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5.28.21: Gov. Kate Brown vetoes motorcycle ‘lane splitting’ bill; Oregon State Hospital calls for 30 National Guard personnel to help as staffing crisis intensifies; Auditors: Oregon could still do more to show how it spends money

Friday, May 28, 2021


Oregon Political News

Gov. Kate Brown vetoes motorcycle ‘lane splitting’ bill

Oregon State Hospital calls for 30 National Guard personnel to help as staffing crisis intensifies

Independent investigator excluded Republican lawmakers’ concerns about Rep. Brad Witt’s conduct from report, they say

Oregon cops consider marijuana laws ‘too convoluted to comprehend,’ according to Portland State study

'Second Amendment Sanctuary' order invalid, argues Oregon AG

Auditors: Oregon could still do more to show how it spends money

Oregon COVID-19 News

Oregon tops 200,000 coronavirus cases, reports 21 deaths

6 cases of COVID-19 variant B.1.617, first detected in India, have now been found in Oregon

Portland Trail Blazers offer fans COVID-19 vaccination prizes at various locations

Making sense of mask rules: Important things to know about the new guidance


‘Nothing looks good’ preparing for summer wildfire season

Oregon State research shows why some pockets of conifer survive repeated forest fires

Wyden, others introduce legislation to help prevent catastrophic wildfires

Oregon Legislative Press Releases

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News from the Regions

Portland Area

City auditors upholds all 25 lobbying violations against Portland Business Alliance

Portland’s racial justice protests fast-tracked the renaming of two high schools. More might be coming

Hardesty slams PBOT contractor with 'thin blue line' flag

The City Puts Pressure on Businesses to Bring Employees Back Downtown, But Might Have a Hard Time Enticing Its Own

Portland’s Newest Pedestrian-Only Bridge Will Open Next Week

Northern Oregon Coast

The Hub: Small-scale producers plan a central go-to facility

Salem Area

Masks no longer required for these outdoor Salem-Keizer school activities

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

Central/Eastern Oregon

Trying to track the real vaccination rate

Umatilla County awards contract for new mental health, addiction care provider

Albany/Corvallis Area

Silvia Rondon appointed director of Oregon Integrated Pest Management Center

COVID, drug costs highlight Sen. Merkley's virtual town hall in Linn County

Eugene Area

Dozens of students in housing limbo for summer after UO decision

Coronavirus updates Thursday: Lane County reports 1 death, 5 cases

Roseburg Area

Repairs to landslide on Umpqua Community College will start Monday after graduation

Firefighters extinguish unattended homeless camp fire near Gaddis Park

Douglas County reports 31 new cases of COVID-19

ODOT seeking public input on proposed improvements on I-5 south of Roseburg

Douglas County: COVID-19 hospitalizations reaching younger demographic

Medford Area

Oregon Shakespeare Festival will resume in-person performances in July

More than 30,000 pot plants, six guns seized in Josephine County

The shows will go on

Arrests made in Bear Creek Greenway fires

Klamath Falls Area 

Funding available for Klamath Basin drought assistance

Sanchez: Five Facts: Pine Engraver Beetles

Baldwin Hotel and Fort Klamath museums reopen for summer season

Outdoor classical piano concert in Klamath, Lake counties this summer

Southern Oregon Coast

Sudden oak death creeps toward Coos County

Repairs will close Mingus pool for several summer weeks

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

International News

GOP snag complicates Schumer's China bill — again

National Covid-19 News

Idaho lieutenant governor bans mask mandates

California announces $116 million in incentives for COVID-19 vaccination

Biden says he will release findings of probe into coronavirus origins

National News

Biden budget to run $1.8T deficit

Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Stabilize USPS and Promote Long-Term Sustainable Service

Paul Ryan: Voters won't be impressed by 'yes-men and flatterers flocking to Mar-a-Lago'

McConnell: Republicans 'open to spending more' on infrastructure

Yellen expects high inflation rates to be temporary

Democratic state treasurers warn against repurposing COVID-19 funds for infrastructure

Senate Republicans warn Biden against using reconciliation for infrastructure

National Opinion

Guest Column: A full plate for the new U.S. trade czar

Natural Resource News

The rise, fall and reimagining of hemp: How Oregon growers are surviving a market collapse

Pandemic ignites record sales of organic products


Central/Eastern Oregon

Living on purpose: This, too, shall pass

Inside my shoes: Artificial intelligence lacks sense of humor

Our view: Oregon Lottery likely to look for more of your money

Eugene Area

Guest View: Regarding schools, what’s worth keeping?

Medford Area

Ashland council suffers lack of leadershi


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