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Armed robbery suspects attempt to elude, crash vehicle, one person dies

Armed robbery suspects attempt to elude, crash vehicle, one person dies

News Release from Oregon State Police MARION COUNTY, Oregon — On Thursday, March 21, 2019 at approximately 6:21 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers located a vehicle reported stolen from Eugene on Interstate 5 in the Albany area.  The vehicle and the occupants were also of interest in multiple armed robberies in the Eugene area. Troopers attempted a traffic stop…

Legislature considers asking voters to kill the kicker

Legislature considers asking voters to kill the kicker

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon voters would get to decide whether money from the taxpayer kicker fund would go towards schools under a resolution being considered in the legislature. The measure that would go to voters would create a personal investment in education fund where all kicker money would go. Bennett Benton with Tax Fairness Oregon…

Oregon Department of Human Services notifies public of data breach

Oregon Department of Human Services notifies public of data breach

News Release from Oregon Department of Human Resources SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon Department of Human Services uncovered a phishing incident that affected e-mail records at the department. Unfortunately, Protected Health Information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was compromised and potentially exposed. The agency has hired an outside entity, IDExperts, to perform…

OSP: Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 97 near Redmond

OSP: Two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 97 near Redmond

News Release from Oregon State Police (OSP) On Thursday, March 21, 2019 at approximately 6:46 A.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 125, just south of Redmond in Deschutes County. Preliminary investigation determined that a silver Honda Pilot, operated by…

Oregon Legislature considers regulating diesel pollution

Oregon Legislature considers regulating diesel pollution

SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon Legislature is considering new air pollution regulations for medium and heavy duty trucks with diesel engines. New diesel engines are designed to burn cleaner, but that’s not the case for older engines and they last a long time. Sen Kathleen Taylor (D-Milwaukie) said the dirty diesel pollution is dangerous. “Breathing this…

Oregon Legislature bans offshore drilling

Oregon Legislature bans offshore drilling

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon will continue to ban drilling for oil and gas along the coast, but the ban may not stop all drilling. In 2000, Oregon temporarily banned drilling in the three miles off the coast. Rep. David Gomberg (D-Lincoln City) said that’s to protect fishing, tourism and the environment. “Oregon’s coastal economy is…

Specialty WA wine plate clears first hurdle

Specialty WA wine plate clears first hurdle

News Release from Washington State House Republicans OLYMPIA, Washington — A bill sponsored by Rep. Kelly Chambers, (R-Puyallup) to create a specialty Washington wine license plate has been approved by the Washington State House of Representatives. Under House Bill 2050, a fee of $40 would be charged for the plate, which would feature a scenic landscape of Washington…

Brown forms Oregon Wildfire Response Council

Brown forms Oregon Wildfire Response Council

SALEM, Oregon — Hot, dry summers have contributed to massive wildfires in Oregon. Now, Governor Kate Brown wants to make sure everything is being done to prevent it. Brown said every fire season since she was elected governor has been historic. “I’m personally and professionally not willing to accept these patterns of wildfire and drought…

Rep. Rude co-sponsors resolution to bring remote testimony opportunities to Olympia

Rep. Rude co-sponsors resolution to bring remote testimony opportunities to Olympia

OLYMPIA, Washington — Rep. Skyler Rude, R-Walla Walla, has co-sponsored a measure to help bring remote testimony opportunities to the Washington State House of Representatives. House Resolution 4621 was introduced Monday, and encourages the state House to pursue a remote-testimony pilot program, as well as directs the Executive Rules Committee to take up the matter by Oct. 1,…

Oregon lawmakers get report on virtual schools

Oregon lawmakers get report on virtual schools

SALEM, Oregon — Supporters of the virtual schools program in Oregon are telling legislators how well the program is working. The virtual public schools program allows students to study at home. “Digital education allows students to still be a part of the public school system, but to do that via the computer,” Debbie Thibodeaux, president…