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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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Communities Of Color Still Reeling From 2017 Portland MAX Attack

The man charged in the attack, Jeremy Christian, is set to go on trial Jan. 28. 

Jeremy Christian Opts To Wear Jail Scrubs During Murder Trial

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.

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Portland's Black Newspaper To End Print Edition, Shift To Digital Only

The Skanner first published in Portland in 1975. Editors say they are shifting to digital-only due to the changing media landscape.

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Jury Selection For Jeremy Christian Trial Set To Begin Tuesday

Jeremy Christian is charged with stabbing and killing two men and injuring a third on a Portland MAX train in 2017.

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New Fees For Seaside Vacation Rentals Are Surprising Owners

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.

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Prosecutors In Jeremy Christian Case Attempt To Limit Defense's Arguments

Prosecutors are asking the court to prohibit"extreme emotional disturbance" as a defense argument for Christian's first-degree murder charges.

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Milwaukie United Natural Foods Facility Closing, Laying Off 280 Employees

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.

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Grand Jury Indicts Man For Killing 11-Year-Old Boy In Gresham

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.

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Clark College Faculty Union Reaches Tentative Contract Agreement Amid Strike

Clark College’s faculty union announced Tuesday night that it reached a tentative contract agreement with the Vancouver, Washington, community college.

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Salem City Council Working To Legalize Car Camping Program

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.

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Parts Of Oregon Preparing For Snow While Portland's Chances Unclear

Mount Hood and other areas in the Cascade Range are already seeing heavy snow fall. Portland's chance for snow is still unclear.

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Nonprofit Begins Fundraising To Turn Wapato Jail Into Homeless Services Facility

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.

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Clark College Faculty Union To Begin Strike Monday

The Clark College faculty union announced a strike after failing to reach an agreement in contract negotiations with the Vancouver, Washington, community college Friday.

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Clark College Faculty Union Negotiation Deadline Impending, Set To Strike Monday

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.  

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Portland-Based Mercy Corps In Puerto Rico Offering Aid After Earthquake

Mercy Corps has worked on turning local community centers into “resilience hubs” with solar panels, emergency kits and disaster preparedness training.  

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Pedestrian Struck And Killed While Trying To Cross Portland Interstate

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. 

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Possibility Of Lowland Snow In Portland This Weekend, Early Next Week

A front of cold air is set to come into the region Friday night and again later this weekend, potentially bringing snow with it.

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Southwest Washington Fire District Swears In Its 1st Female Chief

Kristan Maurer has been with Clark County Fire District 6 for almost 21 years. She was sworn in as chief Tuesday night. 

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Keizer Passes Camping Ban

The Keizer City Council voted unanimously Monday night to ban people from setting up tents or structures on sidewalks, public property and other public rights of way.

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Sexual Abuse Rate At Oregon Youth Correctional Facility Among Nation's Highest

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.