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National Weather Service: Weekend weather could mean fire…

National Weather Service: Weekend weather could mean fire…

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Gusty winds plus low humidity on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7, could repeat the conditions of the 2020 wildfires.
Oregon congressional races tighten,  forecaster says

Oregon congressional races tighten, forecaster says

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Legislative races see some third-party interest in several districts, too.
Rushed wildfire risk map recalled by Department of Forestry

Rushed wildfire risk map recalled by Department of Forestry

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Property owners in the high or extreme risk categories were suddenly faced with new regulations, including special building codes and fire-safe…
Do we have enough water in Oregon? Depends who you ask

Do we have enough water in Oregon? Depends who you ask

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The survey reveals there is a gender divide when it comes to who thinks there is enough water.
Kristof gives over $1 million in political contributions…

Kristof gives over $1 million in political contributions…

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Columnist gives remaining contributions to Oregon Strong, a new committee with personal ties.
Ready, set, go: Less than 100 days until election

Ready, set, go: Less than 100 days until election

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Labor Day, the traditional 'kick-off' of the general election campaign, is still a month away.
Speakers pay tribute to Mark Hatfield on his centennial

Speakers pay tribute to Mark Hatfield on his centennial

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His youngest child joined three governors and two institutions that benefited from his 46 years in Oregon office.
Watch: Candidates for governor take stage in first debate

Watch: Candidates for governor take stage in first debate

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Democrat Tina Kotek, Republican Christine Drazan and unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson say they can fix Oregon.
New election endorsements and forecasts in Oregon races

New election endorsements and forecasts in Oregon races

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Endorsements and predictions continue to come in the 2022 Nov. 8 general election.
Gov. Brown orders state of emergency over heat wave

Gov. Brown orders state of emergency over heat wave

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Temperatures that could range above 100 degrees for the next six days have been forecast across the state.
Native students from any state to get PSU tuition discount

Native students from any state to get PSU tuition discount

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Portland State University extends in-state tuition rates for tribal members from across the United States.
Man shot by police near Jefferson County Fair identified

Man shot by police near Jefferson County Fair identified

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Eye witnesses describe the scene with an armed man before police chased and shot him; he is being held in custody.
Oregon governor's race generating tsunami of campaign cash

Oregon governor's race generating tsunami of campaign cash

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Republican Drazan, unaffiliated Johnson and Democrat Kotek are already on track to blow past the $40 million in the last race for governor.
Pet Tributes: Honor and celebrate the life of your pet

Pet Tributes: Honor and celebrate the life of your pet

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Pamplin Media partners with DoveLewis on Pet Tributes - a new program to help readers heal after the loss of a pet
Dozens of Oregon groups support River Democracy Act

Dozens of Oregon groups support River Democracy Act

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If passed, the bill would add nearly 4,700 miles of rivers and streams in Oregon to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Column: Our comments are leaving; our commitment isn't

Column: Our comments are leaving; our commitment isn't

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Starting Aug. 1, Pamplin Media Group will no longer host online comments on its articles.
And they're off! (Well, actually parked) 

And they're off! (Well, actually parked) 

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The annual Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance hosts 300 classic and modified cars today, with a focus on British cars 
1935 Mercedes from Tigard tops Forest Grove classic car show

1935 Mercedes from Tigard tops Forest Grove classic car show

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The prestigious Concours d'Elegance returned to Pacific University after two years, drawing thousands of car buffs
New omicron variant drives up COVID-19 re-infections

New omicron variant drives up COVID-19 re-infections

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The Oregon Health Authority also suggested the following measures used earlier in the pandemic to keep the virus from spreading.
Tree-ravaging beetle threatens Oregon ecosystems

Tree-ravaging beetle threatens Oregon ecosystems

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The emerald ash borer was spotted in Forest Grove, Oregon Department of Forestry officials say.
Ukraine tensions underscore air combat training in Oregon

Ukraine tensions underscore air combat training in Oregon

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The training is meant to teach pilots from different branches of the U.S. military how to work together in combat situations.
New Red Electric Bridge unveiled

New Red Electric Bridge unveiled

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Portland Parks & Rec touts new pedestrian bridge along Red Electric Trail in Southwest Portland
Oregon National Guard bars unvaccinated soldiers from duties

Oregon National Guard bars unvaccinated soldiers from duties

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Summer is the time when many National Guard units go through their mandatory two-week training, often working with active-duty personnel.
Noncitizen voting language OK'd by Multnomah County…

Noncitizen voting language OK'd by Multnomah County…

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Expanding voting to non-citizens in Multnomah County is one of several charter changes voters will weigh in on.
Gloomy forecasts for Democrats in two key Oregon races

Gloomy forecasts for Democrats in two key Oregon races

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Experts say races for Oregon governor and Fifth Congressional District are too close to call for now.
Fight begins over Portland charter changes

Fight begins over Portland charter changes

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Proposed ballot measure means voters could overhaul city governance at the Nov. 8 general election.
Noncitizens in Multnomah County could be granted right to…

Noncitizens in Multnomah County could be granted right to…

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A proposed change to the county charter aims to enfranchise noncitizens and other groups.
Local author predicted grim Portland years ago

Local author predicted grim Portland years ago

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Long unavailable novel by writer Pierre Ouellette will likely be published again next year.
Survey: Wildfire fears eased after spring rains soak Oregon

Survey: Wildfire fears eased after spring rains soak Oregon

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Nearly 80% of respondents had moderate or great concern about the loss of public forestland.

