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Man charged with bias crime after Black worker threatened

Jul. 7, 2020 9:46 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 9:11 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 The City Council on Monday, July 6, 2020, approved a new tax on big businesses two years after the council repealed a similar tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon.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(AP) — The Seattle City Council on Monday approved adopting a new tax on large businesses, two years after the council repealed a big business tax amid pressure from corporations such as Amazon and the prospect of a voter referendum.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,...

Umatilla County COVID spike from sick employees working

Jul. 6, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A spike in COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County has been fueled in part by sick employees returning to as the economy there reopens without realizing they have the virus because their symptoms are mild, a local public health official told a newspaper. The county’s largest...

County candidate confesses to writing racist letter

Jul. 6, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — A recent candidate for Umatilla County commissioner, who claimed he received an anonymous racist letter last month, admitted to police he was the one who wrote it, the East Oregonian reported. Jonathan Lopez, who is Latino, said he had found a letter addressed to him which...

Oregon reports 168 new, confirmed virus cases; no new deaths

Jul. 6, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon authorities have reported 168 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Monday , bringing the state to 10,395 known cases. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports most new cases were in the Portland metro area. The Oregon Health Authority didn’t report any new coronavirus-related...

Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard marches alongside protesters towards downtown Portland on the Morrison Bridge, on June 4, 2020. Thousands of protesters in the liberal and predominantly white city of Portland, Ore. have taken to the streets peacefully every day for more than five weeks to decry police brutality, but recent violence by smaller groups is creating a deep schism in the protest movement and prompting allegations that white protesters are co-opting the moment. (Brooke Herbert/The Oregonian via AP)

Damian Lillard emerges from shutdown ready for playoff push

Jul. 6, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Grieving the death of a cousin and missing his mother, Damian Lillard struggled emotionally after the NBA shut down because of the coronavirus. But he also found inspiration in his activism for Black Lives Matter and his flourishing music career. The Trail Blazers were just out of...

Emergency workers tend to an injured person on the ground after a driver sped through a protest-related closure on the Interstate 5 freeway in Seattle, authorities said early Saturday, July 4, 2020. Dawit Kelete, 27, has been arrested and booked on two counts of vehicular assault. (James Anderson via AP)

Protester killed on Seattle freeway was dedicated to cause

Jul. 5, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A person killed Saturday when a man who drove his car onto a closed Seattle freeway and into a crowd protesting police brutality was remembered Sunday as someone who was dedicated to the cause. The other person hit in the incident, meanwhile, remained in serious condition Sunday at a...

Police: Men yelled racial slurs at Black family in Oregon

Jul. 5, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) — Seven men were arrested after police say they taunted a Black family by yelling racial slurs and using Nazi salutes during a Fourth of July incident in an Oregon beach town. The men challenged police to a fight when officers arrived to the beach in Lincoln City and set off...