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Oregon is doing better than once feared in digging out of the economic crater caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but more pain is likely before fitful gains, state lawmakers were told Wednesday.

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Oregonians recycle lots of bottles and cans, but those that are picked up curbside, or are just lost, are never redeemed for their deposit. State auditors now say Oregon has a chance to collect those deposits and use the money for environmental and recycling programs.

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All four statewide ballot measures were approved by Oregon voters in the Nov. 3 general election. Wednesday morning returns showed voters supported campaign finance reform, increased tobacco taxes and legalized use of psilocybin, while voting to approve a measure to decriminalize possession …

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Republican Cliff Bentz of Ontario was winning by a wide margin in the race for the open congressional seat representing Central and Eastern Oregon, voting returns showed Tuesday.

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Oregon was smashing records for early voting on Monday, even as state officials grappled with how to handle any voter intimidation in the final hours of the election and planned for possible riots in Portland after the polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Oregon is simplifying the COVID-19 infection standards that schools must meet to get students back in the classroom for the first time since March, Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday.

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Oregon recorded 575 cases of COVID-19 Thursday, the highest number since the start of the pandemic in March, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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The Secretary of State on Thursday reported big numbers for ballots returned for the Nov. 3 election and big numbers for fundraising and spending on ballot measures and candidates.

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CORVALLIS – As fires burned around the state last month, Oregon State University’s new Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program pivoted from educating people about preventing fire to helping landowners recover from devastating loss.

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More than half of ballots have already been returned for the Nov. 3 election, as campaigns ramp up for the final days of what will likely be a record-breaking turnout when Election Day ends at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Municipal water managers need to know if water will be reliably available from watersheds. Civil engineers need to calculate stream discharge to construct bridges to withstand 100-year floods. A hypothesis proposed in 1997 by Gordon Grant, a research hydrologist with the USDA Forest Service …

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With the election just two weeks away, the price tag of the race for the linchpin House District 54 seat in Bend is spiraling towards $1.5 million, as a Republican freshman attempts to hold onto a district with a large Democratic voter tilt.

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The fight against COVID-19 is being undercut by precaution fatigue, willful ignorance and mixed messages between health officials in Oregon and Washington, D.C.

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The top two candidates for Secretary of State said Monday they did not want to use office as a stepping stone to running for governor in 2022 and questioned each other's independence from influence by their political parties.

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Jim Weaver and Bob Smith will go down in Oregon history as having served our state in Congress. Neither leaves much of a national legacy, despite the plaudits expressed in their recent obituaries.