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(Portland, OR) -- Oregon is reporting nearly a dozen new coronavirus deaths. The Oregon Health Authority confirmed ten new deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll from the pandemic to two-thousand-204. Officials also reported 553 new cases of COVID-19. One-hundred-56 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, which is down five from Wednesday.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon Senate Majority Leader Rob Wagner is blasting Republicans for refusing to show up on the Senate floor yesterday.  Wagner issued a statement saying "Lives are at stake as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and yet the Senate Republicans continue their anti-democratic walkout tactics."  Republican senators skipped yesterday's legislative session in protest of the state's handling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The walkout came on the same day that Governor Kate Brown extended Oregon's state of emergency for another 60 days.  This is the third year in a row Oregon Senate Republicans have walked out.



(Boring, OR)  --  A construction worker is dead following an accident at Townsend Farms in Boring.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the worker was hit by an excavator at the farm yesterday.  Police say another worker was backing up the excavator when they felt a bump and realized the other worker had been struck.  Paramedics pronounced the worker dead at the scene.  Oregon OSHA is investigating.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing charges after allegedly ramming patrol cars during a traffic stop in Northeast Portland.  The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says 38-year-old Wayde Silva had multiple warrants out for his arrest when deputies spotted his vehicle parked at a motel Tuesday.  Deputies used their cars to box him in, prompting him to allegedly ram the cars.  Deputies broke out a rear window and arrested him.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland General Electric says it could be until next week before all power outages from the winter storms are repaired.  There are still hundreds of lines down, and while there are only a few hundred customers without power, most of the outages only affect one or two homes.  Those outages take more time to fix.  Most of the remaining outages are in Clackamas and Marion counties.



(Portland, OR)  --  A horse breeder in Yamhill County is facing animal neglect charges for allegedly starving dozens of horses.  The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office says it seized 48 emaciated horses from 82-year-old Susan Swango's property for severe neglect earlier this week after a five-month investigation showed they weren't being given enough food and water.  Officials also seized seven cats.  Swango is due in court March 24th.



(Portland, OR)  --  Nearly three-dozen more Oregonians are dead after contracting COVID-19.  The Oregon Health Authority reported 32 new coronavirus deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll to two-thousand-194.  Officials also confirmed 437 new cases of COVID-19.  A total of 162 people are currently hospitalized with the virus.



(Portland, OR)  --  The U.S. Coast Guard is launching a formal investigation into the capsizing of the Coastal Reign on the Tillamook Bay Bar.  Four crewmembers were on board the 38-foot fishing boat last Saturday when it started taking on water while entering the bar from the ocean.  Two people died and the other two were rescued.



(Lebanon, OR)  --  Three people are injured after their motorhome caught fire in Lebanon.  Firefighters say a woman was sleeping on a couch in the motorhome early yesterday morning when she woke up to find her foot was on fire.  The woman escaped with her nine-year-old daughter, who suffered a minor burn to her hand.  A third person in a back bedroom escaped through a window that a neighbor broke out.  Investigators say the fire was caused by an unattended candle.



(Portland, OR)  --  New cases of COVID-19 in Oregon were down 35-percent over the last week.  Health officials say hospitalizations were also down 42-percent.  The number of deaths declined from 114 to 17, which is the lowest weekly death toll since June.  The state's positive test rate is at three-and-a-half-percent.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Oregon Public Utility Commission is extending the moratorium on disconnections for electric and natural gas service through June 30th.  The moratorium was set to expire on April 1st.  There are 97-thousand customers who are more than three months behind on their bills.  That's an increase of 272-percent since the pandemic started.



(Portland, OR)  --  The TriMet Board of Directors is appointing Sam Desue Jr. as interim General Manager as the transit agency searches for a permanent GM.  Outgoing General Manager Doug Kelsey announced his retirement in December.  He'll remain with TriMet through March 5th.  Desue is currently TriMet's Chief Operating Officer.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland is no longer an "anarchist jurisdiction."  President Biden issued an executive order yesterday revoking the designation for Portland, Seattle and New York.  Former Attorney General William Bar designated the cities anarchist jurisdictions back in September at the request of former President Trump, who also threatened to withhold funding from the cities.



