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President Trump tours hurricane-ravaged parts of Florida. Also on the Tuesday rundown: We examine whether the U.S. spending too much to guard confederate cemeteries; and the spotlight is on mental health during National Children’s Health Month.

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, labor organizations are honoring America's custodians with Justice for Janitors Day, a recognition of their struggle for fair wages and a safe working environment. In Oregon, the Service Employees International Union Local 49 has released a report on how a new state law

Sexual harassment and assault are pervasive in the janitorial industry, women's and workers' advocates say. (deepcove/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Months before the #MeToo movement gained steam, Oregon lawmakers passed legislation to protect women working in the shadows, literally. Now that law is in effect. At the beginning of this year, janitorial contractors started joining a registry that ensures they're in complian

An associate law professor at the University of Oregon says the public shaming of sexual harassers could improve the workplace for victims. (David McNew/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- With a near daily flood of new accusations against harassers, is it possible the tide is turning against sexual harassment in the workplace? Elizabeth Tippett, an associate professor at the University of Oregon School of Law thinks so. But justice for victims may not come from th

Oregon has a backlog of about 4,900 untested rape kits, according to a 2015 report. (April Davis/Oregon Military Dept. Public Affairs)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Justice Department has released a first-of-its-kind report detailing the best practices for handling sexual-assault kits. In Oregon, that number is in the thousands. The report from the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the Justice Department, includes 35 recom

Women in the janitorial industry are vulnerable to sexual harassment and assault because of the nature of their work. (Kanoke_46/iStock)

SALEM, Ore. -- A bill in the state House is looking to tackle a major issue in Oregon: sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. Currently in the House Judiciary Committee, House Bill 3279 would protect employees in the janitorial industry, where incidences of harassment are especially high.

Only an estimated 35 percent of victims report sexual assault cases to police, according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice. (Sasha Freemind/Unsplash)

ASHLAND, Ore. – A police department in southern Oregon is handling sexual assault cases in a new way, focusing on giving options to victims. Ashland Police Department Detective Carrie Hull created the You Have Options program three years ago to give victims of sexual assault more control ove

Advocates for gun-law reform believe it's possible to enact an assault-weapons ban that reaches from California north to Washington. (Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Advocacy groups, lawmakers, even the governor are calling for reform of Oregon's gun laws. The group Ceasefire Oregon, along with its sister organization in Washington, are joining with others to help create a "West Coast Wall," an assault-weapons ban stretching from Washington to C

Two bills concerning sexual assault await Gov. Kate Brown's signature. (Visitor7/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon's 2016 legislative session has ended, leaving a stack of bills on Gov. Kate Brown's desk to be signed into law. Two of those bills address sexual assault. Senate Bill 1600 lifts the statute of limitations to prosecute first-degree sex crimes from its current 12-year limit. S

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