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(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet officials are considering a suspension of service in downtown Portland this afternoon, in anticipation of a scheduled RISE UP protest of President-elect Trump's inauguration.  Organizers say more than ten-thousand people have RSVP'd on Facebook.  After initially saying it would suspend downtown service today, TriMet officials now say the agency is only preparing, or considering suspending service if protests get out of hand.  Mayor Ted Wheeler says he's told TriMet's general manager the city is well-prepared to protect riders and keep disruptions at a minimum.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington's unemployment rate is down for the fifth straight month.  The state Employment Security Department says the jobless rate for December was five-point-two percent, the lowest rate since May 2008.  Officials say Washington employers added 67-hundred new jobs last month, up from four-thousand jobs in November.  Private-sector employment increased by 74-hundred jobs, while government employment fell by 700 last month.

(Undated)  --  NerdWallet says there are several ways to get your federal income tax refund within days.  In 2016, the average return was 28-hundred dollars.  If you make less than 64 grand, you can e-file for free through one of the many companies that partner with the IRS.  Or if it's a simple return, you can do it using software from the big tax preparation companies that will guide you through the process.  More complex returns will likely require the expertise of a paid tax-preparation service.

(Bellingham, WA)  --  The Washington State Patrol says it's arrested a Ferndale woman who's accused of making a threat against Governor Jay Inslee.  Troopers tell the "Bellingham Herald" 42-year-old Deborah Lea Lindor called Inslee's office Monday and "made a physical threat against the governor."  Lindor was arrested yesterday and booked into the Whatcom County Jail.  Court records show Lindor has been convicted of 17 petty crimes since 2010.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man who's accused of murdering a Vancouver woman and burning down a market while she was inside is scheduled to appear in court today.  Clark County deputies say 21-year-old Mitchell Heng was arrested yesterday and a search warrant was executed at his Vancouver apartment.  Investigators say 47-year-old Amy Hooser was found dead in what was left of the Oasis Market on 134th Avenue.  The blaze originated inside the market and spread to other buildings before it was extinguished.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say two thieves have been arrested, thanks to a tip about a stolen credit card.  Authorities say 39-year-old transient Paul Roys and 18-year-old Brooke Bearman of Gresham reportedly used the stolen card at a Walmart in Wood Village after it and other items were taken from an apartment in Beaverton Wednesday morning.  Investigators say the suspects were still at the Walmart when they were taken into custody.  Police say Bearman and Roys had committed other burglaries in Beaverton and Gresham by targeting retirement communities.

(Portland, OR)  --  A walkout by high-school students in Portland is the first of a number of protests in the city aimed at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.  Students gathered yesterday for a rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square, followed by a march organized by the Portland Student Action Network.  The demonstration was in protest of Betsy DeVos, who's Trump's choice for Secretary of Education.  The Portland Student Action Network says DeVos as education secretary will accelerate the corporate privatization of education.

(Astoria, OR)  --  Clatsop County sheriff's deputies continue to search for a woman who hasn't been seen for more than a week.  Authorities say 23-year-old Brianna Judge hasn't been heard from since January 10th.  Deputies say Judge has brown hair, blue eyes, stands about five-feet-three, weighs 100 pounds, and was last seen wearing calf-high boots, blue jeans, and a red or burgundy sweatshirt.  Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Brianna Judge is asked to call 503-325-2061.

(Portland, OR)  --  One of 600 post-inauguration marches scheduled across the country this weekend will be held in Portland.  It's estimated that tens of thousands of people will participate in Saturday's Families for Peaceful Protests event.  Organizers say the Women's March on Portland will be held in support of women's rights.  The marchers are scheduled to gather at noon at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

(Walla Walla, WA)  --  Officials say Christopher Monfort, who was serving life in prison for killing a Seattle police officer, was found dead in his cell.  The state Department of Corrections says Monfort was found unresponsive yesterday and there were no signs of foul play.  He was pronounced dead by paramedics.  Monfort killed Officer Timothy Brenton and wounded his partner, Britt Kelly, when both were shot while sitting in their patrol car on Halloween night in 2009.

