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1 in 4 vehicles have an unrepaired recall

Buying a refurbished computer can save money and cut waste. It might also be a key strategy in addressing the digital divide

With a shortage of computers for students this fall, many are left wondering how they will connect. Our guide helps you shop for a refurbished computer with confidence. 

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Aaron Colonnese
Creative Associate

More Americans than ever are relying on hand sanitizers to keep ourselves and our families healthy, given the global pandemic. But some hand sanitizers are putting our health in danger.

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Shortage of active ingredients for sanitizer could be linked to use of toxic ingredients

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Our latest report, last week, found July set yet a fifth consecutive month of record consumer complaints to the CFPB. Complaints about credit report mistakes, always among the leaders, have surged dramatically during the pandemic. The CFPB hasn't done anything about it, but Congress has an opportunity in its next relief package to ban negative credit reporting.

The United States has the highest coronavirus death toll in the world. It didn’t have to be this way — and in most developed countries, it isn’t. Countries like Germany, Singapore, Australia and Japan have fractions of our death rate.

OSPIRG has been tracking critical public health metrics around the containment of COVID-19 in Oregon, building on the work of COVID Exit Strategy, a group of national public health and crisis experts. Currently, Oregon is rated “Yellow” overall - while Oregon has fared better against the coronavirus than many states, so far, keeping it that way will require quick intervention to avoid spiraling out of control.

New analysis of COVID-19 containment data in all 36 Oregon counties shows 8 counties out of control, 12 more at risk. OSPIRG calls on Gov. Brown for more consistent application of reopening plan, and immediate lockdowns in hard hit rural counties.

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Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

Few people living today remember what it was like to live through a world war, but that’s what we’re in, and we’re going to have to sacrifice if we want to save ourselves and each other. Just as the greatest generation did, we need to step up to what history has delivered.