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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...

Changes to Oregon public pension benefits upheld

Aug. 6, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the reductions in public employee pension benefits that state lawmakers passed last year to help address the state’s pension funding deficit and rein in the escalating pension costs. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that nine public...

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...

Portland Commissioner receives flood of racist messages

Aug. 1, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Amid work to address systemic racism under a national spotlight, Portland, Oregon, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty says she has been sent a high volume of racist messages. Hardesty, a former state legislator and the first Black woman elected to the Portland City Council, said while...

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)

US agents to pull back in Portland but will stay on standby

Jul. 29, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Some federal officers guarding a U.S. courthouse that's been targeted during violent protests in Portland will leave in the next 24 hours, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. But the Trump administration's insistence that some agents would remain in the building and the entire...

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 governor: US agents to begin 'phased withdrawal' from Portland following clashes with protesters

Jul. 29, 2020 11:37 AM EDT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon governor: US agents to begin 'phased withdrawal' from Portland following clashes with protesters.