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U-picks prepare for strawberry season amid coronavirus

Oregon Department of Agriculture has cleared U-pick farms to operate under a set of recommendations to reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus.

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Guest Opinion: Torn between the consequences of reopening too early or too late

God made time, but man made haste.” Irish Proverb

Oregon is a critical junction in the COVID-19 response efforts. We’ve contained the virus through statewide social distancing mandates.  36 more words

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Special education students graduating, fewer prepared for life after

Students with special needs in Salem-Keizer Public Schools are graduating more, dropping out less, accessing services sooner and spending more time in traditional classrooms with their peers, according to data released this week. 34 more words

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Daycare center, DOE faces $5.1 mil lawsuit from sexual abuse victims

The representatives of three children allegedly sexually abused at a Polk County day care are suing the day care owner, their abuser, the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Department of Human Services for $5.1 million. 27 more words

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Oregon coronavirus updates, May 26: The struggle to collect unemployment benefits

Check back on this story throughout the day for the latest news about coronavirus and its effects in Salem and around Oregon.

Thousands in Oregon desperate as they can’t get the unemployment they’re owed. 18 more words

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Oregon unemployment benefits delayed for months amid COVID-19

Applying for food stamps was something William Munro never imagined he would do.

After being laid off in March from his jobs as a home health care worker for three clients, Munro has desperately attempted to collect the unemployment benefits he is owed. 26 more words

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Area wineries reopen tasting rooms, tourists flock from cities

Strings of his tie-dyed mask swinging, Jeff Mathews made rounds through Abbey Road Farm’s makeshift tasting room, pouring Pinot gris.

He stopped by a table for 10 from Portland who had packed a picnic and gold paper plates on which to eat it. 24 more words

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