(McMinnville, OR)  --  A man who's accused of stabbing another man at a McMinnville Burger King is facing charges.  Police say 59-year-old Marvin Leroy Smith has been charged with stabbing the 30-year-old victim last night in the parking lot of the restaurant on 99W.  Bail is set at nearly 160-thousand dollars for Smith, who was booked for unlawful use of a weapon and assault.

(Portland, OR)  --  Transportation officials say a section of West Burnside Street in Portland will be closed during this morning's commute because of yesterday's landslide between Northwest 23rd Avenue to Skyline Boulevard.  Officials say 70 or 80 yards of material came down the hill, along with a large tree.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says the westbound lanes of West Burnside in that area remain closed this morning.

(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler says no violence or vandalism will be tolerated this weekend, when protests are scheduled in Portland following President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration tomorrow.  Wheeler says the Portland Police Bureau will be charged with finding a balance between protecting the right to protest and preventing a small number of people from engaging in violence and destruction.  The mayor says protesters won't be allowed to enter the Interstate or block public transit.

(Undated)  --  A new analysis on the best states in which to raise a family ranks Oregon 35th.  WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 40 key indicators of family-friendliness.  Oregon is ranked 38th in the category of education & child care, 28th in family fun, 26th in health & safety, and 35th in affordability.  North Dakota tops the list of best states in which to raise a family, and New Mexico ranks dead last.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that's been introduced in the House is intended to protect patients in Washington from being surprised with expensive bills resulting from a practice known as balance billing.  Balance billing takes place when patients are charged the difference between what an insurance company is willing to pay and what a doctor or provider wants to make.  The state insurance commissioner says surprise billing was involved in about 17 percent of total insurance claims in 2015.  The measure is being considered by the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

(Tigard, OR)  --  Tigard police are investigating an accident that left a pedestrian injured on Pacific Highway.  Investigators say the vehicle may have run a red light, leading to the wreck on Pacific at Canterbury Lane yesterday evening.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.  The northbound lanes of Pacific Highway were closed for more than an hour following the crash.

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say many schools in Metro Portland will be opening on schedule today.  However, a few schools will be closed and some will have delayed openings, with side streets still covered with snow and ice.  All Columbia Gorge Community College campuses will be closed today, all schools in the Corbett district will be closed, and Beaverton and Vancouver schools will start two hours late.

(Portland, OR)  --  Prosecutors say a man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in a homicide case that's more than 20 years old.  Forty-seven-year-old Adrian C. Stafford also pleaded guilty to first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery.  Officials tell KOIN-TV that Stafford, 51-year-old Danny Connor, and 53-year-old Vinson White have all pleaded guilty in the 1995 death of Darrin Ezell.  A fourth suspect is awaiting trial.

(King City, OR)  --  A man who deputies say displayed rage over a child-custody issue is now in custody.  Bail is set at 50-thousand-dollars for Louis Jarvis Jr., who deputies say forced his way into the children's mother's King City apartment early Friday morning.  Authorities say the woman, who had armed herself, fired a gun at Jarvis and caused him to flee.  A warrant was issued for Jarvis' arrest before he turned himself in. 

(Olympia, WA)  --  Lawmakers are hoping separate bills being considered in Olympia will combine to put an end to drivers being distracted by their computers and smartphones.  Washington state law prohibits texting while driving or to talk on a cellphone while driving unless the driver is using a hands-free device, but says nothing about drivers doing other things on an electronic device, such checking Facebook, sending a tweet, or playing a game.  Lawmakers say the companion bills would remove loopholes to alleviate distracted driving.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Lawmakers will try again to raise the legal smoking age in Washington from 18 to 21.  The bill would also apply to vape products and e-cigarettes.  The state health department says eight percent of Washington high-school students smoke cigarettes and 18 percent use electronic cigarettes.  Only California and Hawaii currently require those who smoke to be at least 21 years old.

