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Court issues temporary stay on flavored vaping ban in Oregon

Oct. 17, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Court of Appeals on Thursday put a halt to the state's ban on flavored vaping products two days after it took effect. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the temporary stay issued appears to apply only to tobacco-based vaping products, sold under the oversight of the Oregon...

Western governors want nuclear testing compensation expanded

Oct. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout and resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government currently recognizes, Western governors said. The Western Governors' Association on Friday sent letters to the U.S. Senate...

GOP efforts to recall Oregon's Democratic governor fail

Oct. 14, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A pair of recall efforts by Republicans to oust Oregon's Democratic governor failed on Monday, with officials saying one lacked the necessary number of signatures and the other failing to submit any signatures to election officials. "Since the deadline for submission of signatures for...

Oregon approves six-month ban on flavored vape products

Oct. 11, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon regulators enacted a six-month ban Friday on the sale of flavored nicotine and cannabis vape products in stores and online statewide amid an outbreak of illnesses that has sickened nearly 1,300 people nationwide and killed 26, including two people in Oregon. The Oregon Liquor...

Official: Oregon's fees on public records requests too high

Oct. 9, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Fees charged by the state of Oregon and local governments for public records requests are high and wildly uneven, creating a barrier for journalists and citizens seeking documents, Oregon's first public records advocate said Wednesday. Ginger McCall, who leaves her job Friday after her...

Editorials from around Oregon

Oct. 9, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Corvallis Gazette-Times, Oct. 9, on allowing taxpayer say in how money from Student Success Act should be used: The agenda for the Thursday night meeting of the Corvallis School Board includes this pleasant topic: How should the district plan for how to spend...

Officials: 1 more vaping-related illness in Oregon

Oct. 8, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Health officials say one more Oregonian has a vaping-related severe lung illness, raising Oregon's toll to nine victims, two of whom have died. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Gov. Kate Brown on Oct. 4 ordered a six-month ban on sales of all flavored vaping products with nicotine or...

Ballot measures could let voters act on climate change

Oct. 7, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — If lawmakers again fail to pass a law regulating Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions next year, voters could be called on to do it. Three initiative petitions filed with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office Monday would require the state to phase out electricity sources that contribute...

Western governors: States not consulted on nuclear waste

Oct. 4, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Western governors are disappointed that the U.S. Department of Energy didn't consult their states' nuclear waste experts before releasing a five-year plan for a nuclear waste facility in New Mexico, the governors say. The Western Governors' Association in a Sept. 30 letter to the Energy...

Oregon imposes temporary ban on some vaping products

Oct. 4, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's governor ordered a temporary ban Friday on the sale of flavored vaping products amid an outbreak that has sickened more than 1,000 people nationwide -- and killed two in Oregon. Several other states, including Washington, New York, Michigan and Rhode Island, have also imposed...