Wednesday, February 1, 2023

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New Mexico legislation would boost protections for LGBTQ students, Idaho makes a big jump in higher-education attainment, and this year's Monarch butterfly winter count showed significant improvement.

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The Senate considers police reforms in the wake of Tyre Nichols' killing, members of Congress want a new vote on the Equal Rights Amendment, and George Santos voluntarily steps down from his committee appointments.

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"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

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Much of the town of Phoenix, Oregon. was destroyed in the 2020 wildfire season. (Oregon Department of Transportation/Wikimedia Commons)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Grants Support 2020 Fire Recovery for Southern Oregonians

Southern Oregon continues to recover from the fires of 2020 and grants are helping residents in the region. The Almeda Fire in Jackson County …

Youth climate councils have been established in cities including Portland and San Antonio. (Tamia Studio/Adobe Stock)
Youth Climate Councils Seek to Influence Local Governments

By Marianne Dhenin for Prism.Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Oregon News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Public News Se…


SNAP helps hundreds of thousands of Oregonians but excludes people with undocumented immigration statuses. (jetcityimage/Adobe Stock)
Bill Extends Food Aid to All Oregonians Regardless of Immigration Status

A big gap exists in who can receive food assistance in Oregon, and some lawmakers want to bridge the divide this session. Federal law excludes …

The Oregon Nurses Association represents about 15,000 nurses across the state. (allexxandarx/Adobe Stock)
OR Nurses Push for Safe Staffing Levels

Oregon nurses say they are struggling under high patient loads, and they want state lawmakers to do something about it. The Oregon Nurses …


In Oregon, 36 building projects were LEED-certified in 2022. (Tada Images/Adobe Stock)
Oregon Ranks in Top 10 for Green Buildings

Oregon is high on the list of states focused on sustainable building practices, according to a new report. The state comes in at number 10 in U.S…

Oregon community college students who completed credentials or transferred within four years increased from 45% to 51% between 2017 and 2021. (WavebreakmediaMicro/Adobe Stock)
Audit: Lawmakers Can Help Improve Oregon Community Colleges

An audit of community colleges in Oregon has implications for the state's legislative session, which started this week. The report from the …


If approved, the gunshot-detecting technology to assist Portland police would be set up in five city neighborhoods. (MISHELLA/Adobe Stock)
Police Gunshot Detector Continues to Roil Portland Community

Community members continue to voice concerns about gunshot-detecting technology being considered in Portland. At a recent Inter-Faith Peace and …

The Columbia River is renowned for its salmon and steelhead runs. In a year of good returns, over 1 million Chinook, coho and sockeye salmon, and summer steelhead travel up the river to spawn in its tributaries. (Adobe Stock)
New Columbia River Protections Under EPA Permits

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop oil and other toxic chemical discharges into the Columbia …


In a recent study, about 15% of middle and high school age young people admitted they had cyberbullied someone in the past. (asiandelight/Adobe Stock)
Online Spaces Ripe for Harassment, But Parents Can Fight Back

It can be challenging for parents and caregivers to shield their children from bigotry and hatred online, but there are a few tips they can follow…

Both full- and part-time workers will be eligible for Oregon's paid leave program. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Adobe Stock)
OR Paid Leave Program for All Workers Lifts Off in 2023

Oregon is joining the ranks of states providing paid leave for all workers. In January, employees and employers will begin paying into the program…


Kathy Goeddel won the 2022 Andrus Award for Community Service for her work with an annual Tax-Aide program. (AARP Oregon)
Award Highlights Important Role of Volunteering in OR

An Oregon woman who helps people with their taxes has won a prestigious award for volunteers. AARP Oregon has awarded the 2022 Andrus Award for …

Ecola Point is about three miles north of Cannon Beach, Oregon. (Sepp/Adobe Stock)
Teeming with Life, OR Coastal Areas Receive New Protections

Six stretches of Oregon coast that are home to a diverse array of wildlife are set to receive critical protections. Oregon's Ocean Policy Advisory …


 

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