Latest Oregon state government News

Oregon primate research facility under scrutiny after deaths

Jan. 25, 2023 17:20 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A state lawmaker in Oregon is using thousands of pages of redacted documents he sought for more than a year to launch legislation demanding more accountability and oversight of a primate research facility with a long history of complaints. Incidents at the Oregon...

State lawmakers propose power grid protections after attacks

Jan. 22, 2023 07:36 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When gunshots at two electrical substations cut power to thousands of central North Carolina homes for several days in early December, Republican state Rep. Ben Moss watched his vibrant district full of family farms, small businesses and sprawling golf courses become “a...

Oregon lawmakers show signs of bipartisan harmony — for now

Jan. 17, 2023 20:23 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers in both the Democratic and Republican parties named housing, homelessness and mental health as top priorities on Tuesday as they began the 2023 legislative session on a note of relative bipartisan good will. Whether that lasts, or dissolves into...

Oregon wants high court to toss orders blocking gun measure

Jan. 13, 2023 20:11 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The state attorney general has petitioned the Oregon Supreme Court to either toss out a circuit judge's rulings that block the implementation of a new, voter-approved gun safety measure or else explain why the rulings should stand. Assistant Attorney General...

3 ex-Oregon state workers sentenced in $6M theft scheme

Jan. 07, 2023 14:19 PM EST

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Three former Oregon Department of Transportation workers have been sentenced for a long-running theft and reselling scheme estimated to have cost taxpayers about $6 million. Ex-employees John Tipton, Frank Smead Jr. and Autumn Arndt, as well as Smead’s...

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...

Taxes fall, wages rise and jaywalking OK'd by new state laws

Dec. 31, 2022 10:26 AM EST

Taxes will fall and minimum wages rise for residents in numerous states as a variety of new laws take effect Sunday that could impact people's finances and, in some cases, their personal liberties. Some new laws could affect access to abortion. Others will ease restrictions on...

Taxes fall, wages rise and jaywalking OK'd by new state laws

Dec. 31, 2022 10:23 AM EST

Taxes will fall and minimum wages rise for residents in numerous states as a variety of new laws take effect Sunday that could impact people's finances and, in some cases, their personal liberties. Some new laws could affect access to abortion. Others will ease restrictions on...

Oregon: People convicted by split juries can have new trial

Dec. 30, 2022 20:24 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of defendants in Oregon who were convicted of crimes by non-unanimous juries before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down such jury verdicts have a right to a new trial, under a decision issued by the state's supreme court on Friday. The Oregon Supreme...

Oregon governor appoints 2 more state Supreme Court judges

Dec. 28, 2022 17:23 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday she is appointing two justices to the Oregon Supreme Court before she leaves office, which makes every justice on the state’s highest court a Brown appointee. She is appointing Stephen Bushong and Bronson James to the high court....