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Ex-NYT columnist Kristof announces run for Oregon governor

Oct. 27, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof announced his candidacy Wednesday for Oregon governor, saying the state needs a political newbie to solve problems like homelessness and rural despair. “I've never run for political office in my...

Brown commutes juvenile sentences of more than 70 offenders

Oct. 21, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown has commuted the sentences of more than 70 people convicted of felonies while juveniles, but the action doesn’t automatically mean they are about to be released. The governor’s commutations earlier this week granted some adults in...

Federal judge rejects bid to block Oregon vaccine mandate

Oct. 18, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday denied a last-minute bid by more than three dozen state employees, health care providers and school staff to temporarily stop the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon rejected their...

Oregon illegal pot grows: More calls to send National Guard

Oct. 18, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On the same day last week that a southern Oregon county declared a state of emergency amid a sharp increase in illegal cannabis farms, police raided a site that had about 2 tons of processed marijuana and 17,500 pot plants. The raid illustrates that...

State Sen. Betsy Johnson to run for governor as independent

Oct. 14, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

Oregon state Sen. Betsy Johnson plans to run for governor in 2022 as an independent. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Johnson announced her plans in an email Thursday. Johnson, from Warren, would be up for re-election in her northwest Oregon Senate district next year...

Overwhelmed by illegal pot, Oregon county declares emergency

Oct. 13, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A county in southern Oregon says it is so overwhelmed by an increase in the number and size of illegal marijuana farms that it declared a state of emergency Wednesday, appealing to the governor and the Legislature's leaders for help. The Jackson...

Columnist forms committee for Oregon gubernatorial run

Oct. 12, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof after months of public exploration has taken a step toward running for Oregon governor by forming a political action committee. Kristof, 62, officially filled the committee paperwork Tuesday, Oregon Public...

The Latest: Pennsylvania virus cases rise among vaccinated

Oct. 08, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The proportion of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations among vaccinated Pennsylvania residents has risen sharply in the past month, although the shot remains broadly protective. That’s according to new statewide health data. The latest...

Oregon gov. seeks disaster relief for salmon industry

Oct. 06, 2021 21:23 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is requesting disaster relief from the federal government for the state’s strained commercial salmon industry. The governor submitted the formal aid request this week to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Oregon Public...

Court reverses man's murder conviction, death sentence

Oct. 06, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's court of appeals reversed the murder conviction and death sentence of a Black man Wednesday, saying his defense team failed to interview a key witness who saw a white man fleeing the victim's home. Jesse Johnson was accused of stabbing...