:17 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Public support and use of the death penalty in 2022 continued its more than two-decade decline in the U.S., and many of the executions that were carried out during the year were “botched” or highly problematic, an annual report on capital punishment says. There...

Mixed reactions to Oregon governor commuting death row

Dec. 15, 2022 17:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's decision to commute all of the state's 17 death sentences and dismantle the state's execution chamber has some, including a former prison superintendent-turned-abolitionist, lauding the move as the humane choice. Others, including a...

Oregon governor commutes all 17 of state's death sentences

Dec. 13, 2022 22:29 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that she is commuting the sentences of all of the state's 17 inmates awaiting execution, saying their death sentences will be changed to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Brown, a Democrat with less than a...

Tribal, federal leaders cheer Klamath River dam removals

Dec. 08, 2022 16:01 PM EST

HORNBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Tribal, state and federal officials on Thursday cheered a plan for the largest dam removal in U.S. history along the Klamath River near the California-Oregon line as a major step toward restoring a once-thriving watershed that tribal communities have long relied on. ...

Gov. extends emergency order as respiratory illnesses surge

Dec. 07, 2022 23:29 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is extending a state of emergency as a surge of respiratory illnesses in adults and children — including RSV, the flu and COVID-19 — strains hospitals. The executive order issued Wednesday calls for the Oregon Health Authority and other...

Oregon senator's fiery words test free speech limits

Nov. 29, 2022 16:16 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state senator who made veiled threats against the Oregon State Police and the Senate president said Tuesday that he's pursuing a freedom of speech lawsuit against fellow lawmakers who sanctioned him. The Senate Conduct Committee on Monday rescinded the...