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80 UW students in frat houses test positive for coronavirus

SEATTLE (AP) — At least 80 students living in a dozen fraternity houses near the University of Washington campus have reported testing positive for COVID-19, with hundreds of results pending. The university learned Saturday that three fraternity residents had symptoms…

Oregon House speaker slams Portland police use of tear gas

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than two dozen protesters were arrested on charges including disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer, riot and assault on a police officer during protests that stretched into the early morning hours of Wednesday, Portland…

Washington state court hears arguments over car-tab tax cuts

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court heard arguments about whether a voter-approved car-tab tax cut was legal or if its ballot title misled voters. The state Legislature and Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee suspended some projects and shuffled budgets…

Portland’s downtown police precinct boarded up

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Workers have installed plywood over windows and washed off graffiti near the entrance to the downtown Portland police headquarters after police say windows were smashed and plywood was removed from doors. The vandalism happened after the…

Climber missing at Mount Rainier park near 2014 tragedy site

A climber missing since Friday while traveling through treacherous terrain at Mount Rainier National Park marks the third person to go missing at the Washington park in a little more than a week. Seattle resident Matthew Bunker was descending the…

Washington makes cuts to athletic budget

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is reducing its overall athletic department operating budget by 15% for the 2020-21 fiscal year and all the school’s head coaches have agreed to minimum 5% pay reductions. Athletic director Jennifer Cohen announced the moves Friday…

Oregon man, already in prison, convicted of 17 more sex crimes

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Beaverton man already in prison for child sexual abuse has been convicted of 17 additional sexual abuse charges. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Benito Juarez-Hernandez, was convicted in 2014 and sent to prison for sexually abusing a…

Oregon lawmakers plow through COVID, police bills

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Capitol doors may be closed to the public during Oregon’s special legislative session, but there was no shortage of public comment — via phone and computer — about bills dealing with hot button issues Thursday.…

Businesses sue Seattle over ‘occupied’ protest zone

SEATTLE— A collection of Seattle businesses, property owners and residents sued the city Wednesday over its tolerance of an “occupied” protest zone, saying officials have been complicit in depriving them of their rights to their property. The plaintiffs — including…

U of Oregon building named after racist to be renamed

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A building at the University of Oregon will no longer be named for an early white settler who supported slavery and who helped draft the state’s constitution which barred Black people from living in the territory.…

Police brutality, coronavirus on agenda for Oregon lawmakers

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers, most wearing masks and trying to maintain social distance, began a special session Wednesday to crack down on police brutality and throw a lifeline to those suffering financially from the coronavirus. “This is a…

Monsanto to pay $95M over PCB pollution in Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) — The agrochemical giant Monsanto has agreed to pay Washington state $95 million to settle a lawsuit that blamed it for pervasive pollution from PCBs — toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around…

Sentencing for man convicted in train killings delayed

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The sentencing for a man convicted of killing two men and injuring a third on a light rail train in Portland in 2017 was delayed Tuesday when Jeremy Christian told a survivor he regretted not killing…

Oregon hospital makes changes after Black patient’s arrest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A hospital in Portland, Oregon said it is changing security protocols after a Black patient accused of trespassing was held by security last week. The Oregonian/Oregon Live reports that Legacy Health said security officers will no…