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Major Shake-Up In Oregon Senate As Two Longtime Leaders Leave

OPB | Oct. 23, 2017

Things will look different in the Oregon Senate soon. Two of the chamber's longest-serving members are stepping down midterm.

Helping Smith Rock, Oregon's Loved To Death Park

OPB | Oct. 23, 2017

Central Oregon residents have a chance this week to weigh in on the future of Smith Rock State Park. 

Suspicious Suitcase At Washington Governor's Office Draws Bomb Squad

AP | Oct. 23, 2017

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's office was evacuated for a few hours after a woman dropped off a cartoon-themed suitcase she said was for the governor and ran out of the Capitol.

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Oregon Rafters May Get A Break On Permits

AP | Oct. 23, 2017 1:38 p.m. | Medford, Oregon

The Oregon State Marine Board is considering a plan that would no longer require people who rent commercial rafts and kayaks to carry Aquatic Invasive Species permits.

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Oregon State Senator Says She Was Sexually Harassed By Fellow Lawmaker

OPB | Oct. 23, 2017 1:33 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, says a fellow lawmaker sexually harassed her at the Oregon Capitol.

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New Manager Picked For Hanford's Underground Nuclear Waste Tanks

AP | Oct. 23, 2017 12:29 p.m. | Richland, Washington

The agency on Monday announced that Brian Vance will manage the office, which is responsible for the nuclear waste kept in 177 giant underground storage tanks.

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Northwest Tribes Say Highway Work Violated Religious Freedoms

OPB | Oct. 23, 2017 11:43 a.m. | Portland

Tribal elders from several Northwest tribes are asking a federal judge to rule that the government violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Trump Tweets That 401(k) Tax Incentives 'Safe' In GOP Tax Plan

AP | Oct. 23, 2017 10:52 a.m. | Washington

President Donald Trump promised Monday there will be "no change" to tax incentives for the popular 401(k) retirement programs.

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Timbers Beat Whitecaps 2-1, Take Western Conference Title

AP | Oct. 23, 2017 7:15 a.m. | Portland

Darren Mattocks scored early in the second half to give the Portland Timbers a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday in their regular-season finale.

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When Big Money Lands In A Small Vancouver Election

OPB | Oct. 23, 2017 6:30 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Voting is underway for residents in Vancouver. And one local race has caught people’s attention — a nearly $1 million contest for a seat on the Port of Vancouver board.

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Federal Government Approves Health Insurance Waiver For Oregon

OPB | Oct. 20, 2017 3 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The federal government has approved a key waiver that will allow Oregon to proceed with a program designed to blunt the cost of health insurance plans purchased on the individual market.

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Officials To Review Oregon ICE Arrest After Alleged Trespassing By Agents

OPB | Oct. 20, 2017 11:15 a.m.

Federal officials say they’re reviewing the arrest of a man by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Oregon this week.

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Portland Area Makes Its Pitch To Land Amazon's Second Headquarters

OPB | Oct. 19, 2017 6:25 p.m.

Four Portland-area communities have submitted an application for Amazon's massive second headquarters. 

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Oil Trains In The Northwest

OPB's coverage on the transportation of oil by rail in the Northwest.

Lead In The Water

Communities across the Northwest were shocked recently to discover dangerously high lead levels in their water. How did this happen, and what’s being done to fix the problem?

Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland's air is dirtier than we thought. A study conducted by researchers at the U.S. Forest Service revealed dangerously high levels of heavy metals in Portland, sparking an investigation into the sources and causing regulators and officials to question why the pollution was left unchecked for so long.