Oregon http://www.kplu.org en Meet the Homegrown Politicians Who Run a Tiny Northwest Town http://www.kplu.org/post/meet-homegrown-politicians-who-run-tiny-northwest-town <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every morning, Jim Larson takes a walk around town. Down to the railroad tracks. Up the hill behind City Hall. There's hardly a sound.</span></p><p>The silence is not unusual for a weekday morning in Larson’s small town of Prescott, Oregon. There’s not even a morning rush hour. &nbsp;</p><p>“No, because there isn't that many people even that work anymore, either,” Larson said. “Everybody up this hill that I live on, from my house up. Nobody works here; they're all retired."</p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:00:19 +0000 Chris Lehman 11279 at http://www.kplu.org Meet the Homegrown Politicians Who Run a Tiny Northwest Town Why China wants a mural in Oregon destroyed http://www.kplu.org/post/why-china-wants-mural-oregon-destroyed The mural in downtown Corvallis, Ore., is big: 10 feet high and 100 feet long. One side shows a peaceful countryside setting in rural Taiwan. The other shows police beating protesters in Tibet and a Buddhist monk setting himself ablaze in protest.<p>"You burn yourself to death. Painful. And we cannot ignore that," says David Lin, the Corvallis businessman who commissioned the mural. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:49:59 +0000 Chris Lehman 6409 at http://www.kplu.org Why China wants a mural in Oregon destroyed Oregon Audit Shows Unconstitutional Spending on Schools http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-audit-shows-unconstitutional-spending-schools <p>Oregon&#39;s Secretary of State released an audit today (Tuesday) showing the Department of State Lands violated the constitution by spending money it shouldn&#39;t have from the Common School Fund. But as Rob Manning reports, paying back the money isn&#39;t expected to harm schools.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 17:00:29 +0000 Rob Manning 4089 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon's Wealthiest To Get A Tax Cut In January http://www.kplu.org/post/oregons-wealthiest-get-tax-cut-january SALEM, Ore. – President Obama and House Republicans continue to spar over whether to extend a soon-to-expire payroll tax cut. But one group of Oregonians will definitely see their taxes go down in January. They’re the wealthiest taxpayers.<p>When Oregon voters approved Measure 66 nearly two years ago, income taxes immediately rose for the highest tier of earners in the state. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 23:05:19 +0000 3523 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon's timber counties still seeking help http://www.kplu.org/post/oregons-timber-counties-still-seeking-help <p>Oregon&#39;s timber dependent counties are still hoping for a federal rescue. But they&#39;re creating contingency plans in case Congress doesn&#39;t come through with a replacement for historic timber revenue.</p><p>Officials from eight counties met with Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Monday to discuss their options. Some counties say they could become insolvent in the next year without additional funding.</p><p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:24:26 +0000 Chris Lehman 3504 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops http://www.kplu.org/post/oregons-unemployment-rate-drops <p>The unemployment rate dropped 0-point-4 percent from the previous month. At 9-point-1 percent, it&rsquo;s still half a percentage point higher than the national average.<br />Oregon&rsquo;s drop in unemployment is good news, but state employment economist, Nick Beleiciks, warned people not to get too excited.</p><p>Nick Beleiciks: &quot;It&#39;s just a one month change so far, which is very welcome after months and months of no change in the unemployment rate. So I think we&#39;re not ready to celebrate because of one month change, but it&#39;s certainly in the right direction.&quot;</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:25:12 +0000 Northwest News Network 3440 at http://www.kplu.org Rural Oregon Residents Await Pesticide Exposure Investigation Results http://www.kplu.org/post/rural-oregon-residents-await-pesticide-exposure-investigation-results <p>Residents who live on Highway 36 west of Eugene are waiting for the results of a Pesticide Exposure Investigation by the state of Oregon. They believe herbicide spraying by the timber industry is causing health issues in their communities.</p><p>For years, residents near Blachly and Triangle Lake have complained of pesticide drift from clear-cut sprays. But it wasn&rsquo;t until last spring that they caught the attention of the state. In independent biological testing, more than 30 people from the area tested positive for the common timber industry herbicides Atrazine and 2,4,D.