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(Banks, OR)  --  Police are investigating a head-on crash that killed a Hillsboro man near Banks.  Troopers say 20-year-old Corey Vandehey veered yesterday into the path of a log truck on U.S. Highway 26.  Vandehey was killed.  The driver of the log truck was treated at a hospital and released.  The crash remains under investigation.

(Undated)  --  A new WalletHub survey shows Oregon is ranked 49th in the nation among states deemed best for military personnel to enjoy their retirement.  The survey cites criteria that include economic environment, quality of life, and access to health care.  Oregon received an overall score of 37-and-a-half, compared to top-ranked Alaska, which received a score of 62.  South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Florida round out the five best states for military retirees, while Washington ranks 26th.

(Everett, WA)  --  Tony Reed, one of two suspects in the murders of an Arlington, Washington couple, is slated to make his first court appearance today.  Reed was booked over the weekend into the Snohomish County Jail after he was arrested near the California-Mexico border.  He's accused of helping his brother, John Reed, murder Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude last month.  Reed is still on the loose.  The bodies of the couple haven't been found.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gas prices are up slightly.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-45 a gallon, about a half-cent above yesterday's average.  It's only about a penny-and-a-half higher than at this time last week.

(Battle Ground, WA)  --  Battle Ground police have a man in custody, after a three-year-old boy suffered critical injuries.  Officers were dispatched around seven o'clock yesterday evening to a house in the 16-hundred block of Southwest 6th Street.  The boy was transported to a hospital.  Police say a 40-year-old man was arrested.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Authorities say a man who was shot and killed by an Oregon City police officer was violently resisting arrest.  Officials say an attempt was made Saturday to arrest 38-year-old Travis A. Moore at his home on South 2nd Street in Oregon City when he became belligerent.  Police say a Taser was ineffective against Moore, who was wanted for failing to appear in court on a harassment charge.  One of the officers on the scene shot Moore, who later died of his wounds.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Police Bureau reports Chief Larry O'Dea says O'Dea was hunting in Harney County on April 11th when his gun went off, wounding the 54-year-old man in the back.  The man was treated at a hospital and released.  KOIN-TV reports O'Dea reported the incident to the sheriff's office, Mayor Charlie Hales, and the Portland Police Bureau's Professional Standards Division Captain.

(Yakima, WA)  --  A joint legislative panel is scheduled next month to review a rule that allows people to use public restrooms and other facilities in Washington based on their gender identity.  The rule, which was adopted last year by the state Human Rights Commission, has sparked major controversy, but legislative attempts earlier this year to pass a bill against it failed.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports the Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee is slated to meet in Yakima June 9th to determine whether a state agency has the authority to adopt such a rule.

(Salem, OR)  --  A jackpot of more than 200-million dollars is at stake tonight in the Mega Millions drawing.  The top prize is an estimated 203-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option will be 132-million.

(Portland, OR)  --  Bullseye Glass in Portland says it will have to lay off employees as a result of an order from the state to stop using lead and other components in its manufacture of glass.  The company says the restrictions will result in a stoppage in production of 80 percent of its products.  Governor Kate Brown directed the Department of Environmental Quality last week to issue the cease-and-desist order to be effective for ten days.  The order was issued after air-quality testing on May 19th showed lead levels at four times the 24-hour benchmark.

(Portland, OR)  --  MAX lines are back to normal, following two weeks of maintenance projects which halted various routes.  TriMet officials say drainage problems were fixed, switches were replaced, and track repairs were done over the last couple of weeks.  The maintenance work caused delays of up to 45 minutes for many commuters.  MAX routes returned to normal operation yesterday.

(Washington, DC)  --  White House officials say President Barack Obama will visit Seattle next month for a fundraiser.  The president is slated to raise money at the Washington State Convention Center on June 24th for Governor Jay Inslee, who's running for re-election.  SeattlePI.com reports Inslee's campaign fundraising is currently about three times that of his Republican challenger, Bill Bryant.  

(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions jackpot is now above the 200-million-dollar mark.  Tomorrow night's drawing will be for an estimated grand prize of 203-million dollars, after the weekend drawing failed to produce any jackpot winners.  The last grand-prize winner bought a ticket in Seattle worth 157-million dollars in early March.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate a deadly officer-involved shooting in Oregon City.  Authorities say a suspect was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in the area of Highway 99E and 2nd Street.  Police say the suspect resisted arrest and was wounded during the confrontation, which involved two officers.  The suspect, whose name hasn't been released, died at the scene.  One officer was treated for minor injuries.