(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is leveling off in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-58 a gallon, a fraction of a cent lower than a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-34 a gallon.

(Keizer, OR)  --  The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office says a 12-year-old Keizer boy who was found dead in the apartment he and his mother shared was strangled.  Caden Berry was a seventh-grader at Clagget Creek Middle School.  His mother, 38-year-old Amy Robertson, is charged with aggravated murder and is being held without bail.  Robertson is likely to appear in court today.

(Undated)  --  On a list of the best states in which to grow old, Oregon is ninth.  According to a 24/7 Wall Street survey, more than 16 percent of Oregon's population in 65 or older, with the state's life expectancy at 79-point-five years, good for 17th-highest.  About 29 percent of seniors in Oregon have a bachelor's degree, which makes them more likely to earn a wage that pays well enough to comfortably live and eventually retire on.  The state's over-65 poverty rate is seven-point-three percent, well below the national rate of nine percent.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in 2014, now wants lawmakers to completely remove capital punishment from state law.  Inslee, along with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, former AG Rob McKenna, and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, have announced legislation that would abolish capital punishment in Washington.  Inslee says even if the legislation doesn't pass, the moratorium he imposed on all executions will remain in place as long as he's governor.  Senate Law and Justice Committee chairman Mike Padden of Spokane Valley says if the bill passes the House, he'll hold a hearing on it in the Senate.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Officials are estimating that 55-hundred people showed up at Washington's state capitol to urge lawmakers to put more funding into public education.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports parents, students, and school employees participated in yesterday's demonstration, marching around the Legislative Building while singing verses of "We Shall Overcome."  Governor Jay Inslee and legislative leaders say they're putting education funding at the top of their agendas for the current session.  The state Supreme Court says the state government must have a final plan in place by next year to adequately fund K-through-12 schools in Washington.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Water Bureau says frigid temperatures have led to a number of water-main breaks in the city, including ten within three days and nearly 50 in the past week.  Drivers were warned yesterday to watch for crews working on repairing one of the latest ruptures, in the area of Southwest Barbur Boulevard near Hamilton Street.  Officials say Portland averages about 200 water-main breaks per year.

(Curry Co., OR)  --  The U.S. Coast Guard says it's suspended the search for a 31-year-old Salem man and his three-year-old son, who were swept into the Pacific Ocean from a beach near Floras Lake.  Officials say rescue crews covered nearly 600 miles in the previous 22 hours looking for the man and his son.  The Coast Guard says Jayson Dean Thomas and the three-year-old were seen Sunday being swept away by a wave at Boice Cope County Park, located about four miles north of Cape Blanco, Oregon.  According to Oregon State Police, this area of the beach has a steep angle to the water.

(New York, NY)  --  President-elect Donald Trump is slated to meet again today with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to discuss the company's contract to build the next-generation version of Air Force One.  Trump tweeted in early December that Boeing was "building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than four-billion dollars.  Cancel order!"  Since then, Muilenburg said that Boeing could build a new version of Air Force One for less than four-billion.  This will be the second meeting between Trump and Muilenberg since the election.

(Portland, OR)  --  January 20th is Inauguration Day, and Portland is one of a number of cities across the country where demonstrations are to take place in protest of President-elect Donald Trump.  Students are scheduled to rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square the day before the inauguration, and at least nine-thousand people have reportedly accepted invitations to show up at the square on January 20th.  KOIN-TV reports a silent protest by "Oregonians of good will" is set to roll through the streets of Portland beginning at 3:30 Sunday afternoon.

(Keizer, OR)  --  A 38-year-old woman is charged with aggravated murder after her 12-year-old son was found dead in their Keizer home.  An autopsy will be conducted today on Caden Berry, whose body was found Saturday morning.  His mother, Amy Marie Robertson, is being held without bail.  Caden Berry was a seventh-grader at Claggett Creek Middle School.

