Free COVID tests headed to nation’s schools

Starting in early December, about 19,000 school districts will have the chance to order free rapid COVID tests from the federal stockpile for their students, staff and others in the community.

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Portland’s Burnside Bridge to close for 5 years during seismic rebuild, starting in 2027

Due to the instability of the soil on which it stands and the infrastructure on either side of the Willamette River, Multnomah County engineers will essentially be building three new bridges to replace Burnside. Each one will have to connect to the other in a way that ensures they remain standing and functional after a major earthquake.