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PHOTO: State government and home care workers meet with legislators in early 2014. Some members of SEIU Local 503 donate as little as $5 a month to a fund for candidate contributions and endorsements. Photo courtesy SEIU Local 503.

EUGENE, Ore. – It may be tough for hourly wage workers in Oregon to compete with the political influence of millionaires and billionaires, but that doesn't mean they shouldn’t try. That's the view of the union that represents many service workers in the state, including child care prov...Read More

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PHOTO: Fishermen with a Tillamook Bay Chinook taken on spinners in the middle bay on Tuesday. Fall Chinook are among the most stable wild salmon populations in Oregon, largely because they don't spend as much time in fresh water streams as others. Photo courtesy of Bob Rees.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Every Oregonian who turns on a faucet or casts a fishing line has a stake in what happens with the Clean Water Act. The federal law turns 42 on Saturday, and sportsmen and conservation groups are pushing to strengthen it. The EPA is proposing an update to the Act after court cases ...Read More

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PHOTO: A group including Gena Goodman-Campbell of ONDA (right) and Veronica Baker of Deschutes Brewery (second from right) hiked into Scout Camp in the Whychus-Deschutes Proposed Wilderness in June as part of a Beers Made By Walking tour. Photo credit: Eric Steen.

BEND, Ore. - Some Central Oregon hikes are having a longer-term effect on the people who made them this summer. On Wednesday in Bend, outdoor fans will meet to open a few beers crafted using ingredients discovered right along the trail in Oregon's high desert. Three local breweries signed up to tak...Read More

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PHOTO: A book giveaway was part of the Eugene event for the Oregon Education Association's Week of Action. This week's message at education forums and fairs statewide is that strong public schools and colleges build strong communities. Photo courtesy Oregon Education Assn.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Events this weekend kicked off an Oregon Education Association Week of Action. It combines celebrations of public school progress with discussions of what else can be done to make school the best possible learning environment for students. From kindergarten to college, OEA and aff...Read More

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PHOTO: In his presentations about crop science, Ray Seidler shows people two types of corn seed. The yellow seed is conventional; the blue is genetically engineered, and coated with chemical pesticides. Photo courtesy of Seidler.

ASHLAND, Ore. - One Oregon man has a unique perspective on genetically engineered crops and Oregon's November ballot measure to label the products made from them. As a microbiologist and former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) senior scientist, Ray Seidler has been studying genetic engin...Read More

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PHOTO: Not every child in Oregon has much to smile about, according to new data from Children First for Oregon. The group says although the state has become more ethnically diverse, children of color don't have the nearly same opportunities for success as their white peers. Photo credit: Grady Reese/iStockphoto.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's quality of life is different depending on the color of a child's skin. That's the conclusion of the 2014 County Data Book, which includes research about the opportunities for children growing up in the state. In every county, Children First for Oregon says children of colo...Read More

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PHOTO: A FLIR Systems Gas-Finder camera uses infrared technology to detect leaks of methane and Volatile Organic Compounds at drilling sites and refineries that would otherwise escape into the air. Photo courtesy FLIR Systems, Inc.

WILSONVILLE, Ore. - Good jobs, cleaner air and less wasted fuel all are the outcomes of a growing industry that has some Oregon roots. Oil and gas developers and utility companies are being asked in some states to find and fix gas leaks more quickly, from drilling sites to neighborhood pipelines. A...Read More

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PHOTO: Sharing a politically notorious last name has given Karen, left, and Joyce Koch an unexpected push into the spotlight as spokeswomen for working class families. Photo courtesy of the Koch Sisters.

PORTLAND, Ore. – They've become online celebrities for their plain-spoken views about politics – and the fact that they share the same last name with a couple of guys whose views are polar opposites from theirs. The Koch Sisters are the labor movement's down-home answer to the Koch bro...Read More

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