Latest Oregon state government News

Man charged with killing dog in illegal trap

Jun. 20, 2018 7:51 AM EDT

BANDON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested after a dog was caught and killed last week in an illegal trap south of Coos Bay. The World reports 57-year-old Monte Callaway of Bandon has been arrested by Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division. Oregon State Police Trooper Brian Koell...

Oregon AG seeks information on separated children

Jun. 19, 2018 5:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is asking state residents to tell her office if they know about children being brought to Oregon after being separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. In a letter posted on social media Tuesday, Rosenblum appealed to Oregonians to speak...

Oregon Supreme Court OKs language in gun control proposal

Jun. 19, 2018 4:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's highest court certified the language of a gun control proposal aimed for the November ballot. The Oregon Supreme Court announced the certification Monday, meaning supporters of the proposal can start collecting signatures. To qualify for the ballot, petitioners must obtain...

Oregon law seizes guns from those who may do harm

Jun. 18, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jason had but one item on his shopping list when he pulled into the store parking lot, rage seething within him: a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun just like his father's. Jason's life was coming apart. He was 35 and the previous day, his wife of eight months had told him she...

Brownsville man is Independent Party's gubernatorial nominee

Jun. 15, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A cabinet maker from Brownsville is the Independent Party of Oregon's candidate for governor in the upcoming election, the Secretary of State's office announced Thursday. Patrick Starnes narrowly won the Independent Party's nomination with 6,030 votes. Republican state Rep. Knute...

Marijuana growers in southern Oregon prevail in court

Jun. 14, 2018 11:00 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by county commissioners in a prime marijuana-growing part of the state to put back in place their restrictions on commercial pot production. The appeals court's dismissal without comment Wednesday of the Josephine County commissioners' case...

Environmental, fishing groups sue Oregon over coho salmon

Jun. 13, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A coalition of environmental and fishing groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the state of Oregon, alleging logging in the state's two largest forests is threatening the survival of coho salmon that breed in streams flowing through the coastal region. The lawsuit filed in...

Loose screw blamed for Portland streetcar derailment

Jun. 13, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Investigators say a loose screw probably caused last month's streetcar derailment in Portland. The streetcar collided with two cars May 24, causing a derailment. One person was hurt. The investigation found that a screw in the assembly of the streetcar's master controller came loose...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jun. 13, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: _____ The Eugene Register-Guard, June 12, on Oregon secretary of state defending 'inactive' voters' rights: The United States has two kinds of elections officials. One kind worries that the wrong people might vote. The other kind believes it's their responsibility to...

Top US attorney in Oregon charges 9 in fraud, pot scheme

Jun. 12, 2018 7:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's top federal prosecutor has charged nine people with financial and drug crimes in a scheme that involved defrauding banks and using the money to start illegal marijuana grow houses and fund an interstate pot distribution ring, according to court documents filed Tuesday. The...