Oregon’s transportation agency gets new boss who knows commuters’ woes

Kris Strickler is being promoted to run the Oregon Transportation Department. He has billions to spend and thousands of employees to manage while addressing outside critics. (Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau) SALEM — Oregonians fuming over stalled freeway traffic have a sympathetic person in a powerful spot. Kris Strickler, a civil[Read More…]

Oregon legislative leaders, regulators to meet behind closed doors to settle harassment claims

SALEM — The Oregon Legislature wants to settle a complaint accusing legislative leaders and administrators of creating a hostile work environment at the Capitol. In so doing, the Legislature will enter into confidential negotiations with the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries, which brought the complaint. A neutral, third party[Read More…]

Audit finds Oregon keeps vital opioid information under wraps

SALEM — Oregon is collecting valuable information about opioid prescribers and their patients but state law hamstrings using the system to confront drug abuse, state auditors said Tuesday. Oregon, like all other states, collects information on prescriptions for controlled substances like Oxycodone and Percocet. But Oregon’s program has little teeth,[Read More…]