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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...

Oregon Legislature OKs new political boundaries

Sep. 27, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Despite a threat to block new political maps Republican state lawmakers returned to the Oregon Capitol on Monday as the Legislature passed legislative and congressional boundaries that included a new, sixth U.S. House seat. The congressional map,...

Treasurer Tobias Read launches campaign for OR governor

Sep. 27, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read on Monday launched his campaign for governor. The Beaverton Democrat said he would focus on Oregon’s kids as governor, making Pre-K more accessible, extending the school year, expanding career and technical training and...

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...