Saturday, January 22, 2022

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Despite a failed attempt in the U.S. Senate, more than 200 business owners call for federal reforms to strengthen election laws, and the U.S. Supreme Court deals another blow to abortion providers.

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President Biden gets cheers and jeers as he marks his first year in the White House, the Jan. 6 committee wants to hear from Ivanka Trump, and the Supreme Court rejects another challenge to the Texas abortion law.

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Expanded broadband akin to electrification in rural America 80 years ago; small Wyoming grocery store survives monopolization; revitalized Kansas town gets national recognition; and Montana's Native communities look for voter suppression work-arounds.

Oregon

Friday, January 21, 2022

After Strikes, OR Hospital Workers Notch Win in Union Contract

Healthcare workers at an Oregon hospital have achieved what they say is a "win" after several strikes in recent months. Nearly 300 workers and …

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Blue Light Blues: Excessive Screen Time Straining Eyes

Screen time has spiked during the pandemic, leading to concerns about what this is doing to our eyes. With more people at home - including kids …


Child-Care Conundrum Presents Hurdles for OR Families

Finding and affording child care is no cakewalk for Oregon families right now. A new report details the pressures and some potential policy fixes…

Proportional Elections Seen as Representing More Communities, Coalitions

Advocates for democracy reform say there is another way to hold elections that will better represent more communities. Proportional representation …


OR Officials Urge Booster Shots as COVID Cases Skyrocket

Oregon is in the midst of its biggest spike in COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Health officials are urging the public to get …

Report: How Cities Can Defend Against Anti-Democracy Forces

It has been one year since the storming of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and an Oregon-based group has released a report on how local governments …


Campaign Donation Limits Could Be Coming to OR in 2022

Oregon is among a handful of states without limits on how much people or entities can contribute to election campaigns, but it could change this year…

Central OR Organization Tackles Workforce Challenges for Latino Communities

A program in central Oregon is helping growing Latino communities in the region upgrade their workforce skills. The Latino Community Association …


OR Voting Maps Could Weaken Indigenous Communities' Electoral Power

Indigenous communities in Oregon are raising concerns about the voting maps drawn and approved in Oregon. Brian Smith is a political consultant and …

Federal Legislation Could Mean Brighter Future for OR Monarch Butterflies

Oregon is a critical breeding ground for western monarch butterflies. Human disruption has destroyed much of the pollinator's native territories…


Blocked Portland Oil-By-Rail Facility Faces One More Test

An effort to block an oil-by-rail facility in Portland could be solidified this week. This summer, the city of Portland decided to deny a land-use …

Tips for Protection from Scammers Trying to Steal Holiday Cheer

PORTLAND, Ore. - People are out and about, shopping for the holidays. Unfortunately, scammers are looking to take advantage of their good cheer…


 

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