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(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland police union is asking Mayor Ted Wheeler to keep Mike Marshman on board as police chief.  The Portland Police Association says a survey of its members shows 94 percent back Marshman and want the mayor to discontinue the national search for Marshman's potential replacement.  Union president Daryl Turner says Marshman is more than qualified for the position and has the overwhelming support of his rank-and-file employees.  In response, Wheeler says he intends to see the search through after making it a primary commitment during his campaign, but he wants Marshman to participate as a candidate.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A recently-passed bill to legalize industrial hemp in Washington is now state law.  Hemp contains only small amounts of the chemical that produces the physical or mental effects of marijuana, and has been removed from the state's list of illegal drugs.  Advocates say hemp could become a new cash crop for Washington's farmers.  The federal government may also remove hemp from its list of banned drugs.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he's adding diet soda to the list of beverages he wants to tax to generate revenue for education and healthy-food programs.  Murray now calls the tax the "sweetened beverage tax."  The tax would amount to one-point-75 cents and would be added to naturally- and artificially-sweetened drinks including soda, energy drinks, juice, and sweetened teas in Seattle.  The proposed tax is opposed by retailers, who say it will drive up soft-drink prices and cost jobs.

(Portland, OR)  --  The number of reported car thefts in the Portland area is rising.  Officials say vehicle theft reports saw a 63-percent jump between January 1st and April 15th of this year over the same period in 2016.  Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Lufkin tells KGW-TV the reason is that most car-theft cases aren't being prosecuted, thanks to state court-of-appeals opinions that result in lenience for car thieves.  Lufkin says he's trying to help get a bill passed in the Oregon Legislature that would change the law and allow prosecution of auto thieves again.

(Olympia, WA)  --  One of the newly-passed bills signed into law this week in Washington will allow retail pot-shop customers to get free lock boxes.  Under the new law, the lock boxes can be given free to anyone 21 or older, or to a registered medical-marijuana patient who's at least 18 years old.  The measure gives licensed marijuana stores an exemption to current state law that bans them from selling anything other than marijuana products and from giving away items.  Governor Jay Inslee says the law will help keep young people from accessing marijuana.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A man accused of attacking a woman who was walking home from work in Hillsboro is behind bars.  Police say the guy attacked the 20-year-old victim Wednesday, near her apartment on Trailwalk Drive, after getting out of a white truck, grabbing her by the hair and throwing her to the ground.  The victim says the man, identified as 39-year-old Aaron Zoller, let go of her as she began to scream and she was able to escape.  Police say Zoller was arrested at his home after he was tracked through his license plate number.  He's facing assault and kidnapping charges.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Metallica tribute band from Spokane, whose equipment was stolen last weekend from the Chestnut Tree Inn in Portland, is getting a helping hand from Metallica itself.  The band Blistered Earth was victimized after playing the Portland gig last Saturday night, and band member Jared Kiess told KOIN-TV the trailer carrying 20-thousand dollars' worth of the band's instruments and equipment was taken.  Kiess says Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke with Blistered Earth's drummer yesterday and has offered to replace everything that was stolen.  Kiess says Blistered Earth is "beyond thrilled."

(Seattle, WA)  --  Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen plans to donate 30-million dollars to assist homeless and low-income families in Seattle.  The billionaire owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks says the permanent housing facility would benefit as many as 100 families.  The donation will help fund design and construction of the facility, for which a location hasn't yet been found.  The "Seattle Times" reports Mercy Housing Northwest will seek public funding to help defray the cost of running the facility.

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says a man wanted for sexually assaulting a sleeping girl in Milwaukie has been arrested.  Authorities say Santiago Martinez-Flores was arrested in southern California.  Deputies say he broke into a home in the 10-thousand-400 block of Southeast Cook Court in late February and sexually assaulted a sleeping nine-year-old girl.  Authorities say Martinez-Flores has a criminal record dating back to 1994.

(Portland, OR)  --  An Oregon senator is saying that President Trump doesn't have a clear plan on North Korea.  Trump hosted all 100 U.S. senators at the White House yesterday for a classified briefing on the situation.  Democratic Senator Jeff Merkely says the president's plan to respond to North Korea's aggression is not clear.  Merkley says he still has questions on what kind of damage North Korea could do with the nuclear program it's already established.

