SALEM — Businesses, special interest groups and governments have increasingly invested in lobbying Oregon lawmakers and other state officials over the last nine years. And based on spending data from the state, those groups appear to have concluded lobbying is a good investment: reported annual spending on lobbying increased 15 percent from 2007 to 2015, when adjusted for inflation.
Union-backed group passes 88,184 needed to qualify for vote
SALEM-The union-backed Our Oregon has surpassed the threshold for signatures required to place a corporate sales tax measure on November’s ballot.
The campaign has collected 130,000 signatures and plans to submit the last batch to the Oregon secretary of state’s office Friday, May 20, for verification, said Our Oregon spokeswoman Katherine Driessen.
Only 88,184 signatures are required to place the measure on the ballot.
Scientists at the Knight Cancer Institute are looking for 10,000-15,000 older women from Oregon and Southwest Washington for a study on heart disease and blood cancer.
Over the last few years, it’s become clear that as people age, they accumulate mutations in their blood. It’s not surprising perhaps that those mutations can cause blood cancers. But what scientists are surprised by, is that those mutations look like they can also cause heart disease.
The decisions surrounding pregnancy and birth are some of the most important decisions women make in their lifetime, and can set a precedent for the health and well-being of themselves and their families. Women often attempt to balance their own personal beliefs and values with pressure from doctors and family members who may have more experience or education. This attempt at balance can easily turn into compromise. Compromising one’s own needs can lead to an uncomfortable or unsatisfying birth experience, which is difficult to recover from both physically and mentally.
A new study led by Portland State University finds that oysters in Coos and Netarts bays contain a cocktail of potentially harmful chemicals. But the state says it’s seen much of the data before and a health advisory is unnecessary.
The Oregon Health Authority says the state knew about PCBs, mercury and pesticides in seafood. But what is new are all the pharmaceuticals, like pain relievers, antibiotics and antihistamines.
The new findings caused the state to issue an advisory saying how many oysters you’d have to eat to get one dose of each pharmaceutical.
The revenue department collects $6.84 million in January, February
Oregon’s Department of Revenue unwittingly marked unofficial “Weed Day” April 20 by announcing another better-than-predicted return in recreational marijuana revenue.
The state collected $6.84 million in taxes from sales of recreational pot in January and February — the first two months since a 25 percent tax on the product took effect. Tax collections exceeded state economists’ projection of $2 million to $3 million for the first year of taxation on the product.
The two-dose kits, if available on the scene, can save lives
To help curb opioid overdoses, Lifeline Connections is starting to distribute the antidote naloxone to clients of its sobering center.
The drug rehabilitation and mental health provider carries the injectable form of the drug, which is sold under the brand name Narcan; a kit includes two syringes, two doses of naloxone, a mouth protector, a pair of plastic gloves, an alcohol swab and instructions.
Getting health insurance if you work for a nonprofit can be tough. To save money, employees often end up buying high-deductible plans, sometimes spending thousands of dollars in co-pays and fees.
But the Nonprofit Association of Oregon is teaming up with health broker Nonstop to allow small to midsize nonprofits to partially self-insure.
Jody Schreffler of Nonstop, said it works by keeping employees in plans, even if they have a high-deductible, while also having them pay into a reserve account. That money is then used to pay co-pays and fees.
Tobacco companies can no longer advertise through billboards, radio or television, but they can still pour millions of dollars into “power walls.”
The walls are hard to miss, located behind the cashier at many convenience stores — an expanse of hundreds of tobacco products, logos and colorful posters. The vibrant barrage of tobacco advertising worries many who work to keep kids from smoking.
As an adolescent, visiting my primary care doctor was always a pleasure. Each time he’d walk through the door, exclaiming in a thick Brazilian accent, “My favorite patient!” During one visit, I admitted to having high anxiety, to the point where my sweat glands were working overtime in all social situations, where my stomach filled the silences in any classroom with obnoxious gurgling, and my voice took on a crying acoustic when called on to speak.