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Posted Aug 3, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Initial reactions to the news that the state may increase deposits on returnable bottles and cans from a nickel to a dime were predictable — and predictably off-base.Oregon lawmakers in 2011 passed a bill aimed at reviving sagging return rates, which had been declining since the 1990s. Part of the reason was the rise in curbside recycling, and part was consumer frustration with store-based redemption machines, which were unpleasant to use and prone to breakdowns.The...

Posted Aug 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

As lawmakers look toward the short 2016 session, which also happens to be an election year, ethics reforms should figure prominently on their to-do list. Specifically, some proposed reforms that didn't make it out of the 2015 session, despite the...

Posted Jul 31, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The Bend BulletinGov. Kate Brown pushed a landmark request in the Oregon Legislature: $100 million for affordable housing.It didn't happen.The amount approved by the Legislature was $42.5 million — or...

Posted Jul 30, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Recreational marijuana will be available for purchase in Oregon on Oct. 1. Residents of the state are already allowed to grow marijuana. So when will it be OK for teens to try pot?It won't. It is and will continue to be illegal for anyone...

Posted Jul 29, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Gov. Kate Brown has ordered state agencies to start now to reduce their water consumption, with the goal of a 15 percent reduction by 2020. This is not an academic exercise.Oregon has fared better than California in this drought-plagued...

Posted Jul 28, 2015 at 11:01 PM

After years of repeated attempts to provide shelter for the Rogue Valley's homeless population, local advocates say they are ready to create a permanent campground for people caught between temporary emergency shelter and long waiting lists for...

Posted Jul 27, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Medford Center, which longtime residents know as a shopping complex that has seen better days, may be headed for better days again with the announcement of major remodeling by the present owners.LBG Real Estate Companies LLC of Los...

Posted Jul 25, 2015 at 11:01 PM

When tragedy strikes, it's a natural impulse to want to Do Something. When the tragedy is the senseless shooting deaths of U.S. military personnel on American soil, and the victims are unarmed by military policy, it's not surprising that...

Posted Jul 24, 2015 at 11:01 PM

The (Eugene) Register-GuardWith labor activists moving ahead at full speed with plans to get a $15 minimum wage initiative on the 2016 statewide ballot, it's puzzling why Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland,...

Posted Jul 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

It's not just selfies and cute kitten videos after all.Serious crime in Medford was down sharply in the first six months of the year, and police are pointing in part to the department's increased social media presence.So-called...

Posted Jul 22, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Readers of a certain age may remember the famous New Yorker magazine cover parody illustration of the country as seen from New York. The Hudson River and the areas just across it take up much of the picture, with California a tiny strip...

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