(Camas, WA)  --  Officials say a body found in a car connected to a missing teen is confirmed to be that of 16-year-old Cole Burbank.  Burbank's family previously announced his death via Facebook.  Police say the body was found Friday night in the car, which was parked at a shopping center in Chehalis, Washington.  Burbank was last seen alive on April 13th as he was leaving Camas High School to attend Running Start classes at Clark College, but he never showed up at the college.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Bureau of Transportation is about to start a bike-share program for the disabled.  The Adaptive Bicycle Project is designed to give disabled people access to cycling opportunities around Portland without having to own, store, and maintain a bike.  KATU-TV reports the adaptive bike-rental project will be one of the few in the nation to partner with local bike shops.

(Hood River, OR)  --  A woman who had vanished from the Hood River area in March has been found dead in the Columbia River.  Authorities say the body of 27-year-old Holly Lester was found Monday night.  Hood River police recently reported said Lester, her boyfriend, and another man were hitchhiking in an effort to get to the Olympia-Seattle area to be with family and friends.  Lester was reportedly last seen March 15th in the Hood River Safeway.  An autopsy will be conducted.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A change in Washington's criminal law, signed by Governor Jay Inslee, allows up to ten years to elapse from the time an attempted murder is committed before charges can be filed.  The law makes attempted murder different from most felonies, which have a three-year statute of limitations.  The bill's sponsor, Spokane Valley Senator Mike Padden, tells the "Spokesman-Review" attempted murder deserves a longer time limit, considering there's no time limit on when charges can be filed following a successful murder attempt.

(Portland, OR)  --  An active-duty Marine could be facing hate-crime charges, after he was accused of attacking an employee in an Iraqi restaurant in Northeast Portland.  Police say Sergeant Major Damian T. Rodriguez was one of two men who uttered racial slurs in the restaurant Friday evening, and is accused of picking up a chair and assaulting a server.  KGW-TV reports Rodriguez was initially accused of harassment and second-degree disorderly conduct and intimidation, but a hate-crime charge could be added.  Rodriguez has reportedly been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

(Aloha, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies are searching for a missing Aloha teen.  William Richard-Ricke identifies herself as Jasmine Rodriguez and has been missing from her home since Monday night.  She is five-feet eight-inches tall and about 100 pounds with dark skin.  Some of her belongings were found along Beaverton Road.  Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 503-846-2500.

(Portland, OR)  --  Organizers say the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade and Carnival has been cancelled because of threats of violence.  The parade is the first sanctioned event of the Portland Rose Festival.  Organizers said in a statement yesterday that the threats mean that they could not guarantee the community's safety at the event. The festivities had been set for Saturday.

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Department of Corrections has a new leader.  Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Stephen Sinclair to head the agency, which was a center of controversy last year after hundreds of inmates were mistakenly released before they had completed their sentences.  Inslee says he chose the 28-year Corrections Department veteran to run the agency, in part because of his work establishing a program to reduce recidivism by giving inmates job skills at the Sustainable Practices Lab.  Acting secretary Jody Becker will stay with the department as deputy secretary.

(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow the City of Portland to permanently reduce speed limits on its residential streets.  Only the state currently has the authority to set speed limits, and supporters of the bill say it can take the state a year or more to get it done.  Under House Bill 2862, only the city of Portland would be allowed to permanently reduce speed limits on its neighborhood streets by five miles per hour.  The measure has been approved by the House and moves on to the Senate for debate.

(Clackamas, OR)  --  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who's accused of raping a nine-year-old girl in February.  Authorities say 48-year-old Santiago Martinez-Flores is suspected of committing the assault on February 26th at Clackamas Trails Apartments in the Milwaukie area.  Deputies say Martinez-Flores, who served time in Oregon before he was deported to Mexico in 2001, entered the apartment and assaulted the child as she slept.  Anyone with information on his location is asked to call 503-723-4949.

