PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber says he hopes to decide within 10 days whether to call the Legislature into special session to work on a deal that would reduce pension benefits for public employees.
The East Oregonian reports that Kitzhaber made the remark in a meeting with education leaders in Hermiston on Thursday.
Kitzhaber has been trying to gain support for a combination of pension cuts and tax increases to lower costs and increase funding for schools.
He's made his case in travels to school districts facing the toughest budget environments.
He spent Thursday and Friday in Eastern Oregon, where the Pendleton School District is struggling with declining enrollment.
All over Salem and parts of Marion County, road conditions were still hazardous Friday night with even the main roads coated with a layer of ice and snow.
A Marion County deputy and the man he was chasing were both wounded by gunfire in a Christmas tree field in Silverton Friday afternoon.
An arrest warrant was issued for a 40-year-old man with a glass eye for allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl from Oregon City.
The season's first big snow storm hit the region Friday, closing schools and shutting down roads.