(Ocean Park, WA)  --  Officials say a girl from Warrenton, Oregon drowned off the Washington coast.  Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson says a report that the girl vanished came in around seven o'clock yesterday evening.  Rescue teams spotted the girl about a quarter-mile from where she was believed to have gone in, and took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  Her name hasn't been released.

(Chicago, IL)  --  An agreement is to be signed today that will lead to delivery of 100 Boeing planes to Vietnam's only private airline.  "The Seattle Times" reports delivery of the Boeing 737 Max 200 planes to VietJet will run for four years beginning in 2019.  Boeing says the airline will expand its fleet to 200 by 2023.  The agreement is slated to be signed today in Hanoi during President Obama's visit to Vietnam.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are flat from yesterday in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-44, which is about two cents higher than the average at this time last week.  The national average for regular is two-28 a gallon.

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A Portland police officer is facing multiple charges in connection with a crash during which he's accused of driving drunk.  The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office filed nine misdemeanor charges yesterday against officer Daniel Craig Chastain in regard to the April 25th crash in Happy Valley.  Court papers say Chastain unlawfully and knowingly operated a City of Portland-owned vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.  The driver of a Toyota pickup truck involved in the crash was injured.

(Molalla, OR)  --  Authorities say an elderly man and his caregiver died in a fire early yesterday morning at a home near Molalla.  Fire investigators say the blaze, which happened early yesterday morning at the home along a rural stretch of Leabo Road, was confined to a bed but appears to have caused a large amount of smoke that killed the men.  The Molalla Fire Department says it's not known whether smoke alarms in the house were functioning at the time.  No names have been released.

(Stanwood, WA)  --  Snohomish County, Washington, authorities say skeletal remains found by hikers are those of a Portland man who disappeared 28 years ago.  Officials day dental records recently led to the positive identification of Roy T. Blair, who was 28-years-old when he vanished in 1988.  The remains were found on January 20th near Kayak Point.  After the identification was confirmed, Blair's sister and daughter were contacted in Portland.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Bill Bryant is officially running to unseat Democratic incumbent Washington Governor Jay Inslee.  The Republican, who has served on the Seattle Port Commission since 2008, announced last year he intended to run for governor.  In filing his paperwork yesterday, Bryant said the state of Washington is in need of new leadership.  A statewide Elway poll, taken in April, showed 48-percent of voters questioned preferred Inslee, while 36-percent favored Bryant.

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are seeing fuel prices continue to rise.  The average for a gallon of regular is two-44, a half-cent higher than yesterday.  It's also nearly four-cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Bullseye Glass in Portland is being required to stop the use of lead and other materials in the manufacture of its products for ten days.  Governor Kate Brown directed the Department of Environmental Quality yesterday to issue the cease-and-desist order, after air-quality monitoring at a daycare center near the glass company revealed immediate, short-term health risks from lead levels.  DEQ says test results showed the lead levels were four times the 24-hour standard.  Bullseye Glass Company vice president Jim Jones told KOIN-TV the new restrictions are making it extremely difficult for the business to move forward.

(Washington, DC)  --  A researcher for the University of Washington is one of the latest recipients of the nation's highest recognition for scientific achievement.  Dr. Mary-Claire King, who discovered the gene linked to increased breast-cancer risk, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation yesterday from President Obama.  In addition to discovering the gene, King developed DNA strategies now used in forensic anthropology and human-rights prosecutions around the world.  King also received an Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation Award in 2014 for her DNA-research discoveries.

(Portland, OR)  --  Parents are being warned, after a case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, was confirmed at Clinton Kelly Elementary School in Southeast Portland.  KATU-TV reports it brings the number of whooping-cough cases in the area this year to nine.  The Multnomah County Health Department says pertussis is more of a nuisance for healthy adults, but it can be dangerous for younger individuals.  Officials say vaccination is the best protection against it.

(Salem, OR)  --  Tonight's Mega Millions drawing is living up to its name.  The grand prize will be an estimated 187-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option is more than 123-million.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Police say a 13-year-old boy is being hospitalized after being hit by a suspected drunk driver in Hillsboro.  Authorities say the crash took place yesterday at the intersection of Southeast River and Southeast Witch Hazel roads.  Police say 22-year-old Cerefino Santos left the scene, but returned shortly afterward, then traveled down River Road and crashed into a ditch.  The teenaged pedestrian suffered minor injuries.  Santos wasn't injured.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 20-year-old man is facing charges, after being accused of stealing a hoverboard from a 14-year-old boy.  Portland police say Kwaleam Pinkly pointed a gun at the boy and stole the hoverboard Tuesday evening near Southeast 96th Avenue and Southeast Harold Street.  Authorities say Pinkly also pointed the gun at one of the victim's friends before he tossed the hoverboard into his car.

