PORTLAND (AP) — The Portland Business Alliance, which aims to make downtown a hassle-free place to shop, is pushing the Oregon Legislature to give cities more freedom to pass tough sidewalk ordinances.
PENDLETON (AP) — The Oregon Army National Guard has won federal permission to use drones from the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton.
PORTLAND (AP) — An energy company has dropped plans for a coal export terminal downstream of Portland along the Columbia River and will look for another site in the Northwest, a spokesman said Wednesday.
EUGENE (AP) — Bargainers working on a new faculty contract at the University of Oregon are debating bread-and-butter issues such as pay and benefits along with questions about who’s in charge at the Eugene school, officials said.
SALEM — The Oregon House narrowly passed a bill on Tuesday requiring overtime pay, meal breaks and other labor protections for housekeepers, nannies and in-home cooks.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Medford Fire battalion chief Ron Nelson says a blaze at a vacant home this week was intentionally set. The Mail Tribune reports the fire heavily damaged the garage and caused smoke damage to the interior.
CAMARILLO, Calif. — A wildfire tearing through a coastal region in Southern California nearly tripled in size as high temperatures fueled the flames, but a fire official said early Saturday that a favorable shift in the weather will likely help crews make progress against the flames.
BOARDMAN (AP) — An Oregon State Police detective says a pipe bomb discovered in the Eastern Oregon city of Boardman would have damaged a mobile home park if it had exploded. Detective Dennis Wagner told the East Oregonian newspaper that the bomb’s potential blast radius was at least 100 yards. Two women found the unusual-looking device Saturday while cleaning up at Boardman’s Community Pride Day. It turned out to be a pipe bomb with explosive powder and 4-inch nails to create shrapnel.
PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon enrolls relatively few children in state-funded prekindergarten classes but spends more per student than every state except New Jersey, according to an annual report on the nation’s preschools. The rankings from the National Institute for Early Education Research are almost identical to the ones Oregon received last year and are similar to the institute’s initial report a decade ago.
SALEM (AP) — Oregon lawmakers don’t want the state to get stuck with the bill if a wave-energy company installs equipment off shore and then goes belly up. The Senate voted unanimously Monday to require that companies experimenting with wave energy in Oregon’s territorial waters show they have enough money to recover their equipment when they’re done with it. They’d be required to remove the equipment within two years of decommissioning it. The bill now goes to the House.
EUGENE (AP) — A U.S. tour operator who has been detained in North Korea since November attended the University of Oregon.
SEATTLE (AP) — A year after anarchists went on a rampage in downtown Seattle, organizers of Wednesdays’ May Day march hope the focus turns back to reforming the nation’s immigration laws. “There’s always a worry that some groups may want to take advantage,” Maru Mora, one of the organizers, said of the possibility of more disruptive activity this year. “But no, it’s more about ensuring that people pay attention to Congress.”
Strange lights, simple answer EUGENE (AP) — It wasn’t the full moon that was fretting the 911 callers from a Eugene, Ore., neighborhood. It was the mysterious lights
Multi-family cabinet orders are among driving factors EUGENE (AP) — Inside three adjacent buildings at Lanz Cabinets in west Eugene, workers are churning out hundreds of cabinets a day for apartments and homes, from Seattle to San Diego.
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