(Portland, OR)  --  There's a good chance that flooding will take place across the Portland Metro this week, as warmer temperatures and rain enter the forecast.  According to the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and the Oregon Department of Transportation, flooding and landslides are expected from tomorrow through Thursday.  Officials tell KATU-TV whenever there's a combination of a freeze and thaw followed by heavy rain, landslides are always a concern.

(Portland, OR)  --  It's in its seventh season of helping to Keep Portland Weird, and will soon come to an end.  The IFC series "Portlandia," starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, will come to its conclusion at the end of Season Eight.  Armisen tells KOIN-TV that the series, set in Oregon's Rose City, has become less "Portland-specific" of late and more broad-based in nature.  Jonathan Krisel, who co-created the show with Brownstein and Armisen, says the three will work together in the future on other projects.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  The Clark County Major Crimes unit is now investigating, after a body was found in what's left of a Vancouver strip mall that was gutted by a fire.  The blaze was reported at a barber shop and convenience store on 134th Avenue and Fourth Plain Boulevard around 5:40 yesterday morning.  No other injuries reported.  Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

(Olympia, WA)  --  An Eastern Washington lawmaker says he wants to repeal the voter-approved initiative that requires background checks for private gun sales.  Republican Representative Matt Shea of Spokane Valley says he'll introduce legislation to repeal I-594, which passed in 2014 with 59 percent of the vote.  Renee Hopkins, chief executive officer of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, tells the "Spokesman-Review" voters made it clear they wanted the background checks, which are required for firearm sales made outside of stores, including many private sales and gun shows.

(St. Louis, MO)  --  A healthcare think tank estimates Oregon would lose more than 45-thousand jobs if key provisions of Obamacare are repealed.  The study from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University says some of those job losses would come from construction and finance.  The study focused on the impact if federal tax credits and other support for Medicaid expansion are repealed.

(Cornelius, OR)  --  A man is charged with menacing after being accused of threatening his wife with what's being called a "homemade medieval weapon."  Washington County sheriff's deputies say 31-year-old Matija Belavic is accused of using the weapon to make the threats after becoming angry with his family Saturday night at their home on South Elder Court in Cornelius.  Authorities say alcohol may have been a factor.

(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A is reporting slightly gasoline prices in the Portland area.  The average for a gallon of regular is two-57, a penny above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-34 a gallon.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers will consider a measure that would allow state residents to grow their own marijuana for personal use.  Democratic state Representative Sherry Appleton of Poulsbo [[ PALLZ-bo ]] says the bill would authorize the production of personal-use recreational marijuana plants for anyone 21 or older.  According to the legislation, residents would be able to grow up to six plants as long as less than 24 ounces of "usable marijuana is harvested."

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a teenage boy was hospitalized after being stabbed at Holladay Park.  Authorities say the teen was surrounded yesterday evening by five people and was stabbed with a knife by one of them.  Police say the victim's injuries aren't life-threatening.  The victim told officers all five people who surrounded him were wearing red clothing.

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Authorities believe the weight of a blanket of snow that had fallen on a warehouse in Hillsboro caused its roof to cave in yesterday morning.  The Hillsboro Fire Department said the eight-thousand-square-foot warehouse on Southeast 4th suffered a total roof collapse while five people were in the building.  KOIN-TV reports three men and two women were uninjured but soaked from the flooding caused by the broken fire sprinkler pipes.

(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a man whose body was found near his home on Northwest Penridge Road.  Deputies who responded yesterday found no signs of foul play, and the body was turned over to the Oregon State Medical Examiners office.  An autopsy will be conducted.

(Everett, WA)  --  Twenty-year-old Allen Ivanov will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of three ex-classmates at a house party in Mukilteo, Washington.  Ivanov received his sentence yesterday, after entering guilty pleas to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.  Three 19-year-olds, Jake Long, Jordan Ebner, and Anna Bui, were shot to death at the party in July 2016.  The three life sentences carry no possibility of parole for Ivanov.

