Latest Oregon state government News

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a...

Oregon Corrections Department faces $1M civil rights lawsuit

Aug. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former employee is suing the Oregon Department of Corrections for almost $1 million. The Statesman Journal reported Wednesday that Gary Sims says the department's diversity office unlawfully retaliated against him for aiding employees with discrimination complaints. Sims' lawsuit filed...

Editorials from around Oregon

Aug. 14, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Mail Tribune, Aug. 13, on state procedures for issuing drivers licenses: Bill Greenstein's lawsuit alleging the state of Oregon wrongly issued a driver's license to the repeat drunk driver who killed his wife is now settled. What's not settled is whether Oregon is...

Opinion: New Oregon death penalty rules affect old cases

Aug. 14, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A recent opinion from the Oregon Department of Justice that a former death row inmate cannot be sentenced to death upon retrial because of a new law curbing the use of the death penalty has the state's prosecutors working to determine how many murder cases might be affected. The...

State files brief challenging order in murder case

Aug. 14, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Justice is appealing 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 that lawyers argue a federal judge...

New Oregon law requires cage-free commercial eggs by 2024

Aug. 14, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's governor has signed a bill requiring eggs produced by commercial farms to eventually be cage-free. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday that Gov. Kate Brown approved the new law mandating all eggs produced or sold in Oregon must come from cage-free hens by 2024. The...

Correction: Paid Family Leave story

Aug. 12, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story Aug. 9 about a new paid family leave law in Oregon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a person needed to work 1,000 hours a year to qualify. A person needs to earn $1,000 a year to qualify. A corrected version of the story is below: Oregon paid leave law 1st in US...

Man killed when motorcycle strikes cow

Aug. 12, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed after crashing his motorcycle into a cow. KOIN reports the crash happened early Monday morning in Jackson County in the southwest portion of the state. Police identified the man as 57-year-old Stephen Coolidge from Jacksonville. The cow was also killed....

Public employees sue Oregon over pension law

Aug. 10, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Nine Oregon public employees have sued the state, saying their pension benefits are unfairly reduced by a new law. The Statesman Journal reports that the lawsuit, filed Friday in the Oregon Supreme Court, contests Senate Bill 1049, which the Oregon Legislature passed and Gov. Kate Brown...

Gov. Brown OKs bill that eases rules for irrigation ditches

Aug. 9, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has decided not to veto a bill that will ease rules for farmers clearing out irrigation ditches, her office told Oregon Public Broadcasting . Oregon Public Broadcasting says that her decision was likely to please many in rural parts of the state, but it spurred a...