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Yesterday | OregonLive.com

Why hide costs from education investment panel?: Editorial Agenda 2014

The Oregon Education Investment Board, created by the Legislature in 2011 at the governor's request, is so ... Kitzhaber. We mean that in a good way.

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Related Topix: Oregon, Opinion

Sunday | KOMO News

Wealth gap report paints grim picture for Oregon

A new report showing that rising income inequality could negatively affect state tax revenue comes amid a push by Gov. John Kitzhaber, legislative Democrats and others to overhaul Oregon's tax code. With no sales tax and property taxes constrained by 1990s ballot measures, Oregon relies on the income tax for nearly $7 of every $10 it collects - more than any other state.

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Related Topix: Oregon, US Governors, John Kitzhaber, US News, Tax

Sunday | OregonLive.com

The real crisis in public education: Guest opinion

With all eyes on the governor's race this fall, incumbent John Kitzhaber is touting his record in reforming public education. The good doctor has misdiagnosed the patient.

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Related Topix: John Kitzhaber, US Governors, Oregon, Opinion

Sat Sep 13, 2014

The Oregonian

State set to mail voter-registration reminders to 900,000 Oregonians

Nearly 900,000 Oregonians who have a driver's license or state identification card but aren't registered to vote will soon get a postcard reminding them to register. The secretary of state's office says the postcards will go out on Monday.

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KDWN

Doctors: Finding source unlikely in E. coli deaths

Investigators say they don't expect to find the specific sources of fatal strains of E. coli that killed two children in the Pacific Northwest and left a Washington boy fighting for his life. Dr. Paul Cieslak, medical director of the communicable disease section of the Oregon Health Authority, said Thursday they need at least twice as many cases to pin down a source, which might be tainted food, lake water, or contact with livestock.

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Related Topix: Washington, Oregon, Brooklyn (Portland, OR), Whatcom County, WA, Transportation, Trucking, Lynden

Fri Sep 12, 2014

KVAL-TV Eugene

Corvallis man's documentary on assisted living: 'Thin edge of dignity'

Blogger, author and now documentary maker Dick Weinman says his latest project was only intended to be a training video. "Now I find my independent spirit curtailed, but I strive to hold on to it, walking along the thin edge of dignity," the retired broadcaster and Oregon State University professor said in the piece, detailing his life in an assisted living facility.

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Related Topix: Oregon State University, Oregon

The Oregonian

Clash between state, drugmaker heats up as Legislature takes up Hepatitis C cost

The whopping price tag of a promising new drug-- $1,000 a pill -- that could help an estimated 95,000 sick Oregonians has the state and commercial insurers balking at coverage. Gilead Sciences wants to sell more Sovaldi, a new drug hailed as a near-miracle cure for the sometimes-fatal Hepatitis C. But citing the 12-week treatment cost of $84,000 , Oregon officials want to put strict new restrictions on access to the drug, especially for those in earlier stages of the disease.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Hepatitis, Medicine, Health, Oregon, Biotech, Gilead Sciences, Healthcare Industry, Startups

Greenwich Citizen

Mother describes daughter's E. coli death

The mother of a 4-year-old Oregon girl who died after being diagnosed with an E. coli infection says the first symptoms appeared two days before the Labor Day weekend, when Serena Profitt and her younger sister visited a public swimming pool and then threw up. Rachel Profitt of Otis told The Oregonian that 2-year-old Hannah bounced back, but Serena was sick again the next day.

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Related Topix: E. Coli, Health, Oregon, Medicine

New York Daily News

Dying girl's screams, tears haunt mother of E. coli victim

'I cannot sleep at night because of her face or tears or screams are in my mind,' Rachel Profitt said. Her daughter, Serena, died after contracting E. coli during a Labor Day weekend trip to the Oregon coast.

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BlueOregon

Measure 90, the "Open Primary": Some facts you might not have considered.

Ads by Google. BlueOregon doesn't control the content, and we know that sometimes the ads are really wrong.

