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Posted Jun 29, 2015 at 11:01 PM

After an all-too-brief reprieve from triple-digit heat Sunday — it was only 95! — high temperatures are predicted to scream right back into triple-digit territory starting today and lasting right through the Fourth of July weekend. And yet, personal fireworks remain legal in the unincorporated county and most cities. Ashland, with its fire-prone watershed, is the lone exception. Let's be careful out there.Oregon law bans fireworks that explode, fly through the air, or...

Posted Jun 27, 2015 at 11:01 PM

For decades, timber harvests on public forest land in western Oregon have been curtailed in the interest of protecting the environment from the excesses of the unsustainable logging that took took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Now, however, the...

Posted Jun 26, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Here are a few facts about the successful reconstruction and seismic upgrade of the state Capitol, which cost around $260 million:6.5 million pounds of concrete reinforcing steel used.

Posted Jun 25, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Cheers — to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding national subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The 6-3 decision was the only reasonable solution to the apparent contradiction in the law posed by a phrase...

Posted Jun 24, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Democrats were having things mostly their way this legislative session until minority Republicans played the only card they had, bringing the governor and Senate leaders to the table to hash out a compromise that could lead to a transportation...

Posted Jun 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

After decades of controversy, it took one racist young man with a handgun to galvanize public opinion around that ubiquitous symbol of misplaced Southern identity, the Confederate battle flag.South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, reeling in the...

Posted Jun 22, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Local police, courts and corrections officials are concerned about what appears to be a dramatic increase in mental health crisis situations taxing police officers and jail staff who must deal with the affected individuals. County health...

Posted Jun 20, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Not sure what to expect when recreational marijuana becomes legal July 1? You're not alone. A four-day series of stories starting in today's paper is an attempt to clear some of the haze from the subject. We would add this piece of advice to...

Posted Jun 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

A key element of Oregon's effort to hold its prison population down is the state's plan to move prisoners back into their communities as quickly as possible. The state allows prisoners to leave early, though only if certain conditions are met.

Updated Jun 19, 2015 at 8:50 AM

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek's minimum wage proposal attempts to strike a balance on the issue by raising the minimum by less than advocates want but lifting a state ban on cities setting their own higher minimums. She's on the right track,...

Posted Jun 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Gun rights advocates were furious when Oregon lawmakers passed and Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill requiring background checks on private gun sales. The new statute would hinder only law-abiding citizens, they said, while criminals would still be...

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