Ben Botkin, Statesman Journal

Ben Botkin

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Salem, OR, United States

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Recent articles by Ben:

Oregon film industry finding its place with a changing Hollywood

Oregon's film incentive program is adapting toward more streaming services like NetFlix and Hulu with television series and mid-level films. → Read More

Oregon government employees sue to overturn new state pension law

Nine Oregon government employees are suing to stop a state pension reform passed by the 2019 Oregon Legislature that would reduce their benefits. → Read More

Oregon railroad crossing crashes nearly double in 5 years, reasons unclear

Oregon had 19 railroad crossing accidents in 2018, up from 10 in 2013. Marion County has more than most counties, logging 28 since 2008. → Read More

Oregon agencies again plagued with phone, computer network problems

State agencies face continued problems with computer network and telephone failures that make it difficult for customers trying to connect with them. → Read More

Network problems slow online, phone systems for Oregon DMV

Driver license online and telephone system services are facing delays because of network problems. → Read More

Audit sparks public clash between two Oregon agencies

Auditors found potential waste of tax dollars, shortcomings in the state's transparency website and in a new $21 million staff management system. → Read More

Oregon Senator Brian Boquist files lawsuit against Senate President Peter Courtney, others

Boquist claims his constitutional rights were violated when an Oregon Senate committee ordered him to give 12-hours notice before showing up at Capitol → Read More

Oregon home care workers protest late paychecks from state agency, cite hardships

About 50 home care workers delivered hundreds of letters in Salem Thursday containing personal stories about checks arriving too late to pay bills. → Read More

Future Oregon transportation director will oversee billions in state highway overhaul

Oregon is searching for a transportation director who will take on challenges from crumbling roads and bridges to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. → Read More

Oregon expands voluntary pay-by-the mile instead of by-the-gallon road-usage program

Oregon's law has expanded in a bid to add incentives to a voluntary program that charges motorists based on miles driven rather than fuel taxes. → Read More

High-speed police chase ends along Interstate 5 with Salem's man arrest

Salem police arrested Christopher Tolbert, who they say officers on a brief high-speed police chase that ended along the shoulder of Interstate 5. → Read More

Audit: Oregon Department of Administrative Services lacks cybersecurity safeguards

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services lacks safeguards needed to ward off cyberattacks, a Secretary of State audit found. → Read More

Oregon State Hospital staff injuries spike as facility strains to admit new patients

Oregon State Hospital worker injuries caused by patients rose sharply in 2018 as the hospital struggled to admit court-ordered patients on deadline. → Read More

Fallen Keizer soldier gets memorial highway designation on Interstate 5

Pfc. Ryan Hill of Keizer, who died in Iraq in 2007, is honored with a memorial highway designation along Interstate 5. → Read More

Data breach at Oregon Department of Human Services puts 645,000 people at risk

The Oregon Department of Human Services is notifying about 645,000 clients potentially affected by a "phishing" scam in January. → Read More

Salem Police officers recognized for heroics in the line of duty

Salem police officers were honored for courage and life-saving deeds, many of which unfold without public attention. → Read More

Semi-truck crash blocks two lanes of Interstate 5 near Albany, spills Gatorade

A Salem man crashed his semi-truck into an Interstate 5 barrier, blocking two lanes of northbound traffic. Delays of two hours or longer are expected. → Read More

OHA sets deadlines to end patient space shortage at crisis-stricken Oregon State Hospital

Oregon State Hospital has a space crisis preventing it from admitting court-ordered patients in need of mental health care. → Read More

Oregon child welfare agency fails to complete most recommendations in 2018 state audit

The Oregon child welfare agency has failed to complete most of the recommendations in a 2018 audit of its burdened system. → Read More

$5.3 billion and counting: Oregon transportation needs to continue to grow

About 15 projects are under construction, funded by legislation that created Keep Oregon Moving, and 80 others are in different stages of planning. → Read More