Portland State to Rename Neuberger Hall: Portland State University is in the middle of a $70 million renovation of Neuberger Hall at Southwest Broadway between Harrison and Hall streets. The building was named after U.S. Sen. Richard Neuberger (D-Ore.), who championed PSU's transition from a stop-gap for returning GIs into Oregon's largest university. But the name of the senator, who died in office in 1960 at age 47, will soon be removed from the building. PSU spokesman Chris Broderick says the new name, to be revealed next year, will reflect a gift to the university. Neuberger's name will grace a different building on campus, Broderick says.
Eudaly Campaign Supporter Gets Contracts: A campaign supporter of City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has received $30,000 in no-bid city contracts, including to rebrand the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Jen Wick's work was revealed last week when Eudaly announced that ONI was renamed the Office of Community and Civic Life, which came with a new logo Wick designed. During the 2016 primary, Wick's firm gave $1,300 in in-kind services for design work to Eudaly's campaign. So, did Wick get the contracts, which include templates, business cards and website work, because of her campaign contribution? Eudaly's office says no. "We selected Jen Wick because she is an outstanding designer who has consistently delivered vibrant, high-quality work," says Eudaly policy adviser Winta Yohannes. "We were proud of the work she did for the campaign, and we are again impressed by the work she's delivered on this project."
Carpenter Foots Bill for Gubernatorial Bid: Bend businessman Sam Carpenter spent $335,000 trying to win the GOP nomination for governor. Carpenter ran to the right of state Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend) with a "Make Oregon Great Again" slogan. Buehler beat Carpenter 46 to 29 percent, while Greg Wooldridge got 20 percent. But what made Carpenter's campaign unusual was the degree to which he funded it himself. Carpenter reported receiving just $89,000 in cash from donors. He loaned his campaign $134,500 and covered another $73,340 in expenditures out of his own pocket. Last week, he wrote off the loans and the in-kind expenditures. Carpenter, who ran for U.S. Senate in 2016, says he's done with politics.
Student Still in a Coma After Amtrak Injuries: A Portland State University student has been in a coma since he was found unconscious near railroad tracks in Truckee, Calif., almost two weeks ago. The circumstances surrounding Aaron Salazar's unexplained injuries have raised questions about how Amtrak investigates possible crimes. The PSU Vanguard reported Salazar, 22, was returning to campus after visiting family in Denver. He was found by a railway worker with broken bones, brain damage and burns to his upper thighs and groin. Salazar's family suspects a hate crime. But Amtrak officials have said they found "nothing to suggest criminal intent."