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Police officers walk enveloped by teargas in Portland, Friday, March 29, 2020.  After hours of largely peaceful demonstrations, violence escalated late Friday in downtown Portland, as hundreds of people gathered to protest the Minneapolis police killing of a black man, George Floyd . (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)

In wake of riots in Portland, leaders call for reflection

May. 30, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

After a night of rioting in Portland, Oregon, those responsible for the damage to police headquarters, a shopping mall and many businesses will be tracked down, authorities said Saturday, but also adding that this was a moment for soul searching. Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone, who is African American, said the...

A woman enters the Oregon Department of Justice building in Salem, Ore., Thursday, May 28, 2020, the same day that the state supreme court and the appeals court began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries. The U.S. Supreme Court in April ruled that nonunanimous jury convictions are unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon's top courts begin reversing nonunanimous convictions

May. 28, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's top two courts on Thursday began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries, the first of hundreds — and perhaps ultimately thousands — of cases that will be scrutinized after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that nonunanimous jury verdicts are...

2 more churches sue Brown over virus gathering restrictions

May. 27, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two additional churches are suing Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, saying her social gathering restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic violate their constitutional right to the freedom of religion and assembly. The Edgewater Christian Fellowship in Grants Pass and the Church of God of...

Judge won't dismiss order tossing out virus restrictions

May. 26, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A rural Oregon judge says he won’t dismiss his ruling which tossed out Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s stay-at-home orders to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew B. Shirtcliff told the state Supreme Court...

Man arrested after crash kills 19-year-old and 16-year-old

May. 25, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Junction City man is behind bars this weekend after police say he caused a fatal car accident while intoxicated, killing two teenagers on Highway 228. KVAL-TV reports the accident happened just east of Brownsville on Saturday morning. Oregon State Police say that 21-year-old Austyn...

Judge told vacate or explain order nixing virus restrictions

May. 23, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court is giving a rural judge until Tuesday to toss out his ruling that found the governor's coronavirus restrictions are invalid. If the judge declines to do so, justices said Saturday that Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff must explain why and give the...

Children sue day care owner, state agencies over sex abuse

May. 23, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The representatives of three children who attended a Polk County day care are suing multiple people and state agencies over sexual abuse for $5.1 million. The children attended the now-closed Stinky Feet Childcare in Independence owned by Ceola Harden, the Statesman Journal reported. ...

Oregon gov. approves Clackamas County phase 1 reopening

May. 22, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has given the green light to Clackamas County’s phase 1 reopening plan. It will be the first of the state’s three most populous counties in the Portland metro area to start reopening restaurants, gyms, salons and bars with safety measures on...

Fagan wins Democratic primary for secretary of state

May. 22, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Shemia Fagan, a state senator from Portland, has won the Democratic primary for Oregon secretary of state. Fagan beat fellow state Sen. Mark Hass, of Beaverton, in a very tight race. She will face state Sen. Kim Thatcher in the fall. Thatcher, from Keizer, won the GOP primary. The...

Prisoner at Oregon State Penitentiary with COVID dies

May. 21, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An inmate in the Oregon State Penitentiary who tested positive for COVID-19 has died, authorities said Thursday, marking the first known death in the state of a prisoner linked to the coronavirus. The state's only maximum security prison has become a hot zone for the coronavirus. A total...