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Cover Oregon is No More

Salem, Ore.– The Oregon state senate voted Thursday to dissolve Cover Oregon. Under the plan, Oregon will still run an insurance exchange through the Affordable Care Act, using the federal website. But Cover Oregon as an agency would no longer exist. Management of the health exchange would fall under the Department of Consumer and Business Services.
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Walmart Announces Wage Hikes

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Walmart is bowing to nation-wide pressure from Unions and hiking some employees’ wages starting in April. They’re overhauling their hourly pay structure… raising the wages of current associates in the US to 10-dollars an hour, but that won’t happen until next year. Minimum starting pay will increase to 9-bucks an hour across the...
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Tax Kicker Could Happen This Year

Salem, Ore.– Ready for a kicker? Economic forecasters in the state say the state’s coffers are filling up fast… which could mean the kicker goes into effect when the 2-year budget ends on June 30th. This would be the first time since 2007 that taxpayers have received a refund after the taxes collected by the...
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Brown Sworn in as Oregon Governor

Salem, Ore.– Oregon has a new governor… former oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown was sworn in this morning as Oregon’s new governor… just weeks after John Kitzhaber took the oath of office to start his historic fourth term in the executive seat… He announced his resignation on Friday after mounting allegations of wrong-doing...
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Oregon Chub Removed from Endangered List

Salem, Ore.– The Oregon chub has become the first fish in the US to be removed from the Federal endangered species list. It was first listed as endangered in 1993, with a population of about 11-hundred. Today, there are about 140-thousand of species thriving in the state. The chub is a small minnow found...
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Klamath County Man Subject of Search

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Searchers are asking for your help finding a Klamath County man who’s been missing since Friday. The Lake County sheriff’s office is leading the search for Spencer King Giesea, with the help of Oregon State Police, after his motor home got stuck on Forest Service Road 36-60, north of Highway 140....
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State Lawmakers Consider Updating Ethics Rules

Salem, Ore.– Representative Julie Parrish (R-Tualatin/West Linn) on Monday introduced a comprehensive Ethics and Campaign Reform Agenda, which seeks to revise Oregon’s antiquated ethics laws and provide for more accountability from candidates and elected officials. Rep. Parrish’s reform efforts aim to strengthen campaign finance laws, hold candidates for office accountable for false advertising, clearly...
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Senator Knopp Invites Residents to Join Committees

Salem, Ore.– Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) issued an open invitation for a new initiative to increase citizen involvement with the legislative process. Senator Knopp’s Email Citizen Legislative Advisory Committees are issue-based groups made up of Oregonians interested in bills in the Oregon Legislature this session. “The purpose of the citizen advisory committees are to...
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Klamath Falls Selects New Police Chief

Klamath Falls, Ore.– The new police chief for the Klamath Falls Police Department is David Henslee, according to a press release from the city. Henslee is currently a Captain at the Corvallis Police Department, where he’s worked since 1993. He’s an OSU grad, and also graduated from the FBI Academy. Henslee was selected from...
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Kitzhaber Announces Resignation

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber released the following statement today. I am announcing today that I will resign as Governor of the State of Oregon.  It is not in my nature to walk away from a job I have undertaken – it is to stand and fight for the cause.  For that reason I apologize to...
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