Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, (R—Second District of Oregon) voted in favor of the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 last week. The bill would cut STI testing, contraceptive funding, reproductive health checkups, and breast and cervical cancer screenings, according to a release issue by Planned Parenthood. More than 72,000 people utilize Planned Parenthood Services in 12 locations in Southwest Oregon for health screenings and basic reproductive healthcare. The bill would have prohibited abortion unless the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest or the health of the mother was at risk. President Obama vetoed the bill on Jan. 8. "More than half of the health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas, meaning that without Planned Parenthood, many patients would literally have nowhere else to turn," according to the release. Congressman Walden has a zero percent score on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund's Congressional Scorecard.
Although no one took home the Powerball Jackpot prize, a Portland man won one million dollars after his ticket matched the five numbers drawn on Wed. Jan. 6. Joe Watson didn't check his ticket for three days and had several people check the ticket when he saw the numbers. In Oregon, more than 57,000 tickets won a total of $1.2 million last week, according an Oregon Lottery news release. Tickets that share numbers with the numbers drawn during Powerball could earn purchasers prize money depending on how many numbers are matched. Wednesday's Powerball prize is now estimated at a record $1.4 billion dollars with a cash value of $868 million.
The City of Redmond is getting some assistance from University of Oregon students. Around 150 graduate and undergraduate students will participate in classes as part of the Sustainable City Year Program. The students will work with the City on several projects in areas including business strategy and planning, landscape architecture, and public policy and management, which includes affordable housing planning, and several other projects within the City.
The Bend Economic Development Advisory Board Subcommittee will host regular meetings on Monday, Jan. 25. Regular meetings will be held on the last Monday of the month beginning in January. The meeting will be held from noon—1:30 pm in City Hall's Awbrey Butte Conference Room at 710 NW Wall Street.