(Portland, OR)  --  Oaks Park is reopening its roller skating rink on March 1st.  The rink has been closed since last March due to the pandemic.  Sessions will be limited to 50 skaters, and masks and social distancing will be required.  The area will also be sanitized between skating sessions.



(Salem, OR)  --  Revenue for the state of Oregon is up more than 800-million dollars despite the pandemic-caused recession.  Officials say the increase is due to federal stimulus money.  Unemployment benefits and the extra federal relief payments are taxable by the state.  The additional revenue means Oregon's Kicker law could be triggered, which would mean a 571-million-dollar refund to taxpayers in 2022.



(Portland, OR)  --  The mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Oregon Convention Center will close on Sunday and Monday so it can be moved from the Oregon Ballroom to the Exhibit Hall.  The extra space will make the vaccination process easier and more convenient.  It's next to the parking garage, which is a shorter walk for older people.  Officials are contacting people who had appointments on Sunday and Monday to reschedule.



(Portland, OR) -- Oregon continues to make progress in vaccinating residents against the novel coronavirus. The Oregon Health Authority says the state has now administered about 836-thousand first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. To date, more than one-million doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.



(Portland, OR) -- Oregon is confirming over half a dozen new coronavirus deaths. The Oregon Health Authority reported eight new deaths yesterday, raising the state's death toll to two-thousand-162. Officials also reported 528 new cases of COVID-19. A total of 165 people are currently hospitalized with the virus, which is down two from Monday.



(San Jose, CA) -- Fry's Electronic is closing all of its stores, including all the stories in Washington and Oregon. The company announced the closure early today, citing changes within the retail industry and the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the last brick-and-mortar electronic retail chains, the California-based company was known for its unique themed stores across nine states.



(Ridgefield, WA) -- Police say a pedestrian was killed in a crash on I-5 south near Ridgefield. The crash happened around 3 o'clock yesterday morning near 179th Street. The freeway was closed for several hours while police investigated. It's not yet clear why the pedestrian was on the freeway.



Two Firefighters Injured In Vancouver Duplex Firethreatening injuries after battling a duplex fire in West Vancouver. Fire officials say the two were injured Monday afternoon while responding to the duplex on West 36th Street at the Logan Court Apartments. One of the firefighters was injured when the ceiling caved in on the crews. No word yet on what caused the blaze.



(Newberg, OR) -- Fire officials say four people and their dog escaped a house fire in Newberg yesterday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the home to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage and spreading to the home's interior. Officials say smoke alarms alerted the residents, and they safely got out. The Red Cross is helping with temporary housing. No word yet on what caused the blaze.



(Portland, OR) -- Police say DNA helped detectives identify a suspect in a stranger-on-stranger kidnapping and sexual assault that happened in downtown Portland in 2016. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says 27-year-old Timothy Harris was indicted on kidnapping and sex assault charges yesterday. He's currently in custody at the King County Jail lin Seattle and will be extradited to Oregon to face his charges.



(Portland, OR) -- Police are releasing the identity of a man who was killed in a shooting Saturday night in Northeast Portland. Officers responded to a shooting at Northeast 54th and Fremont Street where they found two victims. Twenty-five-year-old Tyler Turpin died at the scene. The other victim remains hospitalized. A suspect has not been arrested.



(Florence, OR) -- Another Oregon restaurant is being fined for willfully exposing workers to COVID-19. Oregon OSHA has fined the New Blue Hen in Florence nearly 18-thousand dollars. That's nearly double the minimum penalty. OSHA says the business knew it was violating a public health order banning indoor dining in an "Extreme Risk" county. Earlier this month, Springfield restaurant Along Came Trudy was fined for the same violation.


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