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State Tipoffs Involving Oregon Newsletter for Sunday February 23, 2020 ( 16 items )  

California PUC Issues Final Decision Involving PacifiCorp
SAN FRANCISCO, California, Feb. 20 -- The California Public Utilities Commission issued the following order (Case Nos. 18-04-002; 17-04-019): In the Matter of the Application of PACIFICORP (U901E), an Oregon Company, for an Order Authorizing a General Rate Increase Effective January 1, 2019. And Related Matter. DECISION ON TEST YEAR 2019 GENERAL RATE CASE FOR PACIFICORP Summary This decision approves a revenue requirement of $71,951,494for PacifiCorp pursuant to its 2019 General Rate Case App  more

Daimler Trucks North America: Guy Fieri Bites Into Disaster Relief With Help of Freightliner Trucks
PORTLAND, Oregon, Feb. 18 -- Daimler Trucks North America, a heavy-duty truck manufacturer, issued the following news release: Guy Fieri is cooking up a new recipe - but this time, it's not one dish at a time in one of his famous restaurants - he's serving first responders with a new mobile kitchen hauled by a custom Freightliner crew cab tractor. The renowned chef, restaurateur, TV host and producer is taking his Knuckle Sandwich organization on the road with Freightliner Trucks to deploy a n  more

Eastern Oregon University: Using Geophysics to Uncover Neanderthal Extinction
LA GRANDE, Oregon, Feb. 11 -- Eastern Oregon University issued the following news: Associate Professor of Anthropology Rory Becker uses geophysics and remote sensing to uncover archeological dig sites. Through electrical resistance tomography and sediment depth estimations, Becker determines locations to excavate where he might uncover Neanderthal burial areas. Since 2013, Becker has been collaborating with archeologists in Croatia on the ArcheoLim Project. On Feb. 13, Becker will present his  more

Health Care Affordability and Accessibility Measures Pass the Oregon House
SALEM, Oregon, Feb. 22 -- The Oregon House Democrats issued the following news release: * * * - Bills tackle a number of issues from protecting the ACA to ensuring equity * * * Legislation to increase affordability and accessibility in health care passed the Oregon House of Representatives this week. House Bill 4110 increases the state's minimum grace period for payments on health insurance premiums. The legislation seeks to address the issue of Oregonians who miss open enrollment or lose c  more

Health Care as a Right Referral Passes Oregon House Asks Voters to Add Constitutional Amendment
SALEM, Oregon, Feb. 18 -- The Oregon House Democrats issued the following news release: Oregon House Democrats passed House Joint Resolution 202, a constitutional referral that would ask voters in Nov. 2020 to enshrine health care as a fundamental right. The legislation has long been a priority for Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland). "This referral is about affirming, once and for all, our commitment to ensuring health care is a fundamental right for all," Rep. Greenlick said. "Oregon has made  more

Insulin Affordability Act Passes Oregon House of Representatives
SALEM, Oregon, Feb. 22 -- The Oregon House Democrats issued the following news release: * * * - House Bill 4073 seeks to make insulin more accessible for Oregonians * * * Insulin is a matter of life and death for people with diabetes. For the nearly 300,000 Oregonian adults diagnosed with diabetes, there is no safe substitute medication for insulin, and the average price of this lifesaving medicine has nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013, making it unaffordable for many people who depend on  more

Ore. Gov. Brown Announces Northeast Oregon Flooding Recovery Package
SALEM, Oregon, Feb. 22 -- Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: Governor Kate Brown announced her support for an $11.65 million proposal for state funding for recovery from the recent floods in Northeast Oregon on February 6. This follows up on the Governor's February 7 emergency declaration , which unlocked initial state resources in addition to state agency emergency response efforts. "Two weeks ago, hundreds of Oregonians' lives and livelihoods were completely upende  more

Ore. State Rep. Holvey Oregon House Passes Healthy Kids & Farmworkers Act
SALEM, Oregon, Feb. 20 -- The Oregon House Democrats issued the following news release on Feb. 19 on behalf of Oregon State Rep. Paul Holvey, D-Eugene: * * * - Legislation rolls out protections from dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos * * * Legislation to protect Oregonians from the dangerous effects of the pesticide chlorpyrifos passed the Oregon House of Representatives. The Healthy Kids and Farmworkers Act, House Bill 4109, prohibits aerial spraying in close proximities of schools and requi  more

