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5.27.21: Bill requiring OR public universities to provide annual updates on hiring of outside counsel heads to Senate floor; Oregon’s per-student spending fell 6% below national average before pandemic, new rankings show; Oregon Senate advances $9.3 billi

Thursday, May 27, 2021


Oregon Political News

Bill requiring OR public universities to provide annual updates on hiring of outside counsel heads to Senate floor

Oregon’s per-student spending fell 6% below national average before pandemic, new rankings show

Oregon Senate advances $9.3 billion school funding plan

Rep. Janelle Bynum emerges as police reform leader

Oregon DOJ Revisits Misconduct Allegations Against Lead Employment Lawyer

Just 17 Days Remain Until the City and the Portland Police Association Can Demand Private Mediation to Hash out Their Contract

Brown gets pushback on plan to require showing vaccination cards

Study: Oregon police find marijuana laws difficult to enforce

Oregon COVID-19 News

Coronavirus in Oregon: 11 more deaths as state nears 200,000 cases

Have 1,000s died from COVID-19 vaccines? The claim abounds online; evidence doesn’t back it up


Drought, buildup of fine fuels cause wildfire concerns

Experts scrutinize Oregon’s troubled hazard tree removal project

Oregon Legislative Press Releases

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News from the Regions

Portland Area

Portland Public Schools must offer remote option in fall even as full-time in-person classes resume, board says

Portland-area schools have been open for in-person learning for weeks. Not everyone wanted to come back.

As Multnomah County is approved to ease restrictions Thursday, officials plead with public to still wear masks indoors

Hardesty: I'll be watching homeless camp sweeps closely

COVID-19 cases fall 25% as Multnomah County to be lowered

In Whistleblower Lawsuit, Former Employee Alleges Multnomah County Housed Homeless Child in Motel Infested with Bedbugs

The Displacement of a Portland Preschool Shows the Shaky Foundation Under an Ambitious County Plan for Child Care

Portland City Auditor Upholds Report that Portland Business Alliance Violated City Lobbying Rules 25 Times

Northern Oregon Coast

Feds agree to open up Pacific Coast areas for wind turbine farms; 1 south of Oregon border

Salem Area

Salem homeless park camping is set to end June 1. What happens next?

Robert Lindsey, who served as Salem mayor in the 1970s, dies at 93

Report: Migrant communities distrust Oregon's drinking water

Central/Eastern Oregon

Radisson attaches itself to Pendleton airport hotel project

Umatilla National Forest officials warn of road, campground and trail closures heading into holiday weekend

Hermiston City Council approves contract for industrial park project

Albany/Corvallis Area

Corvallis homeless camp cleanups gather steam

Lawsuit filed against Gelser, Legislature

Sen. Wyden to hold virtual Benton County town hall

Eugene Area

Coronavirus updates Wednesday: Lane County reports 35 new cases

Increasingly hot weather forecast for Oregon over Memorial Day weekend

Roseburg Area

Apartments in downtown roseburg

After a session of voting "no," Sen. Dallas Heard finally votes "yes"

Skarlatos, DeFazio may square off again in 2022

Local youth corps, summer camp looking for students to fill positions

County reports 14 new COVID-19 cases, vaccination rate up to 51.4%

Medford Area

Jackson County honors volunteers who feed kids

OHA reports drops in COVID-related deaths, hospitalizations, and cases

Ashland Emergency Food Bank continues support for Uncle Food’s Diner

Bike swap goes ahead as driveby donation event

Deadline nears to sign up for free fire debris removal

Klamath Falls Area 

Farmers with ties to Ammon Bundy buy land, make camp by shut Oregon irrigation canal

Klamath Project irrigators say more drought relief needed after A Canal shutdown

Relay race to aid Kingsley Foundation June 26

Klamath Health Partnership and Henley offer Pfizer Vaccine

Memorial Day flag placement plans change

Modoc National Forest Supervisor’s Office reopens

As another sucker spawning season comes and goes, lake levels stay low

Southern Oregon Coast

County seeking input on Hazard Mitigation Plan

Oregon Community Foundation Awards $1.35 Million to House and Care for Coos County Veterans and COVID-Affected Individuals

National Covid-19 News

Indiana AG says university mandating vaccines violates new state law

National News

GOP gambles with Pelosi in opposing Jan. 6 commission

Biden faces growing pressure to take action on antisemitism

Biden official defends Trump-era immigration policy

ATF nominee tells lawmakers he supports AR-15 ban

North Carolina senators tell governor to turn down federal unemployment benefits

Business News

Ford predicts electric vehicles will make up 40 percent of global sales by end of decade

Natural Resource News

Invasive tree frogs found in Oregon; mussel worries escalate

Oregon water transfer pilot program extended until 2030


Portland Area

Opinion: Defend the kicker as Oregonians’ last hope for tax relief

Editorial: Campaign finance reform bill missing the ‘reform’

Opinion: Bill to limit drug prices could limit patients’ access instead

Medford Area

Private prescribed burns are part of the solution

Klamath Falls Area

Editorial: Earmarks are back and that isn't necessarily bad

Let the governor pick the state forester

Editorial: It’s time to give voice to the values that unite us

Trash talk: Spotlight on Compost


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