(Washington, DC)  --  New legislation going before Congress is intended to set a national standard for getting physical evidence from sexual assault victims.  Washington's senior U.S. Senator, Patty Murray says the bill aims to establish a national training program to expand health-care access for victims of sexual assault.  Murray says the measure is in response to a KING-5 report last year, which showed many hospitals in Washington state don't have a specially-trained forensic nurse examiner on staff to handle rape kits.  Also contained in the bill is 12-million dollars for a pilot grant program.

(Portland, OR)  --  Six people accused of perpetrating a "mob-style" robbery at an AT&T store in West Linn are in police custody.  Authorities say following the robbery yesterday, the four males and two females fled the store and piled into a vehicle, which took off but later crashed near Riverdale High School in Portland.  Police say the six fled the vehicle, but three were caught immediately and the other three were rounded up later.  Officials say the suspects include four men in their 20s and two juvenile girls.

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices are slightly higher today at the gas pump in the Portland metro.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-44 a gallon, up a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also four cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  A 15-year-old boy is in trouble with the law, after being accused of punching a TriMet bus driver.  Police say the attack took place in April in the area of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.  Three suspects were being sought initially, but authorities now say the 15-year-old is the only suspect.  The teen, who was arrested yesterday, is facing assault charges.

(Olympia, WA)  --  State officials say Washington added more than eleven-thousand jobs between March and April.   Despite that, the unemployment rate remains unchanged at a seasonally-adjusted five-point-eight percent.  Employment Security Department labor economist Paul Turek says the state's economy continues steady growth, with more than 100-thousand jobs added since April 2015.  The department says job growth during March was greatest in the professional & business services sector, with about 33-hundred new jobs.

(Olympia, WA)  --  State Route 99 in Washington will soon be named for a black Civil War veteran from the Evergreen State.  The Everett "Herald" reports the Washington State Transportation Commission has agreed to name S-R 99 after William P. Stewart of Snohomish, who fought in the 29th Colored Infantry during the Civil War.  The highway has been named for Confederate President Jefferson Davis since 1940, when markers were installed in Blaine and Vancouver by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  Former state Representative Hans Dunshee of Snohomish began an effort in 2002 to have the highway renamed after Stewart.

(Portland, OR)  --  Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler will succeed Charlie Hales as Portland mayor.  Wheeler, a Democrat, garnered 57-percent of the vote last night among a field of 16 candidates to win the race without the need for a runoff.  Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey collected 16-percent to finish second and Sara Iannarone placed third with ten-percent of the vote in her first run for elected office.  Wheeler will replace Hales, who served one term as mayor and didn't run for re-election.

(Salem, OR)  --  Democrat Kate Brown will face Republican Bud Pierce this fall in the race for Oregon governor.  Brown is seeking her first full term in office after she took over following the resignation of John Kitzhaber in February 2015.  She easily won last night's Democratic primary with 85-percent of the vote.  Pierce, a physician from Salem who's running for public office for the first time, won the Republican nomination with 48-percent, while 29-percent went to Lake Oswego investor Allen Alley.

(Salem, OR)  --  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says he'll fight as long as he can after winning last night's Oregon presidential primary over fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.  Sanders received 53-percent of the vote to 45-percent for the former U.S. Secretary of State, who won a close race over Sanders in Kentucky.  Donald Trump, who's the only Republican candidate left in the race, got 65-percent of the vote in Oregon.  That's compared to 16-percent each for Ted Cruz and John Kasich, who were both still on the ballot after suspending their respective campaigns.

(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpot continues to grow for the next Mega Millions drawing.  There were no tickets sold for last night's drawing that matched all the winning numbers, so the top prize for Friday night's drawing will be an estimated 187-million-dollars.  The cash option will be more than 123-million.

(Portland, OR)  --  With most votes counted, Portland's ten-cent gasoline tax is on the verge of passing.  Officials say the tax hike will generate millions of dollars to fix and maintain Portland's streets.  The measure is currently ahead by about four-thousand votes.  City officials say spending from the program will be overseen by a Citizen's Oversight Committee.

