As of Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Democrats unveil pension cuts
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Democrats on Monday unveiled the details of their proposed cuts in pensions for retired government workers, leaning hardest on workers with larger retirement checks.
Public employee unions denounced the plan as illegal and irresponsible, and Republicans said it fell far short of what’s needed to fix a pension system that’s consuming an increasing share of tax dollars.
Democrats, who have majorities in the state House and Senate, said the plan would save state and local governments about $455 million over the next two years. That’s less than competing proposals by the Oregon School Boards Association, legislative Republicans and Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Patient data stolen from OHSU
PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon Health and Science University is notifying more than 4,000 patients that some of their personal information was in a surgeon’s laptop computer that was stolen during a Hawaii vacation.
The Oregonian reports that an initial check showed the Social Security numbers of nine people were breached, but that figure has since grown to 17. OHSU says those people will be offered free identity theft monitoring.
For the remaining people, the information breached includes their name, age, type of surgery and other limited information.
OHSU privacy officer Ronald Marcum says the hospital believes that most of the affected patients face little risk of ID theft.
DNA to determine dog attacker
BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — DNA samples may tell whether it was a wolf that attacked a pet dog about 10 miles west of Baker City and was chased off by gunfire from the dog’s owner.
Jay Ogg said he had just let out the family’s two dogs on Sunday morning when he heard one squeal. Ogg told the Baker City Herald said he looked outside and saw what he described as a wolf, about 20 to 30 feet from the back porch.
In its mouth was the head of Taz, a Shih Tzu.
Ogg said he went outside and fired his 10 mm Glock pistol in the direction of the animal, not intending to hit it but just to scare it away.
Bike groups oppose helmet law
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon lawmaker is proposing legislation to raise the age requirement for helmets on young bicyclists, but the bill is drawing opposition from bike advocates who say that instead of protecting young cyclists it would discourage people from riding. The law now says bicyclists younger than 16 must wear helmets. The measure would make it younger than 18.
“It creates the impression that biking is dangerous,” Rob Sadowsky, executive director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, said of the proposed legislation.