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Last week, the state legislature reached a deadline for moving bills forward. Those that hadn’t received a committee vote by April 18 can be pronounced dead, at least for this session.

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  • KRISTENA HANSEN The Associated Press
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PORTLAND — Five lawmakers revealed a framework of “cost containment” strategies Friday for the cash-strapped 2017-19 budget cycle that involves a two-year hiring freeze, revising collective bargaining rules with labor unions and curbing public employee health and retirement costs.

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  • MARK FREEMAN Mail Tribune
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MEDFORD — Where Dead Indian Memorial Road finally straightens out just before the turn onto Hyatt-Prairie Road, the vast expanse of green visible for the past six years along the upper shore of Howard Prairie Lake is now blue.

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  • KRISTENA HANSEN The Associated Press
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SALEM — Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order Thursday freezing hiring of new state employees for the rest of the current budget year as Oregon lawmakers work to close a whopping $1.6 billion-shortfall that kicks in July 1.

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  • AARON WEST The (Bend) Bulletin
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BEND — Moving thousands of pounds of cargo isn’t typically an issue for the trains that use the City of Prineville Railway in Oregon, but what about when the cargo is the train itself?