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Politics Kitzhaber: Low-carbon fuel mandate will go forward Kitzhaber: Low-carbon fuel mandate will go forward
Unable to convince the Legislature to keep Oregon's clean fuels program alive past its scheduled expiration next year, Gov. John Kitzhaber says he's ordering the stricter fuel requirements to go into effect anyway.
Politics Compromise reached on local rules for pot outlets Compromise reached on local rules for pot outlets
The Senate Judiciary Committee reached a compromise Thursday on a measure that would allow cities and counties to restrict some aspects of how medical marijuana dispensaries operate, but the bill does not go far enough for those that want the authority to ban the facilities altogether.
Politics Oregon bill seeks to curb underage drinking deaths Oregon bill seeks to curb underage drinking deaths
The law would provide limited amnesty for those younger than 21 who seek medical aid for themselves or others for drinking too much. It would give protection from an alcohol possession citation if the evidence came as a result of their seeking help.
Politics Oregon Senate considers expanded background checks Oregon Senate considers expanded background checks(Photo Gallery)
The husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, appeared before Oregon legislators on Thursday to speak in favor of expanded background checks for gun sales, as Republicans contended the Democrat-proposed legislation is "political posturing" as Oregon's May primary nears.
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.