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Suicide-prevention bills try to shield youth from trauma

Portland Tribune - News
'Our schools have become the de facto social service providers of our communities, yet we hadn't really been funding them that way.'

Gun bill demise angers students in 'fight for our lives'

Portland Tribune - News
Young people try to negotiate obstacles as they lobby hard for changes to make their schools safe from gun violence.

Dome Digest

Portland Tribune - News
A roundup of bills in Salem that are becoming law that you might not have heard about.

Despite new bucks, PERS still could gobble up school budgets

Portland Tribune - News
Lawmakers trying to control retirement costs, but grants to local districts might not be enough to block funding erosion.

Rep. Bonamici: Donald Trump 'not fit' for presidency

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon Democrat backs investigations by House colleagues, stops short of endorsing impeachment.

Measure 11 reform, other criminal justice bills move forward

Portland Tribune - News
Criminal justice policies are Legislature's theme of the week, including bill to reform how juveniles accused of violent crimes are tried and…

Multnomah Sheriff may take Transit Police away from PPB

Portland Tribune - News
Portland Police Bureau has been the led the Transit Police Division's 62 officers for years.

Unions search for path around dues deduction restrictions

Portland Tribune - News
Legal challenges to the way funds are taken from paychecks put public employee labor groups on the defensive.

Wood Village City Council approves new member

Gresham Outlook - News
Family business CFO/CIO Brian Loy fills seat that has sat vacant since start of year.

Lawmakers wrestle with plans for kicker 'windfall'

Portland Tribune - News
Paying down PERS debt is one strategy, and others want to 'sock it away' for a rainy budget day

Ill-fated vaccine fight stoked grassroots anger

Portland Tribune - News
Motivated citizens, egged on by social media campaigns and powerful anti-vaccine groups, left some legislators shaken.

Cap-and-trade bill takes step toward reality

Portland Tribune - News
Landmark carbon pricing proposal moved out of committee on a party-line vote after months of hearings and amendments.

Oregon's roads, bridges and pipes don't pass engineers'…

Portland Tribune - News
With a big quake looming, civil engineers society says state needs to spend billions to improve infrastructure.

Oregon taxpayers will get $1 billion back in 'kicker' rebate

Portland Tribune - News
Economists say the kicker is double the predicted amount and would be the largest in state history.

Lawmakers wrangle changes to cut PERS costs

Portland Tribune - News
Attempts to rein in Oregon's hugely complicated retirement system have left agencies and others with high costs.

Cider Riot, Patriot Prayer prepare for $1 million lawsuit

Portland Tribune - News
Cider Riot! owner Abram Goldman-Armstrong files suit after May Day brawl in Northeast Portland.

Senate approves business tax to boost school budgets

Portland Tribune - News
Governor plans to sign legislation; Democrats give up two key bills to coax Republicans back to the Senate for a floor vote.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal touts Medicare for All in Portland

Portland Tribune - News
Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer back Washington lawmaker's plan at Benson High School.

Public records rule change slipping 'through the cracks'

Portland Tribune - News
Proposal to fine jurisdictions when they don't comply runs into well-organized opposition as it heads to the Senate.

House tries to push immigrant drivers' license bill out of…

Portland Tribune - News
Supporters see time running out as legislative matters grind to a halt in the Senate.

Senate GOP now a band on the run

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon lawmakers abscond from Capitol to deny Democrats action on a school funding business tax bill.

Contentious vaccine bill passes House, heads to Senate

Portland Tribune - News
Despite a persistent, vocal opposition, the bill limiting medical execptions passed easily.

Student Success Act passes House on party-line vote

Portland Tribune - News
Education reform and tax package, adding $1 billion per year in school funding, now goes to the Senate.

Critic of Gov. Kate Brown denied spot on locks commission

Portland Tribune - News
Wilsonville City Councilor Ben West blames decision on politics, says it is 'petty and vindictive.'

Four seek two fire board seats

Beaverton Valley Times - News
Races in Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue district put incumbents against challengers; two other candidates are inactive.

House clerk's bill read-a-thon barely taxes her energy

Portland Tribune - News
Lacy Ramirez Gruss earns applause, respect from lawmakers as she powers through 45 pages of Student Success Act tax plan like a marathoner.

Foster care solutions beset with stumbles, foiled…

Portland Tribune - News
Governor's new board begins its private search for answers as problems and legal troubles mount.

Antifa, Patriot Prayer brawl outside Cider Riot

Portland Tribune - News
UPDATE: Earlier in the day, Occupy ICE marched to Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility before eastside rally.

Business groups sort out impact of tax plan

Portland Tribune - News
Legislature's proposal to boost education funding heads to a vote as state's largest business organization stays neutral

Business leaders stress regionalism, diversity and…

Portland Tribune - News
Portland Business Alliance announces it is not opposing the $1 billion-a-year tax increase proposed by Democrats at the Legislature.

