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FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Government Mar. 5
Gov. Brown to order most Oregon public schools to open by April 19
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced she will be mandating a return to in-person or hybrid instruction for most Oregon public school students by the week of March 29 for K-5 students and April 19 for students in grades 6-12. Banks' reopening plans already called for opening under the hybrid model by March 29.
Oregon • Business • Government Mar. 4
Oregon Democrats propose $17 minimum wage
A bill referred to the Oregon speaker’s desk that has yet to be assigned to a committee would raise the state’s minimum wage, currently $11.25 per hour at its lowest, to $17 an hour, which is an annual salary of about $35,000.
Washington County • Business • Community Mar. 4
County Board to host town hall; county installs new economic development director
The Washington County Board of Commissioners is hosting a virtual town hall on March 6, and in other county news, Matt Cragie will serve as economic development director.
Manning • Banks Fire District • Highway 26 Mar. 3
Woman severely injured on Pihl Road in Manning Tuesday night
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a woman was injured in Manning on Tuesday night near Highway 26 and Pihl Road. Details remain scarce.
National • Congress • Politics Mar. 1
Oregon's Rep. Peter DeFazio eyes national infrastructure bill, looks to use earmarks
Oregon U.S. House Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield), chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said he plans to introduce a five-year infrastructure and highway bill that authorizes a wide range of national projects. The bill could see the use of earmarks, a decade after they were eliminated from Congress.
Tophill • Stub Stewart • Highway 47 Mar. 1
Highway 47 will gain two traffic cameras near Stub Stewart State Park
Two new traffic cameras are expected to go live near Stub Stewart State Park sometime in March or April, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

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