(Newberg, OR)  --  Authorities say a 21-year-old George Fox University student, who was reported missing over the weekend, has been found dead.  Newberg-Dundee Police say Daniel Mellers, who was found yesterday evening in his car in the Sherwood area, took his own life.  Mellers was reported missing after he left his apartment Saturday night to get a soda and didn't return.  George Fox University officials say Mellers was a sophomore from Eaton, Colorado, who had enrolled as a member of the William Penn Honors Program.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle want to review Washington's laws regarding the sentencing of criminals.  Spokane Valley Senator Mike Padden says his legislation contains a provision to review the state's Sentencing Reform Act of 1981, a law which mandated a tougher stance on crime.  The measure calls for hiring a consultant to work alongside the Sentencing Guidelines Commission, which advises the governor and the Legislature on sentencing policies.  Padden says he'll push to have the bill passed during the special session.

(Olympia, WA)  --  For the seventh time in eight years, Washington state lawmakers are engaged in a special session in an effort to come to terms on a state operating budget.  The chambers were mostly quiet yesterday, with no sign of negotiations toward a budget agreement.  Senate Republicans are calling for House Democrats to vote on taxes they've proposed, but the Democrats say they won't bring those taxes up for a vote until a budget agreement is reached.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police are asking for the public's help in searching for a 17-year-old Beaverton girl who was reported missing a year ago.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office says Haley Caudle hasn't been seen by her family since April 19th, 2016, but could still be in the Beaverton area, or in Portland or Hillsboro.  Haley is described as white, five feet tall, 90 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information on Haley Caudle is asked to call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800-843-5678.

(Camas, WA)  --  Police say a four-year-old child was critically hurt in a crash on the Camas Slough Bridge on State Route 14.  The Washington State Patrol says an infant was also injured in the wreck, but is reported to be in stable condition.  The four-vehicle crash took place around 3:30 yesterday afternoon just west of Camas.  Both directions of the bridge were blocked following the accident, but the scene was cleared by around seven p.m.

(Tacoma, WA)  --  Authorities say a sting operation targeting child-sex predators has netted 12 suspects in Pierce County, Washington, including one who works with the state Department of Corrections.  Washington State Patrol Lieutenant Mike Eggleston tells KIRO-TV this type of sting operation has been in effect for more than two years and has netted 86 suspects.  Eggleston says the operation has generated hundreds of online responses from men and women seeking sex with underage boys and girls online.  The 12 men who were arrested yesterday are facing charges of attempted child rape.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities say a 57-year-old Gresham man who had been reported missing is said to be safe.  DeWayne Patterson was reported to have disappeared on April 18th after not showing up for work for several days.  Neighbors told investigators they had last seen Patterson on March 27th.  Gresham police say Patterson was found yesterday evening with family in California and is doing fine.

(Portland, OR)  --  A man who's accused of killing his girlfriend in a Portland motel is to make his initial court appearance today.  Joshua Carlson is facing a murder charge in the death of Valerie Johnson, who was found dead Friday at a Motel 6 in Southeast Portland.  Police tell KATU-TV Carlson was spotted in a stolen car and arrested hours after Johnson's body was found.  Carlson is scheduled for arraignment today.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Following a 105-day regular session, the Washington State Legislature will begin a special session this morning at ten o'clock with the hope of getting a budget passed for the next fiscal period.  Among the tasks at hand is coming to an agreement on how to meet the state Supreme Court mandate to fully fund K-through-12 education.  The Democratic-majority House and the Republican-majority Senate have each approved a budget plan, but they differ considerably from each other.  Governor Jay Inslee says it's a job that "cannot wait."

(Wilsonville, OR)  --  Authorities are investigating a head-on crash that left three people injured in Wilsonville.  Yesterday's wreck happened on Boones Ferry Road near Camping World, and crews had to cut two of those involved from their vehicles.  They suffered significant injuries.  The third person was also hospitalized.

(Portland, OR)  --  Transportation officials say the Morrison Bridge in Portland is accessible in both directions, following a weekend of repairs.  An eastbound lane reopened yesterday afternoon, and the Interstate 5 southbound exit to the Morrison Bridge westbound was open again by around 10 p.m.  The span was shut down Friday night so crews could continue the extended project to replace the lift span deck.

