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In bipartisan unity, police reform bills advance in Oregon

Apr. 07, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — Republicans and Democrats on the Oregon House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved almost a dozen bills on police reform, a show of bipartisan unity in a Legislature that has been bitterly divided. The bills approved Tuesday evening involve...

Senate GOP leader faces recall effort for not walking out

Apr. 07, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state Senate Minority Leader Fred Girod faces a recall effort because he was among GOP lawmakers who allowed the chamber to reach a quorum last month while it debated whether to ban firearms in state buildings. Oregon Public Broadcating reports...

Oregon governor expands vaccines to all on April 19

Apr. 06, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — All Oregon residents age 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 19, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday morning. The news coincides with an announcement from President Joe Biden that he is accelerating the deadline for states...

The Latest: SKorea's daily virus increase tops 500 again

Apr. 03, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea’s daily increase in coronavirus infections exceeded 500 for the fourth straight day, a pace unseen since January, as experts raise concern about another viral surge amid a slow rollout in vaccines. The 543 new cases reported by the...

Oregon health officials decry uneven COVID-19 vaccine supply

Apr. 02, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s top public health official says the governor needs to “start raising a ruckus” over what he sees as an unfair supply of the COVID-19 vaccine sent to Oregon by the federal government compared to other states. Oregon Health Authority...

GOP governors ignore Biden's latest plea on mask mandates

Mar. 30, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

President Joe Biden's pleas for states to stick with mask mandates to slow the spread of the coronavirus were being largely ignored Tuesday as several Republican governors stayed on track to drop the requirement in their states. Biden and the director of the Centers for...

The Latest: Texas state judge upholds Austin's mask mandate

Mar. 26, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas judge is allowing the City of Austin to continue to require face coverings in local businesses weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott ended a statewide mask mandate and other COVID-19 safety measures. The ruling Friday by state District Judge Lora...

Oregon governor announces 10-Point Economic Recovery Plan

Mar. 23, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced a 10-Point Economic Recovery Plan Tuesday that aims to help families and businesses across the state —with a focus on people of color — impacted financially by the pandemic and 2020 wildfires. In addition, Brown...

Oregon won't say how much it has lost to unemployment fraud

Mar. 22, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials continue to refuse to publicly disclose how much money the state has lost to unemployment insurance fraud during the pandemic, despite the fact that neighboring states Washington and California have reported huge sums of money wrongly paid after their...

The Latest: LA mayor criticizes state over vaccination rules

Mar. 19, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says a lot of pandemic deaths could have been prevented in California if the state had focused earlier on vaccinating people in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Garcetti also said Friday the federal and state...