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Meerah Powell is a general assignment and breaking news reporter for OPB. She previously worked as a news reporter and podcast producer for Eugene Weekly in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Along with writing and audio work, Meerah also has experience with photography and videography. She graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. Send Meerah story ideas at email@example.com.
The agency, in cooperation with Tillamook County, will limit vehicle parking on the beach from Cape Kiwanda to the Nestucca River through September to reduce congestion.
The library system announced Wednesday it will be clearing all existing fines and restoring access to accounts that have been blocked because of overdue fees.
Gov. Kate Brown said Saturday that she wants to wait on the U.S. Congress for any additional aid that could help Oregon before convening a second special session of the Legislature.
Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring stated during a meeting earlier this week that she does not believe systemic racism exists in the county.
Jeremy Christian, the man who stabbed and killed two men and injured a third on a TriMet MAX train in 2017, was sentenced Wednesday to two life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole.
“I blame the system for creating and facilitating people like Jeremy (Christian),” Demetria Hester said in court.
At a minimum, Jeremy Christian faces at least life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years for the murders of two men aboard a light rail train in Portland in 2017.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said it's facing a $22 million budget gap due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Oregon Employment Department on Wednesday said it has processed most of the backlog of its oldest regular unemployment insurance claims. It is now shifting its focus to gig workers, contract workers and self-employed people.
Multnomah County follows a surge of businesses and agencies around the county that have made the decision to designate Juneteenth, also known as Black Independence Day, as a paid holiday.
Christian, convicted of stabbing and killing two men and injuring a third on a Portland MAX train in 2017, was convicted on 12 counts in February. His sentencing date has been rescheduled multiple times amid the pandemic.
Rather than spur early releases to protect prisoners from COVID-19 infections, the virus is having the perverse effect of keeping some women locked up beyond their original release dates.
Less than a week into his new position, Chief Chuck Lovell has taken over the police bureau’s top position during massive demonstrations in Portland demanding changes to policing.
Acting Oregon Employment Department Director David Gerstenfeld said the department has made progress in lessening its backlog, bettering its communication and making materials more accessible.
As hair salons, tattoo studios, beauty spas and other businesses begin reopening in the Portland area, people are navigating how to get back to work in fields where close physical contact is required.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had suggested he might prohibit the Portland Police Bureau's use of tear gas, but he walked that back on Saturday, directing Police Chief Jami Resch that the gas should only be used if officers feel their lives are in danger.
Jail Deputy Rian Alden was originally investigated in 2018 for using force against a person in custody during booking. No charges were pursued at the time, but the Washington County District Attorney's Office reopened that case after allegations surfaced of Alden's use of racial slurs in the past.
Multnomah County could begin Phase 1 of Gov. Kate Brown's reopening plan next Friday, if approved.
Thousands of people gathered in Portland Thursday, continuing to protest the killing of George Floyd and other Black people killed by police and racist violence.