(Portland, OR)  --  It hasn't snowed since mid-week, but the streets of the Portland Metro area are still dangerous as cold temperatures have kept snow and ice caked on the ground.  Crews continue efforts to clear the streets to try to make conditions safer.  Many commuters have opted to use TriMet to get them where they need to go, and buses and MAX trains are expected to be filled to capacity with riders today.  Those choosing taxicabs, Uber, or Lyft may have to deal with "surge" pricing.

(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver police are investigating what's being called a possible murder-suicide after finding the bodies of a man and a woman.  Authorities say the 43-year-old husband and 39-year-old wife were found dead around noon yesterday at a home in the 31-hundred block of Northeast 115th Avenue.  The names of the couple haven't been released.

(Undated)  --  A list of states which are ranked by their dependency on federal tax dollars shows Oregon is number ten.  The Tax Foundation says in 2014, 36 percent of Oregon's state budget was paid for with federal aid.  Washington ranks 33 on the list, with more than 29 percent of its budget covered by federal dollars.  The Tax Foundation says states most dependent on federal tax dollars tend to have modest tax collections and large low-income populations.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee is calling on Republicans in Congress to refrain from repealing Obamacare, at least until a replacement for the Affordable Care Act is ready to implement.  Inslee says repealing Obamacare and not having a replacement ready the same day is "morally indefensible."  Republicans in Congress are taking initial steps to have Obamacare repealed.  Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane, the fourth-ranking Republican in the U.S. House, says there should be "a stable and smooth transition period when the law is repealed."

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a ten-year-old girl was hospitalized after being hit by a car while playing in the snow with friends.  It happened around one o'clock yesterday afternoon in the area of Southeast 130th Avenue and Sherman.  The girl suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries after being hit when she ran out to the road.  The driver cooperated with police.

(Portland, OR)  --  PDX officials say 137 people aboard an Alaska Airlines flight had to make other arrangements for their travels after the jet was struck by a de-icer truck.  KATU-TV reports the truck hit Flight 855 during the de-icing process, and all passengers had to deplane.  The flight reportedly had already been delayed for several hours before the incident.  No one was injured.

(St. Helens, OR)  --  Columbia County authorities say they've arrested a St. Helens man who's accused of multiple counts of child sex abuse.  Sheriff's deputies say 55-year-old Joseph Mace committed the crimes repeatedly for more than a decade before the victim contacted authorities last year.  The victim, who's now 17, reportedly told deputies the abuse began when she was five-years-old.  Bail for Mace is set at nearly one-point-five-million dollars.

(Spokane, WA)  --  A report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were 151 cases of mumps across Washington from late December to early January, more than the rest of the nation combined.  Officials say 123 cases of mumps have been confirmed in King County.  Spokane County Regional Health District epidemiologist Mark Springer tells the "Spokesman-Review" that during a normal year, there are one or two mumps cases in Spokane County, compared to the current figure of 24 cases.

(Portland, OR)  --  The official snow total for Portland stands at seven-point-nine inches for yesterday, even though some areas saw more than a foot.  Governor Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler each issued a state of emergency to mobilize all available resources for areas hit by the snowstorm.  School districts who announced closures for today include Portland Public Schools, Vancouver Public Schools, Evergreen Public Schools, and the North Clackamas.

(Pullman, WA)  --  Washington State University quarterback Luke Falk says he still has a lot he wants to accomplish with the Cougars, and he'll be back for his senior season.  Falk, who led the Cougs to an 8-5 record this past season, says the year didn't end the way the team wanted and he wants to go out the right way with his fellow seniors.  Wazzu ended the campaign with a Holiday Bowl loss to Minnesota.

