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Gym fined $90,000 for keeping Salem-area locations open during statewide freeze

Gym fined $90,000 for keeping Salem-area locations open during statewide freeze

Breaking NewsThe total amount of the fine is the result of citations against four Courthouse Club Fitness facilities.treadmill gym workout exercise generic5:18 PM PST November 25, 2020SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Courthouse Club Fitness $90,000 for keeping four Salem area locations open during , which began Nov. 18.The total amount of the fine is the result of citations against each of the four Courthouse Club Fitness facilities. Each inspection resulted in a $22,500 fine; a  $17,500 "willful penalty" for being open to the public...

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Elected officials in Oregon face backlash after vacationing in Hawaii and Mexico as COVID-19 cases surged

Elected officials in Oregon face backlash after vacationing in Hawaii and Mexico as COVID-19 cases surged

Breaking NewsCritics argue some local leaders are sending the wrong message to the community by traveling out of state during a critical stage of the pandemic.3:02 PM PST November 24, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten wore a blue Hawaiian print shirt while sitting on a sunny balcony during a Nov. 10 board meeting on Zoom.“This is the beginning of day three and we’re having a great time!” Schouten said in the meeting. “The weather has been great. The sun has been warm.”Schouten is one of several elected officials in Oregon facing public backlash after...

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Group breaks windows, tags SE Portland businesses with graffiti

Group breaks windows, tags SE Portland businesses with graffiti

Breaking NewsAt least 10 businesses, including grocery stores, banks, an auto service center, a mailing center and local business storefronts were damaged.Credit: Portland Police BureauBroken windows and graffiti at a New Seasons Market in Portland, Ore. on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020.8:56 AM PST November 26, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — Police made three arrests early Thursday morning after a group of people walked through Southeast Portland, breaking windows and tagging businesses with graffiti, according to police.At least 10 businesses, including grocery stores, banks, an auto service center, a...

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Oregon to have new set of COVID-19 restrictions after two-week freeze

Oregon to have new set of COVID-19 restrictions after two-week freeze

Breaking NewsGov. Kate Brown said a new COVID-19 framework, which puts counties into risk levels, will take effect as the two-week statewide freeze period comes to a close.1:26 PM PST November 25, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown held a press briefing Wednesday to provide an update on the state's ongoing response to COVID-19, specifically new health and safety measures that will take effect as the current two-week statewide "freeze" ends next week.The freeze for the entire state of Oregon began on Nov. 18, aimed at limiting group activities that have been contributing to the...

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Multnomah Co. Commissioner travels to Hawaii as COVID-19 cases surge at home

Multnomah Co. Commissioner travels to Hawaii as COVID-19 cases surge at home

Breaking NewsSharon Meieran, who has called for restrictions on public gatherings and business operations to help slow the spread of the virus, saw no problem with her travel.5:32 PM PST November 23, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran is drawing criticism for her decision to travel to Hawaii despite a spike in coronavirus cases in Oregon that resulted in travel warnings.Multnomah County employees, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, said Meieran is sending the wrong message during a critical stage in the COVID-19 pandemic.Reached by phone on Monday, Meieran...

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Oregon changes the way it counts COVID-19 tests after KGW report

Oregon changes the way it counts COVID-19 tests after KGW report

Breaking NewsThe system used since March doesn't count repeat tests and artificially raises the state positivity rate for COVID-19 infections.5:59 PM PST November 20, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority will change the way it counts COVID-19 tests after a KGW report revealed the current method underreports the actual number of tests given on a daily basis, which pushes up the state’s positivity rate.The positivity rate is an important metric that reveals how many people tested positive out of all the people tested on a given day. The number is used to help determine things like...

