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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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Oregon Parks And Recreation Limiting Vehicles On Pacific City Beaches

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.

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Multnomah County Library Will No Longer Charge Late Fees

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.

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Legislators Could Return To Salem In August To Tackle Oregon's Budget

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.

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Vancouver NAACP, Latino Group Call For Clark County Chair's Resignation

Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring stated during a meeting earlier this week that she does not believe systemic racism exists in the county.

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UO, OSU To Drop 'Civil War' Moniker From Sporting Events

OSU President Ed Ray said in an email to community members the change is happening now “to advance equal opportunity and justice for all and in recognition that Black Lives Matter.”  

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Jeremy Christian Sentenced To 2 Life Sentences Without Parole In MAX Train Murders

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.

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Portland MAX Stabbing Victims Call Out Racist System During Sentencing Hearing

“I blame the system for creating and facilitating people like Jeremy (Christian),” Demetria Hester said in court. 

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Convicted MAX Train Killer Jeremy Christian Set To Be Sentenced Tuesday

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.

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Some Popular Oregon State Parks Will Not Open This Summer

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said it's facing a $22 million budget gap due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Oregon Shifts Unemployment Focus To Backlog Of Gig Worker Claims

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.

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Multnomah County Declares Juneteenth A Paid Holiday For All County Staff

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.

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Convicted MAX Train Killer's Sentencing Moved To June 23

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.

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Attorneys Seek Release Of Oregon Inmates Kept Beyond Expected Sentences

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.

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New Portland Police Chief Sworn In As Calls To Defund Grow Louder

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.

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Oregon Employment Department Works Toward Lessening Backlog, Gets National Guard Volunteers

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.

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Beauty And Aesthetics Workers Navigate Returning To Work Amid Coronavirus

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.

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Portland Mayor Limits, Does Not Ban, Tear Gas At Protests

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.

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Washington County Jail Deputy Charged With Misconduct After Allegations Of Racism

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.

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Multnomah County Applies To Reopen While Still Seeking Contact Tracers

Multnomah County could begin Phase 1 of Gov. Kate Brown's reopening plan next Friday, if approved.

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Thousands Protested Peacefully In Portland Thursday; Police Arrested 12 Afterward

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.