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Oregon GOP taps new leader after another chair resigns

Jul. 07, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Republican Party has its third new leader in less than 18 months, after the unexpected resignation of its acting chair last week. Justin Hwang, a Gresham restaurateur and former legislative candidate, has stepped into the role of party chair...

Tina Kotek, candidate for governor, tests positive for COVID

Jul. 06, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democratic candidate for Oregon governor Tina Kotek said Tuesday that she tested positive for COVID-19. Kotek said on Twitter she was resting and taking it easy for a few days and that she’s grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, KOIN-TV reported. ...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Democrats tap new nominee in Salem-area state Senate race

Jul. 01, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Democrats have a new nominee for what’s expected to be a hard fought state Senate race. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that in a meeting Thursday, local party officials tapped attorney Rich Walsh over two other candidates seeking to represent Senate...

Interstate 84 closed in eastern Oregon due to wildfire smoke

Jun. 28, 2022 23:21 PM EDT

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Transportation officials said Tuesday evening that Interstate 84 is closed near the border of Oregon and Idaho because of wildfire smoke. The Oregon Department of Transportation said the interstate was closed westbound in Ontario and eastbound in Baker City...

I-84 reopens in Columbia River Gorge after crash, fuel spill

Jun. 27, 2022 18:58 PM EDT

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — State transportation officials closed Interstate 84 Monday between Troutdale and The Dalles in Oregon along the Columbia River for hours Monday because of a crash that resulted in a fire and fuel spill. The Oregon Department of Transportation said the...

'Biblical' insect swarms spur Oregon push to fight pests

Jun. 26, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Ore. (AP) — Driving down a windy canyon road in northern Oregon rangeland, Jordan Maley and April Aamodt are on the look out for Mormon crickets, giant insects that can ravage crops. “There’s one right there,” Aamodt says. They’re not hard to spot....

Oregon agency clarifies proposed child abuse probe change

Jun. 23, 2022 21:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Human Services is clarifying a proposed rule change around child abuse investigations after the agency received blowback. Despite prior statements to the contrary, state agency officials said they are not trying to narrow the type of...

WA, OR leaders skeptical about pausing gas taxes

Jun. 22, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months and urged states to do the same at the local level. But both the Democratic governors of Washington and Oregon indicated they were unlikely to pursue a...

Agency wants to make it harder to access records

Jun. 21, 2022 20:01 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials at the Oregon Department of Human Services are considering a move that would make it harder for the public to access child abuse investigations. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports similar records in the past have helped reveal systemic child abuse. ...