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After tumultuous year, can Portland make a comeback?

Jun. 16, 2021 18:37 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...

Homicides are up, but GOP misleads with claims about blame

Jun. 10, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — “SKYROCKETING MURDER RATES,” claimed the National Fraternal Order of Police. “An explosion of violent crime," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Democrat-run cities across the country who cut funding for police have seen increases in crime,” tweeted...

'People are scared' as gang activity fuels Portland violence

Jun. 10, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When Oregon’s most populous city had a rampant gang problem 30 years ago, Portland detectives were stunned if they found more than a few dozen bullet casings after a shooting. Now, police are recording multiple shootings a week with 50 to 70 shots fired, and in one...

Portland to increase homeless camp removals

May. 20, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland said Wednesday it will increase the number of urban homeless camps they remove because of public health and safety risks beginning Monday. The “more assertive approach” from the city’s Homelessness and Urban Camping...

Police, FBI investigate shootings in Portland

May. 16, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police on Sunday were getting help from the FBI in investigating the latest round of shootings in Portland amid a “cycle of violence” that the city's police chief believes is gang-related. At least three shootings were reported over the...

Portland police, FBI respond to threats of gun violence

May. 15, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Citing intelligence that there are “imminent” efforts from outside groups to “engage and advance gun violence” this weekend, the Portland City Council announced police and the FBI will be on the streets of the city for the next few days. ...

Audit: Portland skipped safeguards to get virus grants out

May. 12, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A city audit has found that Portland failed to create a fair and transparent grant selection process, interpreted eligibility criteria loosely and didn’t protect against misuse of funds in their haste to get pandemic relief money to small businesses. ...

Portland: Feds to blame for cops failure in settlement deal

May. 07, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland city officials said they welcome constructive criticism from federal Justice Department lawyers who found the Police Bureau has failed to adhere to a settlement governing officers’ use of force. But officials also blame the federal government for...

FBI, cops investigating death threat against Portland mayor

Apr. 30, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The FBI says it’s helping the Portland Police Bureau in an investigation into a video posted on social media that includes a threat of violence against Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler if he does not resign. An anonymous account posted the video on...

Pacific Northwest faces shutdowns amid rising virus cases

Apr. 28, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington, their governors quickly reacted with shutdowns. Now they are about to impose new restrictions again as infections and hospitalizations rise to alarming levels. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown...