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U.S. House Bill Would Make Funding for the Columbia River Crossing Even Tougher

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New legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives may put the Columbia River Crossing even further behind schedule.The U.S. House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation today upholds rules that keeps federal transit funding from going to projects like the CRC that haven't yet earned local funding and vital permits.
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) is a member of the U.S. House A...   More
 
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

City Blamed for Faulty Crosswalk in Pedestrian Death

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The family of an elderly woman who was struck and killed by a car last November in East Portland has filed tort claims against the city, saying a faulty crosswalk sign was a major factor in her death.Ksenia Aleksandrova, 71, and her husband Pavel Krivolenkov, 70, were crossing the street at Southeast 108th Avenue and Washington Street when they were hit by a car being driven by Kimberly Dennis.   More
 
Friday, June 14, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

State Charges OHSU Employee With Medicaid Fraud and Tax Evasion

UPDATED: Westwood was also charged in 2007 with drunkenly ramming Rose Garden security with his wheelchair

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The state of Oregon has charged an employee and instructor at Oregon Health and Science University with defrauding Medicaid and evading income taxes. A secret indictment (PDF) against Dean Howard Westwood, 48, alleges he defrauded Medicaid, the federal insurance program for lo...   More
 
Thursday, June 13, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

City, Police Union May Be at DOJ Impasse Over 48-hour Grace Period for Cops Involved in Shootings

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Negotiations between the city and its police union over federally-mandated reforms are at an impasse, but Portland Police Chief Mike Reese says he’s going ahead with as many changes as he can in the meantime.

The department released an 80-point “   More
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

City, Albina Ministerial Alliance Close to Deal on Police Reforms

Police union calls their negotiations failed

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Mayor Charlie Hales said this morning a deal between the city and the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition over the U.S. Department of Justice's mandated reforms is near.In a press release, the mayor's office played up the deal, which it says may be finalized within two weeks, and downplayed the fact that negotiations between the city and the Portland Police Association have stalled.In September ...   More
 
Monday, June 10, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Vista Bridge Barriers Would Cost $2.5 Million

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A 15-year-old Beaverton girl jumped to her death from the Vista Bridge yesterday, the latest in a string of well-documented suicides on the historic bridge.City leaders have come up with a plan that would place barriers on Southwest Portland bridge and still satisfy the Oregon Office of Historic Preservation.&n...   More
 
Thursday, June 6, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Republicans: Columbia River Crossing is Dead

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Republicans in the Washington Senate have taken to social media to say state funding for the Columbia River Crossing is dead.Proponents have said that unless Washington comes up with its $450 million share of the project this year, the CRC loses its spot in line for ample federal spending on the Interstate 5 bridges, interchanges and light rail.If word out of the majority Senate Republican ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

A Sheriff on Probation

The Multnomah County board prepares to crack down on Staton’s overtime spending.


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Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is about to see his runaway overtime spending put into lockdown. Staton routinely spends nearly twice the money he budgets for overtime, and he’s on pace to   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Coast Guard Meeting on Columbia River Crossing is Tonight

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The first of two public U.S. Coast Guard meetings on the Columbia River Crossing is tonight at the Red Lion in Jantzen Beach.

The meetings are set to run from 5 pm to 8 pm (the second is tomorrow in Vancouver) and include public testimony. The Coast Guard is still trying to decide if it will grant a vital permit to the $3.5 billion megaproject, which wants to build new Inters...   More
 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Sam Adams Gets Line of Glasses Named After Him

Yes, they're sustainable

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It was bound to happen: Portland's most famously bespectacled former mayor, Sam Adams, now has his own custom style that anyone can now buy.Adams, whose thick-rimmed hipster glasses put him in the four-eyed company of Buddy Holly and    More
 
Monday, June 3, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD
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