KWSO News 2/19/19

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sixteen states, including Oregon, have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s emergency declaration to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump’s declaration of a national emergency allows the president to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and other budgets. The states say diversion of military funding to wall-building will hurt their economies and deprive their military bases of needed upgrades. They say taking away funds from counter-drug efforts for the wall will also cause damage.

Thousands of Oregonians were in the capital on President’s Day, rallying for students, teachers and education. The March for Our Students attracted more than four-thousand people from across the state to brave the cold and tell lawmakers that it’s time to step up education funding in Oregon. The march was part of the national #RedforEd movement that is gaining momentum, supporting recent teacher strikes in Denver and Los Angeles. Oregon has some of the largest class sizes in the nation and educators say smaller classes would better set students up for success. They’re also calling for more funding for wraparound services, such as support for more than 21-thousand Oregon students experiencing homelessness.

Senator Ron Wyden comes to Central Oregon this week for town hall meetings. Friday the Senator will stop in Madras for a 10:30am town hall at the Performing Arts Center. On Saturday, he will be at Summit High School in Bend at 10am and Crook County High School in Prineville at 3:00.

It’s Senior Night for Madras boys basketball tonight at the Buffalo Dome – the final game of the regular season. They will host Estacada with tip-off set for 7:00. You can listen to the

In little more than a week, nearly 10 more people have been diagnosed with measles, breaking a weeklong lull in new cases. Clark County Public Health identified a child who was unvaccinated and has measles Monday afternoon after a morning update said there were no new cases. This brings the total number of cases to 67 — 62 in Clark County, four in Oregon and one in the Seattle area. The Vancouver-area outbreak has already prompted legislative action, with a bill to ban personal exemptions moving through the Washington Legislature and a similar one expected to be proposed in Oregon soon.