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Oregon Democrats rally behind cap-and-trade emissions plan

Jun. 17, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. The House approved the plan 36-24 Monday after nearly six hours of debate, with supporters...

High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding cake

Jun. 17, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court decided Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings. The justices handed bakers in the Portland, Oregon, area a small victory by throwing out a...

Oregon public defenders mobilize for pay, staffing overhaul

Jun. 13, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Facing an ever-mounting caseload, dozens of public defenders in Oregon walked out of courthouses and into the Statehouse this week to lobby for a bill that would fix a staffing shortage and an outdated contract payment system that has some attorneys representing more than 200 clients at...

AP analysis: Legal pot for all takes a toll on medical users

Jun. 11, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by The Associated Press. Much of the decline comes from consumers who, ill...

Portland police shoot man with knife in downtown building

Jun. 9, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officers shot and killed Sunday a man armed with a knife who suggested he had an explosive device, the Portland Police Bureau said. The incident happened shortly before 10 a.m. at a building in downtown's Pearl District, police said. Officers were called to the building in response...

2 convicted for tossing horse lubricant and glitter on cops

Jun. 9, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Oregon protesters have been sentenced to five days in jail for throwing horse lubricant mixed with gold glitter on two police officers at a protest. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says the defendants were protesting against a rally organized by a right-wing group...

Climber says 'Don't mess with Rainier' after he was rescued

Jun. 7, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — One of the climbers stranded for days near the top of Mount Rainier in Washington state told reporters Thursday night, "Don't mess with Rainier." Climber Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy of Portland, Oregon, spoke those words as he described the harrowing conditions his group of four faced after one of...

US court weighs if climate change violates children's rights

Jun. 4, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In a courtroom packed with environmental activists, federal judges wrestled Tuesday with whether climate change violates the constitutional rights of young people who have sued the U.S. government over the use of fossil fuels. A Justice Department attorney warned three judges from the...

The Latest: US energy policy hurts young people, lawyer says

Jun. 4, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on young people suing the U.S. government over climate change (all times local): 3 p.m. A lawyer for young people who are suing the U.S. government over climate change says federal energy policy "puts children in harm's way." Attorney Julia Olson urged three judges from the...

Young Americans' lawsuit on climate change faces big hurdle

Jun. 4, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit by a group of young people who say U.S. energy policies are causing climate change and hurting their future faces a major hurdle Tuesday as lawyers for the Trump administration argue to stop the case from moving forward. Three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...