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Updated Feb 26, 2015 at 4:08 PM

PHOENIX —  More than eight months after city officials requested an emergency injunction against a Phoenix medical marijuana dispensary for illegally operating after the city imposed a moratorium, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Ron Grensky ruled that the city's moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries inside city limits was "valid and enforceable."Portland attorney Leland Berger, who represents the nonprofit dispensary The Greenery, voiced disappointment with the...

Updated Feb 19, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Ballots are in the mail for a special election in which Jackson County voters will decide whether to approve taxes on marijuana.

Updated Feb 18, 2015 at 6:21 PM

Local officials are optimistic that Kate Brown's inauguration will bring renewed energy to the Legislature after months of scandal in the governor's office, saying Brown is smart, scrupulous about ethics and knows her way around.They also...

Updated Feb 18, 2015 at 10:43 AM

SALEM — Kate Brown was sworn in Wednesday as Oregon's governor following an influence-peddling scandal that prompted the resignation of fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who had been the state's longest-serving chief executive before his...

Updated Feb 14, 2015 at 3:07 AM

SALEM — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned Friday, giving in to mounting pressure to abandon his office amid suspicions that his live-in fiancee used her relationship with him to land contracts for her green-energy consulting...

Updated Feb 14, 2015 at 12:38 AM

SALEM  — Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself.

Updated Feb 13, 2015 at 11:00 PM

PORTLAND — The resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber instantly promoted the liberal Democrat who is next in line to succeed him: the 54-year-old secretary of state who long has been thought to have her eye on Oregon's top...

Updated Feb 13, 2015 at 7:07 PM

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation Friday stunned local community leaders who, like many throughout the state, described the event as a sad day for Oregon.Al Densmore, a former legislator and former Medford councilor, said the...

Updated Feb 13, 2015 at 12:18 PM

I am announcing today that I will resign as Governor of the State of Oregon.

Updated Feb 13, 2015 at 10:31 AM

SALEM — Oregon's top Democrats urged Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign Thursday, saying he cannot lead the state effectively amid a growing ethics scandal involving his fiancee, a green-energy consultant suspected of using their relationship to...

Updated Feb 12, 2015 at 6:50 PM

New developments in the scandal swirling around Gov. John Kitzhaber — including calls for his resignation from the top leaders of his own party — have Jackson County politicians sensing the end may be near for Kitzhaber's...

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