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Audit: Portland skipped safeguards to get virus grants out

May. 12, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A city audit has found that Portland failed to create a fair and transparent grant selection process, interpreted eligibility criteria loosely and didn’t protect against misuse of funds in their haste to get pandemic relief money to small businesses. ...

Natural gas terminal plans in Oregon on pause

May. 12, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A major West Coast liquified natural gas pipeline and export terminal is officially on pause after state reversals of two of its dredging permits last week. Jordan Cove Energy Project manager and associate general counsel, Donald Sullivan,...

Anti-police graffiti found on houses of city council members

May. 12, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The homes of three Eugene city councilors were defaced with anti-police graffiti that called for defunding the police, according to city officials. Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis condemned the actions, which police said happened Sunday night or early...

Walmart sales soared, essential workers got scant protection

May. 12, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Sandra Kunz had been worried for her safety while working as a cashier at a Walmart in Aurora, Colorado, during the pandemic, said her sister, Paula Spellman. The 72-year-old had lung disease, Spellman said. She was “uncomfortable because so...

Can Oregon Democrats learn from B.C.’s carbon tax?

May. 12, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

In 2019 and again in 2020, Oregon Republicans walked out of the state Legislature to prevent a vote on cap-and-trade climate bills. The legislation was meant to drive down the state’s carbon emissions, but Republicans feared the bills would place the greatest burden of higher fuel prices on...

Man arrested for suspected attempted murder, cyberstalking

May. 12, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A Happy Valley, Oregon man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and cyberstalking after he was found outside his ex-girlfriend’s home with a gun, a shovel, pickaxe and hatchet in his vehicle, authorities said. The Cowlitz County...

Analysis of police misconduct record laws in all 50 states

May. 12, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

CARBONDALE, Illinois (AP) — Below is an analysis of public record laws in all 50 states. It is based on an analysis of statutes and court opinions as well as interviews with experts. To stay up to date with the rapidly changing laws, visit Legislative Responses for Policing-State Bill...

The Latest: Ore. bill extends deadline for late-rent payment

May. 11, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill to give tenants who are struggling with financial hardships due to the pandemic more time to pay past-due rent. Currently tenants have until July, but the legislation will extend the deadline to next Feb. 28. The bill...

Oregon lawmakers extend grace period for past-due rent

May. 11, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that gives tenants who are struggling with financial hardships due to the pandemic more time to pay past-due rent. Currently, tenants have until July, but under Senate Bill 282 tenants will have until Feb. 28,...

Grass seed dealer to pay $300K settlement over mislabeling

May. 11, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Willamette Valley grass seed dealer accused of mislabeling over 8 million pounds of seed will pay $300,000 in a settlement with Oregon state agriculture officials. Dynamic Seed Source LLC and owner Trevor Abbott have agreed to pay the fines to to...