Government and law

Government and law
Eugene's plastic bag ban begins
Must Reads
Thursday, May 02, 2013

Eugene's plastic bag ban went into effect May 1, along with a mandatory 5 cent fee for paper bags.

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Portland mayor releases 2013-14 budget
Must Reads
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales released his 2013-14 budget proposal, cutting 183 staff positions as a partial fix to the city's projected $21.5 million funding gap.

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Morning after pill now available over the counter
From the Wires
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

AP: The FDA announced Tuesday that women 15 and up can buy the emergency contraceptive without prescription.

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Oregon Senate approves wave energy rules
Must Reads
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Oregon Senate approved a measure that would require wave energy companies to give coastal communities more assurances.

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Oregon lawmakers moonlight as amateur scientists
Opinion
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
BY SEN. ALAN OLSEN | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

04.24.13 Thumbnail DredgeMining2 Last week the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources voted on two bills to ban legally permitted small-scale mining operations on Oregon's waterways. I voted against both bills for one simple reason: not once was the committee presented with scientific evidence that the practice of small-scale suction dredge mining is damaging to the environment.

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