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Portland drafts ordinance to crackdown on short-term rentals

May. 20, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland's mayor is planning to introduce an ordinance that would force online short-term rental companies like Airbnb to take down unpermitted rentals. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the proposed crackdown in Oregon's largest city follows a federal court ruling in March that...

Portland State picks acting president, raises tuition

May. 14, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Board of Trustees at Portland State University have appointed an acting president to replace Rahmat Shoureshi, who resigned Friday after 21 months on the job. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the board gave the temporary assignment to Stephen Percy, dean of the College of Urban...

City, state partner to deal with Portland Superfund site

May. 10, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City of Portland and the state of Oregon say they're partnering to address the Portland Harbor cleanup efforts. Last December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the entire Portland Harbor site must meet certain goals toward figuring out a cleanup plan by the end...

Mister Rogers' home state plans day of kindness in his honor

May. 10, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Residents of Fred Rogers' home state of Pennsylvania will be encouraged to exhibit acts of kindness in honor of the beloved PBS children's show host. Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday said the state's website will share stories of good deeds and kind gestures May 23 for "1-4-3 Day," named for...

Virtual field trip to highlight Smokey Bear campaign

May. 3, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

CAPITAN, N.M. (AP) — Public broadcasting stations that serve New Mexico and parts of West Texas are teaming up with the U.S. Forest Service to create a virtual field trip that will highlight Smokey Bear, the cub that became the face of wildfire prevention. Officials say the virtual field trip will consist...

Oregon officials seek disaster declaration after flooding

Apr. 24, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Officials in eastern Oregon are urging the governor to declare a state of emergency in response to recent flooding. Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps was scheduled to be in Umatilla County to assess damage Tuesday, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Monday....

Attack give-and-take in four-way Spanish electoral debate

Apr. 22, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Four contenders to become the next Spanish prime minister exchanged heated attacks Monday night while slipping in campaign pledges during the first of two televised live debates heading into the weekend general election. The debate on Spanish public television and the second on Tuesday on a...

Potato farmers scrambling after long winter delays planting

Apr. 21, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Potato farmers are getting a late start on their crops because of a long winter and record snowfall in east Oregon and Washington. Normally, farmers start planting potatoes at the end of February. But this year the ground was frozen or flooded much later than usual. Washington State...

Man writes memoir on journey from West Indies to W.Va.

Apr. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A memoir called "I Am a Dirty Immigrant" is the story of one man's journey from the West Indies to West Virginia. Anderson Charles grew up in a tightly knit community in Grenada, and in 1986, moved to Kentucky to play basketball and attend college. Back home, neighbors often pitch...

Court finds part of juvenile sentencing law unconstitutional

Apr. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that the state is violating the U.S. Constitution when it sentences juvenile offenders to life in prison without considering their youth. The court in its 2-1 ruling Wednesday found that the state is in conflict with the Eighth Amendment when...