Oregon Health & Science University Neurosurgeons Pioneer Brain Implants to Treat Debilitating Tremor
PORTLAND, Oregon, Feb. 20 -- Oregon Health and Science University issued the following news release: * * * - Patients say life post-surgery is 'better than my best expectations,' 'unbelievable' * * * An avid fly fisherman can get back out on his beloved Rogue River. A Portland-area resident is making plans for a cross-country road trip with his two college-age grandsons. The key to their new lease on life? Brain surgery. They are among a small but growing cadre of patients to undergo neuro  more

Oregon Health & Science University: Investigational Blood Test Could Detect Many Types of Cancer With One Blood Draw
PORTLAND, Oregon, Feb. 19 -- Oregon Health and Science University issued the following news release: * * * - OHSU tapped to join new early detection study; men and women aged 50 and older may be eligible to participate * * * The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University is one of five sites across the country selected by GRAIL, Inc., a health care company dedicated to detecting cancer early, to join a study designed to improve early detection of cancer. The PATHFINDER st  more

Oregon Health & Science University: Tim, Mary Boyle Give $10 Million for Joint Center for Biomedical Data Science
PORTLAND, Oregon, Feb. 21 [TNSgrants] -- Oregon Health and Science University issued the following news release on Feb. 20: * * * - Donation supports new Oregon-based collaboration utilizing "big data" to better fight cancer and other diseases * * * Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, and his wife, Mary, have made a $10 million gift to OHSU in support of a new Oregon-based collaboration focused on utilizing "big data" to better fight cancer and other diseases. The Boyles' gift to the joi  more

Oregon House Democrats: Protections for Native American Children in Foster Care Advances
SALEM, Oregon, Feb. 22 -- The Oregon House Democrats issued the following news release on Feb. 20: * * * - Legislation codifies the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act * * * Legislation to ensure Native American children within Oregon's foster care system are protected and cared for in culturally appropriate settings passed the Oregon House of Representatives. House Bill 4148 modifies Oregon's dependency code to align with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and requires the Oregon Depa  more

Oregon House Passes Healthy Kids & Farmworkers Act
SALEM, Oregon, Feb. 20 -- The Oregon House Democrats issued the following news release on Feb. 19: * * * - Legislation rolls out protections from dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos * * * Legislation to protect Oregonians from the dangerous effects of the pesticide chlorpyrifos passed the Oregon House of Representatives. The Healthy Kids and Farmworkers Act, House Bill 4109, prohibits aerial spraying in close proximities of schools and requires that workers cannot enter an area until eight day  more

Oregon State University: 'Birth Settings' Report Explores Medical Disparities in U.S.
CORVALLIS, Oregon, Feb. 18 -- Oregon State University issued the following news on Feb. 17: * * * - Highlights Oregon's Success * * * A report released earlier this month dives deep into the ongoing inequities surrounding childbirth in the U.S., with Oregon emerging as a leading example of how to do better. Oregon State University associate professor Missy Cheyney, a medical anthropologist who focuses on midwifery, was one of 15 authors on the "Birth Settings in America" (https://www.nap.ed  more

Oregon State University: Old Carbon Reservoirs Unlikely to Cause Large Greenhouse Gas Release
CORVALLIS, Oregon, Feb. 21 [TNSenvironmentresearch] -- Oregon State University issued the following news on Feb. 20: Carbon reservoirs found in permafrost and frozen methane hydrates have the potential to emit large quantities of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, as the planet warms, but it is unlikely the gas released from those stores will reach the atmosphere, new research published this week in Science indicates. "The findings suggest that methane from methane hydrates and permafrost is no  more

Washington UTC Approves Frontier Northwest Sale
OLYMPIA, Washington, Feb. 22 -- The Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Northwest Fiber LLC to purchase company's Washington operations * * * State regulators approved an all-party settlement in the sale of Frontier Communications Northwest Inc. to Wave Division Capital (WDC) and Northwest Fiber LLC. The three-member Utilities and Transportation Commission approved the settlement resolving the proposed sale of Frontier's servi  more