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Oregon joins effort to solve crimes against Native women

May. 20, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Native American women have gone missing or been killed at alarming rates, federal and private studies show, and there is growing concern that confusion by law enforcement over who has jurisdiction can lead to lax pursuit of cases and insufficient data. Oregon, home to nine federally...

Gun control measure expected back after miss this session

May. 20, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A multifaceted gun control bill pushed by Oregon Democrats may be dead this session, but advocates and opponents alike are confident it will return. The Statesman Journal reports that Senate Bill 978 was a casualty of the deal that got Senate Republicans to end their four-day walkout and...

Oregon files new suit against Purdue Pharma, naming owners

May. 17, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's attorney general has filed a new lawsuit against the maker of prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin, this time targeting the company's owners. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum alleges in a suit announced Thursday that Connecticut-based...

Wolf's comeback in US triggers debate on protection levels

May. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The gray wolf is on track for a remarkable comeback after being almost exterminated in the contiguous United States, but a Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has exposed divisions among states. California says it opposes...

Oregon House speaker wants to cut tax rebate in half

May. 16, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — House Speaker Tina Kotek is introducing a plan to halve cut the tax rebate Oregon residents receive. The Portland Democrat announced the idea Thursday, the day after state economists revealed that the "kicker" tax rebate could be the largest in state history. Oregon Public Broadcasting...

Oregon Gov. signs $1 billion school funding tax package

May. 16, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a sweeping tax package set to raise $1 billion a year for schools. The governor says in a Tweet Thursday that "this is a big day for our kids, and their future." Schools will be required to use the funds to decrease class size and boost student...

Rift exposed among Oregon leaders on wolf protections

May. 15, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Slapping down a stance taken by the director of Oregon's wildlife department, Gov. Kate Brown declared Wednesday that the state and its agencies oppose the federal government's proposal to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Director...

Oregon to appeal federal judge order in murder case

May. 15, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Justice will appeal a federal judge's ruling that ordered the release or a new trial for Frank Gable, convicted of murder for the 1989 stabbing death of Oregon's prison chief Michael Francke. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the state filed its notice of...

Oregon policewoman survives shooting, suspect arrested

May. 15, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A policewoman survived being shot several times at close range by a motorist who was later arrested Wednesday at a nearby apartment in a capture operation assisted by around 100 law enforcement officers. The arrest capped a night of drama in which a working-class neighborhood of Oregon's...

Correction: Oregon-Vaccine Exemptions story

May. 15, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story May 14 about vaccine legislation in Oregon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Washington state this year passed a law to end all non-medical exemptions for the measles vaccine. The Washington measure included religious exemptions. A corrected version of the story...