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Corrections employees file lawsuit against department

Oct. 21, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two employees at the Oregon Department of Corrections are suing the agency, accusing its leadership team of misleading lawmakers and creating a culture of bullying and intimidation. Gina Raney-Eatherly and Merilee Nowak filed the lawsuit in Marion County, KATU-TV reported. The state...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

Proud Boy barred from protests after beating gets jail time

Oct. 20, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A member of the far-right Proud Boys has been sentenced to six months in jail after authorities say he violated probation by attending a protest in Portland. Tusitala “Tiny” Toese was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail, according to the Multnomah County District...

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Oregon surpass 40,000

Oct. 20, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Health officials say Oregon has surpassed 40,000 confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday reported 346 new confirmed and presumptive cases, bringing the state's case tally to 40,135. The death toll is 633. When Gov. Kate Brown...

FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, federal officers deploy tear gas and crowd control munitions at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices enveloped protesters and bystanders in aerosolized compounds that then settled on the ground and wound up washed into storm drains. Test samples from those storm drains have turned up heavy metals and chemicals at much higher levels than samples collected from control sites elsewhere. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Environmental groups sue over Portland tear gas use

Oct. 20, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices have enveloped protesters and bystanders in airborne chemicals that settle on the ground, later to be washed into storm drains. Amid allegations that human health and the environment are suffering the...

4th person with COVID-19 dies in eastern Oregon prison

Oct. 20, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A fourth person who tested positive for COVID-19 while incarcerated at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton has died, state officials said. The Oregon Department of Corrections said the man who died was between 50 and 60 years old. He is the 16th person to die with...

Portland NAACP leader resigns following abuse allegations

Oct. 20, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

The president of the Portland, Oregon, chapter of the NAACP has submitted his resignation after numerous people accused him of sexual and psychological abuse. The Portland Mercury last week detailed allegations from 11 people, including three men who said they faced sexual abuse by E.D. Mondainé while they...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, protesters demonstrate as a Salt Lake City police vehicle burns, in Salt Lake City. Investigators studied video footage to find Jackson Stuart Tamowski Patton, 26, who is accused of tossing a combustible substance into the patrol car, feeding the flames that destroyed it, prosecutors said in court documents. The Department of Justice is using aggressive tactics against those it has charged in the civil unrest over racism. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

AP finds most arrested in protests aren't leftist radicals

Oct. 20, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump portrays the hundreds of people arrested nationwide in protests against racial injustice as violent urban left-wing radicals. But an Associated Press review of thousands of pages of court documents tells a different story. Very few of those charged appear to be...

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office sued over shooting man

Oct. 20, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is being sued by a man deputies shot in October 2018 at the Fun Farm north of Bend. A lawsuit filed by Brandon Berrett this month in Deschutes County Circuit Court alleges Deputy Christopher Jones and fellow deputies were poorly trained and...

High school gathering spurs COVID-19 cases, closes schools

Oct. 19, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — At least 19 students in Greater Albany Public Schools attended a gathering without masks, spurring new COVID-19 cases and setting back progress made toward holding in-person classes, officials said. At least three positive cases have been traced to a large gathering in a local home with...