(Newberg, OR)  --  Authorities are looking for a 21-year-old George Fox University student who's been reported missing.  Investigators in Newberg say Daniel Mellers told his roommates Saturday night he was walking to a convenience store for some soda, but didn't return.  The roommates contacted Mellers's parents in Colorado the next morning, as well as Newberg police.  Daniel Mellers is described as five-feet-eleven, 185 pounds, last seen wearing a maroon hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.  Anyone knowing his location is asked to call 503-538-8321.  

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland pizzeria is now listed among Guinness World Record-holders.  Scottie's Pizza Parlor on Southeast Division Street was officially recognized yesterday as having the world's cheesiest pizza, with its Centouno Formaggio, which means "101 cheese."  The slice was prepared for the "Portland Mercury's" annual Pizza Week.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Under a measure signed by Governor Jay Inslee, Washington will attempt to save hundreds of thousands of acres of timberland from being destroyed by wildfires.  The state lost about 380-thousand acres in 2014 and more than a million in 2015.  The legislation calls for the state Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan that might include mechanical thinning or prescribed burns, identifying 200-thousands acres of fire-prone lands and communities every two years.  Regular progress reports to the Legislature and the Office of Financial Management would be part of the forest-health assessment and treatment plan.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gas continues to get more expensive in Portland.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-78 a gallon, or a penny-and-a-half above the average of a week ago.  At this time last year, a gallon of regular in the Portland area sold for an average of two-21.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  A woman is being treated for serious injuries, after being hit by a freight train in Beaverton.  Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue officials tell KOIN-TV the 26-year-old pedestrian was crossing against the train safety arms and looking at her phone when she was hit by the Portland and Western train.  The crash happened yesterday afternoon at Southwest Lombard Avenue and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.  The woman's injuries are considered life-threatening.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill which targets the thousands of prohibited buyers who attempt to purchase firearms in Washington each year has new life.  The measure had initially missed a floor vote by the usual deadline, but the full Senate voted on the bill yesterday.  The bill, to which some amendments were added in the Senate, would assign the Washington State Patrol to follow up on all failed background checks for firearm purchases.  The House will next vote on the Senate amendments.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers are resigned to the fact that there will be a special legislative session.  House and Senate leaders say their respective budget plans will be giving way to a package that will require negotiation from both sides.  The main point of contention will be public education, which the Legislature is mandated by the state Supreme Court to fully fund under the McCleary decision.  Governor Jay Inslee is likely to call lawmakers into an overtime session beginning Monday.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying more at the gas pump.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the current average for regular is two-78 a gallon, a penny-and-a-half above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-42 a gallon.

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  Authorities say they've arrested a man who's accused of walking into a Happy Valley Denny's and setting a customer on fire.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say 24-year-old DeShaun James Swanger was arrested last night without incident at a home on Southeast 80th.  Investigators say Swanger sat next to the 69-year-old victim Wednesday night, poured liquid on him, and set him on fire.  The man is listed in critical condition.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Benton County authorities say they've arrested a man who's accused of murdering a woman whose body was found near Alsea.  Sheriff's deputies say 27-year-old William Chase Hargrove is suspected in the murder.  The woman's body was found in a wooded area Monday.  Her name hasn't been released, and cause of death hasn't been made public.

(Newport, OR)  --  Investigators say an improperly discarded cigarette caused a fire that killed four people and injured several others at a motel in Newport last summer.  One of those injured was Rebecca Joanne Sinclair, who authorities say improperly disposed of the cigarette.  She's facing charges including manslaughter.  The fire resulted in the deaths of 51-year-old Tammi Sue Hepner, 63-year-old Allen Arthur Hepner, 60-year-old Sandra Sue Shoemaker, and 64-year-old Danny Keith Shoemaker.

(Seattle, WA)  --  One police officer remains in serious but stable condition, following an attempted robbery and shooting at a 7-Eleven in downtown Seattle.  Two other Seattle police officers were shot and less severely wounded, and a third was hit over the head with a bottle following the attempted robbery at the 1st Avenue store.  Authorities say two suspects were detained and one was found barricaded inside a building, and had died.  The officer who's in serious condition was shot in the chin and the ribcage.

