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Meerah Powell

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

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Corvallis Mother Sues Boy Scouts Of America For Son's Death During Camping Trip

Margaret Henderson is suing the organization for $10 million, claiming scout troop leaders did not practice basic safety and supervision when her son Nolan fell and died last year on a hike in Klamath Falls. 

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Oregon State Penitentiary Receives Envelope With 'Mysterious' Substance

The Oregon prison received the envelope just days after Coffee Creek Correctional Facility received a similar delivery. The Oregon Department of Corrections does not believe the two incidents are related. 

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Western Oregon University Buys Building In Downtown Salem

WOU said it bought the historical Vick building for $2.735 million. It will house several of the school's programs, including its new Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. 

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Multnomah County On-call And Temp Employees Seek Union Recognition

At any given point, there are an estimated 400 to 700 on-call and temporary employees in Multnomah County. They have positions such as bridge operators, library clerks and dental hygienists. 

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Oregon Fire Restrictions Loosen As Cooler Weather Rolls In

Regions throughout Oregon are beginning to lift burn bans and loosen fire restrictions as the weather cools down.

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Portland Community Groups Ask For More Accountability In New Police Contract

Advocates call for improving the civilian oversight system, holding officers accountable for excessive force, requiring mandatory drug testing for officers after a use of force and improving the public complaint process.

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Watchdog Organization Asks USDA To Fine PCC For Animal Deaths

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! filed a complaint with the USDA urging the department to fine Portland Community College a maximum of $60,000 for the deaths of six animals.

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Cooler, Damper Weather In Northwest Oregon May Mark End Of Summer

Showers are anticipated to begin late Saturday night and continue into next week. If this weather continues, it could help bring the end of fire season.

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2 People Killed In Hood River Plane Crash

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office says both occupants of the plane were declared dead at the scene at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield. 


Part Of Portland Art Museum's Decorative Grand Ballroom Ceiling Has Fallen

The ornamental ceiling is part of the original building, built in 1926. Only the decorative parts of the ceiling were damaged. The rest of the building is structurally sound.

NW Life | Health | local | News | Food

Oregon Attorney General Joins Lawsuit Against EPA Use Of Toxic Pesticides

The lawsuit is challenging the EPA's decision to continue using the pesticide Chlorpyrifos, which research has shown can cause harm to infant and child neurological development. 

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Federal Lawsuit Over Shooting Death Of LaVoy Finicum Dismissed

A federal lawsuit in relation to the shooting of Malheur occupation leader Robert LaVoy Finicum was dismissed Friday morning after nearly two years of litigation.

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Oregon Humane Society Accepts Almost 75 New Animals To Help Hurricane Dorian Displacement

The animals arrived Thursday morning from the Humane Society of the United States' rescue center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in order to make room for pets who may be displaced by the East Coast storm.

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Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer Urges Federal Action On Housing

“The United States has never recognized that housing, like food and health care, is a fundamental human right,” Blumenauer said.

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Summer Is Almost Over, But There's Still Risk Of Wildfires For Western Oregon

September is typically when western Oregon faces the highest fire danger as eastern winds dry out wood and humidity drops.

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Law Enforcement Officials In Deschutes County Investigating Drug Overdoses

There have been five or six severe opioid overdoses in Central Oregon since last Wednesday.

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Corvallis' Dunn Forest Closed Following Report Of Cougar Encounter

Dunn Forest, just northwest of Corvallis, is closed while officials continue to investigate a report of an aggressive cougar encounter.

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Deschutes County Sees Spike In Severe Opioid Overdoses

Deschutes County health officials said the overdoses may be due to heroin laced with synthetic fentanyl. 

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'The Gorge Isn't Dead': Weekend Marks 2 Years Since Eagle Creek Fire

More than 100 miles of trail have been reopened since the Eagle Creek Fire burned almost 50,000 acres of forest land in 2017.

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Portland Police Arrest 2 People Involved In Aug. 17 Demonstrations

Portland Police have arrested 15 people following protests earlier this month.