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Oregon Unemployment Now Lower Than National Rate

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th April Newseconomyjobs

Oregon's jobless rate has fallen below the national rate for the first time since 1996.

The state Employment Department says Oregon's unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in March. That's slightly lower than the U.S.Read More »

Oregon Legislature Considers Minimum Wage Hike

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th April Newsminimum wageOregon legislature

The Oregon Legislature is opening debate about several proposals to boost the minimum wage as high as $15 an hour.

Legislative committees held three hearings on the idea Monday but took no formal action.

Raising the minimum wage is hugely popular with voters and interest groups on the left, but it's far from clear whether it has sufficient support in the LegislatRead More »

Rafter Recounts Finding Survivors At Accident Scene

A car crash took the lives of two Roseburg residents on Sunday, but the accident could have been far worse had it not been for the efforts of good Samaritans who happened to be floating by.Read More »

Wimer and Fielder Dams Slated For Removal

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th April NewsFielder DamRogue RiverWimer Dam

Two of the worst wild fish impediments in Oregon are on track to be jettisoned this summer.

Removing the crumbling and abandoned Fielder and Wimer dams would open prime spawning habitat for the Rogue River Basin's wild salmon and steelhead.

The Mail Tribune reports ( ) that project managers received an important permit this month.Read More »

Jury Selection Begins For Monica Trial

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th April NewsSusan Monica

Jury selection has begun in the trial of a 67-year-old southern Oregon woman accused of killing and dismembering two handymen men who lived at her pig farm.

Attorneys for the defense and prosecution began seating jurors Tuesday in Medford for the trial of Susan Monica of Wimer.

The Mail Tribune ( reports that attorneys are still wrangling ovRead More »

Sutherlin Man Presumed Drowned After Canoe Capsizes

By Jim McCoy Mon 13th April NewsdrowningShaun Laughlin

A Sutherlin, Oregon, man is presumed drowned after a canoe overturned in the Umpqua River.

Douglas County Sheriff's spokesman Dwes Hutson says 34-year-old Shaun Laughlin and another man were in a 15-foot canoe that capsized Sunday.

According to Hutson, Laughlin held onto the canoe while the other man swam to shore.Read More »

Senate Votes To Require Cable Barriers On Interstate Medians

By Jim McCoy Mon 13th April Newscable barriersOregon legislature

The Oregon Senate has voted to require cable barriers between opposing traffic lanes on interstate highways.

The 28-1 vote on Monday follows the death last year of Dr. Steven Fritz and Cary Fairchild.Read More »

FEATURE: Inspectors Insure Oregon Scales Measure Up

By Jim McCoy Mon 13th April Newsscale inspectors

When the cashier weighs apples at the grocery store or the attendant pumps gas at the station, most customers probably don't think twice about whether those measurements are accurate.

Customers are most likely paying the right amount for what they get, though, because the state checks those scales and pumps regularly.Read More »

Idaho Challenges Oregon Over Chief Joseph Statue

By Jim McCoy Mon 13th April NewsChief JosephIdahoUS Capitol statues

Oregon lawmakers are considering a recommendation that Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph and pioneering woman rights activist Abigail Scott Duniway replace two other symbols of Oregon among the statues on display at the U.S. Capitol.

But Idaho Gov. C.L.Read More »


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