Deschutes County DA To Request More Staff From County

A recent review of the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office found that the office didn’t have enough staff to handle the growing caseload. 
District Attorney John Hummel is saying that without a budget increase to hire more staff, the office may not be able to prosecute low-level crimes in Deschutes County in the future.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan talked with Hummel about his concerns after he held a press conference on Wednesday.

The Late Oregon Secretary of State Honored With State Funeral

Dennis Richardson died last week of brain cancer, but his life and legacy were honored on Wednesday at a funeral held in the state capitol. Richardson’s body was lying in state in the rotunda in Salem before an afternoon ceremony.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more from Wednesday’s service.

Statewide Rent Control Bill Passes in the Oregon House

In Salem the democrat controlled house passed the nation’s first ever statewide rent control laws. The new law is meant to help protect renters by ending no-cause evictions and capping rent hikes.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has reactions from Central Oregon’s state representatives.

Protestors Oppose Trumps ‘National Emergency’ Declaration

Protestors across the county, including here in Bend, took to the streets on Presidents Day to protest President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with local organizers in downtown Bend today and has more on the story.

Concern Over Newly Appointed City Councilor

The newest addition to the Bend City Council was sworn in this morning after he was appointed two weeks ago to the vacant seat previously held by Mayor Sally Russell, but not everyone was happy about the appointment.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was at a rally outside of City Hall on Wednesday morning when protesters made sure their disapproval of the city council’s choice was heard loud and clear.

2019 Oregon Legislature Will Consider Law For Kaylee Sawyer

The law, named for Bend resident Kaylee Sawyer, who was killed by a Central Oregon Community College Security Guard, would put provisions on campus security guards to help restrict some of their power. The law, which has been put forward by Kaylee’s family, would require things like required background checks for security officers and clear distinction between campus security and law enforcement.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how Kaylee’s family is stepping up to create positive change in her memory.