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State Tipoffs Involving Oregon Newsletter for Sunday July 19, 2020 ( 15 items )  

Bethel School District Partners With Ameresco on $3.6 Million Energy Efficiency Project
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts, July 16 -- Ameresco, a provider of energy efficiency solutions, issued the following news release: Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that it has partnered with the Bethel School District in Eugene, Oregon, on a comprehensive energy efficiency project. Financed with a 2.37% loan, this $3.6 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project will improve lighting, HVAC controls, plumbing, and irrigatio  more

Lane Community College and Pacific Northwest College of Art Sign Transfer Agreement
EUGENE, Oregon, July 16 -- Lane Community College issued the following news release: Lane Community College and Pacific Northwest College of Art have signed a transfer agreement for LCC art students to enter PNCA as a junior, saving up to two years' worth of tuition costs. LCC students will be able to transfer credits in a broad variety of subjects including drawing, graphic design, animation, and art history, as well as standard academic subjects such as language, math, and social sciences.   more

NW Natural Can Now Bring Renewable Energy Directly to Its Customers
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 17 -- N.W. Natural (formerly Northwest Natural Gas) issued the following news release on July 16: Rulemaking for Senate Bill 98 (SB 98) is now complete, giving NW Natural a clear path to acquire renewable natural gas on behalf of customers, and forging the way for this newest renewable resource to be an increasing part of the state's energy supply. NW Natural, a subsidiary of NW Natural Holding Company (NYSE: NWN), worked collaboratively with legislators and renewable na  more

Ore. A.G. Rosenblum Seeks National Injunction Against New Visa Rule for International Students
SALEM, Oregon, July 14 -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum issued the following news release: Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined a coalition of 18 Attorneys General in filing a lawsuit to stop a new federal rule that threatens to bar hundreds of thousands of international students from studying in the United States. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  more

Ore. A.G. Rosenblum Sues Secretary DeVos, Department of Education for Repealing 'Borrower Defense' Rules
SALEM, Oregon, July 16 -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum issued the following news release on July 15: Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined a coalition of 23 state Attorneys General in a lawsuit against U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) challenging their action repealing the 2016 "borrower defense" regulations for students and replacing them with regulations that mainly benefit predatory for-profit schools. The 2016 borrower def  more

Oregon Gov. Brown Announces New Requirements for Face Coverings, Limits on Social Get-Togethers to Slow Spread of COVID-19
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 14 -- Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: In response to the alarming rise in COVID-19 case counts across Oregon over the last several weeks, Governor Kate Brown announced new requirements for face coverings and limits on social get-togethers. Effective Wednesday, July 15, Oregon's face covering requirement will be expanded to apply to outdoor public spaces when six feet of distance cannot be maintained. In addition, indoor social get-togethers o  more

Oregon Gov. Brown Appoints Betsy Imholt as Director of Department of Revenue
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 14 -- Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: Governor Kate Brown last week appointed Betsy Imholt as director of the Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR), the state agency responsible for administering Oregon tax laws. Imholt's appointment is effective August 3, and is subject to Senate confirmation. "I'd like to thank Betsy Imholt for stepping up to lead the Department of Revenue," said Governor Brown. "She cares deeply about improving the lives of   more

Oregon Gov. Brown Issues Statement on Oregon Schools
SALEM, Oregon, July 17 -- Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, issued the following statement on July 16 regarding Oregon Schools: "It has become clear that school this fall will not look like a normal year." Portland, OR--Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement today, following yesterday's meeting of the Healthy Schools Reopening Council: "As COVID-19 continues to spread across Oregon, it has become clear that school this fall will not look like a normal year. Many, if not most Oregon stude  more

Oregon Health & Science University Foundation Announces New Board Members
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 15 -- Oregon Health and Science University issued the following news release: The Oregon Health & Science University Foundation announced the appointment of two new members of the foundation's board of trustees: Rukaiyah Adams, J.D., M.B.A., and Corey Morris-Singer, Ph.D. Adams and Morris-Singer will serve board terms beginning July 1, 2020. Trustees on the OHSU Foundation Board advocate for OHSU's mission and develop future goals for the foundation. Adams is the chief   more

Oregon Health & Science University: Effective Contraception Use More Prevalent in Medicaid Expansion States
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 16 -- Oregon Health and Science University issued the following news release: A study published in JAMA Open Network shows an increase in the use of the most effective birth control methods in women who live in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, with a stronger effect among adolescents. While the change may be small - at increase rates of 1.2% and 1.8%, respectively -- study author Blair Darney, Ph.D., M.P.H., says the outcome is significant in   more

Oregon Health & Science University: RNA Repair Shows Promise in Reversing Mutations Underlying Neurological Disorder
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 15 -- Oregon Health and Science University issued the following news release on July 14: Scientists successfully edited RNA in a living animal in such a way that the repaired RNA then corrected a mutation in a protein that gives rise to a debilitating neurological disorder in people known as Rett syndrome. The advance by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University published today in the journal Cell Reports. "This is the first example of using programmable RNA edi  more

Oregon State University, UO Among 20 Universities Filing Federal Lawsuit in Oregon Over International Student Order
CORVALLIS, Oregon, July 14 -- Oregon State University issued the following news: Oregon State University - along with 19 other western United States universities - filed a lawsuit today that seeks to keep the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from enacting proposed restrictions on international students taking online college courses while in the United States. The lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order was filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore, and seeks to protect the educatio  more

Oregon State: Timing Key in Understanding Plant Microbiomes
CORVALLIS, Oregon, July 17 -- Oregon State University issued the following news: Oregon State University researchers have made a key advance in understanding how timing impacts the way microorganisms colonize plants, a step that could provide farmers an important tool to boost agricultural production. The findings, published in the journal Current Biology, will help scientists better understand the plant microbiome, which consists of hundreds of thousands of microorganisms that live in and on   more

University of Southern California, Coalition of Western Universities Sue Federal Government
LOS ANGELES, California, July 14 -- The University of Southern California (USC) issued the following statement: A coalition of 20 of the country's premier research institutions, liberal arts colleges and public universities in the West sued the federal government today to block the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from revoking visas for international students whose studies will be entirely online in the fall. View the lawsuit here https://www.gibsondunn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Univ  more

Vt. Gov. Scott Signs Multi-State Agreement to Electrify Trucks, Buses
MONTPELIER, Vermont, July 15 -- Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, issued the following news release on July 14: Governor Phil Scott announced that Vermont has joined 15 states and the District of Columbia in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to accelerate electrification of the medium- and heavy- duty bus and truck market. The agreement calls for 100% of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales to be zero emission vehicles by 2050. States signing the MOU are California, Connecticut, Co  more