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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits the Marion County and Salem Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Salem, Ore. On Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, the Democrat delivered her State of the State address, reflecting on the challenges Oregonians have faced in the last year, the pandemic, protests, wildfires and outlined her goals for the future, focusing on racial equity, ensuring children return to school, mitigating wildfire danger and expanding health care access. (Abigail Dollins/Statesman-Journal via AP, Pool, File)

Brown looks back at Oregon's crises and ahead to goals

Jan. 21, 2021 4:45 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nearly a year after the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Oregon, Governor Kate Brown delivered her annual State of the State speech on Thursday. During the 45-minute speech Brown reflected on the challenges Oregonians have faced in the last year — the pandemic, protests and...

Courtney laments that Oregon Capitol has become 'fortress'

Jan. 15, 2021 5:14 PM EST

While Oregon Capitol leadership have agreed to mostly delay the upcoming legislative session by two days due to threats that followed the siege of the nation’s Capitol building in Washington, D.C, lawmakers remain split on dealing with another threat: the COVID-19 pandemic. During an online preview of the...

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...

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...

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...

Video: Lawmaker opened Oregon Capitol to protesters in 2020

Jan. 8, 2021 5:47 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Security video shows a Republican state representative letting protesters into the Oregon Capitol building, which was closed to the public, during a December special legislative session in which demonstrators attacked authorities with bear spray and broke glass doors. As lawmakers inside...

FILE - In this April 26, 2017, file photo, lawmakers in Oregon's House of Representatives sit-in session in Salem, Ore. Acknowledging Oregon's history of racism, Democratic leaders in the House pledged Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, to open paths for more diverse representation in the Legislature and its leadership. In a related development, Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is Black, announced she is dropping her bid to unseat Rep. Tina Kotek, who is white, as House speaker. Back in 2017, Bynum had noted that Oregon's original Constitution prohibited Black people from residing in the territory and said she was reminded of that by the huge mural of white settlers on the House wall. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon House leaders move toward more diverse representation

Jan. 4, 2021 8:31 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Acknowledging Oregon's history of racism, Democratic leaders in the state House pledged Monday to open paths for more diverse representation in the Legislature and its leadership. It comes as Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is Black and represents Portland's eastern suburbs, announced she is...

Portland mayor vows to hold vandalizers accountable

Jan. 2, 2021 5:57 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler promised to hold violent demonstrators accountable in a press conference hosted after two straight days of vandalization and clashes with police. Wheeler said Friday that he would organize a meeting with local and state law enforcement to determine a...

Week of successes in Oregon brings hope during pandemic

Dec. 22, 2020 6:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For most of the year Oregonians have faced challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday people finally caught a glimpse of the "light at the end of this long tunnel." In the past week thousands of Oregon healthcare workers were vaccinated, weekly...