Sosefina Talanoa on Saturday listens to speakers share stories about their relatives from the Tongan islands, which remain isolated and without power after a nearby volcano erupted about a week earlier.

Portland’s Tongan community shares stories, songs as relatives remain isolated on the islands

A community of Tongan families gathered in Portland Saturday to support each other after this month’s devastating volcanic eruption in the South Pacific Ocean.



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Oregon COVID-19 cases

Source: Oregon Health Authority. Created by Jacob Fenton, Portland Record

Oregon hospital usage

Depending on staffing, Oregon has between 600 and 800 adult ICU beds and between 4,000 and 7,000 regular beds. Labeled percentages are for COVID cases. Source: Oregon Health Authority. Created by Jacob Fenton, Portland Record.

Oregon vaccination rate

"Vaccinated” means two doses of Moderna/Pfizer or one of Johnson & Johnson. Boosted means an additional dose beyond that. Source: Centers for Disease Control. Created by Jacob Fenton, Portland Record.

Russia rejects UK claim of trying to replace Ukraine leader

Russia's Foreign Ministry has rejected a British claim that Russia is seeking to replace Ukraine’s government with a pro-Moscow administration and that former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevheniy Murayev is being considered as a potential candidate.

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‘OPB Politics Now:’ The problem with Interstate 5

Interstate 5 is a key part of the transportation system that moves both people and goods up and down the West Coast. But the highway has problems, especially where it travels through Portland to Washington state. On this week's show, we'll dig into the politics of fixing the interstate and building a new bridge connecting Oregon and Washington.

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Rural Oregon hospitals buckle under strain of omicron

There are more than 700 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, according to the Oregon Health Authority. As the omicron variant rapidly spreads across counties, the number of available ICU beds is dwindling and causing particular strain for smaller, rural hospitals with fewer beds and resources.