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Department of Transportation is sending crews to Portland to assist with efforts to dig the city out from under about a foot of snow.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says it began reaching out to other Northwest departments for help, once it realized how much snow was likely to fall.  Seattle transportation officials say they're sending equipment that includes heavy salt-spreading trucks and plows, a chainsaw crew and wood-chipper truck, an aerial-lift truck, and a few light-duty, salt-and-plow vehicles.  Governor Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler are urging drivers to stay off the roads until conditions improve.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee, who's now officially sworn in for his second term in office, says fully funding public education in Washington is something the state government "must make happen."  Inslee told a joint session of the Legislature yesterday that, while he has his own plan to raise revenue to get K-through-12 schools sufficient funding, he also wants to hear what Republican lawmakers want to do for it.  Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler tells the "Spokesman-Review" the Republican plan will not be as reliant on taxes as Inslee's plan.  The governor said improving mental-health services in Washington is next on his priority list.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle police say a woman who was killed in a wrong-way crash on northbound Interstate 5 was a mother of four from Eugene.  The Washington State Patrol says 46-year-old Angela Mora was driving in the wrong direction early yesterday morning on I-5 near Michigan Street when she slammed into an oncoming ambulance, and died at the scene.  Two medics and a patient inside the ambulance suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Trooper Rick Johnson told KOMO-TV that toxicology tests are being conducted to determine whether Mora was impaired at the time of the crash.

(Portland, OR)  --  Northwestern Oregon and Southwestern Washington are getting clobbered again with snow, causing numerous traffic problems and forcing the closure of schools across the region.  The City of Portland has also closed its goverment offices today.  The Oregon Department of Transportation is requiring traction devices be placed on cars and chains for semi-trucks on all highways in the Portland Metro.  Some forecasters are predicting up to a half-foot of snow in the area.

(Woodburn, WA)  --  Woodburn police say they've arrested a man accused of swinging a machete and injuring three men.  Authorities say the suspect caused a disturbance yesterday while armed with the machete at a nearby Walmart before going to the apartment complex.  Police say they contacted the suspect, Alan Lee Brock, in a car outside the store and arrested him.  Brock is facing charges of attempted murder.  None of the injuries is considered life-threatening.

(Undated)  --  STEM workers are in fierce demand.  A new WalletHub analysis says the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area ranks at or near the top of the nation's 100 largest urban areas for those who work in science, technology, engineering, and math.  Seattle is 5th for highest quality of engineering universities, and 2nd for the percentage of its workforce in STEM.  It ranks first in the category of Professional Opportunities and 6th for "STEM-friendly Environment."  The Portland metro area ranked 44th overall.

(SeaTac, WA)  --  Officials say more than a dozen flights were diverted last night to Sea-Tac International Airport because of a ground stoppage at Portland International Airport due to snow.  PDX officials say the airport remained open, but the runways were closed to allow crews to plow the snow.  Sea-Tac airport tells KOMO-TV there was a small traffic jam there caused by the diversions.  Officials at both Sea-Tac and PDX say passengers slated to fly today are being urged to check with their airlines for any delays or cancellations prior to their arrivals.

(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are still going up in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-58 a gallon, up more than a nickel from this time last week.  It's also 14 cents a gallon higher than at this point in December.

(Olympia, WA)  --  A bipartisan bill to strengthen Washington's distracted-driving laws is being introduced in Olympia.  The measure is sponsored by Republican Senator Ann Rivers of La Center and House Democratic Representative Jessyn Farrell of Seattle, who says "driving while under the influence of electronics needs to be stigmatized."  Current law makes it illegal to text while driving, but this bill would make it illegal to even touch your phone while behind the wheel.

(Portland, OR)  --  Newly elected Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says four hypothermia-related deaths in the city is four too many.  The latest victim was a 29-year-old man whose body was found on January 10th down an embankment off Southwest Barbur Boulevard.  Wheeler told reporters yesterday city employees will be working during the harsh weather to help people endangered by the elements.  The mayor says there will be an additional 600 beds open for those who need shelter and he's encouraging Portlanders to contact authorities if they see someone who may need help.

