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A bill that would establish a national, but voluntary, standard for labeling of bio-engineered food products stalled Wednesday in the U.S. Senate when a cloture motion to end debate fell by one vote.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, who chairs the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, said the bill represents a “true compromise” and establishes a balance between consumers’ right to know and ensuring an even playing field in the marketplace.

Roberts’ proposal amends sections of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 and preempts any state law requiring the labeling of food or seed that is genetically engineered. That provision is significant in the eyes of food producers and consumer groups as some states have had initiatives on the ballot requiring such labeling. Vermont, for example, has approved a labeling requirement set to go into effect in July.

Oregon Council approved $633,991 in new equipment and trucks for the Oregon Fire Department and the Streets Division during its March 14 meeting.

According to City Administrator Mike Beazley, the new equipment and trucks will replace older items with new ones.

“The equipment and trucks are needed for the safety of our residents,” Beazley said. “There is a schedule that we follow to replace equipment. Everything has a shelf life. The technology has evolved and we are trying to get the best technology.”

The expenditures for the fire department include three upgraded LP15 V4 monitor/defibrillators for $113,725; three American Rescue Technology “E” Force Rescue Systems and three Genesis Rescue Systems for a total of $81,468; and one 2016 GM K205HD Pick Up Truck for $37,771.

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District is confronting an issue many districts face – whether to replace or renovate its buildings.

The district’s Facilities Planning Committee, chaired by Randy Genzman, Jamie Beier-Grant, Richard Thorbahn and Bill Poiry, has been meeting and discussing the district's building situation with residents.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking the icon in the upper right corner.

Residents in the City of Oregon passed a request to make a 2.25 percent income tax permanent on March 15.

The passage will now keep the income tax rate the same as it has been since 1982. The only change is that it will no longer be called a “temporary” tax.

City Administrator Mike Beazley said he was very happy with the outcome.

“We feel good that it has passed,” Beazley said. “Oregon residents expect a high level of service in this city and now we can continue with our high level of service.”

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