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Oregon’s growth rate is slowing

Oregon’s growth rate is slowing

SALEM, Oregon – While unemployment remains low in Oregon the growth rate is slowing. In August, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4 percent. “Historically we have records going back to 1976,” Oregon Employment Department Economist Gale Krumenauer said. “We’ve been hovering at or below this record low of 4 percent for the past 34 months.” Krumenauer…

Sports betting app is weeks away

Sports betting app is weeks away

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Lottery is poised to launch a new professional sports betting mobile app. The app, Scoreboard, requires users to be in Oregon, be over the age of 21 and sets limits on how often you can increase your gambling limit. Matt Shelby with the Oregon Lottery said they expect $350 million…

State data systems pose problems

State data systems pose problems

SALEM, Oregon – Lawmakers gathered in Salem this week for Legislative Days learned the state of Oregon doesn’t have a comprehensive plan for replacing outdated technology. It also doesn’t have an accurate inventory of what data systems the government has. “Having foundational inventories of hardware and software, if you can’t count what you have it’s…

Pipeline proposed for Coos Bay natural gas terminal

Pipeline proposed for Coos Bay natural gas terminal

COOS BAY, Oregon — Oregon lawmakers got an update regarding a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Coos Bay. A Canadian company is looking to build the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal along with 230 miles of pipeline. Federal regulators are working on an environmental impact statement that will be released next month, with a final…

National Guard troops uninjured in crash

National Guard troops uninjured in crash

News release from Oregon State Police: On September 16, 2019 at approximately 7:00 AM, Oregon State Police (OSP) and emergency personnel responded to a non-injury bus crash on US Hwy 101 in Manzanita. The bus was occupied by 46 Army National Guard members from the HHC 1-186 IN from Medford. The Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office will…

Health department: Vaping disease now a ‘state-wide outbreak’

Health department: Vaping disease now a ‘state-wide outbreak’

News release form the Washington State Department of Health: OLYMPIA, Washington — Washington State Department of Health officials confirm two new cases of severe pulmonary disease linked to vaping. These cases were identified by the Spokane Regional Health District and are both currently living in Spokane County. “The symptoms of these patients match what the Centers…

Hoary bat in danger of extinction; wind turbines partly to blame

Hoary bat in danger of extinction; wind turbines partly to blame

BEND, Oregon — A species of bat in the northwest might be in danger of extinction, and it’s partially because of wind turbines. The wind turbines provide difficult obstacles for the bats because, unlike tree branches, can move into a spot that previously seemed empty according to the bat’s echo-location. Tom Rodhouse, an ecologist with…

Wrong-way driver causes fatal crash on I-84

Wrong-way driver causes fatal crash on I-84

News release from OSP:  On Sunday, September 15, 2019 at approximately 5:44 A.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on I-84 near mile post 119. Preliminary investigation revealed that a Toyota Camry, operated by Josue Amando Lopez-Munoz (29) of Prosser, WA. was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes.  He…

Gorge rail summit is Tuesday

Gorge rail summit is Tuesday

YAKIMA, Washington – When it comes to keeping Eastern Washington’s economy on track, trains play a big role. The Columbia River Gorge Rail Summit in Stevenson, Washington is being held for the third year, hosted by BNSF Railway. Washington State Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima), the top Republican on the state Senate Transportation Committee, is the…

OR public records council wants less gubernatorial oversight

OR public records council wants less gubernatorial oversight

SALEM, Oregon — The group overseeing Oregon public records requests wants more independence from the governor’s office. Public Records Advocate Ginger McCall resigned last week following her assertion that she was getting too much pressure from Gov. Kate Brown’s legal counsel to follow the governor’s interest. On Friday, the Oregon Public Records Advisory Council voted…