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6.25.21: Oregon lawmakers pack final bills of the session with billions of dollars for infrastructure, community projects; Gov. Kate Brown tells Japanese diplomat she expects escaped inmate will be ‘held accountable’ in attack on 2 women; Bill aims to mak


Oregon Political News

Oregon lawmakers pack final bills of the session with billions of dollars for infrastructure, community projects

Gov. Kate Brown tells Japanese diplomat she expects escaped inmate will be ‘held accountable’ in attack on 2 women

Bill aims to make public service more viable for low-and-moderate income Oregonians

Ballots mailed on Election Day will count in Oregon under bill headed to governor

Bills focused on improving lives of immigrants and refugees pass during last days of session

Downsized climate bill earning support, unlike predecessor that led Oregon Republicans to walk out of past legislative sessions

Provisions in Two Senate Bills Meant to Tighten Regulation of Popular Type of Autism Therapy Get Dropped

Legislature on track to fund 4K preschool slots

COVID-19 News

Coronavirus in Oregon: 232 new cases and 1 death as Oregon health officials anticipate ‘rapid growth’ of Delta variant

Vaccination Rates Lag Among Staff for Vulnerable

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News from the Regions

Portland Area

Portland could set heat record this weekend, despite June’s history as city’s summer golden period

Amazon pays more than $27 million for land in Woodburn, plans massive fulfillment center

Where homeless and housed people can find relief from hot temperatures this weekend

Scappoose’s PCC manufacturing center lands $100K from Oregon Community Foundation

More managed homeless camps mulled by Portland City Council

Salem Area

A building stands in the way of Independence’s vision

Burn ban comes to Marion, Polk ahead of hot conditions

Central/Eastern Oregon

Umatilla National Forest sets use restrictions

Wheat farmers, experts look toward grim harvest as drought consumes Oregon

Umatilla County remains at high risk in Gov. Kate Brown’s final risk level assessment; reports sharpest weekly case spike since April

Albany/Corvallis Area

Officials urge caution on rivers due to hazardous conditions

Tangent city manager to retire after 33 years

Eugene Area

Community prepares for historic, dangerous heat wave

Eugene clears homeless camp under Ferry Street Bridge

Lane County COVID-19 updates: 1 new death, 10 new cases

Roseburg Area

Updated: Leif’s challenger doesn’t live in district where he’s running, but says he will move

Douglas County commissioners: County won’t enforce COVID-19 restrictions they believe are unconstitutional

County reports 11 new COVID-19 cases, other numbers hold steady

Medford Area

Jackson County adds 16 new coronavirus cases Thursday

A new beginning

Police order 102 Tasers and body cams

Ashland police found no threat from false hostage tip

Cutoff Fire 41% contained

Ashland finance director resigns

Klamath Falls Area 

Despite opposition, Chiloquin to build new sewage lagoons

City asks downtown businesses to apply for seasonal pedlet

Southern Oregon Coast

Electrical service metering panel stolen for Coalbank Village

City of Coos Bay to collaborate with Hall Avenue homeowners

Marler to resign from Coos Bay City Council

International News

Democrats seek to calm nervous left

National News

Biden administration extends federal eviction moratorium for a month, likely for the last time

Natural Resource News

Triple-digit heat wave worries berry growers


Portland Area

Opinion: There’s still time to fix Oregon bill that would restrict local news

Salem Area

OPINION: SB 582 will hurt local newspapers

Guest Opinion: Open primaries for all

America Talks: How to bridge partisan divide one conversation at a time

Safe and equitable access to voting for all

No pass from Forest Service ‘nanny state’

Remove vaccine barriers for Latinx communities

Central/Eastern Oregon

Our view: What should Oregon’s graduation requirements be?

Albany/Corvallis Area

Karl W. Smith: Don’t increase the gas tax, replace it

Eugene Area

Guest View: Standing up against the Oregon special interests