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Springfield settles lawsuit with fired dispatcher for $75K

May. 22, 2018 2:11 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The city of Springfield has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a 2014 lawsuit by a dispatcher who said she was wrongly fired after accusing officers of inappropriate conduct. The Register-Guard reported Sunday that a joint statement from the city and the former dispatcher, Melanie Nichol,...

Settlement reached in LGBT school harassment

May. 21, 2018 10:08 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An openly gay couple was walking in their Oregon high school parking lot when the principal's son drove up, veered away at the last second and shouted an anti-gay slur at the two girls. In class, a teacher equated same-sex marriage with bestiality. The girls complained to school...

The Latest: Settlement reached in LGBT school harassment

May. 21, 2018 9:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the case of LGBTQ discrimination at an Oregon high school. 6:30 p.m.: The principal of an Oregon high school will resign and its school district will commit to improving the climate for LGBTQ students as part of a settlement reached between the American Civil Liberties...

Tax break for small businesses passed in special session

May. 21, 2018 9:29 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lawmakers on Monday passed a tax break aimed at small businesses in Oregon during a one-day special legislative session convened by Gov. Kate Brown. The Democrat and legislative leaders in the majority party emphasized keeping the session focused only on passing the new break, which...

The Latest: Legislature passes small business tax breaks

May. 21, 2018 7:39 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a special session of the Oregon Legislature: (all times local): 4:38 p.m. Lawmakers have passed a tax break aimed at small businesses in Oregon during a one-day special legislative session. Gov. Kate Brown called legislators back to the Capitol for the session Monday. The...

Judge: Teen must repay $37M for starting Oregon wildfire

May. 21, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — A teenager who started a major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the next decade, though it's unlikely the boy will ever cover his nearly $37 million bill. The Oregonian reports that Hood River County Circuit Judge...

3 high school seniors die in crash weeks before graduation

May. 20, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

YONCALLA, Ore. (AP) — School officials say three senior girls were killed in a car crash on Interstate 5 in western Oregon, just weeks before graduation. Eagle Point High School said on its Facebook page that Luciana Tellez, Giselle Montano and Esmeralda Nava died Saturday night after their car was struck...

Portland jury issues $20 million verdict against landlord

May. 20, 2018 5:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury has ordered a rental-property company to pay more than $20 million after a man fell through a rotting walkway at his Portland apartment complex. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Robert Trebelhorn argued that Los Angeles-based Prime Group, which owns the Wimbledon Square...

University of Oregon sorry for statement on student death

May. 20, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon has apologized for a statement it put out after a student was found dead during a trip to Shasta Lake in Northern California. The 21-year-old student, identified as business administration major Dylan Pietrs, was found dead at a boat-in campground Saturday...

US Marshals, police arrest Vermont fugitive in Oregon

May. 20, 2018 11:05 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says a missing sex offender from Vermont has been arrested in Oregon. The Marshals say 55-year-old James Rivers was arrested May 16 in Cottage Grove, Oregon, by deputy marshals and local police. It's unclear if he has an attorney. Authorities say Rivers was...