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8.3.2020: Oregon consumer spending rebounds – but not in travel and entertainment; Oregon PERS: Lawmakers successfully stanch pension cost increases but leave system’s funded status at risk; Business groups sue to overturn Gov. Kate Brown’s executive orde

Monday, August 03, 2020


Oregon Political News 

Oregon consumer spending rebounds – but not in travel and entertainment

Oregon PERS: Lawmakers successfully stanch pension cost increases but leave system’s funded status at risk

Business groups sue to overturn Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order on climate change

Oregon says it will offer quicker benefits to ‘tens of thousands’ of unemployed workers waiting for claims adjudication

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown calls mid-August special session to cut state budget

Lawmakers suggest relocating embattled federal courthouse... to their districts

Oregon recycling redemption accounts boom

Oregon to offer quicker benefits to unemployed workers

Oregon COVID-19 News

Coronavirus in Oregon: 285 new cases, 1 death reported Sunday

Coronavirus stay-at-home order reinstated for Oregon’s Umatilla County, governor says

Oregon Legislative Press Releases

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News from the Regions


Crews have Matlock Fire 50% contained

Wildland firefighters put out one new fire, finish mop up on other fire

Apple fire grows to 20,000 acres

Crews box in Worthington Fire

Portland Area

Portland Whole Foods employees protest after being told they can’t wear anti-racism button

Aftermath of 63rd night of Portland protests

Portland drafts plan to revive downtown, but business owners worry city is moving too slowly

Downtown protests remain calm with police out of sight; march on east side sheriff’s office declared unlawful assembly

Firefighters hold Black Lives Matter protest in Portland

Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty receives flood of racist messages amid racial justice movement

Multnomah County freezes hiring, may delay some transportation projects due to gas tax revenue hit

‘Unprecedented’ use of tear gas against Portland protesters prompts state regulators to call for environmental testing

Two Multnomah preschool measures hope to join forces

1,500 electric bikes hitting Portland streets next month

Steel Bridge closed for TriMet project

Council to adopt infill project amendments on Aug. 5

Portland police declare unlawful assembly during protest

Northern Oregon Coast

Lincoln City Will Lure Visitors in August With Secret Menu Items All Over Town

Salem Area

Updates: Marion County has highest number of new cases

Central/Eastern Oregon

Governor’s order making Umatilla County 1st to return to stay-home status has drawn bitter responses

OSU estimates 17% of Hermiston residents infected with coronavirus

ODOT seeks feedback on future projects in Umatilla County

Hermiston Walmart closed until Monday

Morrow County plans to take extra precautions under Phase 1

Umatilla County hopes new business closures stem the local spread of COVID-19

County announces two more COVID-19 deaths

Cliff Bentz visits Umatilla County

Oregon Trail site in rural Union County completed

Oregon port's expansion onto farmland hits roadblock

Albany/Corvallis Area

COVID-19 in the mid-valley: How testing and tracing are taking shape

Willamette River cleanup group hosts Pioneer Park trash day, planning more for August

Eugene Area

‘I don’t want any child to die’: Oregon teachers speak out about push for reopening schools

Roseburg Area

Douglas County marine patrols advise caution as hot weather brings more to lakes and rivers

Oregon reports 220 new coronavirus cases, three in Douglas County

Umpqua Valley Bicycle Outreach provides at-risk youth with work and life experience

Parts of Douglas County Fair continue online

Medford Area

County partners with agencies to offer migrant workers protections

Jackson County at 370 COVID-19 cases

Jackson County reports 15 new cases

Klamath Falls Area

KCC unveils new logo

Area fires near containment, evacuations lift

Sugarman’s Corner concerts return for summer lunch sessions

Klamath County reports one new COVID-19 case Friday

Spence Mountain moves closer to public ownership

How microscopic organisms shape the water quality of Upper Klamath Lake

Klamath Tribes Youth Council wins national award

Southern Oregon Coast

Schools stay nimble as pandemic worsens

Local advocates protest Jordan Cove

International News

SpaceX capsule and NASA crew make first splashdown in 45 years

National Covid-19 News

Who’s first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? The debate’s just beginning

Another Congressman tests positive for coronavirus

Idaho’s Positivity Rate for COVID-19 Is Staggering

Experts fear political pressure on COVID-19 vaccine

Birx says COVID-19 outbreak not under control because 'people are on the move'

National News

Stimulus impasse threatens both economy and Trump

Mnuchin on $600 unemployment benefit: We can't be 'paying people more to stay home'

White House not optimistic on near-term stimulus deal

National Opinion

Editorial of The Los Angeles Times: New relief package, too little, too late

Other views: Judge's order imperils journalism, truth

National Election News

Ransomware feared as possible saboteur for November election

Experts: No, Trump can’t just change the date of the election

Campaigns accuse California AG of slanted descriptions of ballot initiatives

On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP

Biden up 4 points in North Carolina, 1 point in Georgia: poll

National Election Opinion

York: Biden VP search underscores fact he's too old to be president

The real election threat

Business News

Oldest US department store chain Lord & Taylor files for bankruptcy

House Dems introduce bill to require masks on planes and in airports

Environment / Energy News

Feds finalize environmental report that rejects Snake River dam removal

US: Snake River dams will not be removed to save salmon


Portland Area

Editorial: Let feds’ withdrawal open a new chapter in racial reckoning movement

Opinion: PacifiCorp should move forward with historic Klamath dams agreement

Opinion: What would Mark Hatfield think?

Joseph Lewis and the echoes of Kent State: Steve Duin column

Salem Area

Extend moratorium on utility disconnections

Bill would support credit counseling for struggling Americans

Central/Eastern Oregon

Other views | The most affordable homes are the homes that already exist

From sunup to sundown | Making our way through unchartered territory

Other views | Congress considers legislation that would support local news organizations

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

Albany/Corvallis Area

Editorial: Roses and Raspberries (Aug. 2)

Eugene Area

Guest View: Job well done, but the test lies ahead

Medford Area

COVID-19: A physician's perspective

Dam removal is a win-win for river and irrigation

We all need to take COVID seriously. Please

Klamath Falls Area

Carlson: Thanks to Klamath Falls first responders

Santiago: Be open about mental health struggles in difficult times


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