Latest Ted Wheeler News

Mayor wants money to hire retired cops as shootings continue

Sep. 18, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is calling for more money to rehire officers who have recently retired to address a staffing shortage as homicides have reached the highest level in more than 20 years. Wheeler also called for a citywide expansion of...

Portland scraps Texas boycott, allocates abortion funds

Sep. 15, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council in Portland, Oregon, has scrapped a plan to boycott Texas businesses because of a new law that prohibits most abortions there, deciding Wednesday to instead set aside $200,000 to fund reproductive care. The liberal Pacific...

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...

Mayor: Portland can't require COVID-19 vaccination for cops

Sep. 08, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mayor Ted Wheeler confirmed Wednesday that state law prohibits Portland from requiring police officers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 despite a new city mandate. Wheeler told The Oregonian/OregonLive he’s disappointed that all city employees...

Portland mayor: Keeping police away from protest a mistake

Sep. 08, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nearly three weeks after armed far-right and far-left protesters violently clashed in the streets of a diverse neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, the city's mayor said Wednesday the lack of police intervention was “not the right strategy." ...

Portland vote on banning city business with Texas delayed

Sep. 08, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland, Oregon, City Council vote on a draft emergency resolution that would ban the purchase of goods and services from Texas in response to a new law there prohibiting most abortions was postponed on Wednesday until next week. The...

Portland to vote on Texas trade ban over abortion law

Sep. 06, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council in Portland, Oregon will vote Wednesday on an emergency resolution that would ban the purchase of goods and services from Texas in response to a new law there prohibiting most abortions. The resolution if passed would also bar...

The Latest: Australia getting vaccine in swap with Singapore

Aug. 30, 2021 23:51 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia says it has reached a deal with Singapore to acquire 500,000 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine next week in return for delivering the same number of shots to Singapore in December. Australia bought 1 million Pfizer doses from Poland...

Portland: City employees must get COVID-19 vaccine

Aug. 30, 2021 21:05 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — City employees in Portland, Oregon, must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus — or obtain a medical or religious exemption — by the middle of October or they will be fired. “With COVID-19 filling hospitals and claiming lives, we must...

Today in History

Aug. 30, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2021. There are 123 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 30, 1967, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first...