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West Linn police chief on leave pending investigation

Apr. 9, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) — The West Linn Police Chief was placed on administrative leave Wednesday after the City Council voted to hire an outside firm to investigate how the city handled a Portland resident's wrongful arrest and discrimination allegations against the police. Terry Kruger became entangled in...

School district pays $410K to employee who raised concerns

Apr. 8, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Public Schools will pay $410,000 to a former employee who said she was fired for raising red flags over a lack of safety for seventh-graders working with dangerous equipment including band saws and nail guns. The Portland school board unanimously approved the settlement...

Romance writer accused of murder seeks release due to virus

Apr. 8, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A romance mystery novelist charged with killing her chef husband is asking a judge to let her leave jail and spend the rest of the coronavirus outbreak at an undisclosed guest house in the Portland area, court records show. Lawyers for Nancy Crampton Brophy, 69, claim their...

In this Sunday, March 29, 2020, photo, a sign posted at an entrance to a 365 Whole Foods store advises customers not to use their own bags while shopping in Lake Oswego, Ore. Just weeks earlier, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee. Grocery clerks are nervous that the virus could linger on reusable fabric bags and their unions are backing them up with demands to end plastic bag fees and suspend bag bans. The plastics industry has seized the moment, lobbying to overturn existing bans on single-use plastics. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Pandemic deals blow to plastic bag bans, plastic reduction

Apr. 8, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee as the movement to eliminate single-use plastics took hold in mainstream America. What a difference a...

Arlene Schnitzer, philanthropist and arts lover, dies at 91

Apr. 5, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Arlene Schnitzer, a philanthropist who gave away more than $150 million to thousands of civic projects in Portland and helped bring arts in the city to another level, has died. She was 91. Her son, Jordan Schnitzer, said she died on Saturday after having some intestinal issues....

Timberline Lodge lays off hundreds amid virus outbreak

Apr. 4, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The historic Timberline Lodge has slashed hundreds of jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic. Timberline Lodge told the state in a mandatory Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification that it laid off 471 employees at its lodge and at the adjacent ski area on Mount Hood The...

Man gets 5 years for punching lawyer in court, other crimes

Apr. 3, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man was sentenced to five years in prison for punching a deputy district attorney while in court, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. Ryan Wayne Perkins, 32, pleaded guilty Friday to assault, escape, distributing a controlled substance -...

Man arrested in murder of Portland pawn shop manager

Apr. 3, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested a 22-year-old man Thursday in connection with the fatal shooting of a pawn shop manager earlier this week in Portland. Joseph Schneider was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery, according to the Portland...

Trial off again in deadly 2015 Vegas Strip sidewalk crash

Apr. 2, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trial has been postponed indefinitely while a woman accused of intentionally killing and injuring Las Vegas Strip sidewalk pedestrians with a car in December 2015 heads back to a Nevada state mental facility. Lakeisha Holloway’s court-appointed defense attorney, Scott Coffee, said...

Washington state teen given 8th viral meningitis diagnosis

Apr. 2, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state teenager was hospitalized for the eighth time with viral meningitis and encephalitis. Elianna Neumann, 17, was diagnosed Tuesday and placed in the in the Oregon Health and Sciences University hospital in Portland, The Daily News reports. The family has isolated...