Latest Oregon state government News

Gov. declares conflagration for wildfire south of The Dalles

Aug. 02, 2022 22:34 PM EDT

MAUPIN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in order to get resources to a fire burning south of The Dalles in Wasco County. The Miller Road/Dodge Fire sparked Tuesday afternoon near the community of Juniper Flats and is burning in grass,...

Ex-gov. candidate Kristof donates remaining political cash

Aug. 02, 2022 20:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Former Oregon gubernatorial candidate Nick Kristof said Monday he is getting back into journalism. The longtime New York Times columnist left his job last year to try a run at the state’s highest elected office. But with the campaign cut short by residency...

Top OR gubernatorial candidates meet for 1st debate

Jul. 29, 2022 20:33 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The leading candidates in Oregon's gubernatorial race on Friday used the first debate of the campaign as an opportunity to defines themselves. The Statesman Journal reports that over the 90-minute debate, candidates received questions from a panel of newspaper...

Extended triple-digit heat suspected in 4 deaths in Oregon

Jul. 28, 2022 22:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Triple-digit heat was being investigated Thursday as the cause of death for four people in Oregon as a sweltering heat wave enveloped the Pacific Northwest — and the forecast showed no sign of letting up soon in a region unaccustomed to such temperatures. ...

Audit outlines state agency pandemic unemployment failures

Jul. 27, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new audit from the Secretary of State has found Oregon’s unemployment insurance system experienced many problems during the pandemic, delaying payments to thousands of workers who lost jobs. “The goal of a safety net is for it to be there when you need...

University offers tuition discount to Native Americans

Jul. 23, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland State University announced Thursday a tuition discount for any student from a federally-recognized Native American tribe. Starting this upcoming fall, students who are members of the country’s nearly 600 federally recognized tribes across the...

Cop who wrongfully arrested Black man gets probation

Jul. 22, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fired police sergeant in a Portland, Oregon, suburb has been sentenced to probation and ordered to complete community service and cultural sensitivity training after pleading no contest to first-degree official misconduct for his role in the wrongful arrest of a Black man....

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 21, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Democratic congressman endorses independent for governor

Jul. 20, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two months after voters in Oregon denied Democrat Kurt Schrader an eighth term in Congress, he endorsed an unaffiliated candidate for governor on Tuesday instead of the Democratic nominee. “People are concerned with the far-right and they’re exhausted with...

Abortion issue changes landscape in new Oregon district

Jul. 13, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Booming population growth made Oregon one of just six states to gain an additional seat in the U.S. House following the 2020 census. The state’s population jumped by more than 10% in the past decade to more than 4.2 million people, giving it a new congressional district...