Education Budget Put On Hold While Oregon Debates Corporate Tax

Public schools in Oregon will have to wait longer to find out how much state funding they can expect over the next two years. The Oregon House postponed a key vote Tuesday on the K-12 budget . Majority Democrats said delaying the vote for a week would allow more time for lawmakers to negotiate a possible corporate tax hike. Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, said the wait could yield dividends for Oregon schools. "We are still working hard to find a way to make strategic new investments...

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JPR Live Session: Lindi Ortega (2017)

When Lindi Ortega went in search of some quiet last year, the award-winning artist was pleasantly surprised to find a voice she hadn’t heard in some time – her own. Amid sparse, atmospheric production, it’s precisely this voice – a combination of Ortega’s fatalistic perspective expressed with her evocative soprano – that grips your attention on a brand new EP, Til The Goin’ Gets Gone .

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OEA's Burning Education Issues Get Attention

School's out for summer, but educators have a lot yet to talk about. The Oregon Education Association and its counterparts in other states sends members to the massive national Representative Assembly (RA), at the very time the Oregon Legislature is debating how much money it can spend on schools for the next two years.

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The Coming Revolutions That Will Change How We Get Around

Over the past century, fossil-fuel powered automobiles have become the default transportation mode across the industrialized world, impacting everything from patterns of land use to foreign policy. And while the dominance of cars has certainly had beneficial effects, it’s also taken a heavy toll in pollution, resource consumption and a range of social and public health ills. A recent report from the University of California Davis envisions a future in which how we get around each day becomes cleaner, faster, greener .. and cheaper by combining three emerging technologies.

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A Few Genetic Tweaks To Chinese Bird Flu Virus Could Fuel A Human Pandemic

A study published Thursday shows how a bird flu virus that's sickening and killing people in China could mutate to potentially become more contagious. Just three changes could be enough to do the trick, scientists report in the journal PLOS Pathogens . And the news comes just as federal officials are getting ready to lift a moratorium on controversial lab experiments that would deliberately create flu viruses with mutations like these. Public health officials have been worried about this bird...

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Public schools in Oregon will have to wait longer to find out how much state funding they can expect over the next two years.

The Oregon House postponed a key vote Tuesday on the K-12 budget.

Majority Democrats said delaying the vote for a week would allow more time for lawmakers to negotiate a possible corporate tax hike.

Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, said the wait could yield dividends for Oregon schools.

Oregon Moves Closer To Stronger Sanctuary State Law

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Oregon lawmakers want to make it harder for federal immigration agents to find people living in the country illegally.

The Oregon House approved a measure Tuesday that would limit the ability of state and local government agencies to share personal details, such as addresses or workplace info, with federal immigration authorities.

Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon is a Democrat who represents the Woodburn area, which has a sizeable Hispanic population.

The First Weekend Of Summer Brings Heat To Oregon

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The first weekend of summer is going to be a hot one in Oregon. Clear, sunny skies are forecast with highs in the mid-90s in the Willamette Valley.

The total solar eclipse is 2 months away. Scientists shared their excitement at a NASA briefing Wednesday, but transportation officials in Oregon, and other states the eclipse will pass over, are bracing for cosmic traffic jams.

EPD Set To Launch Bodycam Initiative In July

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Starting next month, Eugene police officers will wear bodycams while on duty.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

'Provider Tax' Heads To Oregon Governor's Desk

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Oregon lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a tax increase meant to ensure continued health care coverage for low-income Oregonians. The $670 million package raises an existing tax on hospital revenue and enacts a new tax on some health insurance premiums.

oregonwalktheland.org

If you follow news about land set aside for preservation, you may occasionally wonder: when can I go visit that land?  This Saturday, June 24th, is a good answer. 

That is officially Oregon Walk the Land Day, sponsored by land trusts all over the state. 

They'll lead tours pointing out the highlights of lands protected by trusts in the far-flung corners of Oregon. 

A review has found a Multnomah County judge didn’t know she was helping a man in her courtroom escape arrest from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

“Judge (Monica) Herranz did not take any action that she understood would result in an undocumented immigrant evading detention by ICE agents," said Barbara Marcille, the county’s trial court administrator who conducted the review.

The fate of Native American mascots at four Oregon school districts will be decided this Thursday.  The State Board of Education will review the proposals at their meeting.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

A state senator from Seattle is renewing his call to rewrite Washington’s police deadly force law. Democrat David Frockt represents the legislative district where Seattle police shot and killed Charleena Lyles, a pregnant mother of four on Sunday.

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