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Senate leaders likely to block Oregon impeachment resolution

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:26:15 GMT

Oregon will likely stay the only state without a way to impeach and remove its governor, despite bipartisan efforts by House lawmakers to change course. Senate Democratic leaders plan to quash the House's efforts to crimp a governor's right to remain in office.

Brandi Carlile, Conner Oberst and more headed to Oregon Zoo - Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:07:23 GMT

The Oregon Zoo became the first zoo in the country to host summer concerts in 1979. Now, summer concerts are a staple at many major zoos - and the Oregon Zoo has a lineup that includes 80s pop idols, popular indie rock acts, and a beloved public radio personality, among others.

The Oregonian dominates regional journalism contest, claims 7 first place awards

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:07:22 GMT

Journalists at The Oregonian/OregonLive won eight first prize awards in a five-state journalism contest and swept the categories of investigative reporting and coverage of government and politics, social issues, crime and justice, and spot news. The 2016 Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition, sponsored by the regional Society of Professional Journalists , was open to news media in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

Audit: Oregon's Medicaid computer systems work well, but human errors remain

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:32:45 GMT

Oregon's two computer systems that determine Medicaid eligibility and send payments to health care providers are functioning correctly, according to an audit released by the Secretary of State's office on Wednesday morning. But human error, through employee overrides of the computer systems and manual data entry, could result in people inappropriately being issued or denied coverage, the auditors wrote.

The solar eclipse is coming -- and it's $2,000 for a grand view

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:43:07 GMT

Oregonians are set to be the first ones in the United States to witness the solar eclipse and some have paid a whopping $2,000 for a simple luxury: unobstructed views. In an auction, 30 bidders paid $500 a night instead of the standard $28 to camp at a state park in Oregon during the "Great American Eclipse" weekend.

Oregon's economy has hit a 'sweet spot' - maybe

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:13:21 GMT

A recent story detailed a pronounced slowdown in Oregon's tech sector. To blame were some of the usual culprits: Lack of major technology headquarters, a tepid rate of startups, dependence on being an outpost in a few niches and Intel, as well as Portland's slacker culture.

Oregon garden project aims to attract monarch butterflies

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:36:39 GMT

In this April 27, 2017, photo, Gabe Ablin, 21, an Environmental Ethics & Policy major at the University of Portland, stands near a series of raised flower beds as part of a project that hopes to create a habitat for the monarch butterfly in Portland, Ore. One year after first planting various milkweed seeds, Vigor intern Ablin will be one of over 700 UP undergraduates collecting a diploma Saturday.

Black Water Is the First Vegan Heavy Metal Brewery in Oregon

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:05:42 GMT

For the first few months of Black Water Bar's existence, its signage consisted of black plastic wrap covering a sign on Northeast Broadway advertising "Sai-Gon Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese Food." But as the lone beacon of all-ages punk action anywhere near Irvington, Black Water apparently didn't need a sign at all.

The Big Idea: Join us Wednesday for a discussion of Oregon's broken budget with Gov. Kate Brown, top lawmakers

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:05:29 GMT

Projections show that Oregon could collect a record $21 billion in revenues over the next two years. Yet as lawmakers struggle to fix a broken budget system, public colleges and universities are planning tuition increases, while school districts across the state are considering how many teachers and school days to cut.

Oregon's part in the worldwide celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:28:19 GMT

How does Oregon's only Frank Lloyd Wright building compare to his masterpieces around the world? Well, the Gordon House is modest in size, which was the intention of his affordable, experimental Unison designs. And yet it's loaded with style.

Democrats: Medicaid concerns haven't derailed provider tax talks

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:48:11 GMT

Two key Democratic legislators maintain that concerns raised last week by the secretary of state about the state's Medicaid population have not affected negotiations over a possible tax on health care providers. The so-called provider tax aims to raise between $575 million and $600 million to cover part of the state's costs of expanding the pool of people who qualify for Medicaid, the federal government's health care coverage for the poor and other needy groups.

The Oregonian Lays Off More Reporters, Including Its Music Critic

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:28:13 GMT

According to a memo sent out to staff by editor Mark Katches, the layoffs will "affect fewer than 10 people." Four of the "fewer than 10" are veteran sports reporter Mike Tokito, sports writers Billy Gates and Pete Christopher, and music critic David Greenwald.

Thomas Tyner Returning To Football, But Not To Oregon Ducks

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:03:35 GMT

It has been a few years since former Oregon Football Running Back Thomas Tyner Retired from Football for Medical Reasons, but he has had a change of heart. Tyner could have the opportunity of a lifetime with the Oregon Ducks.

Oregon lawmakers shouldn't allow nuclear power until there's a safe solution for its waste (Guest opinion)

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:43:04 GMT

In 1980, Oregon's voters approved a moratorium on the financing and construction of nuclear power plants in Oregon until two conditions are met: First, that a permanent repository for extremely dangerous and long-lived high-level nuclear waste is established by the federal government and is licensed to operate and accept the waste from a proposed plant. And second, that voters approve the new, proposed plant in a statewide vote.

Will the Oregon Ducks return to the Top 25 after 4-8 season? Athlon Sports thinks so

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:22:21 GMT

Oregon endured its worst record in a quarter-century last fall, but at least one media outlet believes the Ducks won't be down for long. New coach Willie Taggart inherits a promising core of young talent for his first season in Eugene.

Portland Metro Monday Weather: Hot day shoots temperatures well above normal

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:03:04 GMT

High pressure that built over the region on Sunday continues Monday with a light offshore flow and a thermal trough bringing us warm air from California. Temperatures will soar above the average of 68 for this time of year.

Memorial service planned for longtime Clackamas Community College president

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:16:22 GMT

In 1968, Dr. John Hakanson was the third Clackamas Community College President when the school finally broke ground on its permanent campus. During the celebration of the school's 40th anniversary, the CCC shared a number of old photos with The Oregonian.