(Washington, DC)  --  A congresswoman from Washington state is calling for a federal investigation, after learning that a veteran from southwestern Washington died after his cancer treatment was delayed for three months.  Republican Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler made the investigation request in a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, saying the cancer appeared to have been a treatable diagnosis had the patient received timely care.  "The Olympian" reports the case involves 66-year-old veteran John Weston, who was diagnosed with a tumor in his liver in July.  Herrera Beutler says when Weston was finally able to schedule an appointment in October, it was too late, as the tumor had burst and was spreading cancer through his body.

(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate the death of a Clackamas woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car in Milwaukie.  The Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office says 68-year-old Merrilee Cooley found in the car that was parked at an apartment complex in Milwaukie on January 5th.  She had been reported missing on December 28th.

(Salem, OR)  --  Marion County authorities say a man who was found in Salem with his throat slashed is expected to survive.  Sheriff's deputies say the victim was found at a house on Stonehill Road and taken to a hospital.  The suspect was tracked down later and arrested.  No names have been released.

(Undated)  --  A Pew Research poll says Martin Luther King's dream of a colorblind society is going to take a step back under President-elect Trump.  With the MLK holiday coming up, WalletHub wants to find the states that have made the most racial progress.  Oregon's racial-integration ranking is 23rd.  For its racial progress over time, the state comes in at 31st.

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is moving forward with efforts to ban assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines in the state.  The state's top law-enforcement officer is also promoting legislation that would enhance background checks and increase the minimum age required to buy such weapons and magazines.  Ferguson says the second measure represents meaningful reform that will immediately enhance public safety.

(Salem, OR)  --  Governor Kate Brown is now officially Oregon's elected governor.  Brown took the oath of office yesterday, and addressed her agenda for the upcoming session of the Legislature.  The governor says she wants to reform Oregon's tax system and bring more stability to the state's fiscal process.  Brown says she also wants to work with the Legislature to tackle the state's 22-billion-dollar unfunded pension liability.

(Seattle, WA)  --  Alaska Airlines is now offering the first direct scheduled flights to Cuba from the West Coast.  KING-5 reports the flights originate in Seattle, stop in Los Angeles and continue on to Cuba.  Alaska is one of eight U.S. carriers offering flights to the island nation under authorization from the U.S. Transportation Department, which is allowing 20 flights a day on assigned routes.  Officials say the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba remains in place and Americans who wish to travel to the island have to have a reason such as family trips, business trips or cultural exchanges.

(Portland, OR)  --  Police say two people became trapped in a car involved in a two-vehicle crash in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say the wreck happened at Southeast 103rd Drive and Stark Street around 6:30 yesterday evening.  Officials say the driver of the other vehicle left the crash scene before officers arrived.  There's no word on the conditions of the people who were trapped.

(Salem, OR)  --  One person is dead, after a car drove through a house in Salem.  Police say the crash happened last night at a home on Volcano Street Northeast.  KATU-TV reports one person inside the house was killed as the car drove all the way into it.  No names have been released.

(Olympia, WA)  --  There are early indications Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will continue to have trouble agreeing on how to fund public education in the state.  Democrats and Republicans are accusing each other of being unwilling to compromise to arrive at a solution to adhere to the state Supreme Court mandate to have a funding formula in place by 2018.  Each party is working on its own plan, and Governor Jay Inslee has a plan to use tax increases to come up with more than four-billion dollars to fund K-through-12 schools.  Motions put forward by the Joint Education Funding Task Force, based on months of hearings, each failed yesterday on four-to-four votes.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are investigating, after a man was critically injured while sitting on MAX tracks on East Burnside.  Authorities say 45-year-old Jason R. Beveridge tripped and fell on the tracks before he was hit by the MAX train Saturday night.  Police say the collision happened near 143rd and E. Burnside around ten p.m. Saturday.

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say hypothermia may have been the cause of death of a woman whose body was found in a downtown Portland parking garage.  Police say the woman's body was found Saturday afternoon in the garage in the 700 block of Southwest 10th Avenue.  An autopsy is being conducted.

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