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The Supreme Court throws out a Trump-era ban on gun bump stocks; a look at how social media algorithms and Shakespearian villains have in common; and states receive federal funding to clean up legacy mine pollution.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.


Port Westward is located on the Columbia River north of the town of Clatskanie, Ore. (Sam Beebe/Wikimedia Commons)

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Groups challenge proposed refinery near Columbia River

A lawsuit is challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision not to require a permit for the construction of a new refinery on the Columbia …

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Oregon has significantly decreased the number of children living in high poverty areas over the past decade. (Tada Images/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Report: OR among bottom half of states for child well-being

Oregon ranks in the bottom half of states, at 26th, in a new report on child well-being. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count Data Book …

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Lake County, despite its small size, annually contributes about $22 million to the state of Oregon in outdoor recreation revenues. (flickr)
Public lands in Oregon's Dark Sky Sanctuary set for BLM update

More than 3 million acres of public lands in southeastern Oregon are poised for enhanced management by the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM is …

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When finalized, the new contract for SEIU Local 49 janitors will be in place for four years. (SEIU Local 49)
Contract negotiations underway for Portland-area janitors

It is the first full week of contract negotiations for janitors who clean the buildings of some of the region's biggest employers. The janitors…

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A new clinic on the Grand Ronde reservation includes solar panels so the building has power even during an outage. (Photo by Claire Carlson)
Clinic on OR reservation drives tribal self-reliance

By Claire Carlson for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Oregon News Service for the Public News Service/Daily Yonder Collaborat…

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Many Oregonians lack air conditioners even as extreme heat events increase in the state. (M-Production/Adobe Stock)
OR first in nation to use Medicaid dollars to protect against climate change

By Samantha Young for KFF Health News.Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Oregon News Service reporting for the KFF Health News-Public News Servic…

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Early deaths for older adults decreased from their peak during the start of the pandemic in 2020, a new report from the United Health Foundation showed. (bobex73/Adobe Stock)
OR ranks 16th in report on older adults' well-being

A new report looks at the well-being of older Americans. The America's Health Ranking Senior Report showed a mixed bag for the living conditions of …

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Food insecurity rates are much higher for children than the rest of the population in Tillamook County. (SHELL/Adobe Stock)
Rural OR county battles increased summer hunger

While Tillamook County, Oregon might be famous for its cheese, many of its residents struggle with food insecurity. The issue is especially acute in …

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Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center is located in Gresham, in the Portland metro area. (M.O. Stevens/Wikmiedia Commons)
OR hospital workers celebrate decision to unionize

Workers at an Oregon hospital are celebrating their recent vote in favor of unionizing. More than 260 Legacy Mount Hood health-care workers voted to …

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Conservation groups say the Northwest's old growth forests need greater protections. (Bob/Adobe Stock)
Update to Northwest Forest Plan expected soon

An update to the 30-year-old Northwest Forest Plan is expected soon. The plan has a been a critical tool for managing 19 million acres of federal …

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Semiconductor manufacturing openings are growing in Oregon. (Acronym/Adobe Stock)
Report: OR workforce grows, but gaps should be addressed

A new report analyzes the workforce dynamics in Oregon and how the state can address gaps for workers and industries. The 2024 Talent Assessment …

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Oregonians contributed more than 88 million hours of volunteering in 2021. (lovelyday12/Adobe Stock)
Nominations open for OR volunteer making impact in their community

AARP Oregon has opened up nominations for its prestigious award for volunteerism. For the Andrus Award for Community Service, the organization will …

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