FEMA: Safe Rest Village violates Sears Armory…

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FEMA: Safe Rest Village violates Sears Armory…
UPDATE: Portland is working to change the allowed use of the property used for the new Safe Rest Village.

East vs. west meets left vs. right in 5th District…

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East vs. west meets left vs. right in 5th District…
Abortion likely to be big issue in the election after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Minimum wage will increase July 1 in Oregon

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Minimum wage will increase July 1 in Oregon
Wages will increase to $14.75 for much of the Portland area, $13.50 for outlying areas.

TriMet to cancel some bus lines in September

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TriMet to cancel some bus lines in September
The regional transit agency is reducing service again because of its worst driver shortage.

Two insiders to head Portland planning,…

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Two insiders to head Portland planning,…
The interim director and interim deputy director are appointed as permanent bureau leaders.

A top GOP primary candidate bolts party to back…

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A top GOP primary candidate bolts party to back…
Top three Republican finisher says unaffiliated Johnson has best chance to be elected Oregon governor.

Election notes: Johnson 'friends' Facebook,…

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Election notes: Johnson 'friends' Facebook,…
Campaign contributions, spending heat up as the November general election looms.

Multnomah Safe Rest Village could open by mid-June

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Multnomah Safe Rest Village could open by mid-June
Southwest Portland lot at Sears Armory will be the first Safe Rest Village to open

Wild west will settle partisan power in Salem

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Wild west will settle partisan power in Salem
Both parties say they are confident of gains in the Oregon Legislature in the 2022 general election.

Redistricting roils legislative races east of the…

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Redistricting roils legislative races east of the…
The 2022 races for the Oregon Legislature will determine the mix of lawmakers the next governor will deal with for the next two years. 

Portland lost $1.4M; city leaders aren't saying how

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Portland lost $1.4M; city leaders aren't saying how
A public records investigation shows that someone swiped money meant to help build affordable housing.

Oregon poised to commit last of its emergency…

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Oregon poised to commit last of its emergency…
Officials tell lawmakers $30 million remains; $363 million paid during past year helped 55,000 families.

Oregon politics: New poll, Legislative Days and…

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Oregon politics: New poll, Legislative Days and…
An early poll of the race for governor shows a tight race among the trio of major candidates.

New and very different USS Oregon joins the U.S.…

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New and very different USS Oregon joins the U.S.…
The commissioning ceremony for the Virginia-class submarine will be live streamed at 8 a.m. Saturday. May 28.

Oregon officials are monitoring monkeypox, avian…

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Oregon officials are monitoring monkeypox, avian…
Monkeypox is not a new virus, and health officials are prepared if it arrives in Oregon.

Oregon politics taking shape post primary

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Oregon politics taking shape post primary
National parties and political observers assess the results of the May 17 election.

Outgoing PCC head Mark Mitsui looks back on a busy…

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Outgoing PCC head Mark Mitsui looks back on a busy…
Mark Mitsui has served as PCC's president since 2016. He retires in June after more than 30 years in education.

Catching up with former NL MVP and Portland's own…

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Catching up with former NL MVP and Portland's own…
During recent visit, former Atlanta Brave recounts learning baseball as a youth in Portland and how MLB can improve.

Johnson goes 'full-court press' in insurgent…

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Johnson goes 'full-court press' in insurgent…
The non-affiliated candidate for Oregon governor needs 24,000 voter signatures by Aug. 16 to make Nov. 8 ballot.

Primary is end of beginning of 2022 election

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Primary is end of beginning of 2022 election
Former Oregon Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) iwill start running for governor backed by $1.75 million in contributions from Nike CEO.

Oregon leaders worried by mega-drought fire season

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Oregon leaders worried by mega-drought fire season
The sustained dry periods make trees and other vegetation more likely to ignite if hit by lighting or human carelessness.

Hillsdale apartment complex shooter sentenced to…

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Hillsdale apartment complex shooter sentenced to…
Luke Stolarzyk, who fired AR-15 throughout Stephens Creek Crossing in 2021, takes plea deal

Gabriel Park reopens with massive, all abilities…

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Gabriel Park reopens with massive, all abilities…
Inclusive play equipment, sensory wall, mark $4.3 million remodel to Southwest Portland park

Political notebook: Schrader trouble, Kristof cash,…

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Political notebook: Schrader trouble, Kristof cash,…
Political moves continue as the May 17 primary election voting deadline nears.

Primary vote counting could drag into June

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Primary vote counting could drag into June
A new Oregon law allows mail-in votes to be counted if they arrive at election offices a week after the May 17 primary.

Wheeler announces livability initiatives at City…

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Wheeler announces livability initiatives at City…
The Portland mayor amplifies on his proposed $6.7 billion budget during his annual State of the City speech.

Democratic governor candidates participate in forum

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Democratic governor candidates participate in forum
Party activists gather at Sunriver with ballots in the mail ahead of the May 17 primary election.

PPS will dip into reserves to save jobs, lower…

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PPS will dip into reserves to save jobs, lower…
Facing a $40 million budget gap, Portland Public Schools proposes using reserves and one-time funds.

Election heats up as ballots go out and ads go up

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Election heats up as ballots go out and ads go up
The state primary election will set up the races for the Nov. 8 general election.

GOP wraps up conference, Democrats to meet

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GOP wraps up conference, Democrats to meet
Major parties meet, hear debates and take straw polls ahead of the May 17 primary election.

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