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5.21.2020: State economists: Oregon budget has a $3 billion gap; Oregon colleges want to give struggling students $116 million courtesy of Uncle Sam; Oregon’s coronavirus recession is steepest downturn since Great Depression

Thursday, May 21, 2020


Oregon Political News 

State economists: Oregon budget has a $3 billion gap

Oregon colleges want to give struggling students $116 million courtesy of Uncle Sam

Blumenauer, Wyden, blast Oregon Employment department for communication breakdown

Oregon’s coronavirus recession is steepest downturn since Great Depression

Coronavirus testing capacity surges to nearly 38,000 tests a week, Oregon Health Authority says

Oregon lawmakers provide funding to comply with new worker rules

DEQ submits emission reduction plan to Governor’s Office

Oregon COVID-19 News

Coronavirus in Oregon: 4 new deaths as known cases surpass 3,800, health officials say

As Oregon gyms get green light to reopen, owners scramble to meet strict coronavirus safety protocols

Coronavirus infections continue to rise in Woodburn, east Portland, Salem

Coronavirus death toll at senior care homes represents nearly 6 in 10 deaths in Oregon tied to disease

Reopening Oregon Depends on a Detective Squad Tracing Where Contagious People Have Been

Even as Gov. Kate Brown Reopens Oregon, a Shortage of Masks and Other Personal Protective Equipment at Hospitals Suggest a State Still in Crisis

Oregon Election News

State Sen. Shemia Fagan wins Democratic primary for Oregon secretary of state

Oregon state Sen. Mark Hass wins Democratic primary for secretary of state

Democrat race for secretary of state virtually tied

5 takeaways from Oregon’s primary election

Oregon Republican Senate nominee backs away from Election Day support for 'QAnon’ conspiracy theory

Oregon Legislative Press Releases

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News from the Regions

Portland Area

Ted Wheeler, Sarah Iannarone will square off again in November’s Portland mayoral race

Portland gets first outsider district attorney in Mike Schmidt, part of national wave of progressive prosecutors

Newberg offers local residents more than $100,000 in utility credits for supporting local businesses

Coronavirus in Oregon (May 20): Clackamas, Washington counties move toward reopening

Metro homeless services tax measure passes

Portland elects Carmen Rubio, first Latinx commissioner, sends City Council races for Chloe Eudaly, Nick Fish seats to runoffs

PBOT plans $7 million in spending on Safe Routes to Schools

Chinese-American groups give 12,400 masks to first responders

Salem Area

Oregon governor approves Phase 1 reopening for Marion, Polk counties

Marion, Polk counties to start reopening May 22

Salem-Keizer classified school staff furloughed

Did big money win big in Salem City Council race?

Silver Falls reopens after COVID-19 closure

Oregon primary: Marion County, Stayton levies failing

NORPAC claims seed supplier lacks collateral for $1.8 million claim

Central/Eastern Oregon

In landslide vote, citizens of Baker City elect to sell a 1995 backhoe

Bailey Cave, Papineau advance in Morrow County treasurer race

McKay Creek flow releases to increase

Bylenga to face Levy in November for District 58 seat

Hansell beats primary challenger for District 29 seat

Umatilla County Circuit Court denies temporary restraining order in Airport Road dispute

Albany/Corvallis Area

Randy Peterson, manager of Lebanon Soup Kitchen, leaves a legacy

Benton County launches mental health training course for residents under stress

OSU joins climate institute

RedHawks get bittersweet send off

Eugene Area

Will Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order put Oregon Ducks at a disadvantage?

Oregon Primary Election highlights and results

Eugene City Council will welcome two new members in 2021

Having their moment: Local schools begin honoring class of 2020 with individual commencements

Nations reopen yet struggle to define ‘a new normal’

Bethel School District to furlough staff; 4J to discuss furloughs

One Springfield City Council race headed for runoff, Pishioneri claims other seat

Voters approve $121.5 million LCC bond measure

Perlow re-elected as Lane County district attorney

Roseburg Area

Glendale passes school bond levy, Roseburg does not

Medford Area 

Three more residents recover from COVID-19

Martin, Dotterrer win county commissioner races

Medford voters back sports and events complex

Ashland residents vote to change city charter

Charter finally a winner against Greif

Voters soundly defeat proposed tax for larger jail

Klamath Falls Area

Friends of the Children Klamath Basin to hold virtual fundraiser May 28

Southern Oregon Coast

Coos Bay's 4th of July fireworks canceled

Voters decide to replace county's 911 radio system

National Covid-19 News

‘Persistent’ problems with infection control at nursing homes across nation prove alarming in age of coronavirus

States accused of fudging coronavirus testing data

Bethel School District to furlough staff; 4J to discuss furloughs

GOP senators: More relief needed now

Trump takes pandemic fight to Michigan

National Opinion

Commentary: US demands on WHO have made a critical difference

Krugman: We should help workers, not kill them

Krugman: We should help workers, not kill them

National Election News

Trump claims 'tremendous fraud' in mail-in voting as he doubles down on threats to states

National Election Opinion

Trump campaign: 2016 wasn't a fluke

Business News

Ford temporarily shuts down two plants after employees test positive for coronavirus

Natural Resource News

Oregon, Washington decide no further fishing

Philippines opens doors to fresh U.S. blueberries

Oregon, Washington can sue Trump over ESA

EPA's Wheeler grilled by Democrats over environmental rollbacks amid COVID-19


Portland Area

Opinion: Greenlick wasn’t just a health-care champion. He changed the face of college athletics in Oregon.

Opinion: Daily school bus visits a lifeline during coronavirus quarantine

Eugene Area

Editorial: Social distancing, without the police

Roseburg Area

Use quarantine to let go of divisiveness

Klamath Falls Area

Evolving our economy post-COVID-19


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