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler is helping spearhead an initiative to have self-driving cars cruise the streets of Portland by the end of this year.  Wheeler and City Commissioner Dan Saltzman say the initiative is called the Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative.  The mayor says the program can help the city of Portland benefit from cutting-edge technology that expands access to public transit and reduces pollution and congestion.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation has been directed to advance the initiative within the next 60 days.

(Happy Valley, OR)  --  Authorities say a 69-year-old man is in critical condition, after he was set on fire in a Denny's restaurant in Happy Valley.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says a man walked into the restaurant around nine o'clock last night, sat next to the victim, then poured a liquid on him and tossed a burning object at him, setting him ablaze.  The assailant, who's described as being five-feet-ten to six feet, in his mid to late 20s, wearing a flat-brim hat, black hoodie, gray sweatpants with a black stripe, and black shoes, ran out of the building.  Deputies are hoping witnesses will step forward.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's state unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since August 2007.  The Employment Security Department says the jobless rate for March was four-point-seven percent, compared to four-point-nine percent the previous month.  Washington employers added ten-thousand-700 nonfarm jobs in March.  The state's labor force rose to three-point-68-million people, up 15-hundred from February.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland will be using gas from sewage to power city vehicles.  City commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to convert the methane released from the city's wastewater plant into compressed natural gas.  It's expected to produce enough to power more than 150 large trucks every year.  The 15-million-dollar project will create a system to do the conversion that should get the vehicles running by the end of next year.  Officials say it should save taxpayers money in the long run while improving air quality.

(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police say a woman was injured after her vehicle crashed into a utility pole.  Authorities say the wreck happened last night near the intersection of Northeast 181th Avenue and Northeast Pacific Street.  Officials say the pole was heavily damaged and power lines fell on the road.  The woman was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

(Portland, WA)  --  A new report shows the cost of renting a place to live in Portland may be on the way down.  Rental-housing association Multifamily Northwest says the rental vacancy rate in the area has risen from two percent five years ago to between four and five percent, meaning rental rates could soon level off or fall.  Economist Jerry Johnson tells KOIN-TV there's now more supply of rentals to meet the demand.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill aimed at updating already-existing Washington state laws that make it illegal to talk on a cell phone without a hands-free device, or to send a text, is expected to be signed by Governor Jay Inslee.  The House and Senate have agreed on a compromise to legislation that passed in both chambers.  Supporters of the measure say since the original law was enacted, there are more uses for a smart phone, just about all of which would be illegal under the new law.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the name of the man who's accusing Murray of sexual abuse is "not familiar" to him.  Delvonn Heckard has elected to reveal his identity, about two weeks after he filed a lawsuit that claims he was a teenager when he was abused by Murray and was paid money by the defendant for sex.  Murray tells KOMO-TV he didn't have sex with Heckard or any other minor and has never paid anyone for sex.  Murray says he's sure the accusations are politically motivated.

(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police say three people were injured as a result of a crash only inches away from a busy restaurant in Beaverton.  Authorities say it's possible the driver suffered some sort of medical emergency, drove erratically for about two blocks, hit a bicyclist, and struck a tree, which caused the car to overturn.  Police say the car also hit a woman sitting outside the McMenamins restaurant in the area of Southwest Murray Boulevard and Allen Boulevard before coming to rest outside the building.  The driver was airlifted to a hospital, and there's no word yet on her condition.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland's 5th Avenue Building downtown is set to reopen today, about a week after shutting down due to part of the facade buckling.  The owner of the building tells KOIN-TV businesses housed in the building will open when they're ready, including 24 Hour Fitness, which will open at 5 a.m.  The buckling prompted evacuation of all the businesses and tenants inside, including eBay, OHSU, and a KinderCare location.  Building managers and engineers are still trying to trace the cause of the buckling.

(Clark Co., WA)  --  Authorities say a longtime Portland police officer who was off-duty was arrested in Clark County during the weekend for suspicion of DUI.  Officials say Rodney Gustafson has been with PPB for 27 years.  Authorities say Gustafson was arrested after he was spotted driving the wrong way on Highway 99 Saturday morning.  Sergeant Chuck Christensen of the Clark County Sheriff's Office tells "The Oregonian" a pair of sobriety tests returned blood-alcohol content readings of point-135 and point-137, respectively, compared to the legal limit of point-08.

