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Economy | Land use | local | News

Portland Struggles With Affordable Housing

A new report shows the city of Portland is failing to meet its affordable housing goal.

Economy | News | local

Rising Portland Home Prices Outpace National Average

Portland home values rose more than seven percent for the 12-month period ending in February.

NW Life | Food | News | local

Portland Group Revives Civil Rights Era Breakfast Program

Members of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party hand out free breakfast to children in North Portland's New Columbia neighborhood.

Animals | Science | News | local

Researchers Push For A Better Way To Spay Cats

Researchers at Oregon State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are pushing for veterinary schools to adopt a different method for neutering cats.

Technology | News | local

Hermiston Police Will Record Part Time With New Body Cams

Hermiston police are now required to use cameras during traffic stops, disturbances or when there is a risk of injury to an officer.

Health | Politics | News | local

Lawmakers Vote On Bill To Make Birth Control Pills Available Without Doctor's Prescription

A Republican state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would allow pharmacists to dispense birth control pills without a doctor's prescription.

Think Out Loud

Republican Lawmaker Proposes Access To Birth Control Without Doctor's Perscription

The Oregon House Health Care Committee will vote on a bill Friday that would change the types of services pharmacists are allowed to provide.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | Pacific Ocean | News | Animals

Scientists Track Longest Mammal Migration Ever Recorded

A western gray whale has completed a nearly 14,000-mile journey from Sakhalin Island, Russia to Baja California, Mexico.

Economy | News | local

Low Inventory, Rising Prices For Portland Real Estate Market

The Portland area real estate market is showing its strongest numbers since before the housing bust, according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service.

News | local

Trayvon Martin's Mother Speaks To Full House In Portland

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, urged community involvement in Portland Monday night.

NW Life | Business | Food | News | local

After 9 Years, Portland Mercado Opens Its Doors

The Portland Mercado has been a long time in the making. The community development organization Hacienda CDC began the project about nine years ago.

Economy | Politics | local | Environment | News

Activists Urge Wyden To Stop 'Fast Track' Bill

Labor and environmental advocates are urging Sen. Ron Wyden to oppose a bill that would "fast track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal.

Business | Technology | News

Apple's Prineville Data Center Will See 'Major Expansion'

Apple has committed to “major expansion” of its server farm in Prineville following passage of a bill in Salem that offers tax breaks to Oregon data centers.

Politics | Land | News | local

Report Finds Portland Lacks System To Manage City Properties

A new report by the Portland city auditor found the city lacks a comprehensive inventory of its buildings and land.

News | Agriculture

Portland Begins Phasing Out City Use Of Pesticides That Hurt Bees

The city of Portland will phase out its use of certain pesticides that may be harmful to bees and other beneficial insects.

Animals | News | local

No Plans To Replace Rama The Elephant

The Oregon Zoo has no immediate plans to find a new elephant after the 31-year-old Asian elephant Rama died Monday.

Animals | News | local | OPB News Blog

Oregon Zoo Pays Tribute To Elephant Rama In Video

Oregon Zoo staff and zoo goers are mourning the loss of elephant Rama, after the animal was euthanized Monday. The 31-year-old Asian elephant was put down because of pain and mobility problems.

News | Water | Flora and Fauna

Study Examines Health Of Deep-Water Fish

A new study by an Oregon State University researcher shows some deep-ocean fish living with lesions, tumors and other health conditions.

Business | Transportation | News | local

Portland Approves New Taxi Company With Electric Fleet

The Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve an application for EcoCab.

Economy | News | local

Oregon Unemployment Continues Fall In February

Oregon’s unemployment rate continued to drop in February. The latest numbers released today show last month’s rate
down half a percentage point from January at 5.8 percent.