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Gov. Brown encourages Oregonians to call police on neighbors who violate COVID-19 freeze

Gov. Brown encourages Oregonians to call police on neighbors who violate COVID-19 freeze

Breaking NewsFor the next two weeks in Oregon, and four weeks in Multnomah County, new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus are in place.7:59 PM PST November 20, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — Days before Thanksgiving, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she believes residents who know their neighbors are violating the , which includes capping the number of people allowed in your home at six, should call the police.“This is no different than what happens if there's a party down the street and it's keeping everyone awake,” Brown said in an interview Friday. “What do neighbors do [in...

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Oregon Health Authority not sure how many COVID-19 tests are available or how many were used

Oregon Health Authority not sure how many COVID-19 tests are available or how many were used

Breaking NewsThe state also does not know whether 154,000 federal tests given out over several weeks were used.7:56 PM PST November 18, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — Eight months into the pandemic, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is using a system to count COVID-19 tests each day that may undercount the actual number of tests by tens of thousands and gives potentially misleading accounts of how much testing is happening in the state. An OHA official also admitted the agency doesn't know how many tests are available each week, how many are used, or how many are left unused.“The total number of...

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Nov 19
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US government paid $44,900 COVID disaster loan to Oregon grocery store that doesn't exist

US government paid $44,900 COVID disaster loan to Oregon grocery store that doesn't exist

Breaking NewsThousands of victims are dealing with bogus debts after billions of dollars meant for struggling small businesses ended up in the hands of identity thieves.1:17 PM PST November 17, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — Alyssa Parks doesn’t own a grocery store, even though the U.S. government thinks so. In July, the Small Business Administration (SBA) paid $44,900 to provide critical disaster relief for a fictitious grocery store.Fraudsters listed Parks as the business owner on the SBA loan application and her home address as the grocery store location.“I’ve never owned a business before. I’ve...

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Nov 17
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Spokane gym changes course, cancels classes this week amid coronavirus restrictions

Spokane gym changes course, cancels classes this week amid coronavirus restrictions

Breaking NewsThe owner of CycleBar on the South Hill previously said the doors of her business will remain open despite restrictions banning indoor workout classes in Washington.7:57 AM PST November 16, 2020SPOKANE, Wash. — A gym in Spokane has changed course and decided to cancel classes this week as new coronavirus restrictions banning indoor fitness classes take effect in Washington.The owner of CycleBar on the South Hill previously said in an email and a video on Facebook that she didn't plan to close her gym despite the restrictions.But in an email sent out Monday, owner Jennylee...

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New restrictions cause early-pandemic scenes in Washington grocery stores

New restrictions cause early-pandemic scenes in Washington grocery stores

Breaking NewsAs Gov. Inslee announced capacity caps at retailers to curb the spread of coronavirus, grocery stores saw empty shelves as people flocked to get supplies.10:17 PM PST November 15, 2020BELLEVUE, Wash. — In the aftermath of Gov. Jay Inslee's, grocery stores started getting busy. Inslee's plan calls for 25% capacity at in-person retailers, including grocery stores, just as we enter one of the busiest times of the year for shopping.The toilet paper section was decimated at several Washington grocery stores, and many grocery chains put a limit on several key items. “We've got plenty...

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OHSU running close to full capacity as COVID-19 cases spike, doctor says

OHSU running close to full capacity as COVID-19 cases spike, doctor says

Breaking NewsOne doctor said OHSU is running close to full capacity as health leaders express concerns over how the state's hospitals will keep up with surging cases.5:55 PM PST November 14, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — For the third straight day, Oregon is reporting more than a 1,000 new COVID-19 cases. Emergency room (ER) workers on the front lines of the pandemic are seeing the spike first hand. Dr. Matt Hansen, an ER physician at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), said his hospital is seeing the surge with patients of all ages coming in, some with mild symptoms, others very sick. "We...

