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Native American confirmed as head of National Park Service

Nov. 19, 2021 19:10 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved the nomination of Charles “Chuck” Sams III as National Park Service director, which will make him the first Native American to lead the agency. Some conservationists hailed Sams’ confirmation Thursday...

Sen. Betsy Johnson raises $1.8M for Oregon governor campaign

Nov. 18, 2021 19:24 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State Sen. Betsy Johnson has raised $1.8 million in cash contributions in her campaign to become Oregon’s next governor, campaign finance records showed Thursday. Johnson, a 20-year veteran of the Oregon Legislature and one of its most moderate...

Migrant Oregon weed workers face threats amid illegal boom

Nov. 04, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Thousands of immigrants working on southern Oregon illegal marijuana farms that authorities say are run by foreign cartels are living in squalid conditions and are sometimes being cheated and threatened by their gangland bosses. The situation has...

Pritzker, top aides headed to UK on climate mission

Nov. 02, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker and an entourage of top state officials planned to depart for the United Kingdom Tuesday on a weeklong hunt for climate-friendly investment and to tout Illinois' new clean-energy law at the global climate change summit in Scotland. ...

US Democratic governors to participate in U.N. climate talks

Oct. 29, 2021 23:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. governors want a seat at the table as international leaders prepare to gather in Scotland at a critical moment for global efforts to reduce fossil fuel emissions and slow the planet's temperature rise. At least a half dozen state governors...

Ex-NYT columnist Kristof announces run for Oregon governor

Oct. 27, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof announced his candidacy Wednesday for Oregon governor, saying the state needs a political newbie to solve problems like homelessness and rural despair. “I've never run for political office in my...

Brown commutes juvenile sentences of more than 70 offenders

Oct. 21, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown has commuted the sentences of more than 70 people convicted of felonies while juveniles, but the action doesn’t automatically mean they are about to be released. The governor’s commutations earlier this week granted some adults in...

Federal judge rejects bid to block Oregon vaccine mandate

Oct. 18, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday denied a last-minute bid by more than three dozen state employees, health care providers and school staff to temporarily stop the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon rejected their...

Oregon illegal pot grows: More calls to send National Guard

Oct. 18, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On the same day last week that a southern Oregon county declared a state of emergency amid a sharp increase in illegal cannabis farms, police raided a site that had about 2 tons of processed marijuana and 17,500 pot plants. The raid illustrates that...

State Sen. Betsy Johnson to run for governor as independent

Oct. 14, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

Oregon state Sen. Betsy Johnson plans to run for governor in 2022 as an independent. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Johnson announced her plans in an email Thursday. Johnson, from Warren, would be up for re-election in her northwest Oregon Senate district next year...