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Oregon has released its redesigned report cards for the state's public schools and districts.

The new cards track more information than in the past about student performance, school curricula, and college readiness.

Seven states, including Oregon, are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over health-damaging air pollution from outdoor wood-fired boilers that have become popular for residential heating.

The lawsuit fired Wednesday asks a federal court to order the EPA to review and adopt updated emissions limits for the boilers.

Jeff Manning of the Oregon Department of Justice says 25-year old rules should be updated to require sales of newer, cleaner-burning stoves. He says owners of old stoves will be allowed to keep the ones they have, and not be required to buy a new one.


Nearly a week after launching, Oregon's health insurance exchange has received more than 230,000 unique website visitors and 7,300 phone calls.

But the website is still not able to finish enrolling applicants in coverage.

Oregon Public Broadcasting, based in Portland, commissioned a survey on Oregonian attitudes toward the media. OPB presented the findings in Medford on Wednesday, October 2nd on its talk show "Think Out Loud." JPR's Geoffrey Riley joined the panel discussion, and JPR aired the program live on the News and Information Service, Wednesday at Noon. Follow the link to listen to the recording.

The Leaf Project

The Oregon Legislature adjourned last summer, and in the minds of some observers, left some work on the table. 

So Governor Kitzhaber called legislators back to work, hoping they'll use Monday's special session to pass reform in the public employee retirement system (PERS) and a package of new taxes. 


Modoc County California officials have joined Siskiyou County in voting to secede from the state. The Redding Record-Searchlight reports supervisors voted unanimously yesterday (Tuesday) in favor of secession. The vote comes just weeks after neighboring Siskiyou County supervisors began the movement.

The goal is to form the new State of Jefferson and include part of Southern Oregon. Some of the residents in the counties along the California-Oregon boarder feel that those in the urban centers of state government ignore their needs.

Fire Season Ends In Southwest Oregon

Sep 24, 2013

Fire season ended at last in most of Southern Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) dropped the fire danger to LOW at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, September 24th. 

Oregon's Dark Secret: Legal Slavery

Sep 24, 2013
R. Gregory Nokes

We all know the story of pre-Civil War America: there were slave states and free states.

But the line between them got a lot blurrier in the newer territories, including Oregon.

Oregon Emergency Managers Take Earthquake Trip

Sep 16, 2013
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What's in your earthquake kit?

The answer to that question is often "uh, I don't have one yet."  Which is why Oregon's Office of Emergency Management is hosting the Quake Prep Talk Road Show, visiting counties in the southern and southwestern portions of the state--the places most likely to feel the impacts of a major quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Class Time Could Be Strike Time

Sep 13, 2013
SEIU Local 503

A union strike authorization has been delayed a week, but the academic year for Oregon public universities could be a great deal more hectic than usual.

Classified workers--custodians, cooks, clerks and more--for all seven state campuses could be on strike. 

Small Business Help Hits The Road

Sep 6, 2013
State of Oregon

Political leaders often talk about making life easier for small business owners.  Oregon's governor sends people who can help on the road.  The "Governor's Marketplace Roadshow" visits Grants Pass, Klamath Falls and Eugene in the weeks ahead, putting state and federal agency representatives face-to-face with business owners.  You'll hear who attends and what kinds of help they can expect.