Latest Oregon state government News

Oregon sees push for strictest gun storage law in US

Sep. 18, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Carol Manstrom says she lost her 18-year-old son when he grabbed his father's unsecured pistol and shot himself. Paul Kemp lost his brother-in-law when a man opened fire with a stolen AR-15 assault-style rifle at a shopping mall. On Wednesday, Manstrom and Kemp helped deliver 2,000...

Resignation of Oregon public records advocate stirs doubts

Sep. 12, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown came to office pledging greater government transparency, and in 2017 pushed the Legislature to create a first-ever public records advocate. Now, the abrupt resignation of advocate Ginger McCall, who accused Brown's general counsel of undue influence and unethical...

Wildlife officials kill cougar that had threatened jogger

Sep. 4, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Four days after a cougar chased a jogger in an Oregon forest, state and federal wildlife officials on Wednesday tracked down and killed a mountain lion believed to be the same animal. The runner's frightening encounter with the cougar occurred Saturday in the Dunn Forest, a research...

Some states, towns skeptical over proposed opioid settlement

Aug. 30, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An offer from OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family to settle some 2,000 lawsuits over their contribution to the national opioid crisis is receiving growing pushback from state and local officials who say the proposed deal doesn't include enough money or...

Oregon official: Family shifted billions from opioid company

Aug. 30, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Sackler family siphoned $11 billion from Purdue Pharma L.P., the Oxycontin maker the family owns and which is facing numerous lawsuits, in an attempt to evade "catastrophic liability," Oregon's attorney general said Friday. That amount is higher than some of the numbers other states...

Oregon defends past nonunanimous jury verdicts to high court

Aug. 24, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's criminal justice system would be "overwhelmed" if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in an upcoming case that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional, the state's attorney general has told the court. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in an amicus brief on Friday that if...

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a...

New Oregon law requires cage-free commercial eggs by 2024

Aug. 14, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's governor has signed a bill requiring eggs produced by commercial farms to eventually be cage-free. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday that Gov. Kate Brown approved the new law mandating all eggs produced or sold in Oregon must come from cage-free hens by 2024. The...

Correction: Paid Family Leave story

Aug. 12, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story Aug. 9 about a new paid family leave law in Oregon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a person needed to work 1,000 hours a year to qualify. A person needs to earn $1,000 a year to qualify. A corrected version of the story is below: Oregon paid leave law 1st in US...

Judge rules for Oregon in sanctuary state case with Trump

Aug. 9, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. judge ruled that the Trump administration cannot withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants from Oregon to force the nation's first sanctuary state to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement. U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane, in Eugene said in his ruling late...