Chris M Lehman

News Reporter

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

Chris has been to all 50 states and every Canadian province. He’s also traveled abroad extensively. He lives in Keizer with his wife, three children, and a handful of backyard chickens. 

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The Oregon legislative session will likely last well into next week, according to House Speaker Tina Kotek. The Portland Democrat spoke to reporters during a virtual press conference Monday afternoon.


The wife of Sen. James Manning, D-Eugene, passed away Friday morning.


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A record number of students will graduate from Oregon State University this weekend.


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Oregon State University says a new federal grant will allow it to expand its marine research program.


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Disposable wipes sold in Oregon will soon have to come with a label that says “Do Not Flush.”


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The 2021 legislative session is winding down and gaining momentum as lawmakers jockey for funding priorities in their districts. And this week, legislators might expel one of their own members. We get an update from KLCC's Chris Lehman.

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The Oregon House voted Tuesday to delay the rollout of the state’s new paid family leave program.

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Oregonians could buy certain cold medicines without a prescription under a bill approved Monday by the Oregon Senate.


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Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, who chairs the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the U.S. House, rolled out his version of a massive infrastructure spending package Friday.


Oregon lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow the state’s Department of Environmental Quality to consider an applicant’s history when deciding whether to issue a permit.

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The Oregon Senate Thursday voted down a bill that would have required homeowners associations to allow residents to grow gardens, raise hens, and keep bees.

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Oregon lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would limit the use of military surplus items by local law enforcement agencies.


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Oregon lawmakers advanced a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth an official state holiday.


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Transit busses in Eugene and Springfield will soon run without advertisements on them. Lane Transit District is phasing out the use of exterior bus ads starting in July. The agency said with revenue falling, it costs more to run the ad program than it takes in. 

Art Toledo | Caption: "Phantom galleries" like this one can be found in vacant storefronts in downtown Toledo

The city of Toledo is hoping a series of arts festivals this summer will help revitalize its downtown.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University has scheduled another round of COVID-19 prevalence testing this weekend, June 5 and 6, in Corvallis.


Lebanon Fire District

The Lebanon Fire District says life jackets are once again being stocked at three locations along the South Santiam River this summer. The agency says the jackets can be checked out at no charge by following the instructions at the kiosk.

Volunteers monitor the checkout stations twice a week to make sure the jackets are in good condition. The Fire District reminds users that returning a life jacket could save the life of the next person who uses it.

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Oregon lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would ban the sale of vaping products over the internet.


Vietnam War Memorial Fund

Oregon lawmakers got a tour of the proposed site of a memorial honoring Vietnam War veterans Tuesday.


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Businesses, entertainment venues and churches in Oregon’s “Lower Risk” counties can provide a special seating area for people vaccinated against COVID-19, according to an announcement from Gov. Kate Brown’s office Monday.



Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative

People in Florence have a new option to return bottles and cans for the deposit value. Oregon Bottle Drop has opened a location at the Florence Fred Meyer that allows residents to drop off specially-marked bags.

The contents are counted by staff and the amount is credited to the customer’s account within seven days. Customers can also designate their deposit returns to charitable organizations by using a different bag.

Bottle Drop says it’s the first such location in western Lane County.

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With temperatures on the rise, Lincoln County officials say the county will enter a burn ban starting June 1. The restriction applies to debris burns. Recreational fires will still be allowed, although the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board said some areas may require a permit. The ban will be in effect "until further notice."


Last year, the Echo Mountain Complex fire destroyed hundreds of homes in Lincoln County during one of the worst wildfire seasons on record in Oregon. 


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The Oregon Employment Department says it won’t be able to roll out a new program for paid family leave in time to meet a legislative deadline.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Benton, Deschutes, and Lincoln Counties are among five Oregon counties that will enter the state’s “Lower Risk” category for COVID-19 starting Friday.


North Lincoln Fire and Rescue District.

Voters in Lincoln County turned down tax levies to fund three fire districts in Tuesday’s election.


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Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would require people to inform everyone on a video call if they plan to record the call.


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Insurance companies would not be allowed to refuse payment on claims for deaths resulting from terrorist attacks, through a bill approved by Oregon lawmakers.


Oregon State University

Oregon’s colleges and universities will get $400 million from the American Rescue Plan. The U.S. Department of Education announced the distribution this week.


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Oregon lawmakers have approved a bill that would more than double the amount of wine that Oregon wineries could ship to customers by mail.


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Oregon lawmakers voted Tuesday to give renters until next February to catch up on their back rent.