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Human-caused Columbia River Gorge fire prompts evacuations

Aug. 13, 2020 11:01 PM EDT

MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire burning in the scenic Columbia River Gorge has grown to more than 800 acres and is threatening hundreds of homes. The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in the community of Mosier, Oregon, which is between Hood River and The Dalles along Interstate 84. It had burned 791 acres...

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)

Cuts, reserve funds help lawmakers balance Oregon budget

Aug. 11, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

Oregon lawmakers cut hundreds of millions of dollars from state agencies and tapped emergency reserves to help plug a $1 billion budget deficit due to COVID-19 shutdowns and also further restricted police choke holds during a testy, day-long special session. Some leading lawmakers had hoped to focus the special...

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...

Officials say Oregon's weekly case count has "plateaued"

Aug. 7, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's weekly case count has plateaued following statewide COVID-19 restrictions implemented during the last two months, health officials said Friday. But authorities urged Oregonians to continue to follow current mandates, including wearing a mask and avoiding large social...

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...

Protesters gather at Peninsula Park in north Portland, Ore., on their way to the Portland Police Association building  late Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.   A riot was declared early Wednesday during demonstrations in Portland after authorities said people set fires and barricaded public roadways.(Dave Killen /The Oregonian via AP)

Chief: Violent Portland protests detract from message

Aug. 6, 2020 5:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Clashes outside a U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon, have largely stopped since Democratic Gov. Kate Brown reached a deal that called for the draw down of federal agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the building — but the turmoil is far from over. For the past...

Leshan Terry hold his son Leshan Terry, Jr., 6, during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Friday, July 31, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Following an agreement between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and the Trump administration to reduce federal officers in the city, nightly protests remained largely peaceful without major confrontations between demonstrators and officers. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Portland protest peaceful after federal presence reduced

Aug. 1, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than a thousand people showed up in downtown Portland early Saturday to peacefully protest, about three days after the announcement that the presence of U.S. agents there would be reduced — a deal that Oregon officials hope will continue to ease tensions as the city tries...

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 agents keep demonstrators from advancing 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)

Portland prepares for US agents to step back from protests

Jul. 30, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon police prepared Thursday to take over protecting a federal courthouse in Portland that’s been a target of violent protests, in a deal between the Democratic governor and the Trump administration that aimed to draw down the federal presence and offered hope for a...