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Oregon lawmakers float 'land use grand bargain' to settle urban, rural reserve debate

Friday, February 14, 2014

A change in the weather brings rain and the possibility of flooding and landslides throughout the state. Busy day in Salem: the Columbia River Crossing, mascots and land use getting attention. Federal attention focusing in on Cover Oregon problems and a big happy birthday to Oregon – 155 years as a state!  

Friday, February 14, 2014


Oregon Political News

Oregon lawmakers float 'land use grand bargain' to settle urban, rural reserve debate

'Zombie' bill, liquor and land use: Quick links to Oregon Legislature news

Native American mascots: Compromise bill heading for Oregon Senate vote

Liquor sales modernization punted to task force; next step may fall to Oregon voters

Cover Oregon a 'train wreck,' needs federal investigation, says Dennis Richardson (video)

Funding for I-5 Columbia River Crossing bridge still alive, moves to Oregon budget panel

Bill to refer marijuana legalization to Oregon voters stays alive in Legislature

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Senate committee approves bill allowing local cities to regulate but not ban dispensaries

Gun background check bill shuffled off to another Oregon Senate committee

Frustrations mount as Oregon secretary of state databases remain offline after website breach

House transportation committee OKs I-5 bridge bill, Ways and Means up next

Marijuana bills move forward at Capitol

Gun bill sent to another committee, not floor vote

Oregon revenue forecast largely unchanged in 2014

Officials explain $1B budget hole

Genetically engineered food bill drives testimony, not action

Group wants organic farmer on GMO panel

Oregon Legislative Press Releases

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News From the Regions

Portland/Metro Area

Threat from flooding, landslides increases in Oregon with three approaching storms

Portland teachers strike: Union makes major concessions in new proposal, document shows

Urban Land Institute fellows fawn over Portland's Central Eastside and its future

Land-use 'grand bargain': Metro president calls it 'outrageous'

Hillsboro school notes: District to consider corporate sponsorships for extra cash

Portland Public Schools strike preparation: Low-income students could face crisis if schools close

Teachers offer settlement proposal as strike clock ticks away

Sellwood Bridge closes for a week

Salem Area

Officials happy with state of the county

Central/Eastern Oregon

Coal permits approved for terminal

Albany/Corvallis Area

Thursday update: Weather Service issues flood watch

Brownsville: Hold off on pot dispensary

Harrisburg RV plant closes

Albany, Corvallis and Jefferson schools will be in session on Presidents Day

Eugene Area

Interim provost to keep the job

Repair work begins Friday on erosion-damaged stretch of Highway 20

YMCA executive appointed to LTD Board

Roseburg Area

Roseburg resident pushes for county commission term limits

Roseburg School Board OKs all-day kindergarten

Umpqua Watersheds makes detailed and critical review of Wyden’s plan

Medford Area

Medford negotiations stall; no agreement reached

Walden demands federal audit of Cover Oregon

Attendance at Medford schools drops to 48 percent

District's latest offer extends early retirement benefit deadline

Southern Oregon tourism symposium planned

Southern Oregon Coast

Myrtle Point sewage released in Coquille River

North Bend is latest city with pot dispensary moratorium

Flood watch issued for rivers near Coquille, Myrtle Point

National News

Congress mulls probe of Cover Oregon health exchange as programmers try to fix it

Washington Senate leaders propose gas tax increase in updated transportation revenue package

Northwest public utilities lament Rep. Doc Hastings' plan to retire

Wyden has formally taken over Senate Finance post

House Dems seek to force GOP's hand on minimum wage hike

GOP's Doc Hastings to retire

Environment / Energy News

Nuclear fuel deal has NW ratepayers speculating in a risky commodity

Gov. John Kitzhaber takes action after clean energy legislation stalls

Study: Natural gas may not be 'bridge fuel' to combat climate

Natural Resource News

Oregon threatened with lawsuit over logging increases in Tillamook and Clatsop state forests


Portland Area

BPA's daunting challenges extend beyond crisis management: Editorial

Good call by Portland commissioners on SEIU appeal: Editorial Agenda 2014

Brendan Monaghan: Tepid response to Cover Oregon failure isn't enough

School spending options involve tradeoffs: Guest opinion

Central/Eastern Oregon

Tip of the hat; kick in the pants: Feb. 14, 2014

Albany/Corvallis Area

Editorial: Graduation rate rises in county, stays stagnant in state

Editorial: Big snowplows here? They're not needed

Eugene Area

Wrongheaded recall

Roseburg Area

Guest column: Is it a good idea to reopen an ICU at the VA hospital?

Southern Oregon Coast

Laws, not men, must impeach Obama

Graduating on time vs. graduating at all

Reputation versus regulation


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