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ND makes the grade in a national report evaluating public school support; SCOTUS justices express free speech concerns about GOP-backed social media laws; NH "kids on campus" program boosts retention; proposed law bans hemp sales to Hoosiers younger than 21.

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The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether social media can restrict content. Biden advisors point to anti-democracy speeches at CPAC, and the President heads to the US-Mexico border appealing to voters on immigration and border issues.

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David meets Goliath in Idaho pesticide conflict, to win over Gen Z voters, candidates are encouraged to support renewable energy and rural America needs help from Congress to continue affordable internet programs.


Oregon lawmakers have two weeks left in the session to approve funding for the Summer EBT program that helps feed children when school's out. (Lindsay Trapnell/Oregon Food Bank)

Monday, February 26, 2024

Nearly 300,000 OR kids await approval of summer food benefits

A program that would provide food benefits to kids during the summer still needs funding approval from the Oregon Legislature. The state has …

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Salmon populations have dwindled in the Northwest, hurting the orcas that rely on them for food. (Stanislav/Adobe Stock)
Next steps for recovery after endangered orca decision in OR

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has decided to list Southern Resident orcas as an endangered species. With it comes guidelines for how the …

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Doctors say people should get regular checkups to ensure their hearts are healthy. (rocketclips/Adobe Stock)
American Heart Month: Heart disease treatment often delayed for women

February is American Heart Month, a time to focus on potential cardiovascular risks. Health experts said women especially should consider their …

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Southern Resident orcas' habitat stretches from Canada to California. (CarloEmanuele/Adobe Stock)
OR to decide on added protections for decreasing orca population

Oregon officials are considering providing additional protections to orcas in the region. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will decide on …

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Establishing good brushing habits early help against preventable oral diseases later in life. (Azee, Stock)
Children's Dental Health Month: Experts encourage good habits early

February is Children's Dental Health Month and experts are stressing the importance of focusing on children's teeth early. Later in life, poor oral …

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Oregon's legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on March 10. (Bob/Adobe Stock)
Coalition proposes 'People's Budget' for OR's short session

A coalition of groups has laid out its budget priorities for the Oregon legislative session in an effort to advance racial, gender and economic …

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The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program includes 26,000 trained volunteers, who help people nationwide file their income tax forms. (JohnKwan/Adobe Stock)
Tax-Aide program to the rescue in Oregon

A program to assist people with their taxes has gone live in Oregon. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program has sites across the state to help people …

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Oregon lawmakers could make changes to Measure 110 during their short, month-long session this year.(Only 4K Ultra HD/Adobe Stock)
Advocates push back on legislative efforts to recriminalize drug possession

As the Oregon legislative session opens, lawmakers could make changes to a voter-passed measure that decriminalized small amounts of drugs and opened …

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AI's impact on elections is expected to grow this year. (VideoFlow/Adobe Stock)
AI could undermine trust ahead of 2024 election

The rise of artificial intelligence is raising alarm bells for election officials in Oregon and across the country. Before the New Hampshire …

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Victims of sexual extortion schemes are advised to report it the FBI or local law enforcement immediately. (Cavan/Adobe Stock)
Teen boys increasingly targeted in ‘sextortion’ crimes, FBI warns

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the FBI says financially motivated sextortion -- often targeting teen boys -- went up 20% from …

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A report finds there were more than 460 incidents where Portland Police used force in 2023. (MISHELLA/Adobe Stock)
Report: Portland Police officers who use force evade accountability

A new report says the Portland Police Bureau is obscuring information on officers who use excessive force on the job. Researchers with the …

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A project from the city of Chiloquin in southern Oregon was among those selected for a Community Challenge grant in 2023. (Michael McCullough/Wikimedia Commons)
AARP grant 'unique' opportunity to fund community projects in OR

A program that funds ideas for improving communities is now open to applications. The AARP Community Challenge grant program is accepting …

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