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PHOTO: Workers are exposed to silica dust in construction industries. OSHA is proposing rules to minimize exposure, since the dust is linked to chronic respiratory illnesses and deaths. Photo: New Jersey Dept. of Health

Salem, OR - OSHA recently wrapped up nearly three weeks of hearings on a proposed rule to limit workers' exposure to silica dust. General construction, masonry and foundries are examples of industries where exposure is common. Silica dust is connected to respiratory illnesses and silicosis - an inc...Read More

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PHOTO: New research finds most people assume curtailing water use is the best way to save it, when making habits and appliances more efficient actually works better. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Jackson County commissioners have asked the governor to make theirs the fifth Oregon county so far this year with an official drought emergency. As the state faces low snowpack levels and another hot, dry summer, new water conservation research out of the Midwest could be helpf...Read More

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PHOTO: Richard Leider, keynote speaker at this week's OSU Gerontology Conference, says having a purpose in life is key to being healthier, happier and aging well. Photo courtesy AARP.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – This week, several hundred medical professionals and caregivers got up to speed on the latest research on aging at the OSU Gerontology Conference. Keynote speaker Richard Leider is a best-selling author who has spent three decades interviewing people age 65 and older. He say...Read More

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PHOTO: Mossy Creek, a tributary of the Salmon River, is one of many smaller Oregon streams that doesn't receive Clean Water Act protections. The EPA has proposed a rule to protect more small or seasonal streams. Photo credit: Nic Callero, National Wildlife Federation.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule it says will clarify which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act - and, perhaps just as important, which are not. For Oregon, the difference could be critical for hundreds of miles of streams, as well as for ...Read More

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PHOTO: Stark beauty and solitude is what Oregon Badlands fans say is the appeal of this 29,000-acre wilderness area. Photo credit: Greg Burke.

BEND, Ore. – This weekend marks five years since the Oregon Badlands near Bend and Spring Basin near the John Day River were designated as federal wilderness areas. For its fifth birthday, the Badlands have a new Wilderness Management Plan from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), outlining ...Read More

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PHOTO: Oregon places more children in foster care than most other states, but it is also working on some new approaches to minimize the number who remain in the system for more than two years. Photo credit:

SALEM, Ore. – The next generation of Oregonians is being challenged by poverty and all its ramifications, according to a new report from Children First for Oregon. Of the 25 indicators of well-being for children summarized in the report, one statistic is that more than one-third of children a...Read More

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PHOTO: ODE estimates 3.65 percent of Oregon public school students are homeless. How schools can help them, and others in poverty, more effectively is the focus of an OEA Education Symposium in Salem. Photo credit:

SALEM, Ore. - When one in four children in Oregon lives in poverty, the effects cannot help but ripple through schools across the state. At the Oregon Education Association (OEA) annual symposium today, the topic is how to cope with those effects. More than 100 educators and community leaders will h...Read More

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PHOTO: "Amelia the Clutter Queen" says the areas most likely to become cluttered in a typical home are the kids' rooms, office spaces and kitchen. Photo credit: David Brown

PORTLAND, Ore. - With spring set to officially arrive Thursday, Oregonians may be in the mood to do some spring cleaning. With a few simple tips, one expert says, the process doesn't need to be so daunting. For most people, said professional organizer Amelia Hatcher, it just isn't realistic to main...Read More

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