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The Woman Behind the Bridge

The force behind Oregon’s massive freeway project works for the governor—and a private company that wants it built.


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On Feb. 11, Gov. John Kitzhaber strode into a legislative hearing and made his strongest pitch yet for the massive highway project called the Columbia River Crossing.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

After Adventist Shooting Leak, Portland Cops Told to Not Talk to Media

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The day after officers leaked the news to The Oregonian that the man killed by police outside Portland Adventist Medical Center wasn't armed, Portland police command instituted a media lockdown.Officers were told at Wednesday roll call that they cannot talk to reporters without ap...   More
 
Thursday, February 21, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Bald Eagle Hit on I-84 is Paralyzed

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UPDATE: The eagle was euthanized Thursday by the Audubon Society, The Oregonian reports.

ORIGINAL STORY: A bald eagle hit by a car on Interstate 84 today near Interstate 205 is paralyzed and has a "guarded" prognosis, an Audubon Society veterinarian tel...   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Why is Oregon "the Best Place to Have Sex"?

Because, says a website, of its lack of restrictions on abortion.

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We may lack the romantic beaches of Hawaii or the urban charm of New York, but the Beaver State is the best place to have sex, at least according to progressive website Upworthy.Oregon earned this distinction by becoming the state with the least number of abortion restrictions in the nati...   More
 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Lynn Peterson to Become Washington's New Transportation Secretary

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UPDATE: Gov. Inslee's office confirmed at 1 pm that Peterson will be the next WSDOT secretary.

“We need an innovative approach to fixing a transportation network that is outdated and hampering our economic growth,” Inslee says in a statement. “Lynn has the experience, creativity and leadership skills to help Washington build a transportation system for the 21st century. And we’ll do...   More
 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Planned Parenthood Names a New CEO

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After a lengthy search Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette finally found a new CEO and President, the nonprofit announced today.The board tapped Stacy James, the CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of Montana.
James, who will start June 1, edged out former state Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland), ...   More
 
Monday, February 18, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Transportation Co-Chair: CRC Needs New Direction

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The open rebellion against the Columbia River Crossing project in Washington continues.Even as Oregon legislators have put $450 million for the project on the fast track, Washington Senate Transportation Committee Co-Chair Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima), is calling for a major overhaul of the $3.5 bi...   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hales Will Attend Premiere of James Chasse Documentary Alien Boy

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Mayor Charlie Hales will attend Friday's premiere of Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse, the scathing documentary about the police killing of James Chasse in 2006, his office has confirmed.
The movie, WW reviewer AP Kryza says, "plays out l...   More
 
Thursday, February 14, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Light Rail in Vancouver Headed to Court

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Vancouver light rail foes haven’t given up the fight to compel the city’s government from spending any resources on extending Portland’s MAX line to Vancouver’s downtown.

Seventy five plaintiffs filed suit against Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey on Monday, challenging a state law that required Kimsey to invalidate duplicate signatures.

“Six hundred and eight Vancouver vote...   More
 
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Drones: Coming to Clackamas and Corvallis Airspace

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Updated 1 pm: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. James Rhodes says there is no money and no immediate plans for a drone to join the department. He says they applied so that the department could use one, "should we choose to look into them."Original story: As concerns over the use of unmanned drone planes in the United States reach a feverish buzz, two more Oregon institutions are quie...   More
 
Monday, February 11, 2013 by ANDREA DAMEWOOD
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