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Recall effort against second Oregon state GOP senator

Jun. 18, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A second Republican in the Oregon Senate is facing a recall effort after showing up to oppose a gun-control bill earlier this year. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that this week a Mount Vernon resident named Patrick Kopke-Hales initiated a...

Officers resign from Portland, Oregon, protest response unit

Jun. 17, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A team of 50 police officers who serve on a specialized crowd-control unit in Oregon and respond to Portland's ongoing, often violent protests have resigned en masse after a team member was indicted on criminal charges. During a Wednesday night...

After tumultuous year, can Portland make a comeback?

Jun. 17, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The smell of fresh empanadas wafted through the stands at Portland's Saturday Market. People talked through their masks with artists as others sifted through fork windchimes, crystal necklaces, tie dye dresses and clay mugs. The weekly event was...

Oregon lawmakers discuss amendment to "pause" evictions

Jun. 17, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With the state and federal eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of June, Oregon lawmakers are hastily working on an amendment to keep financially struggling tenants housed and avoid mass evictions next month. The proposed “Safe Harbor”...

Washington Wizards fire coach Scott Brooks after 5 seasons

Jun. 16, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal and the Wizards will have another coach next season after general manager Tommy Sheppard decided the organization is better off moving on from coach Scott Brooks. Washington made the playoffs three times under Brooks but...

Oregon Gov. Brown signs human composting bill

Jun. 16, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill passed by the Legislature legalizing human composting. Brown signed House Bill 2574 on Tuesday, which will legalize what’s also known as natural organic reduction, KOIN-TV reported. It also clarifies...

MacKenzie Scott donates $4M to Maine arts programs

Jun. 16, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has included the Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Expansion Arts Fund and Yarmouth's 317 Main Community Center in her latest round of donations. The Maine Expansion Arts Fund received $2.5 million and...

Portland police officer indicted on protest assault charge

Jun. 15, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County grand jury has returned an indictment against a Portland police officer accusing him of hitting an Oregon protester in the head with a baton in 2020. The indictment marks the first time in the county an officer has been...

Police release name of man killed near recreational trail

Jun. 15, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police have released the name of a man fatally shot on June 5 near the entrance of a bicycling and pedestrian trail called Springwater Corridor in Sellwood. Police said 45-year-old Gary O’Connor died at the scene, The...

Bill to close youth detention center is on governor's desk

Jun. 15, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature has voted to close the state's only youth detention center, but the governor hasn't said whether she'll sign the bill. The proposal would direct the Maine Department of Corrections to make a plan to close the Long Creek Youth...