KOIN 6 News has posted an in-depth, interactive, multimedia special report on the unanswered questions surrounding the 30-year-old murder of Oregon Department of Corrections Director Michael Francke on its website.
The report is titled "Broken Dome: 30 Years Chasing Justice in Oregon," a reference to the department headquarters called the Dome Building in Salem where Francke's body was found Jan. 18, 1989. He died of a stab wound to the heart.
Petty Salem criminal Frank Gable was convicted of the murder June 27, 1991, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. But early this year, Oregon U.S. District Magistrate Judge John Acosta ruled that Gable probably is innocent and did not received a fair trial. Gable was released on June 28 while the Oregon Department of Justice is appealing the ruling.
The report includes links to archival KOIN 6 News stories of the murder investigation, arrest and trial, including an interview where Gable maintains his innocence. It also includes links to separate webpages exploring the questions that have long lingered about the case against Gable.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. You can find the report at www.koin.com/broken-dome. You can find a collection of previous Portland Tribune stories at www.Pamplinmedia.com/FranckeMurder.
Survey only partly helpful
The 2019 Portland Insights Survey commissioned and released by the City Budget Office in August is partly intended to help the City Council set budget priorities. But although most Portlanders agree on the top two priorities, they disagreed on the third.
According to the survey, the overwhelming majority of city residents chose increasing housing affordability and addressing homelessness as a top budget priority. After that, investing in city streets, sidewalks and transportation was the second-most cited budget priority citywide.
But the third most cited budget priority varied according to race. White respondents chose police services. Asian, black and Hispanic respondents selected economic development — including job creation and enhancing residents' capacity to start new businesses — above police services. And those who identified as multiracial selected Portland Parks & Recreation programs as their third-highest priority.
You can find the survey at www.portlandoregon.gov/cbo.
GOP raffling assault pistol
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke was quick to profit off his promise to confiscate AR-15 assault rifles during the last debate. Within hours his campaign was selling "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15" T-shirts for $30.
Not to be outdone, the Multnomah County Republican Party sent out an email reminding supporters it is raffling off a Ruger AR-566 pistol — the pistol version of Ruger's take on the AR-15 — as a fundraiser.
A similar gun was used by the mass shooter who killed nine and wounded more than 25 in Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 4.
"Show Beto what you think of his t-shirt," read the email from Chair James Buchal.
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