(Hood River, OR)  --  Nestle won't be building a water-bottling facility in Hood River County.  Voters there have approved a ballot measure to ban all future commercial water-bottling operations in the area.  The vote was 68-percent in favor of the measure, which will halt Nestle's years-long effort to establish a bottling facility and export more than 100-million gallons of water a year from Oxbow Springs.

(Spokane, WA)  --  A status conference is slated for the week of May 31st after a mistrial was declared in the obstruction case against Spokane Police Sergeant John Gately.  Gately is accused of tipping off fellow police Sergeant Gordon Ennis that he was the subject of a rape investigation and was about to be served with a warrant.  Gately's attorney told KREM-TV the jury was split, eight voting not guilty and four voting guilty.  The state will decide whether to drop the case or take it to trial again.

(Cedar Hills, OR)  --  Authorities have a suspect in custody following the stabbing death of a pregnant teenager in Cedar Hills.  KOIN-TV reports 18-year-old Charreen Stanford was five months pregnant when she was stabbed Monday night at her home in the 13-thousand-400 block of Southwest Driftwood Place.  Washington County deputies have arrested 18-year-old Tannekqwa Thompson, who's charged with murder.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices in the Portland area are slightly higher.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-43 a gallon, a half-cent higher than yesterday.  It's also about four-cents a gallon above the average at this time last week.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says the city needs to generate new revenue in order to pay for vital services, including an adequately staffed police bureau.  Portland Police Association president officer Daryl Turner tells KOIN-TV that 23 officers have recently retired and six have sought employment outside the bureau.  Turner says gang-related violence in Portland has increased this year from 2015, which was a record year.  He says the Police Bureau is experiencing its lowest staffing levels since at least 1993.

(Portland, OR)  --  Those wishing to vote in today's primary election need to submit ballots by eight o'clock tonight.  Multnomah County elections officials are expecting a high participation rate this time, even though only 25-percent of ballots had been turned in by last Friday.  Tim Scott with the Multnomah County Election Division tells KATU-TV that the presidential primary election, the Portland mayor's race and the gas tax could drive an increase in the turnout.

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump continue to rise in the Portland area.  The latest survey by Triple-A shows the average for regular is two-43 a gallon, up a half-cent from yesterday.  It's also about four-cents a gallon above the average at this time last week.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Filing to become a candidate in the fall elections in Washington will resume today.  The U.S. Senate race drew a number of candidates on opening day, with six people signing up and paying the required fee to run for the seat held by Democratic Patty Murray.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports the Senate candidates in the August 2nd primary will include at least two Democrats, two Republicans, a Libertarian, and members of the Conservative, Independent and Human Rights parties.  The filing period will end Friday afternoon.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State University researchers say the Portland metro area is growing faster than originally projected.  KOIN-TV reports the latest estimates from PSU and the U.S. Census Bureau show more than 400-thousand people are expected to move to the seven-county Portland metro area over the next 20 years, increasing the region's population to about two-point-seven million.  The PSU report also shows a November estimate of the metro population was short by up to 33-thousand people. 

(Everett, WA)  --  One of two suspects in the presumed murders of an Arlington, Washington couple is in custody.  Snohomish County sheriff's deputies say 49-year-old Tony Clyde Reed turned himself in last night in San Diego County, California after making arrangements with the U.S. Marshals Service to surrender.  Authorities say Reed had been on the run with his 53-year-old brother, John Blaine Reed, since the presumed deaths of 45-year-old Patrick Shunn and his wife, 46-year-old Monique Patenaude.  The couple was reported missing on April 12th and their vehicles were later found abandoned near Oso, but no bodies have been located.  John Reed, who lived next door to the couple, is still at large.

(St. Helens, OR)  --  A man is being awarded one-point-six-million dollars in damages after he slipped and fell in a Safeway store in St. Helens.  A jury awarded the money to Christopher Armstrong-Stevenson, who underwent surgery after breaking his femur in the fall at the supermarket in December 2014.  The attorney representing Armstrong-Stevenson says his client had a rod put in his leg and had to undergo rehabilitation following the incident.  Attorney Greg Kafoury accused Safeway of trying to cover it up by destroying most of the store video that recorded the incident.  KPTV says it's awaiting a response from Safeway.

(Salem, OR)  --  Tonight will present an opportunity for someone to be the first Mega Millions jackpot winner since early March.  The top prize for tonight's drawing is an estimated 174-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option is nearly 115-million.

