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Oregon governor candidates weigh in on death penalty

In the race to be Oregon's next governor, the Democratic candidate says she’ll continue Oregon’s moratorium on capital punishment, while the Republican and unaffiliated candidates indicate they will revoke it, which could allow the state to resume executions.

Nebraska woman charged with helping daughter have abortion

A Nebraska woman has been charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy at about 24 weeks after investigators uncovered Facebook messages in which the two discussed using medication to induce an abortion and plans to burn the fetus afterward.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at a podium.

US sues Idaho over abortion law, cites medical treatment

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit that challenges Idaho’s restrictive abortion law, arguing that it conflicts with a federal law requiring doctors to provide pregnant women medically necessary treatment that could include abortion.

Oregon lawmakers announce group to address public defense crisis

Oregon’s political leaders announced a formal workgroup Tuesday to address the monthslong shortage of public defenders that has gummed up criminal courts in the state and led to constitutional rights violations. It's one of the most tangible signs lawmakers are taking the crisis seriously.