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Related Topix: Oregon, US News

The Courier Mailer

Measure 88: Vote 'yes' for Oregon driver cards

Our car broke down a few months ago. It sat in the shop for 48 hours. During that time, I griped and grumbled about the inconvenience.

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Related Topix: Oregon, Kids, Family

The Pordland Mercury

Good Morning, News

The campaign behind legal pot in Oregon has said all along convincing young people to fill out ballots for November's election will be crucial in the push for Measure 91. Now, pot campaigners have put a dollar amount on the sentiment, kicking in $100,000 to liberal political operatives at Our Oregon for voter registration. The people behind a measure to require labeling of GMOs have donated more.

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Related Topix: Oregon, 2012 Presidential Election, US Politics, US News

OregonLive.com

Free community college could cost Oregon taxpayers $250 million a year, yield 100,000 two-year degrees

A proposal to make community college free to Oregonians would cost the state from $10 million to $250 million a year, depending on which students are eligible and whether room and board are covered, national experts have concluded. One big question: If the state opted to make community college free, would it pay the full cost for students to attend, including room and board, or would it only fund tuition and fees ? If the state did the latter, it would spend a lot less -- but virtually all the money would go to students from middle-class families, commission members noted.

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Related Topix: Oregon, US Governors, John Kitzhaber

Thu Sep 11, 2014

OregonLive.com

Islam, Wehby, LGBTs, Hagg Lake, energy, sock-eating dog

Islam: On Wednesday, President Barack Obama told the nation that the organization referred to as the Islamic State "is not Islamic." Upon what basis does he make such an assertion? Is he an Islamic scholar or, at the very least, a Muslim who can propound what constitutes orthodox Islam? Historically, Islam was spread with the sword.

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Related Topix: Religion, Islam, 2012 Presidential Election, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Oregon, Senator Jeff Merkley, US Senate, Democrat

OregonLive.com

Getting real about Cover Oregon: Editorial

The quasi-public corporation, which in reality behaves like a profit-seeking business, is by now a damaged brand engendering derision. The state-sponsored online service to help Oregonians buy health insurance has been a train wreck since failing, nearly a year ago, to launch successfully and as promised.

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Related Topix: Oregon, John Kitzhaber, US Governors, US News, Opinion

OregonLive.com

Solar activity expected to produce 'good viewing' of northern lights in northwest and central Oregon

Scientists say Oregonians-especially in the northwest part and central parts of the state - have a good chance of seeing the aurora borealis, or northern lights Thursday night, and an even better chance Friday night. According to AccuWeather.com astronomer Hunter Outten, a coronal mass ejection on the sun earlier this week will create a geomagnetic storm and the brightly dancing lights known as the aurora.

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Related Topix: Oregon, Astronomy, Science, Weather, Natural Disasters, Solar Flare

BlueOregon

Senator Jeff Merkley: The Real Champion for LGBT Equality

By Roey Thorpe of Portland, Oregon. Roey works with the national LGBT equality movement.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Jeff Merkley, US Senate, Democrat, Oregon, Ithaca, NY

OregonLive.com

International Cannabis Business Conference

PORTLAND TO HOST INTERNATIONAL CANNABIS BUSINESS CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND Event aimed at helping people to build successful businesses with this new cash crop PORTLAND, ORE. - Oregon is projected to legalize marijuana in the coming election, making it the third state to offer new entrepreneurial opportunities in the next great industry.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Earl Blumenauer, Democrat, Oregon

OregonLive.com

Odd coal-terminal ruling brings trio of appeals. Hooray: Editorial Agenda 2014

This illustration, from Ambre's environmental review, shows the area within the Port of Morrow at which Ambre Energy would like to build a dock. Indicated by light shading, it sits between an ethanol dock and a grain loading dock.

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Related Topix: Oregon, John Kitzhaber, US Governors, Opinion

OregonLive.com

Why we've endorsed Monica Wehby: Guest opinion

We all fight for the things we love. When we married in 2010, the laws of our state would not recognize our union.

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Related Topix: Oregon, Healthcare Law, Law, Gordon Smith, US Politics, US News, Senator Jeff Merkley, US Senate, Republican, Ron Wyden, Democrat, Opinion

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