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Dozens of tables and chairs are empty in a city square surrounded by old-fashioned European-style stone buildings.

Europe’s economy shrinks in first quarter as US rolls ahead

Europe’s economy shrank 0.6% in the first three months of the year as slow vaccine rollouts and extended lockdowns delayed a hoped-for recovery - and underlined how the region is lagging other major economies in rebounding from the coronavirus pandemic.

Portland to pilot landlord-tenant mediation in effort to avert evictions

On Wednesday, City Council will vote on awarding a $150,000 contract to Portland-based nonprofit Resolutions Northwest to provide mediation services for landlords and tenants in a conflict that would traditionally lead to eviction filings. The votes comes before an anticipated flood of evictions when the state's COVID-19 eviction moratorium expires this summer.

A hand holds a pen and fills in a vaccine card on a table where syringes sit.

Oregon employers weigh requiring COVID vaccines

One of Oregon’s largest wineries has told its workers they must show proof they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine by May 20. Many workplaces are considering a similar approach as pandemic restrictions loosen.