Latest Oregon state government News

Governor's campaign demands stop to attack ad airings

Aug. 21, 2018 9:26 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An attorney for Democratic Gov. Kate Brown's re-election campaign is demanding that Oregon TV stations stop airing an attack advertisement, claiming the ad is illegal under state law because it's making false statements. A letter by attorney Harry Wilson was sent to stations Monday,...

Police: Driver hits, kills highway flagger in eastern Oregon

Aug. 16, 2018 8:35 AM EDT

ATHENA, Ore. (AP) — Police say a driver struck and killed a construction flagger in northeastern Oregon. The Oregonian reports the crash happened around 8:40 p.m. on Oregon 11 near Athena, where workers were repaving the road. Oregon State Police say 49-year-old Tyresa Monaghan of Kennewick, Washington,...

Melting snow reveals dead elk herd near No Name Lake

Aug. 15, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says melting snow east of Bend has revealed the carcasses of 19 elk which it believes were killed by an avalanche. The Bulletin reports hikers near No Name Lake and Broken Top mountain peak found the carcasses last week. Wildlife biologist Jamie...

8 dead in two-car collision in rural Oregon

Aug. 14, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — A collision in rural Oregon that killed eight people happened when the driver of one SUV crossed the centerline and crashed into another SUV carrying seven people. The Oregon State Police said Tuesday that both cars were Toyota 4 Runners and all the victims died at the scene Monday...

Lawmakers hire firm to handle sexual harassment complaint

Aug. 14, 2018 8:21 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers have voted to hire a Portland law firm to handle the Legislature's response to a complaint claiming top Democrats covered up sexual harassment at the Capitol. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports lawmakers voted Monday to hire Barran Liebman LLP. Legislative Counsel Dexter...

Collapse at Oregon State project trouble for CLT industry

Aug. 13, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — When Oregon State University leaders decided in 2014 it was time to replace the aging home of its forestry school, they wanted more than a new building. They wanted a statement. The new Peavy Hall would symbolize the rebirth of the state's timber industry by showcasing its signature...

Jury mulls case of FBI agent accused of lying about gunshots

Aug. 9, 2018 10:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury is deliberating whether an FBI agent lied about firing shots at a militia leader who participated in the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge. Prosecutors and defense lawyers for W. Joseph Astarita made closing arguments and that a jury of three women and nine men began...

Evangelist seeks prayer for yoga-practicing Oregon governor

Aug. 9, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state's Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian. Yoga and meditation suit Gov. Kate Brown just fine, she told reporters Thursday when asked if she follows a certain faith....

Smoke, heat plague Oregon

Aug. 9, 2018 8:15 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A layer of smoke blanketed much of Oregon as a heat wave sent temperatures soaring to dangerous levels. Temperatures were reaching 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.56 Celsius) on Thursday, according to the National weather Service. In the Central Oregon town of Bend, temperatures were 20...

Oregon authorities won't investigate ballot complaint

Aug. 9, 2018 7:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The state Department of Justice declined to open a criminal investigation into a complaint alleging that a ballot initiative agreement negotiated by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Nike and a public employees union was illegal. "There is no information that the proponents of (Initiative...