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Twelve Oregon soldiers have won a long legal battle against military contractor Kellogg Brown and Root (or KBR) of Houston.  A Federal jury in Portland found the company was guilty of negligence regarding illnesses suffered by the men while guarding an oilfield water plant during the Iraq War in 2003.  KBR must pay $6.25 million dollars to each of the soldiers in punitive damages and $850-thousand dollars in non-economic damages.  Jason Arnold of Redmond tells KGW in Portland the jury’s decision is a little bit of justice…but says “the torch needs to go further and blaze hotter.”  Arnold says, "...This is never about money.  We still have men and women in Afghanistan and they’re fighting hard and they’re shedding blood.  There needs to be more oversight of these corporations that are making profits.”  Arnold and the other soldiers say they suffer from respiratory ailments after their exposure to sodium dichromate, which they say was not property handled by the company.  Attorneys for KBR says they will appeal the decision.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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