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Ryan narrowly defeats Smith in Portland City Council…

Ryan narrowly defeats Smith in Portland City Council…

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UPDATE: Longtime school advocate says he is humbled by his special election victory and ready to serve on day one.
COVID-19 death toll in Oregon rises to 375

COVID-19 death toll in Oregon rises to 375

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Seven more deaths from the coronavirus were tallied in Wednesday's daily report from the Oregon Health Authority.
New school guidelines issued for Oregon

New school guidelines issued for Oregon

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Some in-person learning will be allowed for special ed, hands-on classes and youths learning English.
Oregon lawmakers close out a long day's special session

Oregon lawmakers close out a long day's special session

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Aims were rebalancing of state budget, unemployment claims and restrictions on police use of force.
One new death, 227 new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon

One new death, 227 new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon

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Urban and rural counties alike struggle with confirmed or presumptive infections.
How libraries are fostering early literacy while closed

How libraries are fostering early literacy while closed

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For early learners, replacing library visits with digital resources is no small task
Oregon: Coronavirus growth appears to have flattened, per…

Oregon: Coronavirus growth appears to have flattened, per…

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'We're treading water:' Modeling says growth rate leveled off despite recent record death toll - but could grow again.
Lawmakers deadlock on federal funds for personal protective…

Lawmakers deadlock on federal funds for personal protective…

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Critics argue that counties, not the state, should get the money; full Legislature could decide.
Oregon Supreme Court upholds 2019 changes to public pension…

Oregon Supreme Court upholds 2019 changes to public pension…

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Employees and unions lose a challenge to partial diversion of contributions to pay current pensions.
New business in SW Portland showcases locally made cleansers

New business in SW Portland showcases locally made cleansers

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Mad Sass Soap located in Multnomah Village offers artisan skin and bath products.
Council to adopt infill project amendments on Aug. 5

Council to adopt infill project amendments on Aug. 5

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The final vote for the Residential Infill Plan intended to increase density in Portland neighborhoods is not yet scheduled.
Wall of Moms leader ousted after clash

Wall of Moms leader ousted after clash

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Group of yellow-shirted women who stood at the front of downtown protests says Bev Barnum 'fired' after 'internal investigation'
Two Multnomah preschool measures hope to join forces

Two Multnomah preschool measures hope to join forces

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County code, election law may complicate effort to divert voter-backed measure from ballot
Gov. Brown calls Aug. 10 special session to balance state…

Gov. Brown calls Aug. 10 special session to balance state…

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Leaders already were at work on $1 billion plan blending cuts and fund shifts, but no federal aid.
Brown creates Racial Justice Council to change programs,…

Brown creates Racial Justice Council to change programs,…

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The Oregon governor creates new advisory group to shape next state budget and more.
Sportswear giant Nike to lay off 500 workers

Sportswear giant Nike to lay off 500 workers

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The cuts to Nike's corporate workforce at its Beaverton-area world headquarters will be permanent.
Portland mayor apologizes for use of tear gas on protesters

Portland mayor apologizes for use of tear gas on protesters

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Ted Wheeler issued an apology to non-violent protesters on July 30, saying the use of gas 'should never have happened.'
Meals on Wheels People asking for fans to keep seniors cool

Meals on Wheels People asking for fans to keep seniors cool

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Fans can be brought to the Meals on Wheels People central office from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7710 S.W. 31st Ave. in Portland.
Governor: Counties must lower COVID-19 case numbers for…

Governor: Counties must lower COVID-19 case numbers for…

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Currently, only one county in Oregon meets the standards that would allow for in-school instruction.
Portland students won't return to school until at least…

Portland students won't return to school until at least…

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Following revised state health guidelines, Portland Public Schools delays in-person classes.
Oregon sees record-high 14 deaths from virus on Tuesday,…

Oregon sees record-high 14 deaths from virus on Tuesday,…

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Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen issues a message of condolence as agency also reports 342 new cases.
Calls to defund police find little traction in suburbs

Calls to defund police find little traction in suburbs

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Portland's largest suburban communities approach police reform and budget cuts with caution
Wheeler, Hardesty request meeting with feds

Wheeler, Hardesty request meeting with feds

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Portland City Council members demand talks with Department of Homeland Security to end federal occupation
Portland school district likely to send $1.2B bond to voters

Portland school district likely to send $1.2B bond to voters

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The largest ever district bond would pay to rebuild Jefferson, finish the Benson campus, pay for dozens of other projects.
Schnitzer museums to host social justice artists

Schnitzer museums to host social justice artists

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The Black Lives Matter Artist Grant Program will provide 60 artists with $2,500 grants, and their work will be presented at university galleries
UPDATE: Missing Beaverton teen found safe

UPDATE: Missing Beaverton teen found safe

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Emmeline Tesch, 16, reported missing after leaving park with no phone, food or water
UPDATE: Missing teen Emmeline Tesch found safe

UPDATE: Missing teen Emmeline Tesch found safe

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Tesch, 16, was reported safe after walking away from park near her home July 24
Judge denies restraining order against feds in Portland

Judge denies restraining order against feds in Portland

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A federal judge found the state of Oregon 'lacks standing' in its attempt to block federal agents' efforts in the state's most populous city.
Protesters are asked: What will it take?

Protesters are asked: What will it take?

