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Donald Orr

Donald Orr is a general assignment reporter for OPB.

Most recently he was a news production assistant for OPB through the Emerging Northwest Journalists Internship created by AAJA-Portland and SPJ Oregon. He is an alum of NPR’s Next Generation Radio.

He’s previously worked as station manager and productions director for his college radio station, KBVR-FM, and was a news contributor for Orange Media Network at Oregon State University.

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Landslide Hits West Burnside, Closing The Street In Both Directions

By Friday afternoon, the Bureau announced it would be reopening the westbound lane of West Burnside at Barnes. The eastbound lane of West Burnside between Barnes and Skyline will remain closed through Monday.

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Cyberattack Disables Tillamook County Computer Systems

Tillamook County fell victim to a cyberattack early Wednesday, taking down its computers and phones. The attack also disabled the county government’s official website, at least through Thursday.

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Oregon's Unemployment Rate Dropped To Historic Low In December 2019

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.7% in December, the lowest on record dating back to 1976 according to the Oregon Employment Department.

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Hood River Lifts Boil Water Advisory After City Water Main Leak

Residents in Hood River can safely drink water again. The City of Hood River lifted its boil water advisory at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday after a water main leak had affected downtown residents and businesses since Sunday evening.

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Portland Art Museum Receives $10 Million From Philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer

The Portland Art Museum announced Tuesday a $10 million gift from philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer – the largest contribution ever from an individual donor in the museum’s 127-year history.

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Hood River Brewery Taps Into Emergency Water Supply After Boil Water Advisory

Hood River issued a 48-hour boil water advisory on Monday after a water main leak affected residents and businesses in the downtown area. But thanks to some emergency planning, at least one establishment that relies heavily on water was able to continue business as usual.

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Multnomah County Commission Appoints Replacement For Rep. Jennifer Williamson's House Seat

Multnomah County commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Akasha Lawrence-Spence as their replacement for former state Rep. Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, who resigned in December to run for Oregon secretary of state.

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AG Sues To Stop Trump Administration From Ending Food Assistance For 21K Oregonians

Oregon is joining 14 states in suing the Trump administration over its decision to eliminate food assistance for nearly 700,000 Americans. More than 21,000 Oregonians could lose their benefits on April 1.

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Portland Dodges Snow After Shifting Forecasts

The National Weather Service said the bulk of the Portland metro area shows no signs of snow after dodging wintry forecasts this week. 

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Weekly Container Shipping Returns To Portland’s Terminal 6

Weekly international container shipping has returned to Portland.

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Severe Weather Shelters Opening Around Multnomah County Ahead of Inclement Weather

Severe weather shelters are opening their doors in Multnomah County Monday evening ahead of forecasts that bring the risk of significant freezing rain and snow.

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Forecast Shifts, But Snow Still Likely For Portland This Week

People throughout Northwest Oregon and the Portland metro area will likely see some snow and freezing rain hit the roads this week, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

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Search Called Off For 4-Year-Old Oregon Boy Swept Out To Sea, 7-Year-Old Girl Dead

A 7-year-old girl died and a 4-year-old boy is missing after the children and their father were swept into the ocean along Oregon’s North Coast on Saturday.

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Iranian Americans In Oregon React To Mounting US-Iran Tensions

Many Iranian Americans in Oregon are nervous about the safety of family and friends amid mounting tensions between the United States and Iran after the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani.

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Criminal Charges Filed Against Driver Accused Of Killing 11-Year-Old Boy

A driver who hit and killed an 11-year-old boy on his way to school in Gresham has been charged.

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New Oregon Law Opens Up Process For Post-conviction DNA Testing

A new law that took effect on Jan. 1 will allow better access to post-conviction DNA testing for people who say they’ve been wrongfully convicted of aggravated murder and other serious crimes.

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Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Aims To Avoid War With Iran

Oregon constituents brought their concerns, including their worries over Iran, to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden Sunday afternoon during a town hall meeting in Tigard.

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Oregon Lawmakers, Colleagues Honor Portland Commissioner Nick Fish

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish, who was the longest tenured member on Portland City Council, has died. Oregon lawmakers and colleagues are reacting to his death.

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CenturyLink Faces $4 Million Settlement With Oregon Department of Justice

Internet service provider CenturyLink is under fire after engaging in deceptive billing practices, prompting a $4 million dollar settlement with the Oregon Department of Justice.


Improved Treatment Services, Funding Recommended For Multnomah County Jails

A grand jury evaluating the conditions of Multnomah County correctional facilities found that most people in custody are experiencing increasingly severe challenges with mental health, housing and substance abuse.