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Portland, Oregon police hire homeless liaison

Aug. 22, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Police Bureau has hired its first-ever liaison officer for working with the city's large homeless community. The agency said Thursday that Stephanie Herro will be the primary contact between the police bureau, homeless advocacy groups, social service agencies and other...

Firefighters rescue person stuck in septic tank for days

Aug. 22, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

ESTACADA, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters rescued a person who fell into a septic tank and was stuck there for days in a rural area southeast of Portland. The Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69 said on Facebook that crews responded Tuesday to a report of the person falling into the tank while working on it. Fire...

Unclaimed cremated remains found in Portland

Aug. 22, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cremated remains found in a mortuary box on a Portland street belong to a World War II veteran who lived in a house that's been demolished and who worked at a concrete and steel company that no longer exists. The Oregonian/OregonLive said Thursday it tracked down the details of Floyd...

Oregon casino sports betting ready to open, state will delay

Aug. 22, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon casino plans to begin offering sports betting ahead of the state lottery agency, which does not expect to meet its goal of starting when professional football kicks off, officials said. Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City expects to open sports betting Aug. 27, The...

Mayor: Show extra love at Portland businesses after protests

Aug. 22, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City of Portland, the Portland Business Alliance, Travel Portland and more are offering deals and free parking downtown this weekend in an effort to generate some of the revenue lost during last weekend's political protests. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Portland Business...

Jet catches fire in Northern California; 10 aboard unhurt

Aug. 22, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — All 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday after the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, officials said. The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff at Oroville...

Oregon man sentenced to prison for birthday party shooting

Aug. 22, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been sentenced to prison for shooting two men because of noisy children at a birthday party. KPTV-TV reported Wednesday that Franklin L. Tomes was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in prison. Tomes pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder....

Public universities' classified staff move toward strike

Aug. 21, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The bargaining team representing thousands of classified staff at Oregon's seven public universities has declared an impasse in contract negotiations. Declaring an impasse means both the union and management have until Friday to submit a final contract offers, Oregon Public...

Officials: Prison inmate dies in hospice

Aug. 21, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Corrections officials say a 71-year-old Oregon State Penitentiary inmate has died in hospice. The Oregon Department of Corrections says Donald Miller died Wednesday in the infirmary. Miller entered Corrections custody on June 5, 2012, from Multnomah County with an earliest release date...

Black man told he couldn't enter bar because of jewelry sues

Aug. 21, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An African American man has filed a $500,000 lawsuit against a Portland bar owner, claiming he was prevented from going inside in 2018 because he was wearing "too many" chain necklaces. Ray Lamont Peterson claims that was a pretext for keeping the Splash Bar predominantly white....