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MATT WONG

Good afternoon, Portland! Here's the latest on local news, national news, and a little bit of fun.

In local news:

All Oregon healthcare workers must get the COVID-19 vaccine or receive weekly COVID testing, Governor Kate Brown announced today. Brown has directed the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to make the new policy in order to slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant that is responsible for more than 90 percent of current COVID cases in Oregon. The new policy will take effect September 30.

• Remember when false information about Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty's involvement in a hit-and-run collision was leaked to the press earlier this year? Willamette Week got the details of a city investigation into the matter that resulted in three Bureau of Emergency Communications getting disciplined.

• We have yet another installment in the long, drawn-out saga of the Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) controversial plan to widen Interstate 5 in the Rose Quarter. A new proposal that would include placing $1 billion "caps" over the freeway—something favored by community members eager to rebuild the historic Black community that the original I-5 construction split apart—has the support of many, including Gov. Brown.

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In national news:

• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is so far refusing to leave office, following the release of a report from the state attorney general which detailed many allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo. But it seems that the state assembly has the votes to impeach Cuomo if it comes to that—and once he leaves office, he'll be replaced by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who would be the first woman to serve as governor of New York.

• Remember these clowns? Well, the governor of Missouri just issued a pardon, meaning they're in the clear after waving their guns at protesters last summer.

• We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming about the drought in Oregon to remind you that there is also a drought in Colorado. From Buzzfeed News: "The current water crisis isn’t only being driven by the megadrought.... The last two decades of megadrought in the Southwest—amplified by a warming climate—have hit the fast-forward button."

• A listicile for the end-times:

And just for fun:

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• And finally, here's how I would eat Hermiston watermelons if I had the jaw for it: