The new Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium plan will combine the buying power of the two states' purchasing pools to negotiate better prices and generate substantial savings for participants, Kulongoski said.
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire called the consortium "great news" for the people of both states.
"By pooling our resources, we have provide even greater buying power and can negotiate prices that will potentially save Washingtonians and Oregonians thousands of dollars a year," Gregoire said. "This partnership is a great example of what we can do when we work together on behalf of consumers."
DETROIT—A federal judge ruled Thursday that the U.S. government's warrantless domestic eavesdropping program is not only legal, but unconstitutional, and ordered an immediate halt to it.
U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency's program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution.
The Justice Department launched an appeal within hours of Taylor's decision.
City Commissioner Erik Sten, left, Portland Community College Cascade Campus President Algie Gatewood, PCC Cascade Emergency Services Department Director Carol Robertson and Mayor Tom Potter celebrate the city's donation of a new police training cruiser to the school.
Oregon has expanded its nationally recognized gambling-treatment services with the opening of the state's first inpatient facility. Within a week of opening its doors, the new facility was filled to capacity and had a growing waiting list.
SPOKANE—The federal government is suing a restaurant in Ellensburg after a Black employee contended she was refused a better-paying job because she is a Muslim and because the owner wanted only "hot, White girls" to be cocktail servers.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
The lawsuit contends the owner of the Starlight Lounge failed to promote waitress Angela Harper to a cocktail server position because of race and religion.