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First state-funded fast-track housing opens in Salem
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First state-funded fast-track housing opens in Salem
Cornerstone Apartments, a 180-unit rent-capped development, is the first of 1,700 units statewide under development through the state’s new Local Innovation and Fast Track Rental program.

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Oregon ranks first for homeless youth
A new report highlights continuing struggles the state faces in addressing homeless children and youth and a high rate of foster care placements.
With strong economy, state jobs go unfilled
With strong economy, state jobs go unfilled
Oregon is actively trying to fill more nearly 400 of the 5,800 authorized state government positions that are vacant.
State’s new phone system has another outage
Internet service failed to support the new voice over internet protocol phones, which rely on internet to function.
Lawmakers will continue shoring up marijuana regulations
Lawmakers will continue shoring up marijuana regulations
A report funded by the federal government says Oregon produces more than 2 million pounds of marijuana each year, more than six times what it says can reasonably be consumed.
Avakian: Legislative leaders allowed hostile work environment
Avakian: Legislative leaders allowed hostile work environment
Labor complaint stems from allegations that sexual harassment claims were mishandled.
Debate continues on law related to election debates
Debate continues on law related to election debates
An opinion by Legislative Counsel differs with the interpretation of the Independent Party of Oregon, which is using the law to encourage hosts to include their gubernatorial candidate in debates.
OHA says tobacco sales to under-age smokers are widespread
OHA says tobacco sales to under-age smokers are widespread
The Oregon Health Authority says that in the first six months of 2018, 18 percent of attempts to buy tobacco products by minors — coordinated by the agency as inspections — were successful.
Oregon joins lawsuit over 3-D printed guns
Oregon joins lawsuit over 3-D printed guns
California, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
Tolling initiative refiled as IP 10
Tolling initiative refiled as IP 10
Chief petitioners added clarification to an initiative that would require voter approval for tolling existing roadway lanes and bridges and added Rep. Julie Parrish as a chief petitioner.
Ban on publicly-funded abortion heads to ballot
Ban on publicly-funded abortion heads to ballot
Initiative Petition 1 received enough valid signatures to ask voters whether to amend the Oregon Constitution to ban spending public funds on abortion.
Oregon wildfires have cost state $25.3 million so far
The federal government will reimburse the state for some of that cost, but it can take years for the reimbursements to come through.
Multiple failures caused state network crash
Multiple failures caused state network crash
The outage of state agency web sites and phone services lasted eight hours but some web sites didn’t recover for 48 hours.
Initiative would require vote on tolls
Initiative would require vote on tolls
An initiative proposed for the 2020 ballot could slow efforts to toll Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 in the Portland area.
Survey: Brown and Buehler tied for governor
Survey: Brown and Buehler tied for governor
The first public results from a survey of likely voters shows a close race between Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler for the state’s highest office.
IPO works to recruit third party members
IPO works to recruit third party members
Alex DiBlasi, the Pacific Green nominee for governor, withdrew his candidacy Friday and joined the Independent Party of Oregon.
GOP, Independent candidates make case to publishers
GOP, Independent candidates make case to publishers
Knute Buehler and Patrick Starnes addressed the convention of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. Gov. Kate Brown did not attend.
OHA grapples with patients’ chronic pain v. opioid crisis
OHA grapples with patients’ chronic pain v. opioid crisis
The Oregon Health Authority is considering a policy to severely limit chronic pain patients’ access to opioids through the Oregon Health Plan.
Report knocks Oregon property tax system
Report knocks Oregon property tax system
The new report, released Wednesday, examined Oregon and three other states — Michigan, Massachusetts and New York — with limits on property taxes.
Buehler offers ‘pro-choice’ health care plan
Buehler offers ‘pro-choice’ health care plan
The GOP nominee for governor outlined some broad goals for building on Oregon’s existing health care reform.
Sanctuary repeal qualifies for ballot
Sanctuary repeal qualifies for ballot
Initiative Petition 22 — Stop Oregon Sanctuaries — had more than enough valid signatures to secure a place on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election.
Petition would link public employee wages to private sector
Petition would link public employee wages to private sector
Supporters claim public employees receive greater total compensation than many private sector workers.

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