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Sally Field, 'Sesame Street' to receive Kennedy Center award

Jul. 18, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field and the long-running children's TV show "Sesame Street" are in the latest class of Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Others chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the musical...

Portland sued over Superfund site cleanup efforts

Jul. 16, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland is being sued over its plan to use up to $12 million from a surcharge on customers' sewer bills to help pay to plan the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports it's the second lawsuit challenging the use of funds collected by the...

TV is over the moon with specials recounting 1969 landing

Jul. 5, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 1969 moon landing turned an achievement seen only in the imagination and sci-fi movies into a most improbable television event, a live broadcast starring Neil Armstrong and a desolate landscape. The astounding images from more than 200,000 miles away mesmerized viewers, a feat TV...

Alaska governor slashes university budget by $130 million

Jun. 28, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy slashed the University of Alaska system budget by $130 million on Friday, part of more than $400 million in vetoes he characterized as difficult but necessary amid an ongoing state deficit. Critics called the cuts disappointing and dangerous for an economy that's...

Oregon Affordable Housing measure nears passage

Jun. 21, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature is one vote away from passing a first-in-the-nation law ending exclusive single-family zoning in much of the state. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the measure passed the state House Thursday on a bipartisan 43-16 vote and now moves to the Senate, where it could...

Washington state city to use goats to help prevent wildfires

Jun. 20, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A community in Washington state plans to use goats to reduce the risk of wildfires. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Wednesday that a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will fund the rental of goats to clear flammable brush around Wenatchee. A wildfire near the city 148...

Governor sends police after GOP senators who fled Capitol

Jun. 20, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown deployed the state police Thursday to try to round up Republican lawmakers who fled the Capitol to block a vote on a landmark economy-wide climate plan that would be the second of its kind in the nation. Minority Republicans want the cap-and-trade proposal, which...

Lawmakers move to create an equity office to curb harassment

Jun. 14, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lawmakers in the House have agreed to overhaul a rule addressing harassment and discrimination and to create a new equity office tasked with improving the Capitol's workplace culture. The measures approved Thursday now head to the Senate. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports an...

Portland State reconsiders tuition increase

Jun. 13, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland State University Board of Trustees' finance committee has decided to lower its proposed tuition increase to 4.9% for next year. That proposal goes before the full board for approval next week. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the PSU board voted last month to approve an...

Grazing permits blocked for ranchers in Oregon land dispute

Jun. 5, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the grazing permits issued to father and son ranchers who were the focus of a battle about public land. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Judge Michael H. Simon issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, halting the permits granted to Dwight and...