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9.18.2020: Oregonians quarantining because of COVID-19 now eligible for state leave payments; Democrats Won’t Pursue Cap-and-Trade Climate Legislation Next Year; Gov. Brown convenes first racial justice council meeting to address systemic racism in Oregon

Thursday, September 17, 2020



'Long road ahead' despite wildfire progress

Will rain, thunderstorms impact Oregon wildfires? Thursday details, maps, evacuation information

Oregon’s air is still hazardous despite what your weather app might say

Rain to bring relief from wildfire smoke; flash flooding, thunderstorm concerns emerge

Oregon wildfires: Officials cautiously optimistic ahead of expected rain

Trend of dry, warm winters recipe for well-fueled wildfires

To Save Oregon’s Forests, Dr. Brenda McComb Suggests Fighting Fire With Fire

Wildfires Have Closed 244 Miles of Oregon Roads

One-of-a-kind fire insurance will kick in for Oregon

Oregon Political News 

Oregonians quarantining because of COVID-19 now eligible for state leave payments

Democrats Won’t Pursue Cap-and-Trade Climate Legislation Next Year

Gov. Brown convenes first racial justice council meeting to address systemic racism in Oregon

Oregon COVID-19 News  

Coronavirus in Oregon: No new deaths, 215 more cases as state surpasses 30,000

Oregon Election News

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown gives $50,000 to Democratic secretary of state candidate Sen. Shemia Fagan

Oregon Legislative Press Releases

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News from the Regions

Portland Area

Multnomah County chair calls for investigation of sheriff’s staff interaction with vigilantes

Far-right Proud Boys move Portland rally to the former Vanport City, a site fraught with racist history

Feds considered charging Portland officials for failing to crack down on protesters

Grant Applications Open for Nonprofits to Apply for Green Community Project Funding

DOJ explored charges against Portland officials after protesters clashed with law enforcement

Salem Area

Highway of sorrow runs through Santiam Canyon

Central/Eastern Oregon

Recreational Columbia River salmon fishing to run from Saturday through year’s end

2 new coronavirus cases per week mean Crook County schools can reopen. 3? No way

Birch Creek Fire held to 35 acres, 40% containment

Cold Springs Highway bridge to close for repairs Sept. 21-Oct. 26

Emergency shelter ordinance bans shelters near parks

Weather changes should bring relief

Christmas Valley producers help fire-stricken ranchers with hay for livestock

Albany/Corvallis Area

Benton County Health gives Oregon State athletics clearance for competition, practice

Linn County: COVID-19 test of evacuee was a false positive

St. Francis project may need $5 million

Oregon reports 215 new cases of COVID-19; 13 in mid-valley

Car-free day event set for Tuesday in Corvallis

Eugene Area

Local restaurants fight to stay afloat in 2020

Updates: Non-essential activity suspended ahead of storm

Fire evacuees asked to leave hotels can stay

Roseburg Area

Flash flood watch, potential thunderstorms could hamper efforts on Archie Creek, Thielsen fires

Archie Creek Fire evacuees can still obtain ballots for November election

Riddle restaurant closes temporarily as new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday in Douglas County

Medford Area

How to vote in Jackson County if your home burned

Man charged with lighting sleeping man on fire

Animal abuse charges possible in Phoenix arson case

Short-term, long-term housing issues face city

Jackson County reports fourth death from COVID-19

Phoenix virtual town hall gives residents answers after fire

Klamath Falls Area

Camp trailer, vehicles burn on Summers Lane

Klamath County reports 8 new cases of COVID-19

Southern Oregon Coast

Police, School District seek abandoned truck's owner

Tools recovered at Coos Bay Village construction site

National Covid-19 News

Trump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat

Trump coronavirus adviser threatens to sue Stanford researchers

National News

Pelosi: 'Hard to see' Democrats supporting less than $2.2T in COVID-19 aid

Trump announces another $13B in aid to farmers affected by COVID-19

Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel $50,000 in student debt

National Election News

Biden promises Democratic senators help in battleground states

Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege

Pennsylvania Supreme Court removes Green Party presidential candidate from ballot

Cook Political Report moves Arizona to 'lean Democrat' in Biden-Trump race

Business News

Presentation Pac-12 presidents and chancellors saw before postponing sports featured overstated COVID-19 statistics

Airline executives meet with White House to push for more aid to avoid job losses

Natural Resource News

Initial prices split for 2020 hazelnut crop

La Nina expected to stay through winter in Northwest

Fish in Oregon hatcheries die, released early as fires rage


Central/Eastern Oregon

Eye to the sky | Unprecedented fire weather in an already devastating year

Our view | Stop denying the impact of fuel in big fires

Albany/Corvallis Area

Paul F. deLespinasse: Are West Coast fires omens of world disaster?

Eugene Area

Goldberg: Trump's shredding of civil liberties won't stop with antifa

Winter is coming and a potential second wave


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