By Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist,
Highlights, excerpts from Sen. Boquist newsletter
— Oregon Live reports: Oregon student achievement remains mired far below pre-pandemic levels, new test scores show.
— Reported by the New York Post: “The Oregon attorney general who sued multiple federal agencies in 2020 for the forcible arrests of Portland residents protesting police brutality during the height of the BLM movement has decided to step down at the end of her term.”
— An expose by the Oregonian about how the state deinstitutionalized mental health care and its failure echoes today. Long, but worth the read.
— Measure 110 overhaul effort seeks to expand its coalition, which includes big money like Columbia.
— OPINION: Will arming citizens with NARCAN work?
— This is COOL: Agility Robotics is opening the world’s first factory for humanoid robots in Salem, Oregon later this year. The press release includes, “Agility anticipates production capacity of hundreds of Digit robots in the first year, with the capability to scale to more than 10,000 robots per year. At full capacity, RoboFab will employ more than 500 workers in Salem, in addition to employees at Agility’s other locations. Digit is designed from the ground up to go where people go and do useful work, safely, in spaces designed for people. Because so many tasks are designed around human workflows, Digit’s human-centric design enables multi-purpose utility. Initial applications include bulk material handling within warehouses and distribution centers.” AKA Amazon warehouses and similar companies will likely be stocking up on these humanoids. More in this video.
— Congresswoman Val Hoyle is under investigation by the government agency she once ran for shady dealings with La Mota, a marijuana business that led to scandal for the former secretary of state. Many Democrat leaders accepted stacks of cash, upwards of $10,000, from La Mota in campaign donations, Val Hoyle included with combined $5,800. Hoyle is ignoring requests to hand over her personal phones to review if state business was discussed.
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