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Troubled Health Exchange Scrambling
5:59 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Cover Oregon Suspends Ads

With its troubled health insurance exchange portal still not working, Cover Oregon officials say they have suspended its optimistic, feel-good advertising campaign after spending more than $8 million on it this year.

Cover Oregon official Michael Cox said Thursday that television, radio, and newspaper ads should no longer be running, while the "Long Live Oregonians" billboards will come down as payment expires.

The exchange has had to rely exclusively on paper applications and had to hire more than 400 workers to process them.

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Western States Attracting Residents
6:33 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Oregon Top Moving Destination In 2013

Oregon was the top moving destination for 2013, with 63 percent of interstate moves inbound. Oregon had been runner-up for four straight years.

In the new study by United Van Lines, the nation's largest household moving company, Oregon was followed by the Carolinas. South Carolina had the second-highest percentage of inbound moves, then North Carolina. South Dakota was fourth and the District of Columbia fifth.

At the other end, New Jersey repeated as the state with the highest percentage of outbound moves, followed by Illinois, New York, West Virginia, and Connecticut.

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Consultants Hired To Kick Off Campaign
6:29 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Battle Over Privatizing Liquor In Oregon Begins

The campaign to privatize the liquor business in Oregon is getting started.

The Oregonian newspaper reports Oregonians for Competition, a political action committee tied to the Northwest Grocery Association, has already spent $30,000 on consultants.

It reported campaign expenditures last week of $15,000 each to Winner & Mandabach Campaigns and to the Silver Bullet company. Silver Bullet collects signatures for ballot initiatives. Winner & Mandabach worked on the campaign to defeat proposed labels for genetically modified food.

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Follows Executive Order To Protect Health
6:56 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Smoking Ban In Oregon Parks Considered

Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

A rule to ban smoking out in the open air on hiking trails, picnic areas, and common areas of campgrounds is under consideration by the Oregon Parks Department.

Department official Chris Havel said Wednesday the agency is following through on an executive order from the governor to reduce the public's exposure to secondhand smoke.

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Wyden Plan Promotes Logging
6:40 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Oregon Timber Bill To Be Introduced

Credit Bureau of Land Management

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is introducing his long-awaited bill to promote logging on national forests in Eastern Oregon

The Oregon Democrat's Senate Natural Resources Committee is to take up the bill today.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 17, 2013
12:08 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

It’s Moving Day For The Beavers, Volunteers Help In The Relocation Process

Credit www.martinezbeavers.org

The Klamath Watershed Partnership explains beaver relocation and how well it works.

"Relocation" sounds like something out of the witness protection program, but it's the process of moving animals from one habitat to another. 

In the case of beavers in Klamath County, the relocation process is meant to put the beavers in the best place to help the environment and/or not create issues for farmers and ranchers.

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Protesters Jailed In Oregon
7:26 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Megaloads Protested Throughout Journey

Credit opb.org

More than a dozen megaload protesters are in Oregon's Grant County jail. A woman who works at the jail says the people were arrested overnight for disorderly conduct.

The group Rising Tide says 16 people were arrested for blocking the huge shipment of oil refinery equipment on Highway 26 outside John Day.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2013
11:16 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Medford Unveils Plans For A New Multi-Million Dollar Police & Fire Facilities

Conceptual drawing of a planned 42,000-square-foot police station designed by Mackenzie Group, 2013.
Credit Medford Mail Tribune

Police Chief Tim George and Councilman Daniel Bunn share a plan to build new police and fire facilities for Medford.

Medford police moved into the city hall with the rest of the city departments more than four decades ago.

And even though city offices have expanded, the police department is still scattered around several offices in city hall.

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More People Might Sign Up
6:33 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Oregon's Health Exchange May Extend Date

Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon's health insurance exchange, and insurance carriers, are looking at extending deadlines to allow more people to get health coverage starting January 1.

Cover Oregon Acting Director Bruce Goldberg said Thursday that he's working with carriers and state regulators to push back the December 15 deadline for people to select a plan after the state has informed them of their options.

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Pots To Be Set Today
6:27 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Dungeness Crab Prices Set

Credit Jon Sullivan

Dungeness crab fishers will begin setting their pots today after reaching a price agreement with seafood processors.

With the Oregon Department of Agriculture supervising negotiations, the sides agreed to a minimum price of $2.65 per pound, a 35-cent increase from a year ago, and the highest price ever agreed upon for an opening.

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