Capitol Currents

Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon. Chris Lehman is the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network. Contact Chris at 503-689-1182 or On Twitter @capitolcurrents.

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Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, reopened Monday for the first time since a student opened fire there and killed nine people on Thursday.
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Some southwest Oregon gun owners say they're worried that the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg will spur lawmakers to pass more gun laws.

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There's still no known motive for the gunman who opened fire Thursday at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon. The city of Roseburg was rocked by news that ten people died in the shooting.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Starting Thursday, adults 21 and over can buy marijuana for recreational use in Oregon. And they'll have plenty of places to buy it from.

Oregon voters could see competing minimum-wage initiatives on their 2016 ballot. A group that favors a hike to $13.50 per hour kicked off their signature gathering campaign Monday.

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Oregon lawmakers are returning to Salem Monday to take a look at issues they think can't wait until their next legislative session.

Office of the Governor

The state of Oregon has agreed to a nearly $300,000 settlement with the data manager who leaked personal emails belonging to former governor John Kitzhaber.

The governors of Oregon and Washington will be among a contingent in discussion with the president of China as he kicks off his state visit in the Pacific Northwest Tuesday.

Office of the Governor

Oregon Governor Kate Brown told a reporter in Pendleton, Oregon, Friday that she will run for the office next year.

Oregon Department of Transportation

Speed limits are going up on many eastern Oregon highways next year. But higher speeds will mean fewer chances to pass on the region's two-lane roads.