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10.15.2020: Oregon’s business taxes, long among the nation’s lowest, are set to jump – the corporate lobby wants to draw a line; Emails reveal failed push for Gov. Brown to extend Oregon's commercial eviction ban; 3 new coronavirus deaths, 390 new cases a

Thursday, October 15, 2020


Oregon Political News 

Oregon’s business taxes, long among the nation’s lowest, are set to jump – the corporate lobby wants to draw a line 

Emails reveal failed push for Gov. Brown to extend Oregon's commercial eviction ban

Statewide business group sounds alarm on taxes 

Emergency farmworker housing, sanitation rule nets 33 violations 

Oregon COVID-19 News 

3 new coronavirus deaths, 390 new cases as Oregon sets new record

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News from the Regions

Portland Area

Portland apartment rents are falling, outpacing declines elsewhere

Lost economic impact of not landing women’s NCAA Tournament Final Four is $18 million-plus

Candidates for suburban Metro race emphasize different experiences, strengths

Metro candidates’ debate at City Club turns into campaign finance debate over fossil fuels

Federal transit officials: no COVID-19 funds for Portland

Oregon City stands firm on voter approved annexations

Study Shows Multnomah County Will Have Nation’s Highest Income Taxes for High-Income Earners if Preschool Measure Passes

Black Portlanders To Ask Mayoral Candidates Why They Should Vote For Them In Debate

Salem Area

Marion County evacuation levels lifted, access reopens with limits

Hwy 22 reopens to traffic in Santiam Canyon

Audit: Insufficient oversight of harassment investigations

Salem-Keizer schools to stay online until Feb. 1

Evans, Pierce face off again in House District 20

Teresa Alonso Leon faces Anna Kasachev in HD 22

Marion County evacuation levels lifted, access reopens with limits

Crews battle fire burning at hazelnut drying facility

Central/Eastern Oregon

Student breaches Pendleton's digital classrooms

BEO Bancorp announces 3Q earnings

Pendleton Lions Club kicks off annual Peace Poster Contest

Hermiston council gets ball rolling on electric rate increase

Albany/Corvallis Area

Duncan to serve 10th term as mayor of Harrisburg, aka "Mayberry"

Linn Commissioners OK new 911 system contract

Cities starting fall leaf pickup programs

Eugene Area

BPA restores main power feed to Blue River

Mayor says to 'remain vigilant' in fighting COVID-19

In Lane County, less than 1% of ballots are rejected

McKenzie River Community School reunites after fire

Assessing the damage after the Holiday Farm Fire

McKenzie River watershed impacted by Holiday Farm Fire

Roseburg Area

Tourism drought expected to continue

Lewandoski, Moothart face off for Ward 1, Position 2 city council seat

Local law firm, wildfire legal experts to sue Pacific Power due to Archie Creek Fire

BLM, Forest Service lift fire restrictions

On the Ballot: Skarlatos, DeFazio square off in race for Fourth District

On the ballot: Douglas County's opinion sought on joining Idaho

Medford Area

Drive-thru pet vaccination clinic planned for Saturday

Southwest Oregon fire danger drops to 'moderate'

Klamath Falls Area

Stressing interagency cooperation, Trump establishes Water Subcabinet

Klamath County wood stove air quality season begins Thursday

Klamath County reports 3 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

Manufacturing plant to open in Klamath Falls

Locals grapple with tobacco tax Measure 108

Measure 107: would create limits on campaign contributions

Merrill, Malin candidates make pitches to voters

Fire, public use restrictions lifted in area forests

Southern Oregon Coast

Coos Bay Planning Commission approves Hollering Place Cultural land use plans

Fire restrictions lifted on Southern Oregon Coast BLM lands

League of Women Voters posts candidate interviews online

International News

U.S.-Canada border will remain closed until COVID-19 cases drop in U.S., says Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau

National Covid-19 News

Eli Lilly’s coronavirus drug trial suspended, day after J&J COVID-19 vaccine trial hits pause

As Trump downplayed the virus publicly, memo based on private briefings sparked stock sell-offs: NYT

Trump cites Barron Trump's coronavirus case in arguing for schools to reopen

National News

US regulators approve 1st treatment for Ebola virus

Wells Fargo fires 100 employees suspected of abusing coronavirus relief funds

Mnuchin says COVID-19 relief before election 'would be difficult'

National Election News

Postal Service to reverse mail slowdown ahead of election

Track how Biden and Trump are polling in key battleground states

'A little bit concerned': Trump looks to boost Iowa support

Trump hits road in scramble to shore up support from 2016

More than 14 million Americans have cast ballots in early voting so far: analysis

The Memo: Trump travel plans reveal weakness in battlegrounds

Biden up by 7 points in Georgia: survey

Trump says he'll 'stand with' economic numbers released before Election Day

National Election Opinion

Douthat: There will be no Trump coup

Shribman: As Maine goes, so goes electoral college reform

Environment / Energy News

Oregon energy regulators recommend massive solar project


Portland Area

Editorial endorsement 2020: Vote ‘no’ on Portland’s water bureau amendment

Editorial endorsement 2020: Vote ‘yes’ on Portland charter amendment for police accountability

Editorial endorsement 2020: Vote ‘no’ on Multnomah County’s preschool tax

Editorial endorsement 2020: Vote ‘yes’ on Portland parks levy

Editorial endorsement 2020: Vote ‘yes’ on Multnomah County library bond

Opinion: Measure 110 will take away addiction treatment and is bad for kids

Can Someone Please Clean Up This Mess? Portland Is in Turmoil. Your Vote Can Fix It.

WW’s November 2020 Endorsements: Portland City Hall

WW’s November 2020 Endorsements: Local Measures

Murmurs: Business Taxes Way Up

Albany/Corvallis Area

Editorial: Vote Augerot, Wyse for Benton County commissioners

Editorial: Vote for police, library levies in Linn County

Eugene Area

Guest View: A 'Stagger'ing bit of legislation


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