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Inslee Visits Portland Electrical Workers Union To Talk Green Jobs

Presidential hopeful and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's visit to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48's training center was part of his Climate Mission Tour.

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Celebration To Mark Heceta Head Lightstation's 125th Birthday

The historic Heceta Head Lightstation on the Oregon coast, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the U.S., will be hosting a birthday celebration Saturday, March 30.

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Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray Is Stepping Down

Edward J. Ray has been the Oregon State University's president since 2003. He will step down when his contract ends in 2020.

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Oregon, Washington Studded Tire Season Ends March 31

Studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year to Oregon highways, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

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Wyden Speaks With High Schoolers On Anti-College Donation Tax Break Bill

Sen. Ron Wyden's tentative legislation would eliminate tax breaks for donations, given by parents with children who are enrolled or applying for admission.

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Portland International Airport Prepares For Spring Break Surge

Almost 1 million travelers are expected to travel through PDX airport during the peak spring travel period — March 21 through April 7.

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Oregon AG Visits Tijuana To See Legal Nonprofit Helping Asylum-Seekers

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and other attorneys general observed the nonprofit Al Otro Lado's work on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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All Evacuation Orders Lifted For Oregon's North Santiam Park Fire

All evacuation orders have been lifted in Marion and Linn Counties due to a fire burning near the North Santiam State Recreational Park Area off Highway 22.

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Audit Calls For More Organization Of Portland Homeless Camp Clean-Up Program

Portland's city auditor suggested more organization, clarification and communication on the homeless program's part. 

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Douglas County Still Getting Electricity Restored After Winter Storm

At the peak of the area outage that started late last month, more than 9,000 Douglas Electric Cooperative members were without power.

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Spring Whale Watch Week Begins Saturday On Oregon Coast

Spring Whale Watch Week spans March 23-31 with 24 sites up and down the Oregon coast staffed with knowledgeable volunteers.

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Power Restored After Portland's Alberta Neighborhood Floods

A water main break flooded the Alberta neighborhood in Northeast Portland Saturday. Nearly 12,000 Pacific Power customers in the area lost power at the same time.

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Civic, Religious Leaders Speak In Solidarity With Portland Muslim Community

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Portland Police Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw and others were in attendance at an event at the Muslim Educational Trust.


Rep. Peter DeFazio Speaks On Boeing Groundings

Rep. Defazio says the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will be investigating the aircrafts.

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Clark County Measles Outbreak Up To 72 Confirmed Cases

One additional confirmed case of measles was identified Wednesday.

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Oregon Health Officials Confirm 1 Measles Case In Marion County

The confirmed case is not related to the ongoing measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington.

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Sen. Ron Wyden Supports Portland Trail Blazers' Enes Kanter

Kanter, originally from Turkey, has become a target of the Turkish government after speaking out against its President. 

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Clark County Measles Outbreak Up To 71 Confirmed Cases

Clark County Public Health identified one new confirmed case of measles Tuesday.

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Democratic Lawmakers Speak On Restorative Justice In Cannabis Crimes

Lawmakers got together Saturday to speak about restorative justice and lessening the effects of small-scale cannabis convictions.

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Report: Oregon Saw First Pediatric Tetanus Case In More Than 30 Years

A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines an unvaccinated, 6-year-old Oregon boy's tetanus diagnosis.