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6.29.2020: Oregon legislators conclude marathon special session; here's what passed; Oregon hits 3rd consecutive day of more than 200 new coronavirus cases; Oregon traffic volumes level off, down 20%

Monday, June 29, 2020


Oregon Political News 

Oregon hits 3rd consecutive day of more than 200 new coronavirus cases

Oregon traffic volumes level off, down 20%

Cell phone tax sails through Oregon Legislature

Oregon leaders prepare to tackle budget shortfall north of $1 billion

Oregon OSHA to draft rules to keep workplaces safe from airborne infectious disease

Gov. Brown lauds police accountability bills from Legislature

Oregon lawmakers will return to Salem this summer

Top Democrats in Oregon legislature may protect businesses, government agencies from some COVID-19 lawsuits — but not this session

Oregon legislators conclude marathon special session; here's what passed

Oregon COVID-19 News

Farmworker advocates worry Oregon’s protections won’t keep laborers safe

Oregon reaches new 2nd highest daily count of new coronavirus cases, 277, surpasses 8,000 total

Oregon Could See 5,000 New COVID-19 Cases a Day by Mid-July if Trends Continue, Researchers Warn

If Oregon COVID Cases Mount, Gov. Kate Brown Says She Will Be Forced to Again Close Bars

Oregon Has Reported 200 New COVID-19 Cases Each of the Last Three Days

Oregon Legislative Press Releases

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News from the Regions


Wildfire in Columbia River Gorge closes part of Highway 30 in Rowena; officials say they’ve stopped spread

Department of Forestry initiates fire season in NE Oregon

Portland Area

Portland police use force to scatter protesters who barricaded street

Oregon ACLU files suit against Portland, police over treatment of journalists and legal observers

Portland’s Justice Center fence: A daunting place after dark for both protesters and police

Downtown retailers still reeling from fiery riot and city’s meek response: ‘It was chaos'

30th night of Portland protests ends in dispersal orders, munitions and use of force by police

Multnomah County budget boosts funding, but includes cuts to sheriff and DA’s

Salem Area

Woodburn in uproar over planned COVID isolation center

Central/Eastern Oregon

Pendleton cautious about interpreting sewer COVID-19 data

Umatilla County churches respond to Union County outbreak

Good Shepherd adjusts as COVID cases continue to surge

More than $4 million projected for Umatilla County and its cities from federal coronavirus relief package

Threemile Canyon Farms recognized for its sustainability

Adopt a Farmer program goes online during virus outbreak

Albany/Corvallis Area

OSU athletics: Barnes faces fluid financial situation

Outdoor expansion could benefit business owners in Corvallis and Albany

OSU and Oregon agree to drop the term 'Civil War' for rivalry

Learning from earthquakes: It's not Just a research endeavor

Eugene Area

No confirmed local COVID-19 cases have so far been linked to protests, reopened businesses

Coronavirus updates Saturday: 14 new Lane County cases; 277 in Oregon, 1 new death

Black Lives Matter marches in Thurston area, faces counter protesters in downtown Springfield

Eugene transgender advocacy group hosts protest march: ‘We have always been an interconnected movement’

Roseburg Area

Numerous concerns raised about medical college

Lots of work, cost goes into running Wildlife Safari

COVID-19 cases continue to surge

Plans to reopen schools will need flexibility, focus on safety

Hunting, fishing opportunities aplenty in Douglas County

JCPenney ends any hope that Roseburg store will remain open

Medford Area

In Medford, summer school expands after vulnerable students struggle with distance learning

Truckloads of trash hauled out of greenway

Klamath Falls Area

School bleeds into summer after coronavirus widens academic gaps

Crater Lake event coordinators lament cancellations

Easy travel option to Portland soon available from Klamath Falls

Public urged to keep fireworks off public lands

ODFW seeks input on potential Eastern Oregon archery, Cascade elk season changes

Southern Oregon Coast

This year's Blackberry Arts, Fun Festival canceled

Work day spruces up Umpqua Discovery Center

Funds available for small businesses affected by COVID-19

Kids’ HOPE Center provides activity bags to community

International News

Trump says he was never briefed about reported Russian bounties against US troops

Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 500,000

Coronavirus infections top 10 million globally

EU set to ban American travelers when borders reopen due to COVID-19 spikes

National Covid-19 News

California governor again orders bars closed in LA, six other counties as coronavirus cases spike

Gov. Jay Inslee pauses final stage of Washington reopening plan

More than a dozen experimental coronavirus vaccines are being tested on humans. Here’s what happens next.

More than 500,000 people have now died from COVID-19 worldwide

Houston hospitals stop reporting COVID-19-related data after reaching base ICU capacity: report

Democratic officials, governors push for nationwide mask mandate as administration defends state-by-state approach

HHS secretary: 'The window is closing' to stop coronavirus spread

Pence: 'We want to defer to local officials' on requiring masks

Aviation workers' unions ask Congress for another $32 billion in payroll aid amid COVID-19 resurgence

National News

Mississippi lawmakers vote to remove rebel emblem from flag

Protesters resist as crews arrive to dismantle Seattle’s autonomous protest zone

Trump to tap senior HUD official to run Office of Personnel Management: report

National Opinion

Brooks: America is facing five epic crises all at once

Bad Cops -- Bad Unions

National Election News

Trump approvingly tweets video with ‘white power’ chant, then deletes it

Progressives zero in on another House chairman in primary

The Memo: Trump struggles for traction with 2020 message

Democrats optimistic about chances of winning Senate

National Election Opinion

Kahle: Biden’s competence edge

Business News

Is it time for deep-pocketed Oregon hospitals with falling revenue to tap their reserves?

First Boeing 737 Max certification flight test set for Monday: report

Delta to warn over 2,500 pilots about potential furloughs

American Airlines says it will fill planes to capacity starting July 1


Portland Area

Opinion: To open Oregon safely, the state must return to its plan

Canzano: New name for Civil War rivalry right under Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers noses

Editorial: Budget crisis needs governor’s urgency

Opinion: An equitable education is essential, even in crisis

Central/Eastern Oregon

Other views | Where is Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read?

Other views | Housing is critical to our community’s health

Our view | A tip of the hat, a kick in the pants

Somewhere in the middle | I am a racist, but I'm working on it

Albany/Corvallis Area

Editorial: Roses and Raspberries (June 28)

Linn County reports four new COVID-19 cases

Eugene Area

Editorial of the New York Times: Pandemic rages, president says otherwise

Guest View: Keeping you connected to the library

Roseburg Area

Now isn’t the time to limit school choice

Medford Area

Distance learning doesn't work for all

In memory of Thomas Doty

In memory of Thomas Doty

Ashland budget plan falls short

Parks Commission should be judged on its own


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