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Lane County Ballot Measure Asks Voters To Approve A New Voting Method

On the November ballot, Lane County voters will be asked to decide whether or not to institute a new voting method, called STAR voting, for non-partisan elections.

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Measure 104 Becomes Debate Over What Is A Tax In Oregon

Oregon voters will decide this November whether to make it more difficult for the state Legislature to raise taxes and fees. To both supporters and opponents, its a battle over how power is wielded in the state Capitol. If youre raising taxes, said business lobbyist Shaun Jillions, you should have a broad consensus of legislators doing that, regardless of their party affiliation. But Gov. Kate Brown says Measure 104 which would expand the kinds of revenue measures that require a three-fifths...

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After the huge sell-off Wednesday, U.S. stocks fell sharply again Thursday. At one point, the Dow was down nearly 700 points. By late afternoon, it had regained some ground but closed down 546 points or a little more than 2 percent.

Over the past two days, the Dow has lost 1,378 points. The S&P 500 was down 2 percent for the day. The Nasdaq lost 1.25 percent.

KCRW welcomed Cat Power for her first live radio session behind her latest album, Wanderer. "In Your Face" features Power's vocals front and center as she strips things back for a hushed performance.

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Oregon voters will decide this November whether to make it more difficult for the state Legislature to raise taxes and fees.

To both supporters and opponents, it’s a battle over how power is wielded in the state Capitol.

If you’re raising taxes, said business lobbyist Shaun Jillions, “you should have a broad consensus of legislators doing that, regardless of their party affiliation.”

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Ensuring that people with pre-existing health conditions can get and keep health insurance is the most popular part of the Affordable Care Act. It has also become a flashpoint in this fall's midterm campaigns across the country.

And not only is the ACA protection, which mostly applies to people who buy their own coverage, at risk. It's also possible that pre-existing condition protections that predate the federal health law could be in play.

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Search and rescue teams worked through the night in Florida to find people who need help, after Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle as a historic Category 4 storm on Wednesday. Nearly 400,000 electricity accounts had lost power in Florida as of 3 p.m. ET Thursday.

Years before Taylor Swift's ascent, the Dixie Chicks were the turn of the century's country crossover success story.

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