Latest Oregon state government News

Oregon passes law saying schools must teach the Holocaust

Jul. 15, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon public school students will be required to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides under a bill signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on Monday, a measure that was in response to spikes in anti-Semitic incidents across the country. The law was introduced by 14-year old Claire...

Oregon GOP launches effort to recall Democratic Gov. Brown

Jul. 15, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The chairman of the Oregon Republican Party has filed paperwork to launch a recall against Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, citing some of the laws passed in the 2019 legislative session. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Chairman Bill Currier in the Monday filing also pointed to Brown's...

3 suffer minor injuries in small plane crash on Oregon coast

Jul. 8, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

SOUTH BEACH STATE PARK, Ore. (AP) — Police say a pilot and two passengers suffered minor injuries when their small plane crashed on an Oregon coast beach. Oregon State Police say the plane crashed at about 5:10 p.m. Monday south of Depoe Bay near South Beach State Park. The pilot and passengers were taken...

Divided Alaska Legislature convenes session in 2 cities

Jul. 8, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divided Alaska lawmakers have found little to agree on this year, and that includes where to hold a special session. The Alaska state Senate kicked off its second special session in Juneau on Monday and promptly removed its majority leader, who was 600 miles (965 kilometers) away...

Police staffing increased in presence of Oregon senator

Jul. 8, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who threatened the Senate president and Oregon State Police on the eve of a revolt by GOP senators over a climate-change bill must give notice before coming to the Capitol, where state troopers will beef up their presence, a Senate committee decided Monday. The...

The Latest: Steps taken amid Oregon lawmakers' threats

Jul. 8, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing by the Oregon state Senate over a lawmaker's comments made during a Republican revolt over climate legislation (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A special committee of the Oregon state Senate decided unanimously on Monday that a Republican senator who threatened the...

Man arrested in Oregon in death of original Mouseketeer

Jul. 6, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon have arrested a man in the death of an original member of Disney's "The Mickey Mouse Club." Daniel James Burda, 36, was taken into custody Friday on suspicion of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, abuse of a corpse, criminal mistreatment and identity...

Oregon senator, a war veteran, now under fire for threats

Jul. 5, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state senator who once worked in the world's hotspots as a contractor and soldier now finds himself under fire over threats he made during a Republican revolt over climate legislation. Sen. Brian Boquist, a veteran who served in Iraq, warned Senate President Peter Courtney that...

Mower strikes, kills man sleeping on side of Oregon highway

Jul. 4, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was sleeping in the grass on the side of an Oregon highway died after he was hit by a mower. The Statesman Journal reports a state Department of Transportation employee was mowing along the shoulder of state Highway 42 near the rural community of Tenmile on...

Worries over move making Oregonians pay Washington sales tax

Jul. 4, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregonians, say goodbye to your Washington sales tax break — at least as you've come to know it. Gone are the days of showing an Oregon ID at a Washington register and getting an automatic pass on sales tax. Starting July 1, Oregonians who shop in Washington must save their...