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More than 150,000 Oregonians remain out of work as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but income tax collections that support state services and public schools are likely to exceed pre-pandemic forecasts.

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With the Oregon Legislature running at half-speed this week due to the ice storm, we’ll start by talking a bit about what is, or isn’t, happening at the State Capitol. Then we’ll catch up on other tidbits of news and reader comments.

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The acting director says the Oregon Employment Department is devoting more attention to preventing and fighting fraud, by hiring more people and training others, as the agency pays out a record amount of unemployment benefits.

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As Congress starts work on President Joe Biden’s proposals to extend pandemic unemployment benefits, the acting director of the Oregon Employment Department says straightforward extensions that are on the table will be easier to manage than new programs.

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The Secretary of State's official voter registration website showed Wednesday that former Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, has left the Republican party and re-registered as a "non-affiliated" voter.

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Twelve counties will see fewer COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and activities beginning Friday, Feb. 12 as the state dropped risk level ratings for counties due to a decline in new infections.

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With January's ceremonial start of the year out of the way, both Congress and the Oregon Legislature have moved on to sometimes turbulent issues, including disciplinary action against their own members.

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During several evenings of testimony and discussion this week, a bipartisan committee voted that state Rep. Diego Hernandez, D-Portland, violated legislative rules against sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.

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When the Oregon Health Authority issued its weekly list of which of the state's 373 zip codes that had the highest number of new COVID-19 cases, No. 1 caught the eye of Oregon politics.

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Oregon House Republicans disowned an official Oregon Republican Party claim that the riot at the U.S. Capitol was a "false flag" operation by Democrats to politically damage then-President Donald Trump.

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Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday ordered 32,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines redirected to the Portland area instead of going to other parts of the state.

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Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, has been named to the House Natural Resources Committee. The freshman lawmaker will sit on the panel that deals with legislation affecting water, land, energy, mining and forests.