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Relying On An Old Man’s Money

After Hayes got nearly $40,000 from an octogenarian, Kitzhaber bailed her out.


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Tom Bates could have warned former Gov. John Kitzhaber about getting mixed up with Cylvia Hayes’ finances. Bates’ father, Whitney Bates, was 46 years older than Hayes when he became enthralled   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ringing the Truth


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One question swirling around former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, concerns the status of their relationship: With criminal investigations ongoing, would getting married pr   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Carbon Copy?

A climate-change bill will test Gov. Kate Brown’s independence.


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As Kate Brown takes office as Oregon’s governor, she’ll have little time to consider the whirlwind events that elevated her from her former job as secretary of state. Her first big politic   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

No Accident

Pressure from family and friends spurs police to make an arrest in the death of Cougar Burleigh.


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In the wee hours of Sunday, Oct. 12, Cougar Burleigh was found seriously injured and only partly clothed at the west end of the Burnside Bridge. As Burleigh lay dying at Oregon Health & Scie   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Governor in Waiting

If a growing scandal forces Gov. John Kitzhaber from office, Secretary of State Kate Brown will take over.


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Kate Brown wants to be governor. She might get her wish tomorrow. Or the next day. Or at least very soon. Brown, a Portland Democrat, is Oregon’s secretary of state, an elected post that overs   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Measly Numbers

Anti-vaccination ideas flourish at private and charter schools.


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Shining Star Waldorf School doesn’t look like a potential incubator for an outbreak of disease.  The small private school holds elementary and middle-school classes in a church basement   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 AARON MESH

Testing Flower Power

New state rules haven’t settled the debate over the testing of legal pot for safety and how fast it will get you high.


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Jesse Peters understands why the state of Oregon wants testing of the shiskaberry buds he grows on his Wilsonville marijuana ranch. Peters, president of Eco Firma Farms, knows that sending s   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 AARON MESH

Prison Blues—And Grays

An aging population of inmates is costing Oregon a bundle.


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Oregon prisons are looking more and more like assisted living centers. That’s because Oregon houses the highest percentage of elderly inmates in the nation, according to a 2014 report by the   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 GABRIELLA DUNN

Hotseat: Noah Ernst

The spokesman for a new coalition of Portland cab companies worries about Uber and what dumbed-down taxi rules will mean for Portland.


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Noah Ernst is hacked off. He’s been in the taxi business four years—first as a driver and now as a superintendent with employee-owned Radio Cab. He’s also the spokesman for a new lobbyin   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 WW Staff

McKeel-Hauled

A former county land-use inspector says Commissioner Diane McKeel retaliated against him on behalf of her allies.


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A former Multnomah County employee says Commissioner Diane McKeel had him fired last fall after he tried to stop her political friends from breaking land-use rules in violation of federal law.    More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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