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5.22.2020: Oregon faces 11% drop in revenue; Self-service gas rules returning to pre-coronavirus status, Oregon state fire marshal says; Oregon unemployment claims rise again, with 1 in 5 workers out of a job

Friday, May 22, 2020


Oregon Political News 

Oregon faces 11% drop in revenue

Self-service gas rules returning to pre-coronavirus status, Oregon state fire marshal says

Oregon unemployment claims rise again, with 1 in 5 workers out of a job

Oregon lawmakers provide funding to comply with new worker rules

Oregon COVID-19 News

Coronavirus in Oregon: 145 now dead as known cases climb to 3,817

Summer camps scramble with Oregon’s coronavirus rules in flux

In Fits and Starts, Oregon Emerged From Lockdown Last Weekend. Here’s What the Reopening Looked Like.

Oregon State Park campgrounds to reopen June 9, but funding crisis will limit services

First in-custody COVID-19 death reported by Oregon Department of Corrections

Oregon Election News

Allegations of incorrect ballots stir up Oregon GOP voters

Sen. Shemia Fagan Surges Into Lead in Democratic Secretary of State’s Race

Late Thursday Reports From Key Counties Break Sen. Shemia Fagan’s Way in SOS Race; Lead Up to 3,212 Votes

Oregon Legislative Press Releases

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News from the Regions

Portland Area

Portland tourist sites take a hit, as hotel rooms sit empty during coronavirus pandemic

Washington Park will reopen in Portland, big attractions remain closed

Multnomah County: Still no timeline for reopening area

Metro: Homeless services measure questions being answered

Kafoury: Multnomah County needs $45 million to meet reopening requirements

County omits isolation center sites from final reopening plan

Salem Area

Spirit Mountain Casino to reopen June 1; masks to be required at game tables

Marion, Polk county businesses get ready for customers

Updates: WOU to continue online learning

Central/Eastern Oregon

Ken Smith, influential leader of Warm Springs tribes, dies

Pilot Rock floodwaters recede slowly

Umatilla County announces two new confirmed cases of COVID-19

Amalgamated Sugar donates masks to homeless shelter

Albany/Corvallis Area

No new cases of COVID-19 in mid-valley

Corvallis, Benton County look to open more facilities

Rent relief funds come to the mid-valley

Eugene Area

Lane County’s plan to disburse $930K in rent assistance: Here’s what we know

Eugene City Council will welcome two new members in 2021

Roseburg Area

By the numbers: Winning unaffiliated voters key to November win for Skarlatos or DeFazio

Glendale passes school bond levy, Roseburg

FERC denies rehearing on Jordan Cove project

United Way to distribute FEMA funds

Klamath Falls Area

Baldwin Hotel, Fort Klamath museums opening

Southern Oregon Coast

Downtown Coos Bay Farmers Market returns June 3

Coos County extends local state of emergency until July 15

National Covid-19 News

Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump visits Michigan Ford plant

US pledges up to $1.2 billion to access 300 million doses of experimental COVID-19 vaccine

Over 100 police officers have died from COVID-19, FOP says

Trump says US won't close over second COVID-19 wave

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

National News

Another 2.4 million Americans file for unemployment, bringing 9-week total to 38.6 million, as fallout from coronavirus lingers

Guest View: The power to end hunger

John Krasinski's 'Some Good News' to become official series by CBS

Senate leaves for break without passing Paycheck Protection Program fix

National Opinion

Will Americans Submit to a Second Lockdown?

National Election News

The Memo: Activists press Biden on VP choice

Biden asks Klobuchar to undergo vetting as potential running mate

Business News

Goodwill will reopen 7 Oregon stores and outlets Friday

Mortgage delinquencies surge by 1.6M in April, the biggest monthly jump ever

Natural Resource News

Oregon homing in on certified hemp seed


Salem Area

Our view | Redistricting and politics

Albany/Corvallis Area

Commentary: Lockdowns haven't proved they're worth the havoc

Roseburg Area

Behind the scenes of Douglas County's COVID-19 response team

Wearing a mask in public is not a political issue

Medford Area

State has not handled federal aid well

Klamath Falls Area

COVID-19 fundraising scams hurt the real charities helping those on the front lines

Southern Oregon Coast



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