Latest Oregon state government News

House OKs bill removing cap on noneconomic injury damages

Mar. 26, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon would no longer cap damages awarded for so-called "pain and suffering" resulting from bodily injury under a bill approved by the state House. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the measure passed 36-22 on Monday and now moves to the Senate. The measure would remove a $500,000 limit...

Oregon state employees email accounts blocked after attack

Mar. 26, 2019 12:48 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state employees found themselves unable to send work emails to some outside accounts beginning last week. OregonLive/The Oregonian reported Monday that state employees were unable to send emails to many people they would otherwise correspond with due to a spam email attack. The...

Inslee visits Portland training center on campaign stop

Mar. 24, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Washington toured a labor union training center in Oregon as part of his campaign for president. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Gov. Jay Inslee on Saturday toured the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48's training center in Portland. Inslee is...

1 dead after armed robbery suspects crash near Albany

Mar. 22, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — One armed robbery suspect is dead and two others are seriously hurt after authorities said they tried to flee and crashed their car. KOIN reports that Oregon State Police said troopers found a car reported stolen out of Eugene on I-5 near Albany shortly before 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The...

2 arrested after bank robbery, shootout by Oregon coast

Mar. 22, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

CLOVERDALE, Ore. (AP) — A man and woman from the Salem area were arrested after police say they robbed a bank at gunpoint in Tillamook County and later got into a shootout with police. Oregon State Police say the robbery was reported at a U.S. Bank in Cloverdale around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Police say the...

Oregon Department of Human Services confirms data breach

Mar. 21, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Human Services says that a data breach may have exposed the personal information of the 1.6 million residents the department serves. The department said on Thursday it isn't sure exactly how many people had their information exposed after nearly 2 million...

Oregon Legislators consider raising pay by 63 percent

Mar. 20, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are considering raising their annual pay by nearly $20,000, a move the sponsors say will attract more diverse candidates to the statehouse. "We're a diverse state, we need a diverse legislature," Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, one of the legislators leading the...

Report: Oregon still not tracking at-risk student success

Mar. 20, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A report from the Secretary of State found that Oregon hasn't followed up on recommendations to better track the progress of the state's most at-risk students. The report, released Wednesday, said the Oregon Department of Education only made partial progress on three of the 15...

Editorials from around Oregon

Mar. 20, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: _____ The Eugene Register-Guard, March 20, on not taking guns away from University of Oregon police: Last year, Portland State University police shot and killed a man who was trying to break up a fight outside a bar. Now a state lawmaker wants to take guns away from...

Permanent offshore oil drilling ban OK'd by Oregon lawmakers

Mar. 19, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a permanent offshore oil drilling ban as the Trump administration forges ahead with a plan that could open up the Pacific coast for petroleum exploration and extraction. The House voted 47-8 to prohibit drilling and exploration in...