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Politics Kitzhaber defends education budget at Oregon business summit Kitzhaber defends education budget at Oregon business summit
Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday defended his proposed budget from critics who say it shortchanges education, telling a crowd of business officials that pouring more money into education won't improve graduation rates or student achievement.
Politics New Oregon laws for Jan. 1, 2015 New Oregon laws for Jan. 1, 2015
Oregon's most talked about new law for 2015 — legalization of recreational marijuana — does not take effect until July. Here are some of the new laws that do apply Jan. 1.
Politics Legal pot is top Oregon news story of 2014 Legal pot is top Oregon news story of 2014 (Photo Gallery)
Sixteen years after voters approved medical marijuana for people with specific illnesses and conditions, they decided to just say, "Yes!" to letting anyone old enough to drink take a toke, as long as it isn't in public.