Mayor Wheeler gets personal in State of the City…

Portland Tribune - News
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler revealed his intimate reasons for serving at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 29.

14 activists arrested for blockading Zenith oil…

Portland Tribune - News
Demonstration on Sunday, April 28 ends in arrests of climate protesters in Northwest Portland.

Youth sentencing bill stirs fears of retroactive…

Portland Tribune - News
Could high school shooter Kip Kinkel go free? Opponents say yes; supporters reject that idea.

So long Styrofoam? Single-use bags, containers on…

Portland Tribune - News
House debate on measure could tip the scale toward biodegradable items used by restaurants and retailers.

Committee's vaccine bill approval provokes backlash

Portland Tribune - News
Lawmakers gearing up for a House vote on controversial measure limiting medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations.

District reschedules school May 8 in response to…

Wilsonville Spokesman - Schools
West Linn-Wilsonville teachers advocate for fair funding in K-12 education

State weighs costs of aging prison population

Portland Tribune - News
Lawmakers could end up spending millions to renovate and operate a facility for elderly prisoners.

Governor promises substantial change to child…

Portland Tribune - News
Brown's executive order gives her office more control and influence over the Department of Human Services' Child Welfare Division.

Wood Village seeking new city manager

Gresham Outlook - News
Peterson: Hiring a city manager is one of the most important decisions a City Council can make.

Dems call for Peter Courtney to resign as Senate…

Portland Tribune - News
Yamhill, Multnomah, Washington counties blast Senate President for handling of sex harassment scandal.

Legislation offers more protection for working…

Portland Tribune - News
Business owners and lobbyists worry handful of proposals could push up employment costs, hurt benefits.

Mayor's rebuke draws accusations of double standards

Portland Tribune - News
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler upbraided after Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty questions Jessica Greenlee.

Vape, tobacco retailers want nicotine tax bills to…

Portland Tribune - News
Testimony on a package of five bills leads to medical professionals in favor of tax increases and business owners condemning them.

Your tax dollars at work: cities, counties spend…

Portland Tribune - News
Portland, the state's big dog, sits atop a list of jurisdictions trying to influence legislative action.

Hardesty offers support for residential infill…

Portland Tribune - News
'Agrees to disagree' on a variety of issues as she meets with local residents for two hours

PPB union: Police hiring shortfall due to 'hostile'…

Portland Tribune - News
Portland Police Association's Daryl Turner castigates politicians for 'catastrophic' cop shortage.

Man arrested for burning Goldschmidt's City Hall…

Portland Tribune - News
Activist Jeffrey Black live-streamed the burning of the photo... and his arrest by Portland Police.

Hardesty's questioning leaves property manager in…

Portland Tribune - News
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said questioning was appropriate and says she often asks hard questions

Eudaly piles on criticism of ODOT's Interstate 5…

Portland Tribune - News
Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly says Oregon Department of Transportation must complete EIS study.

Feminine hygiene products bill gets committee…

Portland Tribune - News
More than 500 schools across the state could be required to offer products free in an 'unfunded mandate.'

Investigation: 100s have died in NW's county jails

Portland Tribune - News
Incomplete data tracking hides a crisis of rising death rates in overburdened Northwest jails.

Lawmakers go into second half of session with a…

Portland Tribune - News
Controversial issues have yet to test the limits of large Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.

Limit campaign bucks? Let 16-year-olds vote?

Portland Tribune - News
Legislators wrangle two constitutional amendments through political obstacle course toward ballot.

Oregon lawmakers want to cancel kombucha taxes

Portland Tribune - News
Walden, Wyden and Blumenauer say its unfair that fermented drink is taxed like alcohol and beer.

Lawmaker wants to take fare checks away from…

Portland Tribune - News
Legislation inspired by court decision in Del Rocio case leaves fare enforcement up to TriMet, not police

Michael Strickland gets lawmaker support as appeal…

Portland Tribune - News
Conservative blogger who pulled a gun at 'Don't Shoot' protest in Portland is appealing conviction.

Senate resolution seeks to heal Modoc War wounds

Portland Tribune - News
'Acknowledging the truth of wrongs done is a critical first step towards healing those affected.'

Brown taps Bev Clarno to finish secretary of state…

Portland Tribune - News
Redmond Republican, former speaker of the House, selected from more than a dozen GOP candidates.

Man says theft of mayor's portrait was 'civil…

Portland Tribune - News
Facebook user Jeff Thomas Black livestreamed as he walked out of City Hall with the official photo of former Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt.

Kids getting too much screen time? Bills focus on…

Portland Tribune - News
Legislative committees discuss proposals to study health risks of prolonged computer use in schools, digital device warning labels.

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