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Salem, OR, United States

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Senators: Ending filibuster is only way to advance voting rights

Oregon's Democratic senators say that voting rights legislation can advance in the U.S. Senate only if there is an end to the filibuster, which allows a minority to thwart action. → Read More

2020 Census: Portland metro area growth outpaces Oregon

The three Portland metro counties outpaced Oregon as a whole in population growth during the past decade, and their share of Oregon's population also inched up. → Read More

Fire near Warm Springs Casino prompts evacuations

Another wildfire began Thursday near the Warm Springs Casino, prompting Level 3 "Go Now" evacuations at the Mecca Flats Campground. → Read More

PPB officer shoots man in in Lloyd District

A Portland police officer was involved in a shooting in the Lloyd District, and one man was rushed to a hospital by ambulance, PPB said in a release. → Read More

Election-day postmarked ballots will count in Oregon

Oregon, the first state to conduct all elections by mail, would join the ranks of states accepting ballots postmarked by election day under a bill that is headed to Gov. Kate Brown. → Read More

Live Blog: This weekend’s extreme heat prompting cancellations

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With weather models pointing to triple-digit temperatures starting Saturday through Monday, many places are starting to cancel or update operating hours. Below is a running list of cancellations or adjusted operating hours amid the expected heatwave hitting the region this weekend, and check back for the latest updates: 5 p.m. – […] → Read More

High school graduations ‘bit sweeter’ in 2021

A year ago, high school seniors were deprived of a traditional graduation during the pandemic lockdown. But things are different this year. → Read More

Fred Meyer hiring to fill 2000 jobs

Fred Meyer's parent company, Kroger, said these positions will offer competitive wages, health care and retirement options, along with the possibility for tuition reimbursement. → Read More

Oregon ends prescription for pseudoephedrine medicines

Oregon will be the last state to end its requirement for a prescription for medicines containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine under a bill that is headed to Gov. Kate Brown. → Read More

Nearman ‘more likely than not’ aided in Capitol breach

State Rep. Mike Nearman "more likely than not" helped anti-lockdown protesters breach the closed Capitol during a Dec. 21 special session of the Oregon Legislature, according to an independent investigation presented to the House Committee on Conduct. → Read More

Is health care a right? Oregon voters will decide

Northwest Portland’s Mitch Greenlick may achieve in death what he was unable to do during his 17 years in the Oregon House. → Read More

Small Business grants flowing to Oregon restaurant owners

Han Ly Hwang is one of almost 1,000 Oregon restaurant owners who shared a total of $138 million from a Small Business Administration program spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Oregon restaurateurs. → Read More

Legislation bars ‘gay panic’ defense in Oregon murder cases

A suspect could not assert so-called “gay panic” as a legal defense against second-degree murder in Oregon under a bill that is headed to Gov. Kate Brown. → Read More

Portland: Feds to blame for cops failure in settlement deal

The city attorney wrote Friday in a response to the Justice Department's formal notice of non-compliance that the conduct of the federal government on Portland streets last summer made a difficult situation much worse. → Read More

Arson suspect arrested following storage facility fire in Salem

A Salem man was arrested Tuesday, accused of starting a fire at a self-storage facility near Cascades Gateway City Park. → Read More

Oregon Senate sends gun legislation to Gov. Brown

The Senate voted Wednesday, May 5, to accept the House version of a bill that combines requirements for locks and safe storage of firearms with a narrowed ban on concealed-handgun license holders bring firearms into some public places, notable the Capitol and the Portland airport. → Read More

Biden endorses Wyden overhaul of jobless benefits

President Joe Biden has endorsed key concepts that Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has proposed to overhaul the nation's unemployment benefit system, which has gone largely unchanged since the Great Depression more than 80 years ago. → Read More

Oregon House passes 9 bills to change policing

Five bills aimed at changing policing practices, plus four related measures, have cleared the Oregon House by near-unanimous votes. → Read More

Oregon’s state song awaits an official makeover

Oregon’s official state song, nearly a century old, is about to get a makeover to remove words that advocates of change say reflect a racist past. → Read More

Oregon legislative logjam lifted in redistricting compromise

The relevant House committee will have Democratic and Republican co-leaders — and the House Republican leader was added to the committee for an even 3-3 split. → Read More