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Ore. advances bill allowing undocumented immigrants to drive

Jun. 18, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Undocumented immigrants in Oregon could legally obtain drivers licenses under a measure approved by the House. Lawmakers voted 39-21 Tuesday to send the Senate a plan expanding driving privileges to all Oregon residents regardless of their immigration status. The bill has been a priority...

Man formerly on death row agrees to life for prison murder

Jun. 18, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After spending a decade in and out of jail, waiting years on death row and having his death sentence overturned, a 41-year-old convicted murderer will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Statesman Journal reports Isacc Agee agreed to waive his right to a...

Salvation Army women's shelter to close

Jun. 18, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The loss of public funding at one of Portland's homeless shelters will leave about 80 women needing a new place to stay in late July. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Salvation Army gave incomplete answers on a new application for taxpayer money, leading to the loss of funding....

Government fails to release data on deaths in police custody

Jun. 18, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

More than four years after Congress required the Department of Justice to assemble information about those who die in police custody, the agency has yet to implement a system for collecting that data or release any new details of how and why people die under the watch of law enforcement. The information vacuum is...

Former Oregon daycare worker found guilty of teen sex abuse

Jun. 18, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A former Oregon daycare employee has been found guilty of sexually abusing teen girls. KPTV reported Monday that Jonathan Alexander Tyler was found guilty last week of charges related to planning meetings with two underage girls and having sex with one of them while he was a daycare...

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...

The Latest: Oregon House approves progressive climate policy

Jun. 17, 2019 11:31 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on Oregon's cap and trade proposal (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The Oregon House has approved an economywide cap-and trade-program. The program would put an overall limit on greenhouse gas emissions and auction off pollution "allowances" for each ton of carbon industries plan...

Emergency communication tower destroyed near Oregon coast

Jun. 17, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an emergency communication tower near the Oregon coast has been destroyed, causing over $60,000 in damage. The World reports the Coos County Sheriff's Office is offering a reward for the identification and conviction of the people responsible. The sheriff's office says...

Gray whale washes ashore on Oregon beach amid spike

Jun. 17, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — Officials with Seaside Aquarium say a female gray whale was found Friday stranded south of Sunset Beach. Biologists at the aquarium performed a necropsy on the 23-foot (7-meter) whale, but "nothing too telling was found," the aquarium said in a Facebook post. Officials say they...

All 7 of Oregon's public universities will raise tuition

Jun. 17, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — All seven of Oregon's public universities will raise tuition for the 2019-2020 school year, with officials citing increased costs and less money than expected from legislators. The hikes range from 2.33% at Western Oregon University in Monmouth to 9.9% at Ashland's Southern Oregon...