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Masks outside part of new Oregon COVID-19 safety measures

Jul. 13, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday announced two new statewide COVID-19 safety mandates — a ban on indoor social gatherings of more than 10 people and a requirement that people wear face coverings outside if they can not socially distance. The rules come as the state's coronavirus...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2018, file photo, clouds hover over the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. Acting quickly after the death of George Floyd, Oregon has publicly named bad apples among law enforcement, over 1,700 whose transgressions over the past 50 years were so serious that they were banned from working in law enforcement in the state. The online posting last week happened after the Oregon Legislature, meeting in special session last month, created a law requiring the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to establish a statewide online public database of records for officers whose certification has been revoked or suspended. Some other states are moving in the same direction. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon, other states putting names of ousted police online

Jul. 13, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in police custody, Oregon has released the names of over 1,700 officers whose transgressions over the past 50 years were so serious that they were banned from working in law enforcement in the state. The online posting last week came after...

Tear gas used on Portland protesters, 1 man injured

Jul. 12, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officers used tear gas and crowd-control munitions on people protesting near Portland's federal courthouse during a protest that started Saturday night, Portland police said. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that friends and family of a demonstrator say a...

Search finds zero wolves in South Cascades

Jul. 10, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A two-year search for wolves in Washington’s South Cascades has found none, a scientist said Wednesday. Researchers tested the DNA of thousands of scat piles sniffed out by dogs. Many piles looked like wolf droppings, but all turned out to be from dogs, said Samuel Wasser,...

Oregon Appeals Court affirms Portland renter relocation law

Jul. 9, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a Portland ordinance requiring landlords to pay tenants’ relocation fees if their rent is increased by at least 10% or if they’re evicted without cause. Presiding Judge Darleen Ortega said she agreed with a 2017 ruling...

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...

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...

Oregon governor blasts state troopers for not wearing masks

Jul. 2, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's governor on Thursday denounced four state troopers who were seen on video without face masks in a coffee shop, saying such behavior was “inexcusable.” Under an order from Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, people statewide are required to wear a face covering in indoor...

Oregon notches 2nd straight day of record COVID-19 cases

Jul. 2, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority said Thursday there were 375 additional confirmed and presumptive cases of the coronavirus statewide, the second straight day that Oregon has broken a record for the number of daily cases since the pandemic began. Oregon has seen an increase in case...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, a protester faces police officers in downtown in Portland, Ore. Portland, Oregon, a liberal city with a reputation for full-throated and frequent protests, is reeling from the nightly chaos in its streets and on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, its visibly frustrated police chief appealed to residents to help stop

Oregon House speaker slams Portland police use of tear gas

Jul. 1, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than two dozen protesters were arrested on charges including disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer, riot and assault on a police officer during protests that stretched into the early morning hours of Wednesday, Portland police said. Authorities said protesters...