(Renton, WA)  --  Police in Renton, Washington say they've arrested a man who's being investigated for DUI for the 11th time.  Officials say 59-year-old Dean Hermsen was arrested for his first DUI offense in 1984, and the 11th arrest happened Friday.  Hermsen was released from prison five months ago after serving time for his 10th DUI offense, for which he was described by a prosecutor as "a grave danger to the community."  The "Seattle Times" reports Hermsen's blood was drawn at a hospital following his arrest Friday, and the results of toxicology tests are pending.

(Polk Co., OR)  --  A suspect in a deadly hit-and-run crash on Highway 22 is facing charges.  Police say 19-year-old Brenden James Duck is charged with felony hit-and-run, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and criminal mischief.  Investigators say the crash killed 43-year-old James Rudolph Osredkar of Sheridan, who was riding his motorcycle early Friday morning when he was hit.  Along with Duck, troopers sought 23-year-old Makayla Aldeguer  of McMinnville and 19-year-old Jessica Jaeger of Sheridan.  Aldeguer is still being sought.  

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a robbery and a shooting that left two people injured in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say officers responding last night to a report of shots fired found two people injured near the intersection of Northeast 20th Avenue and Alberta Street.  Police say one victim had been shot and the other had been hit with a baseball bat.  Investigators were given descriptions of three suspects including two East African men and one white man.

(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland will ask for the public's input into a planned redesign of Washington Park.  One of the goals of the new master plan is to reduce the number of cars in the park and increase the amount of park space.  The park's last major renovation happened in 1981.  Residents will have until April 30th to submit ideas online at

(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says despite sexual-abuse allegations against him, he fully intends to continue as mayor and run for re-election.  Murray tells KING-5 he denies the allegations and says he and his husband will not back down from a full legal battle.  He says Seattle is a fair city and will give him a chance.  Murray is meeting still another challenge as former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has announced he'll run against Murray in the race to be the city's chief executive.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would reboot the process of planning a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River continues to advance.  The Washington state Senate has sent the measure to Governor Jay Inslee.  The measure would establish a Joint Oregon-Washington legislative action committee to begin a process towards development for a new bridge.  However, "The Oregonian" reports that so far, Oregon officials have made it clear that a revived Columbia River bridge project is not an immediate priority.

(Salem, OR)  --  Legislation that would strengthen background checks, make it tougher to get a concealed weapons permit, and remove guns from people who are judged to be too unstable to handle them are among bills being considered by an Oregon state Senate committee.  The full Senate is slated to vote on all three measures next Tuesday.  Should they pass, they'll move on to the House for consideration.

(Undated)  --  Oregon's favorite jelly bean flavor is probably not what you may think.  Oregonians love watermelon flavor. gathered nine years of sales data to find each state's favorite in honor of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day Saturday.  Watermelon is also the favorite flavor in Hawaii, Wisconsin, Virginia, Alabama, and Florida.  Juicy pear is Washington's favorite.

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland woman is facing federal charges, after being accused of sex trafficking involving a three-year-old child.  Authorities say 27-year-old Kelsey Christine Wheeler was arrested last week after meeting with a Salem man, who was being investigated in connection with a child-porn case.  Investigators say he met Wheeler through a sex ad online, and Wheeler was accused of offering an "encounter" with a young child for one-thousand dollars.  Wheeler is to be arraigned on August 11th.

(Klamath Co., OR)  --  Oregon State Police are investigating a crash that killed a Salem man in icy conditions in Klamath County.  Authorities say the man lost control of his Subaru on westbound Highway 58 around 7:15 yesterday morning and was hit by an eastbound Nissan.  The man died at the scene, and three people in the Nissan were injured.  All are expected to recover.

(Portland, OR)  --  A building that housed a Portland furniture store for 80 years will become a shelter for the homeless, temporarily.  The old Shleifer furniture store closed in 2015, and the developer who plans to turn the property into a hotel has agreed to shelter homeless people there for six months.  The Columbia shelter, located on the corner of Southwest 4th Avenue and Washington Street, will be moved to the Shleifer building on Southeast Grand.  Officials say the new Columbia shelter will provide overnight accommodations for up to 100 people, including men, women, and couples.