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Chances for a La Niña winter in Pacific Northwest a 'sure bet,' meteorologists say

Chances for a La Niña winter in Pacific Northwest a 'sure bet,' meteorologists say

Breaking NewsMeteorologists say they've watched the La Niña strengthen through the month of October and say it has about a 95% chance of driving our weather this winter.6:18 PM PST November 12, 2020SEATTLE — The chances for a La Niña, known to bring colder and wetter winters to the Pacific Northwest, is basically a "sure bet," according to government meteorologists.That means it has about a 95% chance of driving our weather this winter starting in January, and has a better chance of lingering well into the spring. The new forecast came out Thursday from the National Climate Prediction...

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Oregon prepares for hike in unemployment claims during statewide 'freeze'

Oregon prepares for hike in unemployment claims during statewide 'freeze'

Breaking NewsThe Oregon Employment Department is planning to increase its claims processing capacity with help from the National Guard.4:29 PM PST November 13, 2020SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Employment Department (OED) announced Friday it's preparing for an increase in unemployment claims following Gov. Kate Brown's statewide "freeze" that will be in effect for two weeks or more to slow the spread of COVID-19.  For most counties, the freeze will be from Nov. 18 to Dec. 2, during which time there will be added restrictions on social gatherings and other activities, and bars and restaurants...

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Gov. Brown orders two-week 'freeze' for Oregon starting Nov. 18

Gov. Brown orders two-week 'freeze' for Oregon starting Nov. 18

Breaking NewsThe new restrictions will limit restaurants and bars to takeout only and recreational facilities and venues that host indoor or outdoor events will be closed.Credit: KGW8:27 PM PST November 12, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown on Friday announced a two-week “freeze” for the entire state of Oregon that'll begin on Nov. 18. The purpose of the new restrictions is to limit group activities that are contributing to the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the state.Restaurants and bars will be limited to takeout only, and recreational facilities and venues that host indoor or...

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Oregon, Washington, California issue travel advisories

Oregon, Washington, California issue travel advisories

Breaking NewsAs coronavirus cases surge across the country, the West Coast states recommend visitors and people returning home self-quarantine for two weeks.9:08 AM PST November 13, 2020PORTLAND, Oregon — As coronavirus cases climb nationwide, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and California Governor Gavin Newsom issued travel advisories Friday.They are urging people coming into their states or people returning home to self-quarantine in order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. People are advised to avoid non-essential travel out of state, self-quarantine...

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'This is a wake-up call': Oregon surpasses 50,000 coronavirus cases

'This is a wake-up call': Oregon surpasses 50,000 coronavirus cases

Breaking NewsOregon continues having a high trend of COVID-19 cases with 874 new cases reported on Sunday, according to Oregon health officials.11:44 AM PST November 8, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — On Sunday, Oregon health officials announced that more than 50,000 Oregonians had contracted the coronavirus. Governor Kate Brown took to Twitter, calling it a "wake-up call" for the state.She urged Oregonians to keep their social gatherings to small numbers, limit social interactions, wear a mask, get a flu shot and wash their hands.Brown warned that if the state could not slow the spread of COVID-19...

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Oregon Gov. Brown to announce new measures Friday as COVID-19 cases continue to spike

Oregon Gov. Brown to announce new measures Friday as COVID-19 cases continue to spike

Breaking NewsKGW will stream the governor’s announcement at noon.8:27 PM PST November 12, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — During a news conference at noon Friday, Gov. Kate Brown plans to announce new measures “to address Oregon’s alarming spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.” She’ll be joined by representatives with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, according to a press release from the governor’s office.KGW will stream the governor’s announcement in this story, on , the and .Brown’s announcement comes on the heels of Oregon reporting 1,122...

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Complaint: Judge ignores mask mandate in Oregon courtroom

Complaint: Judge ignores mask mandate in Oregon courtroom

Breaking NewsA Hillsboro judge reportedly doesn’t wear a face covering and isn’t requiring others to do so in his courtroom in Washington County.gavel-court6:36 PM PST November 8, 2020HILLSBORO, Oregon — The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating reports that a circuit court judge is endangering the health of workers and jurors by ignoring a statewide mask mandate in his courtroom.The Oregonian/OregonianLive  in a story on Saturday that Washington County Circuit Judge Charles Bailey describes the mask mandate as a “nanny state” requirement.He doesn’t wear a...

