State pays $1.25 million for death of 15-year-old foster child
The state of Oregon has agreed to pay $1.25 million to the family of a 15-year-old Albany girl who died under the watch of child welfare workers.
Tolls on I-5, 205 steps toward federal approval; draft answers few questions
Oregon will seek federal approval next month to charge drivers to use sections of Interstate 5 and 205 in the Portland area. The state released a 48-page draft application Thursday to the Federal Highway Administration, and the Oregon Transportation Commission will vote, and potentially give the application its final go-ahead, at a meeting Dec. 6. The application would then go to federal authorities for consideration.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Merkley wants to phase out all gas vehicles
Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Rhode Island U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse introduced legislation on Wednesday they said would put the country “on the path to achieving 100% zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the coming decades.”
Despite more Democratic control, Malheur County legislators see opportunities
State voters gave Democrats a clear majority in the Legislature but Cliff Bentz and Lynn Findley believe compromise and building alliances across party lines will pay dividends for local voters.
Gov. Brown budgets for continued battle with Trump
Oregon’s government has been at legal war with President Donald Trump and his administration for two years. This week, it moved to arm itself for more fights. Gov. Kate Brown carved out $2 million in her proposed 2019-21 budget for suing the Trump administration.
New license system launches
Oregon hunters and anglers will be able to download 2019 licenses and tags on their smartphones, tablets or computers beginning Saturday as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife dumps its old point-of-sale licensing system for a new web-based one.
Portland Diamond Project has agreement for ballpark at NW Portland marine terminal (renderings)
An effort to bring a Major League Baseball team to Portland passed an early milestone Thursday when backers said they’d settled on a site for a new ballpark: Terminal 2, the expansive marine cargo site in an industrial district northwest of the Fremont Bridge.
Salem-area residents get warning as Salem Health, Blue Cross contract nears end
The Statesman Journal
About 2,700 Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon customers on Medicare received letters over the past few weeks that the insurance company and Salem Health remain at an impasse on contract negotiations as the current contract nears its end. If they don’t agree on a new deal, Salem Health will no longer be an in-network service provider for Regence customers, including those on individual and employer plans.
Trump joins Canada and Mexico leaders to sign new trade pact
President Donald Trump joined the leaders of Canada and Mexico at a global meeting in Argentina on Friday to sign a revised North American trade pact that he called “groundbreaking” and a benefit for “working people.”
House Dems plan to investigate Trump Organization’s alleged Putin penthouse
The House Intelligence Committee plans to probe the Trump Organization’s alleged efforts in 2016 to give Russian President Vladimir Putin a free penthouse in a proposed Trump property in Moscow, according to a new report.
Opinion: Let’s work together to build a better Oregon
At the Oregon Leadership Summit on Monday, leaders from some segments of the business community have an opportunity to do something different this year. We challenge them to work together with a more diverse group of businesses and elected leaders to make targeted investments in our public schools and other essential public services and to play a collaborative role in making needed reforms to our revenue system.
Pro-Con: Is carbon tax the right way to fight climate change?
The Daily Astorian
The U.S. leads the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions in the United States have plunged to their lowest level in a generation, while CO2 emissions around the globe have risen 50 percent since 1990. How did we do it? Increased use of natural gas in power generation is the single biggest factor. With technological advances unlocking previously inaccessible natural gas reserves, the affordable, reliable fuel has become the leading source for electricity generation — reducing carbon emissions to levels not seen since 1992.
Why Are Americans So Sad?
There ought not to be shame about missing the company of others. We are not meant to be alone, and we don’t find emotional succor or physical satisfaction in relationships with screens. The Washington Post suggests that the solution may be found in more funding for mental-health services and drug treatment. Maybe. But it seems to me that we’re facing not so much a drug problem as a heartbreak problem. The road back to emotional health must include a re-emphasis on commitment to family.