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Plan dropped for transmission line

PORTLAND (AP) — Plans for a $700 million high-voltage electrical transmission line between Oregon and Washington state have been canceled after the cost doubled over the last eight years, The Bonneville Power Administration said Thursday.

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Critics question costs of Brown executive orders

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown recently signed three executive orders as part of her "Series of Cost Savings Across State Government" initiative — touted as a broad effort to save money to help close the $1.6 billion budget shortfall and improve Oregon's long-term finances.

State probes councilor’s actions

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has spent the last several months investigating a claim that The Dalles City Councilor Taner Elliott used his position to vote for changes in land use policies that saved him thousands in development fees.

OR business tax plan draws fire

SALEM (AP) — Oregon lawmakers rolled out a broad plan to overhaul the state's corporate tax system Tuesday that could net anywhere between $288 million and $3 billion in extra funds for the cash-strapped state over the next two years.

Bill would allow tribes to kill sea lions

SPOKANE, Wash. — Some Northwest Indian tribes would be allowed to kill a limited number of sea lions that prey on endangered salmon in the Columbia River under a bill introduced in Congress.

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Bills aim to prevent or mitigate oil-train disaster

SALEM (AP) — Native Americans, environmentalists and a fishing guide spoke out Monday in support of two bills that aim to prevent, or at least mitigate, an ecological disaster like an oil spill into the Columbia River.

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Federal court dismisses UP lawsuit

Rail officials say ruling will be appealed

The legal back and forth over the proposed four-mile extension of a railroad siding at Mosier continues. On March 8, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken dismissed a lawsuit filed by Union Pacific Railroad in January because the railroad failed to include three Indian treaty tribes as defendants in the case.

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Counting homeless not easy

PORTLAND (AP) — Emily Nelson veered around potholes while her boss decoded a map spotted with orange triangles where homeless people have been reported over the last two years. Nelson patrols Southeast Portland as an outreach worker for JOIN, a nonprofit that helps connect people to housing and runs a day center with laundry vouchers, meals and showers in the meantime.

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OR board votes to sell oldest state forest

SALEM (AP) — Oregon's state Land Board voted 2-1 on Tuesday to sell the state's oldest public forest. Gov. Kate Brown, the board chair, clashed with its sole Republican member as she attempted to keep the preserve in public hands and at least delayed the sale.

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Cold brings higher power bills

In the midst of this extended cold snap, some PUD customers have gotten hot under the collar after opening their power bills. A few have taken to Facebook to vent, and the Northern Wasco County PUD also got on Facebook to explain what’s behind the spike in price.

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Leaders push for Mt. Hood land exchange

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Greg Walden (R-Hood River) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland), introduced legislation this week to push forward a long-stalled land exchange on Mount Hood.

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Winter challenges the homeless in OR Central Oregon

BEND (AP) — The sounds of cars buzzing down U.S. Highway 97 echo inside Ron Moore's tent, where he sits on an army cot covered with a University of Oregon comforter. It's about 60 degrees inside the three-person tent, which is insulated by five layers of tarps and heavyweight blankets. But outside, the ground is blanketed by two feet of snow and the temperature hovers just above freezing.

Corps to assess ice jam risk on Snake River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ deployed a team of technical experts Friday to assess ice jam conditions and flood risks on the Snake River in Oregon and Idaho, according to a press release. The ice jam appears to be at least 10 miles long, stretching from Washington to Payette County on the Snake River in Idaho and Malheur County in Oregon, according to local observations.

County alarmed over state budget

Technical assistance grants not included in Brown’s proposal

Wasco County officials are concerned about the proposed budget presented by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for the 2017-19 biennium, which does not include grants to help local jurisdictions meet statewide land use planning requirements.

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UP files suit on Mosier project

Union Pacific Railroad has sued the Wasco County Commission in federal court over its rejection of a proposed expansion of tracks near Mosier.

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