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Meerah Powell

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Blumenauer Introduces Special Visa Bill For Afghan Translators Who Help US Troops

If passed, the bill would provide 4,000 additional special visas to Afghan translators who have helped Americans during the war.

News | local | NW Life

Report: Hate Crimes In Eugene Decreased By 42% In 2018

A new report by Eugene's Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement states that a high spike in hate incidents in 2017 could have been related to the 2016 presidential election.

News | local | NW Life

Portlanders Express Opposition To Potential MAX Station Closures Downtown

The TriMet board plans to vote in June on whether to close four MAX stations in and around downtown Portland.

News | local | NW Life | Politics

How Denver's Vote To Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms Could Help Oregon

A proposed ballot initiative in Oregon would allow people access to "psilocybin-assisted therapy." Chief petitioners say the results out of Denver point to more relaxed views on the mushrooms.

News | local | Health | NW Life

Northwest Officials Caution Safety While Doing Hot Weather Activities

The typical dangers associated with beating summer weather include drowning in cold water, falling out of open windows and getting injured on a bicycle. 

News | Environment | local

Counties In Oregon And Washington Issue Burn Bans Ahead Of Warm Weather

The burn ban requirements are earlier than usual due to hot and dry weather this weekend.

Education | local | Politics | News

Thousands Gather In Portland For Teacher Walkout

Teachers walked out of class at districts across Oregon on Wednesday to advocate for more funding for public education while lawmakers stalled on a tax package meant to bolster schools.

News | local | Business

Cider Riot Attorney Compares Patriot Prayer Lawsuit To Efforts Against KKK

Cider Riot owner Abram Goldman-Armstrong, represented by the Oregon Justice Resource Center, is requesting $1 million in damages in a lawsuit against Patriot Prayer.

News | local | Economy | NW Life

Report: More People Are Moving To Oregon Than Leaving

A report from the Oregon Employment Department shows that from 2013 to 2017, more people have moved to Oregon than have left.

News | local | Economy | NW Life

Report: More Than 29 Million Overnight Visitors Came To Oregon Last Year

Visitation and spending increased for the ninth consecutive year in 2018.

News | local | Politics

Audit: Portland's Recreational Cannabis Tax Revenue Goes Mostly To Police, Transportation

A report from the Portland City Auditor calls for more transparency and accountability from the city in its spending of the cannabis tax revenue.

News | local

Demonstrators Participate In May Day Rallies Throughout Portland

Multiple May Day demonstrations took place in Portland Wednesday, most with a focus on immigrants' rights.

News | local | NW Life

Report: 2018 Portland Aerial Tram Panel Fall Caused By Wind, Design

When a panel came loose from the Portland Aerial Tram last December, it hit a pedestrian, causing minor injuries. It was the first panel failure since the tram opened in 2006.

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Oregon Lawmakers, Family Gather To Celebrate The Life Of Norma Paulus

Norma Paulus was Oregon's first female secretary of state and a champion of vote-by-mail. She died last month.

Transportation | News | local | NW Life

Data Show Women Ride Portland E-Scooters Less Than Men

Only about one-third of e-scooter riders from last year's scooter pilot program were women. 

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Gov. Kate Brown Refuses To Comply With President Trump's Transgender Military Policy

Gov. Kate Brown said she will stand by Oregon law, which bars employers from refusing to hire someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Transportation | News | local | Economy | Business

E-Scooters Return To Portland

By January 2020 there could be up to 15,000 electric scooters available in Portland. 

News | local | NW Life

Portland Looking To Increase Traffic Safety After Recent Crashes

There have been four fatal traffic accidents in the past two weeks. 

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Hundreds Honor Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputy At Memorial

Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Deputy Justin DeRosier was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this month. 

News | local | Politics | Nation

Census Question About US Citizenship Could Affect Oregon Funding

Many people believe adding a citizenship question to the census will result in an undercount for non-citizens who refuse to respond.