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Oregon Legislature may open data spigot to the public

Today, the Oregon Legislative Assembly will again consider whether more sunshine might be the cure for some murky COVID-19 reporting.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA)  and local public health administrators would be required under Senate Bill 719 to disclose aggregate data from reportable disease investigations to the public.

Outbreaks of foodborne illnesses would be among reportable disease investigations covered by the new law. The state and local health agencies would be required to make public all aggregate data without disclosing an individual’s identification.

The Oregon Senate Health Committee carried SB 719 over from its schedule last week to 1 p.m. today.

So far, SB 719 has stirred up enough interest that it has existed outside of the regular deadlines and cutoffs that kill most bills. Most bills not clearing their house of origin in Oregon were declared dead by mid-March.

In earlier testimony in favor of the bill, Tom Holt, … Read more

Coke Absolutely Opposes Georgia’s ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ Voting Act — Now That It’s Passed


CEO James Quincey says Coca-Cola has ‘always’ opposed restrictive voting laws, but held off comment until after the Election Integrity Act was passed by the Georgia legislature

Last week, Georgia Republicans pushed through the “Election Integrity Act of 2021,” which is a euphemistic name for a set of laws that drastically restricts voting eligibility and access. The new laws — signed by Governor Brian Kemp on March 25 — cut the amount of time one can apply for an absentee ballot, while enforcing stricter ID rules, and eliminating mobile voting buses that helped alleviate long lines. In an exercise of pure spite, the laws also restrict the offering of food and beverages to those waiting on voting lines; now only poll workers are allowed to hand out water, even though some lines are hours-long, especially in communities that lack sufficient polling sites in Georgia.

The act follows the 2020 … Read more

Easy Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip is an insanely delicious way to jazz up your next party. Chock full of intense but balanced flavors this appetizer is going to disappear fast.

Everyone loves a great dip at a party, they are the go to snack and appetizer aantit any event. You have to try these other tried and true dip winners: Crab, 5 Minute Million Dollar, and Ranch Dips!

Dipping a chip into Buffalo chicken dip.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is one of the best Buffalo recipes ever! I do love my Buffalo Wings, and even Buffalo Cauliflower, but this dip is something else! My mom brought this dip to our Super Bowl party this year and it was the biggest hit with my family!  They kept raving about it the whole time and just couldn’t get enough! It was a good thing she made a big batch because we all went back for multiple helpings! This is going … Read more

Hard boiled Easter eggs don’t last forever; store safely and eat soon

 After boiling eggs, decorating them, hunting them, and adding them to candy baskets, families need to make sure leftover hard boiled eggs are handled properly so no one gets sick.

 Eggs can cause food poisoning because salmonella is a common bacteria found in uncooked and unbroken eggs. Salmonella can be present on both the outside and the inside of eggs.

 The FDA has put regulations in place to help prevent contamination of eggs on the farm and during shipping and storage, but consumers also play a key role in preventing illness linked to eggs.

With Easter comes more egg handling, especially for children. This means it is important to follow safe handling tips when preparing, storing and serving eggs — or foods that contain them.

Here are some important food safety tips to remember after the Easter eggs festivities:

Inspect the eggs

  • Cracked eggs should not be consumed, as dangerous
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A Sunny Lemon-Yuja Cake Recipe That Will Brighten Your Day

Celeste Noche

A double dose of citrus provides a welcome update to the classic lemon cake

Unlike one of my friends who possesses an ardent love for lemon desserts (her favorite cookie is lemon, out of all the flavors out there), I feel solidly meh about citrusy sweets. Don’t get me wrong, I like a sweet-tart lemon bar or slice of lemon cream pie as much as the next person — assuming the next person is cool with citrus — but I would surely go for a decadent chocolate number if given the choice. What is it about lemon, especially lemon cake, that makes me so… ambivalent? I’ve enjoyed and appreciated them, but they’ve never topped any lists for me.

So I decided to take on both a culinary and personal challenge: Could I create a lemon cake that I truly loved? Could I shake my indifference and mixed feelings? … Read more