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Politics Feb 01Oregon 1st state to decriminalize possession of hard drugs
Police in Oregon can no longer arrest someone for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine and other hard drugs. Instead, those found in possession would face a $100 fine or a health assessment.
Politics Jan 20Americans who live, work near capitols see peace, new hope
Normally quiet streets around state capitols have looked more like battlegrounds recently amid protests. But their sense of foreboding has been lightened, just a little, by Wednesday’s inauguration.
Politics Dec 12Critics of Electoral College push for popular vote compact
When the Electoral College meets Monday, its detractors hope it marks the beginning of the end of a system that twice this century has vaulted the loser of the popular vote to the presidency.
Nation Nov 04Oregon leads the way in decriminalizing hard drugs
In a first in the nation, Oregon has rejected charging drug users with criminal offenses, with voters passing a ballot measure that decriminalizes possession of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other hard drugs.
Nation Sep 13Death toll from wildfires reaches 33 on the West Coast
Nearly all of the dozens of people reported missing after a devastating blaze in southern Oregon have been accounted for, authorities said, as crews continued to battle wildfires that have killed at least 33 victims from California to Washington state.
Nation Sep 12Better weather aids battle against deadly Western wildfires
Diminishing winds and rising humidity helped firefighters battling deadly blazes in Oregon and California, but with dozens of people still missing, authorities in both states feared that the receding flames could reveal many more dead across the blackened landscape.
Nation Sep 11Oregon orders 500,000 to evacuate ahead of historic wildfires
The number of people ordered to evacuate statewide because of fires rose to an estimated 500,000 — more than 10 percent of the state's 4.2 million people, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management reported late Thursday.
Nation Sep 06Dozens arrested as violent Portland protests continue
Hundreds of people gathered for rallies and marches against police violence and racial injustice Saturday night in Portland, Oregon, as often violent nightly demonstrations that have happened for 100 days since George Floyd was killed showed no signs of ceasing.
Politics Aug 06Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas
Witnesses and human rights advocates say peaceful protesters, children and pregnant women have sometimes been hit by excessive amounts of tear gas, with police failing to provide an escape route.
Nation Jul 27Mayors want limits on federal agents, but more may go to Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayors of six U.S. cities appealed Monday to Congress to make illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized federal agents to cities that don’t want them, even as the Trump administration is considering sending…