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A Portland woman spent her final hours encouraging people to vote

A Portland woman spent her final hours encouraging people to vote

Breaking NewsUnder Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, Welles decided to take her last breath on Sept. 28. That was 16 days before she would have been able to cast her final votes.8:31 PM PDT October 9, 2020PORTLAND, Oregon — A dying woman's wish to cast one final ballot became an effort to encourage others to vote.Although Judy Clymer Welles won't get the chance to mail-in her ballot next week, she completed a final act for democracy.Family and friends describe Welles as a ball of energy, light and love, as a woman devoted to her kids and grandkids, ministry and community."Family was...

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Oct 10
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Sewer sampling detects COVID-19 in every Corvallis neighborhood

Sewer sampling detects COVID-19 in every Corvallis neighborhood

Breaking NewsResearchers believe it took the virus a while to get to Corvallis based on wastewater samples. But there was a big spike in July and its presence remains.9:20 PM PDT October 28, 2020CORVALLIS, Ore. — There's a big effort underway right now in Corvallis to try and track the COVID-19 virus. Researchers are sampling human waste to do it.No question Oregon State University wildlife researcher Taal Levi knows a lot about poop."We do a lot of work with poop," he admitted. "I just got four giant boxes of wolf poop delivered yesterday."Which is why his most recent study is so fitting....

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2 severed deer heads found in Lake Oswego

2 severed deer heads found in Lake Oswego

Breaking NewsLake Oswego Police say they are investigating a case involving deer heads being found near racial justice signs.Credit: KGWKGW file photo of a deer entering the roadway.2:27 PM PST November 1, 2020LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — Two deer heads were found at two different locations in a Lake Oswego neighborhood next to political signs.On Oct. 29, Lake Oswego Police said they got a call sometime after 9:00 a.m. about a deer head at the intersection of Greentree Road and Campus Way near a political sign.Later the same day police said they received another report of a deer head also on...

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Gov. Brown extends Oregon's state of emergency for COVID-19 into 2021

Gov. Brown extends Oregon's state of emergency for COVID-19 into 2021

Breaking NewsOregon set a daily record with 550 new cases of COVID-19 last week and since the pandemic began, more than 600 Oregonians have died from the virus.Credit: KGWOregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks during a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Portland, Ore.1:32 PM PDT October 27, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday extended Oregon's state of emergency declaration for another 60 days. It will continue until Jan. 2, 2021.The declaration legally authorizes Brown’s COVID-19 executive orders and the Oregon Health Authority’s health and safety guidance. Extending...

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Multnomah County returns to COVID-19 Watch List

Multnomah County returns to COVID-19 Watch List

Breaking NewsMultnomah County has been added back to the state's COVID-19 Watch List on the same day Oregon broke its record-high of cases reported in a single day.Credit: AP5:59 PM PDT October 23, 2020MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced on Friday that Multnomah County has returned to the COVID-19 County Watch List.Multnomah County had been removed from the Watch List on Aug. 28 and the announcement of its return to the list comes on the same day as a record-setting 550 new COVID-19 cases in the state were reported.The county is still in Phase 1 of reopening, along...

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Ranked-choice voting makes its Oregon debut in Benton County and could become a state-wide initiative

Ranked-choice voting makes its Oregon debut in Benton County and could become a state-wide initiative

Breaking NewsThis system, where candidates are ranked by voters and must gain at least 50% of the vote, is gaining in popularity nationwide.3:45 PM PDT October 21, 2020PORTLAND, Ore. — Many American voters have long been disillusioned with the two-party system but see voting for a third party as throwing their vote away. This is because the U.S. largely uses a “first-past-the-post” voting system where the candidate with the most votes wins, making it nearly impossible for third parties to break away from the fringe.Faced with widespread political polarization, some Americans see...

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