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Q&A: Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty Thinks This Moment Will Last

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Jo Ann Hardesty has been pushing for major changes to the way policing and the criminal justice system work in Portland for decades — and has achieved a lot in the last few weeks.

Portland Withholds Funding To Neighborhood Group Amid Financial Questions

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While the clash over reducing the influence of the city's network of neighborhood associations is on hold, a new fight over funding one specific neighborhood coalition is breaking into public view.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Cases Overload Clark County Staff

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A rise in coronavirus cases in Clark County is not only leading to dire health predictions in the next month, but is also overwhelming staff, public health officials said Wednesday.

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Live Updates: Democrats Propose $500 For Oregonians Awaiting Unemployment

The Oregon Health Authority Thursday reported a total of 11,188 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases in the state.

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Oregon Universities Wrestle With ICE Order Threatening To Force Out International Students

International students pursuing degrees in the U.S. may have to leave the country if their universities switch to online-only courses this fall.

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Portland Police Describe Nightly Face-offs With Protesters As Unsustainable

In a far ranging presentation Wednesday, Portland Police Bureau Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis attempted to draw a distinction between what he called “legitimate protest” and “criminal activity.”

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Oregon Struggles To Process Self-employed Workers' Unemployment Claims

Almost 100,000 Oregonians have filed unemployment claims through the PUA program. Only 23,00 of them have been paid. 

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Oregon Appeals Court Backs Right To Legal Nonbinary Gender Designation

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in favor of a person's right to legally change their gender to nonbinary.

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Northwest Forest Threats Include Climate Change, Insects, Disease And Wildfire

Pacific Northwest forests face increased threats from severe wildfires, insects, disease and climate change, according to a new assessment released Wednesday by the U.S. Forest Service. 

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Oregon Lawmakers Set Frantic Pace As Work On Future Police Reforms Begins

In a two-hour hearing, the Legislature's new committee on policing heard from nine speakers on a wide array of subjects. 

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Psilocybin Measure Approved For Oregon's November Ballot

An initiative to allow the therapeutic use of psilocybin in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot.

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Portland Police Union Votes 'No Confidence' In City Council

Portland’s police union announced Wednesday that all members of the executive board have voted “no confidence” in the City Council, decrying what they call a lack of council support.

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Q&A: Umatilla County’s Dramatic Spike In Coronavirus Cases

As coronavirus cases continue to surge in Oregon, Umatilla County has become a major hotspot for the spread of COVID-19.

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Class Of 2025: Follow Students From 1st Grade To Graduation

Oregon set a goal to have graduate 100 percent of students in the class of 2025. OPB has followed a group of students from kindergarten as they start their educational journey toward high school. Third grade is almost over for the Class of 2025. These are some of their stories.