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Legislative Panel Approves $5 Million For Coronavirus Response -- For Now

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The Oregon legislative emergency board on Monday approved $5 million for the Oregon Health Authority’s efforts to fight coronavirus. 

More money may be needed in the future as the outbreak grows, lawmakers warned.

Session Costing Taxpayers Nearly $500,000 Ends With Little Done, Divisions Deeper Than Ever

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Democratic legislative leaders declared the session over on Thursday, blaming the failure on Republican lawmakers who walked out to prevent a quorum and kill a cap-and-trade bill.

Updated: Democratic Lawmakers Declare Session Over

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Updated at 3:23 p.m.Thursday, March 5, 2020

Democratic legislative leaders declared the session over on Thursday, blaming the failure on Republican lawmakers who walked out to prevent a quorum and kill a cap-and-trade bill.

Oregon Officials Devise Coronavirus Plan, Hoping To Avoid Fate Of Washington State

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Oregon state regulators have a blueprint to prevent coronavirus from sweeping through a long-term care facility as it did in Washington state, where 10 people have died.

Republican-led Walkout In Legislature Enters Second Week 

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Climate change is taking a toll: Hospital emergency room visits for heat-related problems are on the rise. Wildfires are also on the rise, leaving people with exacerbated breathing problems.

Walkout Jeopardizes Millions of Federal Dollars For Mental Health Care

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Oregon may have to exit a federal project that has expanded access to behavioral mental health services in mostly rural communities if the Republican walkout continues through the rest of the session.

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