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A climate change bill introduced in the U.S. Senate Thursday is a very important step in the right direction, according to Douglas County Global Warming Coalition board member Stuart Liebowitz.

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SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced two executive orders and a task force Thursday she says will help cut back on salary, retirement and health care costs for public employees and recover uncollected debt and taxes.

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PORTLAND — Lawmakers in Salem have a packed schedule ahead from now through April 18, the deadline for all proposals to advance out of their initial policy committee. What that means is, save for some exceptions, the window for introducing new bills this year is pretty much closed and Senate…

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ASHLAND — Teenagers wearing hats protesting a proposed liquid natural gas pipeline filed into their high school gym in Ashland Thursday morning to join a crowd of 2,700 people at U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden’s town hall gathering.

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PORTLAND — Lea Vlcek of Elkton describes herself as a long-time feminist. Feminists changed the world for women, she said, opening shelters for battered women, improving women’s health and opening up jobs to women where none had been before.

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A change in U.S. House rules making it easier to transfer millions of acres of federal public lands to states is worrying hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts across the West who fear losing access; however, a local timber industry spokesman said state management of federal forest lands cou…

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Alana Lenihan is in good health and has insurance through her husband’s job at Lowe’s. So she won’t be directly affected by the apparently imminent repeal of the Affordable Care Act.