(Camas, WA)  --  Authorities are looking for a 33-year-old Camas woman who's reported missing.  Officials say Marissa Faubion is described as having significant mental-health issues, and is reported to have left her family around 8:50 yesterday morning in the middle of a manic episode.  Marissa is five-feet-three, weighs 155 pounds, with olive-toned skin, shoulder-length brown hair and blue eyes, last seen wearing a long-sleeved, light blue Bernie Sanders T-shirt, men's cotton sweatpants, black tennis shoes, and black backpack.  Anyone who knows Marissa Faubion's whereabouts is asked to call 911.

(Washington, DC)  --  Hip-hop artist Macklemore is helping President Barack Obama spread the message about the dangers of opioid abuse.  The rapper from Seattle joined the president Saturday morning during Obama's weekly address, saying he was once an addict and lost a friend who overdosed on pain relievers.  Obama discussed the efforts his administration has taken to curb opioid abuse, including working with law-enforcement and requiring that health-care coverage include treatment.

(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are still rising in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-43 a gallon, about four cents higher than the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-22 a gallon.

(Salem, OR)  --  Elections officials say Oregon is seeing a surge in people registering to vote.  "The Oregonian" reports the number of people registered across the state totals nearly two-point-three million, which is an all-time record.  It's estimated that tens of thousands have been added to the voter rolls by Oregon's new automatic registration system.  Ballots for tomorrow's primary elections and the Oregon presidential primary must be submitted by eight o'clock tomorrow night.

(Salem, OR)  --  A Salem man, who's a convicted sex offender, is facing new sexual-assault charges.  Authorities say 47-year-old Edward Charles Ritter may have used drugs to facilitate the rapes of two women.  Police are investigating to determine whether there are more victims.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office says Ritter was previously charged with sex abuse and failing to register as a sex offender.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Qualifying for nearly 350 open elected offices throughout the state of Washington will begin today and end Friday.  Those offices include governor and eight other statewide positions.  Also included are three state Supreme Court justices, ten U.S. House members, and one U.S. senator.  Candidates will be able to file online, by mail, or in person, and must pay a filing fee of one percent of the salary of the position being sought.

(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions jackpot continues to climb, after none of the tickets sold for the weekend drawing yielded any grand-prize winners.  The jackpot for tomorrow night's drawing is estimated at 174-million dollars.  The cash option will be more than 114-million.

(Hood River, OR)  --  The public's help is being sought in the search for a 15-year-old boy who has a serious brain condition.  Benjamin Nuissl [[ NOOS-ul ]] vanished Monday during a family bike ride in Hood River.  Benjamin's family tells KOIN-TV he has a condition that gives him a tendency to wander and sometimes get himself in trouble.  Benjamin Nuissl has a scar on the right side of his head.  He's about six-foot, with blondish-brown hair.  He has been spotted in downtown Hood River near the Salmo Street Springs and the Gateway Shopping Plaza.

(Parkdale, OR)  --  A Kansas man is in custody after being accused of committing more than half-a-dozen burglaries near Parkdale in Hood River County.  Authorities say Craig Allan Pagenkopf was arrested after sheriff's deputies found a large cache of stolen goods from the homes that were hit.  The sheriff's office began the search after a number of homes were burglarized along Mountain Shadows Drive.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says he won't run for governor.  Dorn had previously indicated he'd run for the office as an independent and emphasize incumbent Governor Jay Inslee's failure to make sure public education is fully funded.  But Dorn says he's decided that he doesn't want to deal with all the responsibility involved with being governor.  He says he'll stick with his original plan of retiring at the end of his current term in office.

(Salem, OR)  --  Tonight's Mega Millions drawing could mean a hefty payday for someone.  The jackpot is an estimated 161-million-dollars, with a lump-sum cash option of nearly 106-million.  A ticket sold for the March 8th drawing was worth 157-million-dollars and purchased in Seattle.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A Clark County Jail inmate is on the loose after he switched places with another inmate who was scheduled to be released.  The sheriff's office says 30-year-old Michael Diontae Johnson is described as black, about five-feet-four, with black hair and brown eyes.  Officials say the error was noticed yesterday when a head count was being done during a meal.  The sheriff's office says Johnson was in custody on multiple charges, including harassment, assault, intimidating a witness, and bail jumping.