</p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:25:29 +0000 Northwest News Network 3231 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon readies its execution chamber for Haugen http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-readies-its-execution-chamber-haugen <p>SALEM, Ore. &ndash; The first inmate to be executed in Oregon since 1997 will have his hands wrapped in gauze to prevent any final obscene gestures. That&#39;s one detail that emerged Friday during a media tour of the state&#39;s execution chamber.</p><p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 23:43:06 +0000 Chris Lehman 3222 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon readies its execution chamber for Haugen Oregon seniors vent at state for loss of old program (script) http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-seniors-vent-state-loss-old-program-script <p>About 120 senior citizens converged on the Hollywood Senior Center in Portland this afternoon (Monday,) to learn ways they might be able to pay thousands of dollars in taxes they hadn&#39;t expected.<br />As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, recent changes to Oregon&#39;s &#39;Senior Property Tax Deferral Program&#39; have hundreds of Oregonians worried about keeping a roof over their heads.<br /> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 19:05:01 +0000 Northwest News Network 3058 at http://www.kplu.org Central Oregon newspaper files suit over open records request http://www.kplu.org/post/central-oregon-newspaper-files-suit-over-open-records-request <p>Bend-based Western Communications is suing Deschutes County&rsquo;s District Attorney alleging that Patrick Flaherty violated the law when he denied a public records request submitted by the company&rsquo;s flagship paper, the Bend Bulletin.</p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 22:33:52 +0000 Northwest News Network 3018 at http://www.kplu.org Rail line to Oregon coast set to re-open http://www.kplu.org/post/rail-line-oregon-coast-set-re-open <p>Soon, trains will once again roll down the rail line to the Oregon coast port of Coos Bay. A key rail link that was abandoned four years ago is set to re-open this month.</p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 23:48:25 +0000 Chris Lehman 2793 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon eyes insurance rate increase http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-eyes-insurance-rate-increase <p>SALEM, Ore. - Customers of one of Oregon&#39;s largest health insurance companies may see a large rate increase soon. State insurance regulators held a rare public hearing Wednesday on the request by ODS Health Plan to hike its rates an average of 10 percent. A decision on the requested rate hike could come next month.</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:26:59 +0000 Chris Lehman 2650 at http://www.kplu.org Crash At memorial ceremony highlights dangers of distracted driving http://www.kplu.org/post/crash-memorial-ceremony-highlights-dangers-distracted-driving <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984539.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984539.mp3</a></p><p>JEFFERSON, Ore. - Two Oregon police officers killed along Interstate 5 by a drowsy driver ten years ago were honored with a memorial sign along the highway where they died. But in an ironic twist, people attending the ceremony got a vivid demonstration of the dangers of distracted driving.</p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 00:44:49 +0000 Chris Lehman 2516 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon Supreme Court sides with 5 juvenile killers http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-supreme-court-sides-5-juvenile-killers <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984493.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984493.mp3</a></p><p>Salem, OREGON &ndash; The Oregon Supreme Court has sided with five juvenile killers who&rsquo;ve long maintained the state treats them more harshly than adult murderers. The high court Thursday called on the Oregon Board of Parole to schedule hearings and even decide on release dates for two of the five.</p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 19:56:28 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2509 at http://www.kplu.org Report calls for reduction in chemical spraying on Oregon highways http://www.kplu.org/post/report-calls-reduction-chemical-spraying-oregon-highways <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984487.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984487.mp3</a></p><p>The Eugene-based Oregon Toxics Alliance has published a report that looks at pesticide use on 5 state highways in Lane County. The organization wants the state to reduce its use of chemicals along roadways.</p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 19:21:28 +0000 Northwest News Network 2507 at http://www.kplu.org