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The man charged in the attack, Jeremy Christian, is set to go on trial Jan. 28.
During opening day of jury selection, defendant Jeremy Christian opted to wear his blue jail scrubs in Multnomah County Circuit Court, noting that he didn’t care if he was found guilty or innocent.
The Skanner first published in Portland in 1975. Editors say they are shifting to digital-only due to the changing media landscape.
Jeremy Christian is charged with stabbing and killing two men and injuring a third on a Portland MAX train in 2017.
The Seaside City Council passed an ordinance last October increasing annual fees for vacation rentals by a flat $400, regardless of the rental property's size. One bed and breakfast owner says she was not aware of the increase.
Prosecutors are asking the court to prohibit"extreme emotional disturbance" as a defense argument for Christian's first-degree murder charges.
The company said in a layoff notice filed with the state last week it expects all of those employees to be laid off by July.
A Multnomah County grand jury returned a four-count indictment for Garrett Bergquist, accused of killing an 11-year-old boy walking to school in Gresham last week.
Clark College’s faculty union announced Tuesday night that it reached a tentative contract agreement with the Vancouver, Washington, community college.
The council directed city staff to draft an emergency declaration to allow car camping in some areas of the city. It will also consider increasing shelter capacity at an existing shelter and using a community center as another temporary overnight shelter.
Mount Hood and other areas in the Cascade Range are already seeing heavy snow fall. Portland's chance for snow is still unclear.
Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers is looking to raise $4 million to turn the unused Wapato Jail into Bybee Lakes Hope Center, a mixed-use facility for people experiencing homelessness.
The Clark College faculty union announced a strike after failing to reach an agreement in contract negotiations with the Vancouver, Washington, community college Friday.
The union's deadline to reach an agreement with the college is 5 p.m. Friday. If a strike starts Monday, the college's interim president said all classes would be canceled for the duration of the strike.
Mercy Corps has worked on turning local community centers into “resilience hubs” with solar panels, emergency kits and disaster preparedness training.
The pedestrian was struck and killed early Thursday morning while trying to cross Interstate 84. This is the first traffic fatality Portland Police's Major Crash Team has investigated in 2020.
A front of cold air is set to come into the region Friday night and again later this weekend, potentially bringing snow with it.
Kristan Maurer has been with Clark County Fire District 6 for almost 21 years. She was sworn in as chief Tuesday night.
Oregon’s correctional facility for girls and young women was ranked among the top facilities for having the highest rates of sexual victimization in 2018, according to a federal report.