Portland seems like a natural place for the Dalai Lama to visit. City leaders infuriated the Chinese government three years ago when they approved "Tibet Awareness Day" and a city commissioner raised the Tibetan flag in front of City Hall.
Nearly 40 percent of pregnant women enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan in Lane County are smokers. That puts the babies at risk for health problems - and health plans in danger of avoidable health care costs.
Michael Lee knew he was still in bad shape when he left the hospital five days after emergency heart surgery. But he was so eager to escape the constant prodding and the roommate's loud TV that he tuned out the nurses' care instructions.
Looking to reinvest in infrastructure, Governor Kitzhaber wants legislature to pass a bond program to make it happen. If passed, the program would mean $68.5 million for projects around Oregon State University.