Latest Oregon state government News

Controversial plan for Oregon natural gas terminal abandoned

Dec. 01, 2021 19:24 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Canadian energy company called it quits Wednesday on a controversial natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal on the southern Oregon coast after failing to obtain all necessary state permits. Opponents of the Jordan Cove project, which would...

Longtime Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio won't seek reelection

Dec. 01, 2021 15:03 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rep. Peter DeFazio, the longest serving U.S. House member in Oregon’s history and a staunch advocate for environmental issues, said Wednesday he is retiring and will not seek reelection next year. The 74-year-old Democrat is the powerful chairman...

Rep. Peter DeFazio, the longest serving U.S. House member in Oregon’s history, is retiring

Dec. 01, 2021 13:56 PM EST
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rep. Peter DeFazio, the longest serving U.S. House member in Oregon’s history, is retiring.

Dozens of Oregon workers fired for not getting COVID shot

Dec. 01, 2021 10:23 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials in Oregon say at least 99 state workers have been fired for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. KOIN reports the figures from the Department of Administrative Services show that out of more than 40,000 state workers, 84.7%...

Oregon governor calls for special session to protect renters

Nov. 30, 2021 19:49 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With winter coming and federal funds drying up, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday she'll call a special session of the Legislature Dec. 13 to approve state funding for rental assistance and extend eviction protections issued because of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Fired recruit files federal suit against Springfield police

Nov. 30, 2021 16:13 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — A woman fired from the Springfield Police Department after she was accused of lying about a relationship with a sergeant has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination and a hostile work environment. Fired recruit Amanda McIntyre noted in the...

GOP drops challenge to new Oregon congressional districts

Nov. 30, 2021 16:11 PM EST

SALEM (AP) — A group of former Republican elected officials have dropped their challenge to new Oregon congressional districts. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the move comes after a judicial panel last week unanimously dismissed a challenge to the new maps pushed...

Attorney General Rosenblum says she won’t run for governor

Nov. 30, 2021 09:52 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Monday put to rest rumors and officially said she will not enter Oregon’s crowded race for governor. On Monday Rosenblum said in a video post on Twitter that upon considerable reflection, she believes she can...

Oregon lawmakers seek extra $18m for refugee resettlement

Nov. 27, 2021 18:48 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As Oregon prepares to take in approximately 1,200 Afghan refugees in the next 12 months, state lawmakers are asking the Legislature’s emergency board for an additional $18 million to expand services and capacity. Oregon Public Broadcasting...

Oregon parks department working to add campsites

Nov. 26, 2021 14:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregonians will soon have more options for camping — especially those looking for a quick trip — as the state parks department works to finalize details on a capital improvement plan. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported on Thursday staff in...