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Demonstrators say nightly skirmishes likely to continue without bold action from leaders
Council refers parks, water measures to Nov. 3 ballot

Council refers parks, water measures to Nov. 3 ballot

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Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty also will ask the City Council to refer a police oversight measure to voters.

Oregon governor announces new steps to curb spread…

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Oregon governor announces new steps to curb spread…
As numbers rise, children must wear face coverings, outdoor venues now at 100, restaurants and bars close earlier.

Students heading back to class will need masks

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Students heading back to class will need masks
Oregon will distribute 5 million masks for school children and staff to help them stay safe under updated reopening plans.

Pioneer Pacific College to close permanently

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Pioneer Pacific College to close permanently
The private, for-profit institution will close its doors on July 21. It includes the Oregon Culinary Institute.

Portland Community College builds contact tracer…

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Portland Community College builds contact tracer…
Students can learn to trace cases of COVID-19 during a two-week program that will launch Aug. 3.

Community scavenger hunt will replace Multnomah…

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Community scavenger hunt will replace Multnomah…
Venture in the Village-Rediscover Multnomah Village, aims to help shops during pandemic with community event

Portland protester describes beating by federal…

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Portland protester describes beating by federal…
Chris David, of Portland, was struck repeatedly by federal officers' batons during a downtown rally on Saturday.

ACLU of Oregon adds federal agents to lawsuit…

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ACLU of Oregon adds federal agents to lawsuit…
The organization says more litigation is to come, following reports of federal officers injuring, kidnapping protesters.

Portland Japanese Garden shuts after employees…

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Portland Japanese Garden shuts after employees…
The Portland Japanese Garden shuts after two coronavirus cases are diagnosed among employees, management says.

Amid COVID-19 spike, some businesses close up shop,…

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Amid COVID-19 spike, some businesses close up shop,…
Southwest Portland bars voluntarily shut down after jump in coronavirus cases; urge state to re-think opening.

PPS will start renaming some schools

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PPS will start renaming some schools
District wants to swap racist historic names for more inclusive designations

Trump administration reverses ruling on foreign…

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Trump administration reverses ruling on foreign…
Oregon had joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia, suing to stop Monday's announced decision.

Oregon joins lawsuit against federal rule aimed at…

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Oregon joins lawsuit against federal rule aimed at…
Attorney general says $145 million from 13,000 students is in jeopardy if online classes barred.

Oregon Gov. Brown sets new COVID-19 rules: Ban on…

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Oregon Gov. Brown sets new COVID-19 rules: Ban on…
Brown releases new guidelines Monday, July 13, in hopes of stopping new increases in infections.

City temporarily defunds Southwest Portland…

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City temporarily defunds Southwest Portland…
Southwest Neighborhoods Inc. cut out of funding cycle; city wants financial audit after complaints over transparency

Police arrest Black man driving to work near…

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Police arrest Black man driving to work near…
Sekou Sumaworo, 23, believes he was racially profiled and charged with four crimes for nothing more than commuting to work.

Kafoury: COVID precautions a reality until vaccine…

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Kafoury: COVID precautions a reality until vaccine…
Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said the public can stop holding its breath, as the tri-county region isn't entering phase 2 anytime soon.

Police investigate fatal shooting outside strip…

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Police investigate fatal shooting outside strip…
UPDATE: One person reported dead in Thursday evening shooting. Suspect arrested.

Portland adds limited delivery fees to restaurant…

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Portland adds limited delivery fees to restaurant…
Local businesses seek council action as delivery app costs cut into profits.

Tricounty reopening on hold as COVID-19 deaths,…

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Tricounty reopening on hold as COVID-19 deaths,…
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has linked Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties together for moving to Phase 2.

Free preschool group submits signatures for ballot

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Free preschool group submits signatures for ballot
A similar universal preschool initiative from another group also planned for November vote

Psilocybin therapy initiative qualifies for…

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Psilocybin therapy initiative qualifies for…
If approved, the drug could be used in Oregon to treat mental illnesses like depression and anxiety starting in 2023.

PSU names new chief of campus public safety

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PSU names new chief of campus public safety
Willie Halliburton, longtime Portland cop, almost quit law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd's death.

PSU names new chief of campus public safety

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PSU names new chief of campus public safety
Willie Halliburton, longtime Portland cop, almost quit law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd's death.

City utility relief available for small Portland…

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City utility relief available for small Portland…
Application for the $1 million Small Business Program for Utility Relief will be accepted between July 8 and July 22.

Federal charges may mark new phase of Portland…

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Federal charges may mark new phase of Portland…
Seven arrested, charged with counts including assault and destruction of federal property at downtown courthouse

Blazers: Ready or not, here they come

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Blazers: Ready or not, here they come
Portland arrives in Orlando this week for the NBA's restart, and Damian Lillard believes the team has the makeup to make the playoffs

Governor appoints Mike Schmidt as Multnomah County…

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Governor appoints Mike Schmidt as Multnomah County…
Schmidt won election in May but wasn't supposed to take office until January.

Open letter from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

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Open letter from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
My view: These are trying times, but Portland can rise above the tumult and find better ways of working.

Council to vote on infill plan amendments July 9

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Council to vote on infill plan amendments July 9
The final vote for the Residential Infill Plan intended to resphape Portland neighborhoods is scheduled for Aug. 5

State of Oregon to enforce indoor mask rule over…

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State of Oregon to enforce indoor mask rule over…
The Oregon Health Authority also announced 344 new cases of COVID-9 but no deaths on Friday, July 3.

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