Good morning, it’s Friday, August 1. Here are this morning’s headlines:
- About 550 customers in Polk County are still without power after thunderstorms in the Willamette Valley Thursday night. Another 87 customers in Marion County are also affected.
- Oregon Route 219, east of St. Paul, is closed in both directions after a sinkhole formed and collapsed part of the road.
- OSU-Cascades received approval to build its new campus at an old pumice mine site. No hazards were discovered that would rule out development.
- Clark County made significant accounting errors — from insufficient accounting research to unusual transactions — during 2013, according to a state audit.
- A wildfire near Oregon Gulch in southern Oregon, about 25 miles southeast of Ashland, is spreading fast, due to high winds in the area and abundant dry grasses. As of Friday morning, the blaze reached 5,300 acres. Green Springs residents are evacuating.
- The transition from Cover Oregon to the federal exchange program is on track so far, says an overseer. The new system should be up and running by Nov. 15.
- One Seattle Police officer issued 80 percent of marijuana tickets in the city from Jan. 1 to June 30. The officer, who is not being named, has been resigned and is off duty during an investigation.