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Oregon reaches daily coronavirus vaccine goal

Jan. 14, 2021 7:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials from the Oregon Health Authority announced Thursday that vaccination sites have met the goal of administering a total of 12,000 coronavirus vaccine doses a day. But authorities say they must continue to “sustain and expand” their daily totals as the COVID-19...

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, pro-Trump and anti-mask demonstrators hold a rally outside the Oregon State Capitol as legislators meet for an emergency session in Salem, Ore. During the protest Republican lawmaker, Rep. Mike Nearman, physically opened the Capitol's door — letting protesters, who clashed with police, gain access to the building. There have been calls for Nearman to resign ahead of the upcoming 2021 Legislative session that begins Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon lawmakers delay meetings because of protest worries

Jan. 14, 2021 7:07 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State lawmakers in Oregon will delay by at least two days much of the substantive work of next week's beginning of the Legislature because of warnings from law enforcement about the possibility of violent protests. The Legislature will convene Jan. 19. But the state House and Senate have...

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits with National Guard members at the Marion County and Salem Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Ore.(Abigail Dollins/Statesman-Journal via AP, Pool)

Oregon surpasses 1,700 coronavirus related deaths

Jan. 13, 2021 6:19 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon on Wednesday surpassed 1,700 coronavirus related deaths since the start of the pandemic The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,346 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 41 additional deaths, bringing the total amount of cases to 129,109 and raising the death toll to 1,708. More...

Crews remove a large ponderosa pine that fell on a vehicle, killing a woman during a  windstorm Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 in Spokane, Wash. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Northwest storm kills 1, causes landslide and power outages

Jan. 13, 2021 6:10 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A powerful wind storm rolled through the Pacific Northwest, killing one person and leaving a trail of damage -- including a highway shut down after a landslide and a tractor-trailer that was nearly blown off a bridge. More than 500,000 people lost power. The death happened in Spokane,...

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, pro-Trump and anti-mask demonstrators hold a rally outside the Oregon State Capitol as legislators meet for an emergency session in Salem, Ore. During the protest Republican lawmaker, Rep. Mike Nearman, physically opened the Capitol's door — letting protesters, who clashed with police, gain access to the building. There have been calls for Nearman to resign ahead of the upcoming 2021 Legislative session that begins Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon lawmaker faces outcry after state Capitol breach

Jan. 13, 2021 5:17 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Sixteen days before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and nearly 2,900 miles away, an eerily similar incident occurred at the Oregon Capitol when 50 protesters breached the building — where lawmakers were working — and clashed with law enforcement. Security video...

Oregon National Guard activated for possible protests

Jan. 13, 2021 3:29 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown has activated the Oregon National Guard because of possible violence at the state Capitol and elsewhere following the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol last week by a pro-Trump mob. The Oregon State Police said in a statement Wednesday the guard would be used as...

Oregon Gov. Brown expands vaccinations to age 65 and up

Jan. 12, 2021 9:20 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown said after guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday, Oregon will expand COVID-19 vaccination to include people age 65 and and older. Vaccination of Oregon seniors, as well as child care providers and early learning and K-12 educators and...

State lawmaker who opened Capitol doors stripped of duties

Jan. 11, 2021 10:58 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek on Monday stripped a Republican state representative of his responsibilities and called for his resignation after he let rioters into the state Capitol during a special legislative session in December. Security video shows Rep. Mike Nearman, of...

InvestigateWest: Cascadia not on track to cut emissions

Jan. 11, 2021 12:47 PM EST

To the rest of the world, the United States’ Pacific Northwest and Canada’s British Columbia represent one of the supposedly most eco-friendly regions in North America, if not the globe. And yet on climate change, the biggest environmental challenge of this generation, the governments of...

A woman wearing mask to help protect herself from the coronavirus stands in the sun as she walks her dogs in Beijing on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. With next month's Lunar New Year travel rush looming, the government is telling people to stay put as much as possible and not travel to or from the capital Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: 2 Chinese cities urge people to stay at home

Jan. 9, 2021 12:33 AM EST

BEIJING — Chinese authorities are asking residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp out a coronavirus outbreak in which more than 300 people have tested positive in the past week. According to official notices on social media, the cities of Shijiazhuang and...