WEDNESDAY LOCAL BRIEFS

The Oregon Health Authority is reporting three new COVID-19 deaths. The latest report brings the state’s death toll up to 532.
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One person is dead following a wrong-way crash on I-5 in Portland this morning. Police are still working out details about what led to the crash.
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More than 22-hundred homes have been destroyed by wildfires burning through Oregon. Numbers from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management released today also show more than 15-hundred other buildings have burned, as well as one-million acres. Nine people have died from the fires, and five others remain missing.
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President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Justice plan to cut federal funding from Portland, and in Seattle, Washington and in New York City, after those three cities were designated by the DOJ as “anarchist jurisdictions.” Attorney General William Barr said if those three cities do not invest more in law enforcement, the federal government will not invest in them.
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Three Oregon businesses are threatening a class action lawsuit over coronavirus restrictions implemented by Governor Kate Brown. Attorney John DiLorenzo argues state leaders should draft a plan to compensate businesses who have suffered financial hardships, citing a provision in Oregon law calling for reasonable compensation when the government takes property during a declared emergency.