Latest Oregon state government News

Oregon waterway pesticide levels fall due to farming changes

Oct. 17, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmental regulators say pesticide levels in some Oregon waterways have dropped to fractions of former concentrations due to voluntary changes by farmers. The Capital Press reported Wednesday that the state Department of Environmental Quality found that growers who altered spray...

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...

Woman pleads not guilty to selling shark fins in Portland

Oct. 13, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman has pleaded not guilty to charges of selling dried shark fins in a Portland store. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports 52-year-old Agnes Yu of Happy Valley is charged with four misdemeanor counts of selling dried shark fins at Wing Ming Herbs in southeast Portland. She pleaded...

Court: AG must rewrite 'misleading' pension ballot measure

Oct. 11, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum must redraft the misleading title and explanation that her agency wrote for a proposed ballot measure that seeks to prohibit government employers from taking on any new pension debt, the Oregon Supreme Court ordered this week. The Justice Department is...

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...

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...

8 vaping lung illness cases reported in Oregon

Oct. 1, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State health officials say three additional cases of severe lung illnesses linked to vaping have been reported, bringing the total to eight. The Oregon Health Authority said last week that two Oregon victims had died. That escalation prompted the state, lawmakers and Gov. Kate Brown...