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Two Douglas County businesses joined with a group of other Oregon businesses to file a complaint this week in federal court against Gov. Kate Brown, claiming she violated their constitutional rights by deciding which businesses could remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Roseburg City council on Monday extended the state of emergency through June 9. The initial state of emergency was set to expire on Tuesday, May 12. Oregon recently extended its state of emergency to July 6.

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With most of the businesses closed and those that are open only serving customers on a limited basis, you would think things would be quiet in downtown Roseburg.

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Douglas County election officials were scheduled to arrive at the U.S. Postal Service in Eugene on Thursday, where they planned to turn a key and release about 82,000 primary election ballots into the mail.

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Promoting downtown Roseburg and its hundreds of businesses was one thing. But doing that while overseeing parking enforcement and keeping the area clean of trash proved to be too much for the Downtown Roseburg Association, and the City Council took steps to change that Monday.

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An analysis by The News-Review, comparing the number of COVID-19 tests each county has reported to the Oregon Health Authority with that county’s population, showed that as of Tuesday Douglas County had tested 6.6 people per thousand population.

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As of noon Saturday, the Douglas Public Health Network reported no new cases of the coronavirus and that the total number of positive cases remains at 23, and 14 of those have recovered.

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More than 800 Douglas County residents filed for unemployment insurance last week, a stark number but still considerably less than the number of people who filed at the beginning of the month, according to data released Thursday by the Oregon Employment Department.

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The City of Roseburg is utilizing Zoom to provide a Stay Home, Stay Safe way to conduct its public meetings. The regular city council meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, will be the first one conducted virtually via the video communication tool.

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Douglas County is set to receive just over $7 million as part of O&C portion of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act extension, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Friday.

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The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is responsible for workplace safety and health, announced this week that it will be “ramping up its enforcement activity” following an avalanche of COVID-19-related complaints it has received over the past several weeks.

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The first and third Saturday of each month is when Christopher Hutton sets his sights on doing the Lord’s work. Hutton and his Under the Bridge ministry pack about three dozen sack lunches and head out into the streets and woods to do what they can to help the homeless with food, and maybe a hug.

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Like many stories we work on, this one started with a question, straightforward and simple: How can you stay at home if you don’t have one?

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The number of Douglas County residents — as well as those in Oregon and across the U.S. — who have lost their jobs and are filing for unemployment insurance continues to soar, and there does not appear to be any immediate end in sight.