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COVID case delays contentious redistricting in Oregon

Sep. 22, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

A broken power-sharing deal, the lingering possibility of a Republican walkout and a COVID-19 case are adding greater uncertainty to whether Oregon legislators will successfully redraw the state’s political districts ahead of a tight deadline. Stakes are high as Oregon...

Some Oregon state employees get more time for COVID vaccine

Sep. 22, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

More than half of Oregon’s state employees have an extra six weeks to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a deadline has been pushed back to Nov. 30. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the change affects about 24,000 state employees represented by the Service...

Oregon redistricting talks adjourn early over COVID case

Sep. 21, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

One day after the Democratic speaker of the Oregon House rescinded a power-sharing deal she made with Republicans to redraw political maps — and as questions lingered whether GOP lawmakers would show up to work at the Capitol — legislators were sent home Tuesday following reports of a...

Oregon Dems void power-sharing redistricting deal with GOP

Sep. 20, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

The Democratic speaker of the Oregon House on Monday rescinded a deal she made with Republicans to share power as lawmakers redraw political boundaries and add an additional U.S. House seat for the state. The now defunct agreement made earlier this year had drawn national...

Hundreds protest Oregon vaccine, mask mandates in Salem

Sep. 19, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — At Oregon’s Capitol hundreds gathered to protest Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates. The Statesman Journal reports that on Saturday people at the rally lined both sides of Court Street in front of the Capitol building, and filled...

Oregon surpasses 300,000 confirmed and presumed COVID cases

Sep. 13, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — During the weekend, Oregon surpassed 300,000 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, the state health authority reported on Monday. Although COVID-19 related hospitalizations have declined since Friday, 93% of...

Brown calls special session for Oregon redistricting

Sep. 10, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown says the Oregon Legislature will return to the Capitol Sept. 20 for a special session to adopt new congressional and legislative district maps. The state Constitution does not allow the governor to limit the length of a special...

80% of Oregon's new COVID cases are among unvaccinated

Sep. 10, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Oregon and clog the medical system, state health officials say the rate of coronavirus in unvaccinated people is currently five times higher than in those who are vaccinated. A report released by the Oregon...

Commission grants conditional approval to I-5 proposal

Sep. 10, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Transportation Commission has granted conditional approval to a plan to expand Interstate 5 through Portland’s Rose Quarter as well as build a cap over the freeway to allow for the redevelopment of a Black community destroyed when the interstate was first...

Multnomah County law enforcement exempt from vaccine mandate

Sep. 09, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials from Oregon's most populous county — Multnomah — joined Portland on Thursday in exempting law enforcement from a COVID-19 vaccine order after county officials say a vaccination requirement for local officers is now legally dubious due to new guidance from...