GMO Label Signatures Turned In

Posted by Pat Boyle on July 2, 2014
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Salem, Oregon – Backers of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified food have turned in what they say are more than enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

They need more than 87,000 valid signatures. They turned in more than 155,000 today to the  Secretary of State’s office which will now have to verify them.

The measure would …

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Portland Area Cougar Sightings Continue to Come in

Posted by Brett Reckamp on June 30, 2014
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Yet again, someone says they have seen a cougar in an urban area.  This time, one was spotted in SE Portland’s Mill Park neighborhood near Southeast 121st Avenue and Division.

Last week, two sightings were phoned in from Hillsboro.  There have been a number of others from different areas including SW Portland.

Rick Swart with Oregon Fish and Wildlife says a number …

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Will It Rain Fat Checks For U of O?

Posted by Steve Leader on June 16, 2014
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The timing may be right for the University of Oregon to launch a fundraising drive to raise up to three-billion dollars from a small number of wealthy donors.

According to the Register Guard, a small, unnamed, group of wealthy constituents told lawmakers in 2012 that if they’d pass a bill to create an independent governing board for the school, …

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Sex Diseases Exploding In Oregon

Posted by Steve Leader on May 30, 2014
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The syphilis rate in Oregon is nearly twice the national average. (10 per 100,000, compared with 5.3 nationally.)

The Statesman Journal quotes figures from the Oregon Health Authority showing early syphilis cases are at their highest level since 1989. Syphilis is most contagious during the first year.

According to the Health Authority, gonorrhea cases jumped 18% from 2012 to 2013.

State health officials …

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Likes And Shares Bring Oregon Jobs

Posted by Steve Leader on May 21, 2014
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A study done for Facebook, released today, shows the economic impact of its data center in Prineville.  The report shows that over the last five years Facebook brought 651 jobs to Central Oregon.

Research shows the ripple effect from the Prineville-area jobs was felt statewide, for a total of almost 3,600 jobs. The study says every ten jobs at Facebook-Prineville drive …

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