The new rules to file claims directly impact Disabled Veterans
(WASHINGTON, DC) - The new rule eradicates the decades-old right of a veteran to write a letter to the VA, seeking a specific VA benefit and having the VA consider that letter as an informal claim.
The new rule changes require claims to be submitted on the VA’s standardized forms, which will impose barriers for all those without access to those forms, as well as those without the medical and legal knowledge needed to fill them out correctly.
More growers or fewer patients? What's the strategy?
(SALEM, Ore.) - SB 936 is a measure created to make things simpler. It seems that goal was lost from the beginning.
While sensible regulations and oversight of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program is an honorable goal, SB 936 simply goes too far, costing too many patients their medicine and putting too much of a burden on medical providers.
Transcendental Meditation produces mental and physical rest that is twice as deep as in sleep.
(OLDENBURG, Germany) - I suffered a brain injury at birth. An EEG test showed chaotic, abnormal brain waves, and in school I had attention deficit disorder. I couldn't concentrate and my thoughts were cloudy. My grades were mediocre, and I flunked out of my first university.
Then I started Transcendental Meditation. My thoughts became clearer, and I didn't want drugs anymore. I could concentrate. And I could write.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Al Franken (D-MN), slammed Senate Republicans’ budget push to roll back consumer protections and Wall Street reform at a press conference held in the Capitol today.
The Senate Budget that is being debated on the floor this week includes language to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and to roll back financial reforms.
Some tips on gaining your financial "peace of mind"
(WESLEY CHAPEL, Florida) - When it comes to women and money, there is some good news, says Lance Drucker, ChFC, CLU, a veteran financial professional.
On average, women are more independent and financially literate than ever before, he says. On the other hand, women are no more likely to make sound financial decisions today than two years ago – or even when the study began 10 years ago.
Share your 1993 story! Top three stories win an emergency preparedness kit.
(SALEM, Ore.) - On March 25th, 1993, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Scotts Mills, Ore., causing approximately $30 million in damage that included Molalla High School, a Mount Angel church, and the Capitol rotunda in Salem.
It remains the most destructive quake in terms of property loss in Oregon's history.
Standing up for others has always been something "Doc" does best.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - “I have been studying the medical use of marijuana since 1950 and I am very proud of the fact that I essentially introduced medical marijuana to the state of Oregon,” said Dr. Phil Leveque.
Now, with so many proactive changes going on throughout the United States in regard to rational marijuana laws, Dr. Leveque says he feels like people are finally catching up.
His classic aircraft had engine failure and he crashed on a golf course.
(VENICE, Calif.) - Harrison Ford, American iconic actor, crashed his plane on a golf course near the Santa Monica airport this afternoon.
He radioed the tower and told them his engine had failed and he was headed back in immediately. They told him to land on one strip, too far for him to make and he said he'd have to take another. He didn't make it that far.
"Agent Orange is persistent over time at a high toxicity rate, and it was capable of contaminating individuals who handled equipment that had been exposed." ~Institute of Medicine
(WASHINGTON, DC) - New York Congressman Chris Gibson (NY) reintroduced our bill in the House of Representatives on Friday, Feb 13th, along with 130 original House sponsors. Co-sponsors are continuing to be added to that overwhelming bipartisan support.
On the Senate side, we have Sen. Gillibrand (NY) ready to introduce an identical Senate legislation. However, she is waiting for a Republican Senator to step out with her so there will be an initial bipartisan support.
Law Enforcement Anticipates Public Safety Improvements
(ALASKA) - Last November, Alaska’s Ballot Measure 2, a law to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults, passed with 52% of the vote.
When the measure takes effect today, people age 21 and older will legally be able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate no more than six plants at home. Colorado, Oregon and Washington have also legalized marijuana, and medical marijuana is permitted in 23 states and Washington D.C.
(McMinnville, Ore.) - A car crashed into the Hagan Hamilton Insurance building in McMinnville on Monday night.
During the investigation it was determined that the vehicle drove through the concrete barriers that were installed to protect the building, at a high rate of speed, after the driver was unable to negotiate a bend in the road.
“Our decision not to pursue federal charges does not condone the shooting...”
(WASHINGTON, DC) - The Justice Department announced today that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a devastating tragedy. It shook an entire community, drew the attention of millions across the nation, and sparked a painful but necessary dialogue throughout the country,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.
"We want to replace the piles of rubble, full of death, with a dance academy full of life." ~ Shaark Cb Crew
(GAZA STRIP, Palestine) - We are a group of youths who live in various refugee camps in the Gaza Strip. We are united by art, peace and love. In 2003, we established a dance team and historical art movement for the community of Gaza, and started performing and spreading the art of dance around the Strip.
After the 2009 war, we found our rented dance studio bombed and demolished. But we did not to give up on our dancing.
(McMINNVILLE, Ore.) - Michael Abo pleaded Guilty on Wednesday. He is guilty of beating a 4-year old boy nearly to death on New Year’s Eve 2013. The abuse caused permanent, life-altering damage to his girlfriend’s young son, which he admits to.
This week, he was sentenced 7.5 years for his crime. Some say, not nearly long enough.
Human Rights Ambassador William Gomes asks to immediately and unconditionally lift the travel ban
(LONDON) - I would like to draw your attention to the following case.
On 4 March 2015, human rights defender Mr Abdul Qadeer Baloch, also known as Mama Qadeer, was informed of a travel ban imposed against him.
The human rights defender was attempting to travel to a human rights seminar in the United States with other relatives of persons forcibly disappeared in Balochistan.
(SALEM, Ore.) - A semi-truck carrying a load of lumber southbound on the Salem Parkway tipped over at Commercial St NE spilling its load.
Just after 3:00 PM, 46-year old Douglas Barnes, from Amity, was operating the 1985 Peterbilt pulling two flat bed trailers loaded with lumber. The truck rolled over as he was southbound on the Salem Parkway negotiating the curve onto Commercial St NE.
Since Oregon's Secretary of State was called home earlier this week, it has been clear that the torch was being passed.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon's only Governor to be elected for a fourth term is resigning.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned effective next Wednesday, Feb. 18, in a letter submitted to Secretary of State Kate Brown. He met with his staff late this morning, then released this statement just after noon today.
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