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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks to journalists on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, during an Associated Press forum before the start of the 2020 legislative session. Brown and the speaker of the House of Representatives, both Democrats, say passing legislation aimed at stemming global warming is their priority when lawmakers return to the Capitol next month. But the leader of the minority Republicans in the House said she opposes such moves, saying it only guarantees that prices for individual Oregonians will go up. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Democrats: Oregon climate bill is priority; GOP resists

Jan. 18, 2020 2:23 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and the speaker of the House of Representatives, both Democrats, said Friday that passing legislation aimed at stemming global warming is their priority when lawmakers return to the Capitol next month. But Rep. Christine Drazan, the leader of the minority...

Oregon Senate president, 76, hospitalized with hip pain

Jan. 14, 2020 6:27 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, is in a Portland hospital after experiencing severe hip pain. Courtney's office in the Oregon State Capitol said Tuesday that the 76-year-old Democrat hurt his hip while spinning last week while...

Salem struggles with homeless crisis, camping ban backfires

Jan. 9, 2020 7:24 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Salem's homeless camping ban may have backfired. Enacted in mid-December, it first pushed people out of downtown and away from The ARCHES Project, to a brief stay at the Oregon Capitol Mall and then elsewhere, only to migrate back to the sheltering buildings of downtown. The only real...

In this Oct. 30, 2019, photo, the Oregon Investment Council conducts its monthly meeting in Tigard, Ore. In 2017, the council decided unanimously to invest $233 million of the state workers' pension fund in Novalpina Capital, a private equity fund, which later bought into Israeli spyware company NSO Group. Major international human rights groups said NSO Group's Pegasus spyware has been used by repressive governments against human rights defenders, dissidents and journalists. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Sen. Merkley: Oregon should drop private prison investments

Nov. 26, 2019 6:38 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon state employee pension fund should drop its investments in two prisons companies whose facilities have been used to detain immigrants, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley says. Oregon has $2 million invested in two prison companies, even though Oregon pioneered statewide sanctuary status....