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The House works to adopts rules during a special session of the state Legislature at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Oregon lawmakers discussed unemployment benefits and police reform bills as they returned to the Capitol for a special session that was largely supposed to be focused on the state's $1 billion budget hole due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Brian Hayes/Statesman Journal via AP)

Lawmakers adjourn special session, restrict choke holds

Aug. 11, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A measure further restricting the use of choke holds by police passed the Oregon Legislature by wide margins Monday night as lawmakers concluded a special session called to fix a billion-dollar budget deficit due to COVID-19. House Bill 4301 prohibits the use of choke holds by police or...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019 file photo, children play in fountains at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. Lawmakers return to the Capitol for the second special session of 2020. But the question remains if the session, which begins Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, will be solely dedicated to rebalancing the state budget thrown out of whack because of the COVID-19 pandemic or if bills altering policy will be considered. ( AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon lawmakers return to big deficit, police questions

Aug. 7, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature will meet for its second special session of 2020 beginning Monday to try to fix a $1.2 billion revenue hole due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While some lawmakers predict the session could be completed within a day or two, that time frame could be lengthened...

Man arrested in failed kidnappings of women at coffee stands

Aug. 2, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A man was arrested after police say he tried to kidnap women working at two drive-thru coffee stands, Salem Police detectives said Saturday. Christopher Santibanez, 39, of Independence, visited two coffee stands in Salem around 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. July 25, The Oregonian/OregonLive...

Lawmakers return Aug. 10 for session to deal with deficit

Jul. 31, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown will call lawmakers back to the Capitol beginning Aug. 10 to try to fill a billion-dollar budget hole due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “This crisis has impacted all of us—Oregon families, businesses, non-profits, and local governments have all had to...

A demonstrator raises her fist while listening to a speech during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Portland, Ore. After days of clashes with federal police, the crowd outside of the federal courthouse remained peaceful Thursday night. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Portland, Oregon, protests relatively calm after US drawdown

Jul. 31, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Leaders in Portland, Oregon, caught their breath and moved forward with cautious optimism Friday after the first nightly protest in weeks ended without any major confrontations, violence or arrests. The dramatic change in tone outside a federal courthouse that's become ground zero in...

Federal officers are surrounded by smoke as they push back demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Oregon governor says US agents will start leaving Portland

Jul. 29, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal agents who have clashed with protesters in Portland, Oregon, will begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement the plan negotiated with Brown over the last 24 hours...

Oregon students may not get back to classrooms this fall

Jul. 28, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Under new COVID-19 metrics released Tuesday, students in most Oregon counties may not be able to return to their classrooms this fall, officials said. In order for a school district to commence any form of in-person learning, the county must have 10 or fewer new cases per 100,000...

A demonstrator shouts slogans using a bullhorn next to a group of military veterans during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

US attorney: Feds will stay in Portland until attacks end

Jul. 27, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. militarized officers will remain in Portland until attacks on a federal courthouse cease, a top official said Monday after another night of violence. And more officers may soon be on the way. “It is not a solution to tell federal officers to leave when there continues to...

Man held without bail after police officer shot, wounded

Jul. 22, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Salem man is being held without bail after a prosecutor says he allegedly shot at three police officers, injuring one, during an investigation in Salem last week. On Monday, Alejandro Maciel-Salcedo, 27, was arraigned on the charges of three counts of attempted murder, three counts of...

Body recovered after fall in Three Finger Jack area

Jul. 21, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of an man who fell hundreds of feet just before reaching the summit of Three Fingered Jack in Oregon’s Cascade Range. Deputies and search crews responded around 1 p.m. Sunday to a report of a hiker who fell from the mountain located around 71...