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Politics Paging Dr. Kitzhaber: What did Gov. know about Cover Oregon collapse? Paging Dr. Kitzhaber: What did Gov. know about Cover Oregon collapse?(Video)
KATU’s review of thousands of pages of emails and reports, as well as interviews with many of the key people involved, suggest that either Kitzhaber knew more than he has acknowledged about Cover Oregon's failed website, or that he and his staff somehow remained oblivious to the unfolding disaster despite numerous attempts to bring it to their attention.
Politics Battle shapes up over GMO sugar beets in Oregon Battle shapes up over GMO sugar beets in Oregon
National sugar beet growers join Oregon Farm Bureau's fight to defeat ballot measure from organic farmers to prohibit genetically modified crops in Southern Oregon.
Politics Oregon lawmakers will have to re-balance budget Oregon lawmakers will have to re-balance budget
An expensive wildfire season and a decrease in anticipated revenue will force Oregon lawmakers rework portions of the state budget when lawmakers return to Salem for a five-week legislative session that begins on Feb. 3.
Politics Bridge, guns return when Legislature convenes Bridge, guns return when Legislature convenes
A plan to replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River is just one of several high-profile issues that will be rehashed for a second consecutive year when Oregon lawmakers return to Salem on Feb. 3 for a five-week legislative session. Gun control, clean fuels, Native American mascots and genetically modified crops also may be getting an additional round of debate.
Politics Another suit filed to halt timber sale, stop logging Another suit filed to halt timber sale, stop logging
Conservation groups are challenging a timber sale that demonstrates the kind of ecosystem-driven logging that would be fast-tracked under Sen. Ron Wyden's bill to increase harvests from federally owned property in western Oregon.
Politics Opinion: Protect neighbors from pot stink Opinion: Protect neighbors from pot stink
The legal right to grow marijuana for medical purposes should not confer the right to inflict overpowering odors on one's neighbors. And a city that attempts to protect everyone's interests is doing what a local government should do.
Politics Wyden: 'Don't prejudge' Cover Oregon investigation Wyden: 'Don't prejudge' Cover Oregon investigation(Video)
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore) is trying to stay out of the Cover Oregon fray while an independent investigation is underway to determine what lead to the failure of the state’s health care exchange website. KATU News caught up with Sen. Wyden Monday night in Beaverton at a Town Hall meeting.
Politics State lawmakers to grill Cover Oregon chief State lawmakers to grill Cover Oregon chief(Video)
The man currently overseeing Cover Oregon is prepares for an earful from state lawmakers on Wednesday. Dr. Bruce Goldberg will testify before three different legislative committees; each one is expected to grill him about what led to the website’s failures and what's being done to right all of the wrongs.
Politics 'We look like fools:' A history of Cover Oregon's failure 'We look like fools:' A history of Cover Oregon's failure
KATU’s Investigators spent weeks digging through thousands of pages of audits conducted by Maximus, the company the state hired to provide quality-control assessments of the project beginning in its early days.
Politics Oregon begins allowing medical marijuana for PTSD Oregon begins allowing medical marijuana for PTSD
Some Oregon lawmakers had said they feared that allowing medical marijuana cardholders to use pot for post-traumatic stress disorder would lead to widespread abuse, but the initial signup doesn't bear that out.