To Ease PERS Problem, Oregon May Use Mix Of Rewards And Punishments

OPB | Oct. 13, 2017

A task force on Oregon's massive public pension debt wants to prod the 900 government agencies in the state to more aggressively tackle the problem.

I-5 Expansion In Portland Faces Opposition, Unanswered Questions

OPB | Oct. 13, 2017

A $450 million project to upgrade Interstate 5 at Portland's Rose Quarter has uncertainties about its costs, the prospect of tolls and whether the state should embark on a major freeway project in the middle of the city.

Oregon Will Send $85M To Schools And More From Cannabis Tax

OPB | Oct. 6, 2017

The initial payout from cannabis taxes in Oregon will total nearly $85 million, according to the Oregon Department of Revenue.

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Report: Income Inequality In Oregon Reaches Record High

OPB | Oct. 4, 2017 1:27 p.m.

The report found the richest 1 percent of Oregonians as a group make more money than the bottom half of Oregonians.

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Ontario Becomes Oregon's Only City To Approve A Sales Tax

OPB | Sept. 27, 2017 4:08 p.m.

Ontario is the only Oregon city that will have a retail sales tax, after the City Council approved a 1 percent general sales tax Tuesday.

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'OPB Politics Now': Oregon's Sanctuary Law Under Fire

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 12:44 p.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Portland this week, and railed against Oregon’s "sanctuary state" law.

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Live In Oregon? Equifax Doesn’t Have To Tell You If Your Data Was Compromised

OPB | Sept. 19, 2017 5:36 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

If you’re one of the 1.7 million Oregonians whose information was potentially compromised by the recent Equifax data breach, don’t expect to get a letter in the mail telling you about it.

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Jeff Merkley Co-Sponsors Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare For All' Legislation

OPB | Sept. 11, 2017 3:26 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley joins several fellow senators on the left side of the Democratic caucus in pushing for government-funded health care.

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Smoke From Wildfires Worries Northwest Winemakers, Farmers

OPB | Sept. 11, 2017 8:30 a.m.

Harvest season is in full swing in Oregon and Washington. But with wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of acres, many Pacific Northwest growers are concerned about their crops.

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Hood River's Smoky Week Slowed Business, Shuttered Schools

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 6:38 p.m. | Hood River, Oregon

Smoke and lack of interstate access caused by the Eagle Creek Fire has hurt Hood River's businesses and schools.

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Wildfire Funding Included In Hurricane Relief Bill Signed By President

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 9:51 a.m.

Provisions replenishing the U.S. Forest Service's firefighting budget clears Congress as part of hurricane relief aid legislation.

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'OPB Politics Now': The Politics Of Wildfire

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 2:56 p.m.

OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman join host Julie Sabatier to talk about the political, financial, and environmental complexities of wildfire.

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Gov. Brown Presses Federal Authorities For Resources, As Oregon Wildfires Grow

OPB | Sept. 6, 2017 3:28 p.m. | Portland

“I talked with the federal authorities two weeks ago, asking for additional federal assistance, I was told point-blank ‘no’,” said Gov. Kate Brown. 

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