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Regional News Archives for 2013-06


Economic Index Shows Modest Increase


The latest University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes show modest but continued improvement as Oregon moves out of the recession.  Economist Tim Duy thinks recent stock market losses are knee-jerk reactions to a shift in the policies that bolstered the national recovery.  In Oregon, metro areas are showing the strongest economic recovery.

Oregon House Could Form Task Force


The Oregon House passes a plan to set up a task force to study what could soon be a major problem - senior citizens who don't have any retirement savings.  The task force would include people from the public and private sector who will consider various options - and whether the state should even be involved in retirement planning for private citizens.

SCOTUS Could Decide on Marriage Today


It’s a timely conversation; the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to weigh-in on the constitutionality of marriage laws as early as today/Monday.  A Portland State University researcher has completed a study that shows that allowing gay marriage does not affect how many straight couples get married. PSU's Alexis Dinno says she used standard, trusted research methods to analyze the rates of marriages and civil unions between 1989 and 2009.  She says, in 2009 or so, she was hearing a lot of political leaders and pundits claim gay marriage would "dilute the brand" of traditional marriage, possibly leading to a reduction in the number of heterosexual couples who married.  The findings just published in the academic journal "Public Library of Science One." 

House Sets Good Example


A 1970's Legacy Home on the grounds of Silverton's Oregon Garden is now open as a life-sized exhibit on wildfire safety.  Rod Nichols with the Oregon Department of Forestry says it’s outfitted with fire-resistant siding, roofing and landscaping.  The project was funded with a $600,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Portland Man Admits Harassing Aurora Victims Relatives


The Portland man who admitted harassing relatives of victims from the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting won't go to jail.   Kevin Purfield, 45, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stalking and phone harassment.  He repeatedly called the brother of a 24-year-old woman killed in the Aurora theater shooting.  He also posted on his blog that he contacted 11 to 12 people.  He told them their loved ones weren't dead, but missing.  The Oregonian reports that Purfield was sentenced to a year of probation where he'll attend mental health court.  They’ll make sure he attends doctor's appointments; takes medication and stays out of trouble.  The judge also ordered Purfield against contacting anyone related to the theater shooting.

Police Arrest Man in Portland Murder


Police in Hawaii have released a man they thought was connected to the murder of a Portland woman.  Marine Master Sergeant Nathanial Cosby was released pending further investigation.  On Wednesday, he was arrested an Honolulu airport on suspicion of murder in the death of Ivy Harris of Portland.  She was there celebrating her 29th birthday.  Her body was found on a beach.  the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports charges are pending the results of tests.  Police wouldn't say whether Cosby was going to return to his base in Japan. He's an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Specialist who was on temporary duty in Hawaii.  Tthe Naval Criminal Investigative Service is assisting in the investigation.

Child Sleep Disorder Clinic Opens


Randall Children's hospital has opened a first of its kind Children's Sleep Medicine Clinic in Portland.  Sleep specialist Dr. Teng Ji says up to half of children between the ages of 1 and ten have sleep disorders.  Dewey Halpaus' 21-month-old son Grayson was recently diagnosed with a mild form of the problem during an overnight sleep study at the center.  He has been referred to a specialist for treatment, before the disorder causes any other health problems.  The center has been open since April.

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