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In this July 2, 2020 photo released by the U.S. Attorney Office in Oregon and taken from security cameras, officers with the Federal Protective Service can be seen, top right, holding their shields up and guarding the doorway of the Hatfield Federal Courthouse after the glass door shattered. Federal authorities arrested seven people on federal charges ranging from damaging federal property to assaulting a federal officer after protesters targeted the courthouse during demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality. All seven protesters were released after a brief hearing Monday, July 6. (U.S. Attorney's Office District of Oregon via AP)

Police: $23 million lost due to ongoing Portland protests

Jul. 8, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Downtown businesses in Portland, Oregon, have sustained about $23 million in damages and lost customers because of violent nightly protests that have brought the city to its knees, authorities said Wednesday. At a police briefing, Deputy Chief Chris Davis said the intensity of the...

Appeals Court rules in favor of nonbinary legal designations

Jul. 8, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a Eugene resident’s right to a nonbinary gender marker. Jones Hollister’s gender is nonbinary, but their petition for a nonbinary gender marker was denied by Lane County Circuit Court Judge Charles D. Carlson last year. ...

Coronavirus kills funding of 37 projects in Oregon

Jul. 8, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A steep drop in lottery funds due to the COVID-19 crisis has killed the sale of $273 million in state bonds to pay for major projects in Oregon, the Bulletin newspaper of Bend reported Wednesday. The 37 projects authorized by the Legislature at the end of the 2019 session include water...

Ex-deputy pleads guilty to misconduct for explicit photos

Jul. 8, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A former Jackson County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to a charge of official misconduct in Jackson County Circuit Court. Roger Campbell, 39, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the misdemeanor charge, the Mail Tribune reported. The charge stemmed from evidence uncovered in October...

FILE - In this July 4, 2020, file photo, protesters burn a U.S. flag in downtown Portland, Ore. The U.S. Attorney in Oregon announced federal charges Tuesday, July 7, against seven protesters who are accused in court papers of defacing a federal courthouse and assaulting federal officers during protests in Portland, Oregon against racial injustice and police brutality. The protesters are charged with offenses ranging from disorderly conduct to destruction of federal property and assaulting a federal officer and were released pending trial after a brief court hearing Monday. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, File)

Federal charges filed for 7 protesters in Portland, Oregon

Jul. 7, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney in Oregon announced federal charges Tuesday against seven protesters who are accused in court papers of defacing a federal courthouse and assaulting federal officers during protests in Portland, Oregon against racial injustice and police brutality. The protesters...

Drought affects parts of Oregon, Bend urges conservation

Jul. 7, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown last week declared a drought emergency in seven counties. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the governor’s July 1 emergency drought declaration covers regions where agriculture relies on scant water: Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson in central Oregon, Douglas...

Man charged with bias crime after Black worker threatened

Jul. 7, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man has been charged with a bias crime after two Black men were threatened with a knife, according to a Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Zachary Hantz threatened a City of Portland Parks & Recreation employee...

Man charged with murder in mother's death in Portland

Jul. 7, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man was charged with second-degree murder on Monday after his mother was found dead in a Southeast Portland apartment. Portland police said Todd Carr, 54, was jailed Sunday after officers responded to a reported disturbance at the residence earlier that morning. Officers discovered...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, a campaign poster for Seattle City Council incumbent candidate Kshama Sawant is posted outside her campaign headquarters in Seattle. The City Council on Monday, July 6, 2020, approved a new tax on big businesses two years after the council repealed a similar tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Seattle City Council approves new tax on big business

Jul. 6, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council on Monday approved adopting a new tax on large businesses, two years after the council repealed a big business tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon and the prospect of a voter referendum. The new tax called “JumpStart Seattle,” from lead...

US signs order for first West Coast gas-export terminal

Jul. 6, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

The Trump administration on Monday formally authorized exports from a proposed Oregon natural-gas terminal, the first on the U.S. West Coast. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette signed the order for the proposed Jordan Cove liquid natural gas terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. Monday’s approval for the project,...