(Olympia, WA)  --  It could cost more to get electronic copies of records in Washington, under a bill that's on its way to the governor.  Government agencies can already charge up to 15 cents per page for photocopying documents in response to public records requests, but the bill says agencies will be allowed to charge up to ten cents per page for scanned documents and up to five cents for every four electronic attachments.  Supporters of the bill say it's intended to reduce what they say are excessive public-records requests.  It would also allow agencies to deny broad requests for all of their records, as well as some repetitive requests automatically generated by computer bots.

(Everett, WA)  --  Boeing Company says it will lay off hundreds of engineers by the end of this week.  The Everett "Herald" reports John Hamilton, the head of engineering for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, told employees the cuts are necessary for the aviation giant to remain competitive.  He also said more cuts could be made later this year.  Boeing employs nearly 147-thousand worldwide, with nearly half in Washington.

(Portland, OR)  --  A death investigation is underway, after human bones were found by hikers along a trail in Southwest Portland.  Authorities say the remains were spotted yesterday afternoon on the side of a trail in the River View Natural Area west of Macadam Avenue.  Homicide detectives, forensic evidence criminalists, and the Oregon State Medical Examiner appeared on the scene and examined the area.  The state Crime Lab will put the bones under further examination.

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are investigating, after the wife of a state senator was killed in a crash as she walked along Interstate 5.  Authorities say 54-year-old Leta Baertschiger was walking in the right lane of southbound I-5 near Grants Pass when she was hit by a truck around eight o'clock Saturday night.  Police say the truck driver was unable to avoid hitting Baertschiger, who was killed at the scene.  Her husband, Republican Herman Baertschiger, is a Republican representing Grants Pass in the 2nd District.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that now has Governor Jay Inslee's signature legally defines mead, otherwise known as honey wine.  Under the measure, the fermented honey drink can now be sold and refilled in growlers from any place that already offers growlers for beer and cider.  Mead is produced by fermenting honey and water and, perhaps, adding spices, fruit, and hops.  Before the bill became law, mead was considered to be a type of wine and was assessed a levy by the Washington State Wine Commission, but it now no longer requires such a levy.

(Tigard, OR)  --  Tigard police are investigating, after a suspected burglar shot himself to death.  Authorities say it took place Friday evening at a building near the 15-thousand block of Hall Boulevard.  Officials say when the man encountered police officers, he shot himself.  The name of the 48-year-old man hasn't been released.

(Camas, WA)  --  A Camas teenager who's been missing since Thursday is still being sought.  Authorities say 16-year-old Cole Burbank was headed to Clark College to attend Running Start classes but never showed up.  Family members and friends have organized search parties and say they've gotten leads they haven't been able to confirm.  Cole Burbank is described as white, stands five-feet-ten, weighs 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing dark jeans and a dark sweatshirt.  Anyone who's seen him is asked to call 911.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating the shooting death of a man near Portland's Menlo Park Elementary School.  Authorities say witnesses tried CPR on the victim, Larry Edwin Van Dolah, Jr., but he died at the scene last night.  Police say the suspects, three black males, ages 16 to 21 years old, were all wearing hooded sweatshirts and were seen running south on 128th Avenue across East Burnside Street.  No suspects have been identified.

(Federal Way, WA)  --  Authorities say a woman who was killed in a crash in Federal Way, Washington Saturday morning was the sister of former University of Washington and current Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas.  Police say 22-year-old Chyna Thomas was heading south on Interstate 5 north of 288th when her car went off the road.  The vehicle landed on a barrier and hit a pole, and Thomas died at the scene.  The crash is still under investigation.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police are looking for the driver in a hit-and-run crash that put two people in a hospital.  It happened late last night on Southeast 122nd Avenue and Stark Street.  Authorities say they're looking for a white SUV that drove off after colliding with another car and sending it into a utility pole.  There's no word at this time on the condition of the people who were injured.




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  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Reed Market to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.