Oregon Lawmakers Discuss Budget, Safety

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon legislators could unveil a new budget plan as early as Monday, which could give a big boost to schools. Budget writers are working on a two-year spending plan and say this plan will include at least an additional billion dollars for schools in the state. Some say it could be enough … Continue reading »

Kitzhaber Discusses Medicaid Policy

SALEM, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber will pitch his ideas for Medicaid overhaul to other governors this weekend. Kitzhaber says he wants to make a push to change the way doctors are paid and patients are treated. The president highlighted the concept during his State of the Union Address as a potential option to reduce … Continue reading »

Oregon Legislative Session Begins

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon legislators meet in Salem for the first day of this year’s 20 week session. There are several big issues on the table, including reworking the current higher education structure, budget deficits statewide, talking about welfare programs, and public safety dollars. They will also look for ways to reduce prison populations, including … Continue reading »

Governor Acknowledges “Awkward” Session

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is calling Friday’s special legislature session to approve a tax incentive for Nike “extraordinarily awkward,” but says the potential economic benefits are worth it. The Governor called the session earlier this week to announce that Nike plans to expand its business in Oregon and hire at least 500 people, if … Continue reading »

Early Childhood Education Grant

SALEM, ORe. — Oregon is getting $20 million from the Obama administration to improve early-childhood education. Governor Kitzhaber’s office announced the grant on Thursday, which will be used to improve training for pre-school teachers and to make sure program used to prepare children for kindergarten are effective. Oregon is one of five states getting the … Continue reading »

Governor Rolls Out Budget Proposition

SALEM, Ore. – Oregonians now have an idea on how money might be spent in Oregon in the next couple years. Governor John Kitzhaber rolled out his budget during a press conference in Salem last week. The new budget proposes $8 billion for education in the 2013 to 2015 budget biennium. This includes reinvestment in … Continue reading »

Oregon Lawmakers Making Cuts

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers who are looking to lower the cost of the benefits received by government employees are facing quite a few hurdles. In order to make cuts in costs possible, they have to make sure the changes bring a meaningful amount of savings, without going back on iron-clad promises made to workers … Continue reading »

$80 Million Extra For Oregon Budget

SALEM, Ore. — The State of Oregon found an extra $80 million in their budget. The state economists said they underestimated how much money would come in from taxes. The money, which will be filtered into the general fund and lottery will likely mean there are no immediate budget cuts. Economists also pointed out that … Continue reading »

Ground Breaking On World War II Memorial At State Capitol

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon took it’s first step in officially honoring its World War II veterans on Wednesday. The state broke ground on a long awaited World War II Memorial project. It will be in Wilson Park, just west of the State Capitol in Salem. The groundbreaking brought out quite a few people including veterans … Continue reading »

Salem Killings Highlight Deadly Trend of Domestic Abuse

By Bryan Navarro MEDFORD, Ore. — Autopsy results reveal a mother and her two children who were found dead in a burning Salem home were shot. The medical examiner also says a fourth victim, who was just an infant, was likely asphyxiated. The family was found dead in their Salem home Tuesday. 3-year-old Angelica Lazukin, … Continue reading »