Sen. Peter Devlin, D-Tualatin, discusses a bill backed by Democrats that would cut pension benefits for retired government workers at the state Capitol in Salem, Ore., on Thursday, April 11, 2013. The Senate approved the measure along party lines. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)

Ore. lawmakers have strong PERS ties

Critics worry that Oregon legislators might be motivated by their own financial interests to maintain pension benefits the state cannot affo…

William Beach was with his mother, Marilyn, at a rally in support of adding flouride to Portland's city water (April 23, 2013)

Flouride supporters rally for votes

Supporters of adding flouride to Portland’s drinking water said a study shows Oregon children have higher rates of untreated tooth decay tha…

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo President Barack Obama, and White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer, right, react to a reporter's question as they leave the Treasury Department in Washington. The White House on Sunday, April 7, 2013, warned Republicans that a "my way or the highway" approach would spell the GOP's defeat in upcoming budget negotiations and told its Democratic allies that they, too, will have to bend on Obama's delayed spending plan set to be released this week. "Look, this is compromise," Pfeiffer said. "And compromise means there are going to be some folks on both sides who are not happy." (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

AP Twitter account hacked

The hackers sent out an erroneous tweet that stated that there had been two explosions at the White House.

These packets of methamphetamine were allegedly found in a car driven by Elijah Benbow of Seattle. He was arrested near Ashland. (Courtesy: Jackson County Sheriff's Office, April 23, 2013)

6-year-old eats meth; father jailed

A Seattle man faces numerous charges after allegedly letting his 6-year-old daughter eat methamphetamine Monday afternoon in southern Oregon…

FILE - A burned, cut tree inside Unit 2 of the Mike's Gulch timber sale on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southwestern Oregon near Selma, is shown June 12, 2006. The tree was cut to check for insect damage prior to a timber auction. (AP Photo by Jeff Barnard)

Camas looks to log watershed

Consultants estimate the timber from the two watersheds is worth about $9 million over 50 years.

Gov. Jay Inslee, seated, signs a measure to make state statutes gender-neutral, joined by bill sponsor Sen. Jeannie Kohl-Welles, left, on Monday, April 22, 2013, in Olympia, Wash. The measure is the final installment of a multiyear project to replace thousands of references to male-centric words in state law with gender-neutral terms. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

WA passes gender-neutral language bill

Terms like “ombuds” and “security guards” will replace ombudsman and watchmen. Dairymen, freshmen and penmanship also will soon be things of…