(Washington, DC) -- In a huge win for the Obama administration, the U.S. Supreme Court is upholding taxpayer subsidies in the Affordable Care Act. The vote was 6-3. The case involved federal subsidies for low-income patients in nearly three-dozen states that have not set up health insurance exchanges. The federal government runs exchanges in those states. Plaintiffs challenged some ambiguous language on subsidies in the massive healthcare reform law. A contrary Supreme Court ruling could have gutted Obamacare while causing more than six-million people to lose their health insurance coverage.
In the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said killing the subsidies in more than three-dozen states would destabilize the health insurance market. He also accused lawmakers of some sloppy writing in crafting the sweeping healthcare reform law. Roberts was the deciding vote in the high court's landmark affirmation of the law in 2012. He wrote that the heart of the law, the individual mandate, was constitutional as a tax.
The NBA world is mourning the loss of former Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerome Kersey. Multiple outlets are reporting Kersey died suddenly on Wednesday at the age of 52. Kersey was drafted in the second round by Portland in 1984. He spent his first 11 seasons with the Blazers, helping them reach the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. Kersey averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds over his 17-year career with several clubs. He retired from the NBA in 2001.
In October, Kersey joined KBND's Morning News during a Central Oregon Blazers event.
Most recently, Kersey served as Director of Alumni Relations for the team.
BREAKING NEWS: Governor Kitzhaber has announced his resignation as governor of the state of Oregon.
In a press release he issued at noon, the governor stated, "It is not in my nature to walk away from a job I have undertaken – it is to stand and fight for the cause. For that reason I apologize to all those people who gave of their faith, time, energy and resources to elect me to a fourth term last year and who have supported me over the past three decades."
The person next in line to be governor is Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown. She announced on Wednesday after being called back to Oregon from Washington D.C. by the governor that she and her staff are ready to step in.
Both Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek have asked Kitzhaber to step down in recent days.
Sat., Dec 13 --
Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Teams booked 22-year-old Lonzo Murphy in jail this morning, after arresting him in connection with yesterday's shooting at Rosemary Anderson High School.
Murphy's vehicle was stopped at about 1:30 a.m. this morning, and police officers found a handgun in his car.
He is currently being held on charges of Parole Violation at Multnomah County Jail, as the investigation into the shooting continues.
Yesterday, three students were shot outside of Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland, and ran inside for help.
They were identified as 20-year-old David Joshua Jackson-Liday, 17-year-old Labraye Quavon Franklin, and 16-year-old Taylor Michelle Zimmers.
The shooter ran from the scene, and the high school immediately went into lockdown.
The victims were taken to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center, and both Jackson-Liday and Franklen are now in fair condition.
Zimmers remains in critical condition.
Portland Police are still searching for more information regarding the shooting.
Sgt. Pete Simpson said in a press conference, the shooting could be gang related.
Rosemary Anderson High School is an alternative school for at-risk youths, with a student body of 130.
Closures/Delays for Friday, December 5th:
Jefferson County 509-J is closed today.
Central Christian School in Redmond is closed.
Remond and Culver Schools are on 2 hour delay.
Black Ice with patchy fog reported from Redmond, to the Crooked River Gorge, Madras and Warm Springs.
Bend La-Pine Schools are canceled.
COCC and OSU-Cascades, all campuses are closed.
Redmond Schools canceled.
Sisters Schools canceled.
Jefferson Co 509J canceled.
Culver Schools canceled.
Central Christian School canceled.
Trinity Lutheran School canceled.
Crook County Schools: 2 hour delay
Freezing Rain Advisory until 10am.
Slick, Icy roads with Freezing Rain reported in Bend, Sisters, Warm Springs and other areas.
Freezing Rain Advisory through 4 o'clock Thursday morning.
Jefferson County 509J schools are CLOSED today, Wednesday.
The National Weather Service in Pendleton has issued a freezing
fog advisory...Which is in effect until 4 am pst wednesday.
* Timing: areas of dense freezing fog will persist through early
* Visibility: less than one quarter mile at times.
* Impacts: low visibilities will make driving difficult. Freezing
road surfaces will become slick and hazardous.
A freezing fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be
reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving...Slow down...
Use your headlights...And leave plenty of distance ahead of you.
Also...Be alert for frost on bridge decks causing slippery roads.
A Winter weather advisory in effect from 10 pm this evening to
10 am pst Wednesday...Including the cities of...Bend...Madras...Prineville...Redmond
The national weather service in pendleton has issued a winter
Weather advisory for snow...Sleet...And freezing rain which is in
effect from 10 pm this evening to 10 am pst Wednesday.
* Snow accumulations: up to 1 inch of snow and sleet accumulation.
* Ice accumulation: up to .1 inch of ice accumulation.
* Elevation: all elevations.
* Timing: beginning by late this evening and continuing into
wednesday morning before tapering off.
* Locations include: Bend...Madras...Prineville...Redmond
* impacts: roads will become snow and ice covered and hazardous
A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow...Sleet...Or
freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads and limited visibilities...And use caution while
driving. For additional weather information...Check our web site
North Central Oregon-Central Oregon-
including the cities of...Dufur...Maupin...Moro...Bend...Madras...
Although precipitation has tapered off across most of central and
north central Oregon...There may be a few showers bringing a
wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain this morning. In
addition...Freezing fog has been observed and will continue
through the early morning hours. Those traveling across north
central and central oregon...Including highways 26, 97, and
197...Should be prepared for hazardous road conditions and poor
visibility due to snow and freezing fog.
Jefferson County 509-J and Culver schools have closed.
JEFFERSON 509J SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED.
