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Oregon wants to make it easier to build affordable housing

Mar. 18, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Democrats want to design their way out of Oregon's housing crisis and are considering a proposal clearing the path for developers to build more apartments and townhouses. The move comes on the heels of a landmark rent control measure and is meant to be part of a multi-pronged approach to...

Case dropped against Oregon man who drove through protest

Mar. 18, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has dismissed charges against an Oregon man who was accused of hurting a protester when he slowly drove his car through a demonstration. The Oregonian/Oregon Live reports that 55-year-old Mark Alan Dickerson was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving and misdemeanor...

Spoilers! Baylor tops women's NCAA field as bracket leaks

Mar. 18, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville are the No. 1 seeds in the women's NCAA Tournament, leading a March Madness field that was revealed early thanks to a production error. The bracket was mistakenly put out by ESPN hours before the network had scheduled its selection show....

With treaty set to expire, will there be rough waters ahead?

Mar. 17, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The way dams and storage reservoirs on the Columbia River and its tributaries are managed could change dramatically in a short five years if negotiators from the United States and Canada don't strike a deal. At issue is the Columbia River Treaty, a transboundary agreement that has...

Streets flood, power outages after Portland water main break

Mar. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A water main break has caused flooding and power outages in a neighborhood in northeast Portland. The Portland Water Bureau said 1 million gallons of water gushed per minute from a broken 30-inch diameter pipe Saturday morning. Pacific Power said it shut down power lines to about...

Oregon: Security at mosques, hate-crime law being beefed up

Mar. 15, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, beefed up security Friday at places of worship after deadly attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, as an American Muslim group for called for political leaders to take steps to curb far-right extremism. The police in Portland said they were increasing their...

Oregon sends foster kids to former jails, not families

Mar. 15, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A move to improve the care of foster children relegated to living in hotels has resulted in 25 percent more children removed from their families being housed in institutions such as former juvenile jails, The Oregonian/OregonLive has found . The children sent to cinderblock facilities...

Pro-gun Parents: Portland schools violated our civil rights

Mar. 15, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two sets of parents have filed suit against Portland Public Schools in federal court, accusing officials of violating their children's civil rights by helping facilitate protests advocating gun control after the shooting in Parkland, Florida last year. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports...

Oregon man guilty of stealing benefits from missing mother

Mar. 15, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been convicted of stealing Social Security benefits intended for his elderly mother, who has been missing for years. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that 64-year-old Theodore Martin Kirk was found guilty Wednesday of taking more than $30,000 in benefits meant for...

Cop recruits failing probation at double rate of past years

Mar. 14, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police are struggling to fill officer vacancies as recruits fail probation at about double the rate they have in the past. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the bureau hired more officers from mid-2016 to mid-2018, but more of them are flunking out of the state's basic police...