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Prineville receiving $1.5 million to improve drinking water access

Central Oregon Daily The City of Prineville is receiving $1.5 million from the federal government to improve its water system and allow more access to drinking water. The money will help cover modifications to two existing wells, permitting and design of a new aquifer storage and recovery well and upgrades

$10M for Oregon’s Electric Vehicle System: Funding to improve reliability, accessibility

The Coos Bay World The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is set to receive $10 million to replace or repair electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The federal investments are designed to improve the reliability and accessibility of Oregon’s charging infrastructure stem from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program included

Housing Authority to receive HUD funds

Columbia Gorge News Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced Jan. 8 that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be awarding communities across Oregon a total of $3,035,546 from the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program fund. Mid-Columbia Housing Authority based in The Dalles has been

CARD Reform

The U.S. Senate passed by 90-to-5 Tuesday the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act. It will help end to deceptive practices and hidden fees by credit card companies and protect families here in Oregon and around the U.S.. Our Sen. Jeff Merkley, a co-sponsor, urged the White House to

Merkley bill targets tobacco candy

WASHINGTON — Legislation the Senate is considering to regulate tobacco products under the Food and Drug Administration includes a measure that would mandate the study of a new product: tobacco candy. Made by the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the lozenge-like Camel Orb is being test-marketed in Portland, Ore., Indianapolis

Merkley’s Bid to Rein in Credit Card Practices

When Jeff Merkley went down to Salem, as a junior member of the Oregon House minority, he found there was one subject he couldn’t touch even if he someday happened to become House speaker. “I tried to write a bill in Oregon,” he remembers, “and was told that states could

Help for renters evicted by foreclosure

WASHINGTON — Renters living in foreclosed homes will get more time to find new places to live under a bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday. A provision that lets renters remain in a foreclosed property for the life of their leases, or 90 days for tenants on monthly leases,

Area drew many risky home loans

The Willamette Valley was a hot spot for subprime mortgages four years ago — much to the enduring misery of valley homeowners, according to an investigation published Wednesday. Many of the nation’s top 25 subprime lenders were highly active in Lane County until the market meltdown in late 2007. The

Credit-card legislation will help comsumers

If you’ve been reading the letters to the editor lately, you know that a good many Mid-Valley residents are irate about their credit cards. They’re angry about their interest rates skyrocketing and fees being opposed for seemingly flimsy reasons. The good news is that legislation moving through Congress would provide