Trial Set for Medical Abuse Case

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. — In less than 2 weeks the trial will begin for a Grants Pass woman suspected of medically abusing her children. Katherine Parker, 44, of Grants Pass is awaiting that trial in the Multnomah County Jail. The multiple charges against her stem from accusations that she lied to physicians to facilitate unnecessary … Continue reading »

Republican Senate Hopefuls Visit Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford voters are getting the chance to meet the future republican candidate for the U.S. Senate A Tuesday forum at the Jackson County Library featured all five republican candidates vying for senator Jeff Merkley’s seat in a moderated town-hall style setting. The chairman of the Jackson County Republican Party says their big … Continue reading »

Bill Explores Free Community College

MEDFORD, Ore. — Joshua Majchrzak graduated from high school last year and is now working toward his dream. “Right now I’m just doing my pre-requisites at R.C.C. but eventually I plan on going into nanotechnology which is a new field in science,” said Majchrzak. The road to that career will include higher education and the … Continue reading »

Bill for Summer School Lunches

SALEM, Ore. — A bill to fund school lunches over the summer is making its way through the Oregon Senate. The Senate approved legislation Thursday morning to allow more grants to be available to the program. If the bill is passed, the Oregon Department of Education will award startup grants  to more schools and off-campus … Continue reading »

Affordable Housing Bill Passes

SALEM, Ore. — A new bill is one step closer to making housing a little more affordable for struggling families. The Oregon Senate voted in favor of the low-income housing bill, 28 to 2. This will allow units that offer low-income housing opportunities to be exempt from taxes. This in return makes the cost of … Continue reading »

Oregon Flag Bill Clears Senate

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Senate has passed a bill that would require charter schools to display the American flag in their classrooms, as public schools are already required to do. The original bill would have required schools to lead students in a daily recital of the pledge of allegiance. Lawmakers backed off that proposal, … Continue reading »

A Foster Parent Union in the Works

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Senate is considering legislation that would create a foster parent union. Supporters say foster parents have no voice at the capital and forming a union could allow them to fight more effectively for resources and support. Foster parents are paid by the state. The measure would allow them as public … Continue reading »

Bill Seeks Equal Pay for Health Workers

MEDFORD, Ore. — A new bill aims to ensure equal pay for health providers who perform the same services. Supporters say nurse practitioners and physicians assistants are providing more primary care, but are not being paid equally by insurance companies. House Bill 2902 claims that nurse practitioners and physicians assistance are often providing the same … Continue reading »

College Classes Required in High School?

As Oregon school districts struggle with reduced state funding, legislators are considering increasing graduation requirements. A bill before the Oregon Senate, if passed, would require high school students to take college level classes before they graduate. Eugene-area senator Mark Hass says if the bill was passed this could not only save time, but also a … Continue reading »