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Thursday, April 11 2013, 05:01 PM CDT
State Senate approves Democrats' pension cuts
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a party-line vote, the Oregon Senate has approved a Democratic plan to cut pension benefits for retired government workers.

The Senate's vote Thursday sends the measure to the state House.

The measure would save state and local governments about $460 million over the next two years, mostly by reducing cost-of-living increases for retirees earning more than $20,000 a year. Democrats also want the pension system to delay $350 million worth of taxpayer contributions into future budget cycles.

Republicans say the Democratic measure falls far short of the savings needed to stabilize the pension system's rising cost to taxpayers.

Public-employee unions say the measure would illegally break a contract between the state and its workers.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
State Senate approves Democrats' pension cuts

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Should your town impose a 1-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries?
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of Oregon's more liberal cities is considering a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Ashland Daily Tidings newspaper reports that the Oregon Health Authority Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program has already received six dispensary applications for Ashland.

But neighborhood opposition has been increasing and the council will discuss a moratorium on April 1.

People hoping to launch dispensaries in Oregon began submitting applications to the state on March 3 as part of a new medical marijuana regulatory system.

A proposed dispensary called Top Shelf Meds abuts an Ashland neighborhood.

Carol Kim says the dispensary is separated from her home by a hedge. She says it's ironic that state rules bar dispensaries near schools, but her daughters will come home from school and have to live near a dispensary.
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