(Portland, OR)  --  Best-selling author Katherine Dunn of Portland is dead at the age of 70.  Dunn, who was a National Book Award finalist and author of the international best-seller "Geek Love," died Wednesday of lung cancer at her Portland home.  She first gained notoriety on a Portland radio show which featured her reading short stories, and wrote a "Willamette Week" column called "The Slice."  "Geek Love," a novel released in 1989, was about a genetically-engineered family of circus sideshow performers.  Dunn is survived by her husband, Paul Pomerantz, and her son, Eli.

(Kennewick, WA)  --  Two teenaged boys are scheduled to spend a combined 20 years in prison for kidnapping an 87-year-old Kennewick, Washington woman.  The "Tri-City Herald" reports 17-year-old Dyllan K. Martin received a sentence of nine-and-a-half years after he admitted to abducting his great-grandmother.  Sixteen-year-old Billy Joseph Underwood was sentenced to ten-and-a-half years, after admitting to carrying out most of the plot to gag, bind, and kidnap the woman.  Another co-defendant, Katelyn Kenfield, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in juvenile detention.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle will be hosting the Special Olympics USA Games in 2018.  Governor Jay Inslee says plans are being made for the week-long competition, which is expected to draw thousands of visitors from across the country.  USA Games CEO and president Beth Knox says discussions began with Washington leaders last year on making Seattle the host of the 2018 games, which will mark the 50th year of the event.  About 35-hundred athletes from across the U.S. will compete in 16 sports.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area drivers are paying more today at the gas pump.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-41 a gallon, a penny higher than yesterday.  It's also four cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say a 13-year-old girl who was critically injured when she was hit by a van in Gresham is recovering slowly.  Viri Orozco-Hernandez suffered a severe brain injury when she was hit by the flower-delivery van, which police say ran a red light.  Viri is being treated at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.  Another 13-year-old girl who was hit, Raquelin Velasco Gutierrez, was treated at a hospital and released soon afterward.

(Tigard, OR)  --  Three people, including the victim's estranged wife, are facing charges in connection with a murder in Tigard.  Authorities say Brennan Chase Surface, Maria Lynn Molina and Charlz Lavern Warbonnet have been indicted for the murder of Luis Alberto Aguilar-Estrada in December 2015.  Police say the victim's body was found with a gunshot wound to the head at the Pacific Village Apartments in Tigard.  Authorities say Surface is also charged with attempted murder for an unrelated shooting that happened in January in North Portland.

(Seattle, WA)  --  A man accused of harassing Washington Congressman Jim McDermott via telephone says he's not guilty.  Prosecutors say 27-year-old Jasper Bell is charged with intimidating a public servant and telephone harassment after calling the Seattle Democrat's office on May 4th and threatening to cut his tongue out.  Officials say Bell made the threat because he was upset McDermott was supporting Hillary Clinton for president rather than Bernie Sanders.  The prosecution says Bell made numerous threatening calls to McDermott before visiting his office that same day.  

(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are seeing a slight rise in gas prices today.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-40 a gallon, about a half-cent above yesterday's average.  It's also about four-cents a gallon higher than a week ago.

(Tigard, OR)  --  A three-year-old boy is in a hospital, after falling from a second-floor window in Tigard.  The incident happened around 9:30 last night in the 12-thousand block of Kostel Lane.  Authorities say the toddler landed on concrete.  He's listed in serious condition.

(Portland, OR)  --  Voters in Portland will decide next week on whether to approve a ten-cent rise in the city's gasoline tax.  Officials say the tax increase, which would last four years, would generate an estimated 64-million dollars in revenue.  More than half would be used to fix streets, and the remainder would pay for bike routes, traffic-congestion relief, sidewalks, and crosswalks.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is firing back at Governor Jay Inslee for questioning Kelley's motives for dismissing some of his office's senior staff.  Kelley says Inslee engaged last week in "political grandstanding" and "campaigning with taxpayer resources" by calling the auditor's personnel decisions into question.  Kelley placed one employee on leave and asked for the resignations of two others, after he returned to work late last month following the end of his federal trial on theft and money-laundering charges.  Kelley was acquitted on one charge and the jury was unable to come to a decision on the remaining counts.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers hope the Washington State Supreme Court will respond positively to a required progress report on the Legislature's efforts to fully fund public education.  The Everett "Herald" reports the lawmakers approved the report yesterday and intend to file it on May 18th.  The report says the Legislature fulfilled the high court's mandate during the 2016 session and passed a plan for ensuring that a constitutional means of funding public schools is in place by 2018.  The lawmakers disagree on whether their actions during this year's session will be enough to convince the Supreme Court to lift a contempt order and end sanctions totaling nearly 28-million dollars in fines.


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