Latest Kate Brown News

DeHoog appointed to Oregon Supreme Court

Jan. 21, 2022 18:31 PM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A former Deschutes County Circuit judge serving on the state Court of Appeals has been named to Oregon Supreme Court. Roger J. DeHoog’s appointment, effective immediately, was announced this week by Gov. Kate Brown’s office, The Bulletin reported. ...

Energy entities eye clean-energy strategy for western states

Jan. 20, 2022 19:43 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two electric utilities and a federal energy agency with millions of customers in eight western states have reached a tentative agreement centered on a new energy transmission line connecting their power grids. Idaho Power, PacifiCorp and the Bonneville Power...

Lawsuit: Governor unlawfully commuting prison sentences

Jan. 20, 2022 17:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Oregon district attorneys and the relatives of three homicide victims have filed a lawsuit accusing Gov. Kate Brown of unlawfully freeing nearly 1,000 incarcerated people. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Marion County Circuit Court, The...

Gov. Kate Brown has $200 million workforce development plan

Jan. 12, 2022 13:35 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is proposing a a $200 million legislative package to bolster the state’s workforce during the pandemic. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the program, titled “Future Ready Oregon,” aims to prioritize key populations...

Oregon AG asks court to quickly decide Kristof's eligibility

Jan. 11, 2022 20:06 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's attorney general on Tuesday urged the state Supreme Court to promptly decide if former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof is eligible to run for governor, after elections officials declared he wasn't. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, who until...

In omicron outbreak, US governors lose appetite for mandates

Jan. 07, 2022 10:03 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Governors took sweeping actions during earlier surges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many closed schools and ordered businesses shut down. They issued mask mandates, vaccine requirements and even quarantines in some places for people who had traveled to out-of-state hot spots. ...

Kotek stepping down as Speaker to focus on governor's race

Jan. 06, 2022 16:23 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek announced Thursday she will resign from the Legislature to focus on her gubernatorial run. The last day for the longest-tenured speaker in state history will be Jan. 21. “I am forever grateful to my constituents,...

Gambling venture files legal challenge against OR commission

Dec. 30, 2021 11:08 AM EST

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Backers of a Southern Oregon gaming and entertainment venue have filed a legal petition against the Oregon Racing Commission over purported licensing delays for gambling machines. The petition, filed in Josephine County Circuit Court, suggests the delays...

Cold: Seattle to open shelters, Oregon declares emergency

Dec. 23, 2021 21:57 PM EST

A Pacific Northwest forecast of frigid temperatures with snow and ice in some places has Seattle opening shelters while Oregon's governor and the city of Portland have declared a state of emergency. Seattle city leaders said Thursday that the city will open two severe weather...

Oregon governor extends COVID state of emergency declaration

Dec. 21, 2021 18:19 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday extended Oregon’s declaration of a state of emergency as health officials prepare for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the coming weeks. The emergency declaration is the legal underpinning for the...