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Meerah Powell

Meerah Powell is a breaking news/general assignment reporter at OPB. 

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What Will It Take To Get The Oregon Zoo Railway's Long Route Back On Track?

Restoring the Washington Park and Zoo Railway's original 2-mile route isn't completely off the table, but it would take time, money and community support.

Food | News | local | Business

Displaced Portland Food Carts Still Looking For New Homes

About 30 displaced Portland food carts are currently being stored at a Post Office lot while a city commissioner's office and a nonprofit work to solidify a new location.

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Chendra, The Oregon Zoo's Asian Elephant, Is Pregnant; Due In 2020

Chendra the Asian elephant is pregnant and expected to give birth in late 2020. 

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Bend Bulletin Must Terminate Employees Before Paper's Sale, Documents State

The Rhode Island-based company buying the Bend Bulletin and other publications says the papers must terminate employees before a deal is done. The company could re-hire employees at its discretion.

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East Multnomah County Courthouse Reducing Hours Due To Staffing Cuts

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office removed two full-time security officer positions from the courthouse, citing budget constraints, and prompting the court to reduce its operations to two days a week.

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Security Breach Affects 700+ Multnomah County Human Services Clients

A security breach may have affected more than 700 Multnomah County human services clients after a county staff member was fired in May.

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A Record-Breaking Number Of People Will Travel For Fourth Of July

Almost 600,000 Oregonians are expected to travel for the Fourth of July holiday. 

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Oregon's Minimum Wage Increases By 50 Cents Monday

Minimum wage is increasing by $0.50 per hour for all counties in Oregon July 1, although where you work will affect the total wage.  

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US House Passes SAFE Act, Mandate For Paper Ballots In Federal Elections

Oregon Democratic U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer said the bill could get the nation closer to Oregon's voting model. 

Communities | News | NW Life | local | Transportation

TriMet Discusses Closing Skidmore Fountain, Some Downtown MAX Stations

TriMet's Board of Directors decided Wednesday to evaluate ridership for three years at the Skidmore Fountain Max train station before deciding on its potential closure. The Board will vote on potential downtown closures next month. 

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Forced To Move, Portland's Alder Street Food Carts Are Planning For The Future

The food cart pod has to pack up by the end of June, due to a Ritz-Carlton being built in its place, but the city and others are finding a new home for some of the carts.

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Oregon Lawmakers Cancel Saturday Session Due To Potential Statehouse Threat

It appears Oregon lawmakers began communicating again Saturday after Republican Senators refused to show up at the Oregon Legislature late this week and dialogue stalled out Friday amid a battle over a sweeping cap-and-trade climate bill.

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Ritz-Carlton Hotel To Replace Portland's Largest Food Cart Pod

Construction on the 35-story building will begin later this year. 

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New Bill Would Provide Civil Legal Attorneys To Oregon Women's Prison

A new bill would provide Oregon Justice Resource Center funding for three full-time attorneys to create a civil legal program inside Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

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Oregon Group Supports Overturning Louisiana Non-Unanimous Jury Conviction

Louisiana voters amended the state's constitution to prohibit non-unanimous jury convictions last year. The U.S. Supreme Court will reconsider the case of a man convicted of murder by a split jury. 

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Oregon DHS To Notify 600,000+ People Involved In Data Breach

A data breach took place in January at the Oregon Department of Human Services. Hackers accessed about 2 million emails containing personal information like Social Security numbers. 

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Salem's Water Is Safe To Drink, But City Continues Testing For Algae

City of Salem officials are now testing blue-green algae levels seven days a week.

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Portland Political Candidates Must Disclose Funding Sources, Court Rules

Portland's election officer is still figuring out how to implement the charter changes requiring campaign finance disclosures for upcoming elections.

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Sara Boone Becomes Portland's 1st African American Fire Chief

Sarah Boone was Portland's first African American female firefighter in 1995. Now, she'll be the city's first African American fire chief. 

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Portland State University Reconsiders Tuition Increase, Lowers To 4.9%

PSU's Board of Trustees originally approved an increase of 11% last month.