CULVER SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED.
CROOK COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED.
PRINEVILLE HEADSTART: NO CLASSES TODAY.
REDMOND SCHOOLS: 2 HR. DELAY; NO AM K.
REDMOND NEIGHBORIMPACT HEADSTART: NO AM OR MID DAY.
SISTERS SCHOOLS: 2 HR DELAY.
SEVEN PEAKS SCHOOL: CLOSED
POWELL BUTTE COMM.: CLOSED.
ST THOMAS ACADEMY: 2 HR DELAY
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN: CLOSED
SISTERS CHRISTIAN: 2 HR DELAY
CASCADES ACADEMY: 2 HR DELAY
Redmond Schools Status: 2 Hour Delay – Morning Kindergarten Canceled
thursday November 13, 2014
If you have an Extended Day Kindergarten student and ride the bus, please have them take their regular morning bus, which is on a two hour delay.
More information at: http://www.redmond.k12.or.us/about/emergency-notifications/
Student safety is a priority at Redmond School District. We take careful precaution when inclement weather strikes to ensure the safety of our students and their families. Decisions regarding inclement weather delays or school cancellations are made in the early morning, before school. Once the decision to delay and/or close has been made, that information is communicated to parents using the District Phone Autodialer, on the District website, Facebook and immediately through local media outlets.
We understand that decisions about school schedules and bus route changes have an impact on our families. We appreciate your patience during these situations. While we know that our students and families are best served when we are open, our main concern is the safety of our students and staff. If you feel that current weather conditions are unsafe, the District respects your decision to keep your student(s) home for the day. We appreciate your patience and understanding!
Announcement on the school district's web page: http://jcsd.k12.or.us/
Jefferson County School District 509-J
Due to inclement weather, there will be no school today,
Thursday, November 13, 2014
If you want to see Knute Buehler and Craig Wilhelm respond to issues ... that will be happening this (Monday) evening.
The two candidates for Jason Conger's current seat will participate in a forum hosted by the Oregon League of Women Voters.
Kim Smith with the league expects about 50 people to show up.
Audience questions will be gathered, and asked.
That's at the County/State Building Sawyer Room, off of NW Wall St.
U.S. Representative for Oregon Greg Walden visited a number of places in Central Oregon today (Monday), including Bend.
The representative hosted a "Walden for Congress Victory Rally" in the early afternoon, which over 80 people attended.
He said his main differences with Democrat challenger Aelea Christofferson had to do with issues surrounding Cover Oregon.
"She was on the board, was on the board since its inception, was responsibile for what went on there," Walden said. "Yet she didn't wnat the audit that Senator Wyden and Senator Merkley called for, the Government Accountability Office, to figure out what went wrong. She was opposed to that."
In March, Christofferson told The Oregonian that she thought instead of pushing for a federal investigation of Cover Oreon, Walden should have helped get the website running to deal with the large spread of Oregonians needing coverage.
The district's state senator, Tim Knopp, introduced Walden.
Redmond Mayor George Endicott and incumbent Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone were also present.
Federal judges in six states have trhown out voer approved bans on same-sex marriage. Will Oregon be next?
The National Organization for Marriage had hoped to argue marriage should remain only between men and women in Oregon – as voters approved in 2004. However, today federal judge Michael McShane has decided he will not hear the groups lawyers.
The decision paves the way for a ruling on the constitutionality of Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, which could come at any time.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver just announced he has banned L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life from the NBA. Sterling has also been fined 2.5 million dollars, the maximum allowable under NBA rules. Silver also urged the Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the team.
* Timing: strongest winds expected this morning through early
* Winds: sustained winds will be south to southwest 20 to 30
mph...Locally to 35 mph. Wind gusts will be 45 to 55 mph.
* Impacts: strong winds...Especially sudden strong gusts...Will
make travel difficult for high profile vehicles on roadways
such as highways 97...20 and 26. Loose objects can be picked
up winds and thrown long distances. Trees with weak root
systems can be blown down.
Freezing Rain Advisory in effect for LaPine, Sunriver, Bend, Madras, Prineville and Redmond until 10 a.m.
Bend-LaPine Schools have been cancelled today.
Redmond and Sisters Schools are on a 2-hour delay.
Bend Police Chief Jeff Sale’s contract was terminated, effective today, Jan. 22. Sale
was an at-will employee, meaning the City Manager could terminate his employment
without cause at any time.
After considerable research and careful consideration, City Manager Eric King has
determined that a change in leadership is necessary to improve the culture of the
Police Department so it can best serve the community.
“I hold city department heads, and all staff, to high standards,” said King. “While it
can be difficult to make such staffing changes, it’s important to ensure that this
community receives the best public services possible.”
King appointed Police Captain Jim Porter as interim chief. Porter has been with the
department for 22 years. The City will initiate a search for a permanent police chief
later this year.
Three people are confirmed dead including the gunman after a shooting at at the Clackamas Town Center mall around 3:30 this afternoon.
Another person was seriously injured and is being cared for at O-H-S-U.
Up to sixty shots were fired by a man with an assault riffle, a mask and body armor.
Reports out of Washington D.C. indicate that Mitt Romney will name Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.
Brookswood Blvd CLOSED >< Pinebrook and Lodgepole Dr. (5/14 - 9/4)
Skyline Ranch Road CLOSED behind Summit High School (4/22 - 7/22)
Brosterhous Road CLOSED from Parrell Road to Brentwood Avenue (7/3)
Wall Street CLOSED between Arizona and Industrial Way (6/9 - 6/30)
Comet Lane CLOSED between NE Sierra and Cassin Drive (6/30)