When President Barack Obama promotes trade, he likes to say that 95 percent of the world's markets are outside the nation's borders — a potential goldmine for U.S.-made products. But Nike, where Obama made a pitch Friday, wants easier access to the U.S. market for the products it makes overseas.
Candidates for the Eugene 4J School District appeared before the City Club of Eugene on Friday.
"We are now experiencing a quantum leap in humanity's ability to improve the properties of plants and animals," Gene Tools CEO Jim Summerton said, "except perhaps in Benton County if our local Luddites (anti-technology folks) succeed in getting voters to pass Measure 2-89."
Obama's case for international trade agreements is built on three main arguments. A visit to Nike headquarters on Friday allows Obama to address at least two of the three.
President Barack Obama is making his fourth visit to Oregon as president.
The president is putting the Nike logo on his trade agenda.
Gun rights advocates say the fight against Senate Bill 941 is just heating up. Efforts are underway to recall the lawmakers who supported the bill to expand background checks in Oregon to include gun sales and transfers.
Rural businesses in the middle of nowhere can't afford to keep someone manning the pumps 24 hours a day, said Bentz, a Republican from Ontario — a city near the Idaho border.
"I was that victim that got that call that said you solved our case but you're never going to get justice, and no rape victim should ever have to hear that."
Oregon Democrats have muscled through legislation expanding background checks to cover nearly every private firearm sale in the state. It goes to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, who has indicated support.
A lawyer for the Oregonian newspaper asked a Salem judge on Friday to dismiss several of the legal claims made by former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes in her bid to keep emails from her personal accounts out of the public eye.
Police shot and killed 49-year-old veteran Brian Babb a month ago in West Eugene after responding to a report of a suicidal subject. The shooting remains under investigation. But Babb's therapist Becky Higgins, who made the 911 call that summoned police to the scene, is now commenting on what happened.
The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that some of the 2013 cuts to public-employee retirement benefits are unconstitutional, wiping out much of the savings lawmakers were aiming for and likely raising pension costs for state and local governments.