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(Portland, OR)  --  Police say impairment may have been a factor when a cyclist was hit and killed by a car in Southwest Portland.  Authorities say the crash happened around four o'clock yesterday afternoon in the 63-hundred block of Southwest Multnomah Boulevard.  The driver remained at the scene of the crash.  No names have been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says he'll press for more money for police officers during the remainder of his term in office.  Officials say the Portland Police Bureau is experiencing a serious shortage of patrol officers, and the mayor says salary increases would help combat that problem.  The "Portland Tribune" reports Hales plans to push the need for raises in upcoming council discussions, and he says a potential marijuana tax could help fund the increases.  The police bureau has lost officers to retirement and to other law-enforcement agencies that offer better pay.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Police are urging parents to remind their kids about the dangers of speeding, texting, and being under the influence while driving, especially with the end of the school year growing near.  The Washington State Patrol says the Memorial Day weekend signaled the start of the "100 deadliest days for teenage drivers."  Officials say parents need to talk with their kids, and lead by example by following traffic-safety rules themselves.



(Grant County, WA)  --  Officials say a wildfire that burned 600 acres in Grant County, Washington started by accident.  Authorities say it was sparked by a weekend campfire that grew out of control.  The fire consumed mainly dry brush and grass in an area about three miles south of the Gorge Amphitheatre, where the Sasquatch music festival was taking place.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gasoline prices are steady from yesterday in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular remains at two-45 a gallon, which is only a half-cent above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-32 a gallon.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A woman is facing charges after crashing her car through a fence at the Hillsboro Airport.  Police say an officer tried to pull the woman over for a traffic stop last night on Evergreen Parkway near Brookwood Parkway, when she sped off.  Another officer continued the chase after the first one broke it off, and saw the suspect turn onto Northwest 268th, head south at high speed, and smash through a Port of Portland fence at the airport.  The woman was booked into the Washington County Jail on multiple charges. 



(Crater Lake Nat'l Forest, OR)  --  Two Seattle-area men who were rescued after getting stranded in Crater Lake National Forest in Oregon may face federal charges.  Authorities in Oregon say the hikers, both 30-years-old, illegally entered a prohibited area in the park Sunday as they tried to get photographs of their hike.  Rescue crews flying a helicopter in the area found the hikers Sunday night, and the men were rescued yesterday morning along the shore of the lake.  Officials say one of the men suffered serious injuries when he fell several hundred feet while making his way into the prohibited area.



(Tualatin, OR)  --  Tualatin police say a 70-year-old man who was shooting a gun and threatening members of his family was shot to death by officers.  Authorities say Robert Wickizer had been drinking and was threatening family members yesterday in the 18-thousand-100 block of Cheyenne Way when he tried to break into a neighbor's house, where two of the family members had fled.  Police say officers from multiple agencies who had arrived on the scene tried to negotiate with Wickizer, but he was shot and killed after refusing commands to drop his gun.  Authorities say the officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave.



(Salem, OR)  --  The cash continues to pile up for the next Mega Millions drawing.  There hasn't been a grand-prize winner since early March, and the jackpot has since rolled over to an estimated 235-million dollars.  The cash option in tonight's drawing is more than 153-million.



(Lincoln City, OR)  --  Police say a Portland defense attorney and his client were arrested after they were caught taking drugs while in a car outside a casino in Lincoln City.  Authorities say 28-year-old Brock Kelland was arrested by officers who found meth pipes and heroin in the car on May 18th.  Officials say the car was parked outside the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City.  Also arrested were the attorney, 46-year-old Jeffrey Milstein, and 30-year-old Candice Gooch, on charges of possession of meth and heroin.



(Everett, WA)  --  Snohomish County officials say an Arlington, Washington couple had been shot to death before their bodies were buried in the community of Oso.  The bodies of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude were recovered Tuesday from a grave site in a remote area of Oso.  The couple had last been seen on April 11th.  Tony Reed and his brother, John Blaine Reed, are accused of killing the couple.  John Reed is still at large, and Tony Reed is being held in the Snohomish County Jail.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  More than 80 employees will be displaced when Norm Thompson Outfitters Incorporated closes its Hillsboro office.  The clothing & accessory company has told state employment officials that it plans to lay off about 46 employees from its Aloleck Drive building, move another 13 to nearby satellite offices, and relocate 23 others to offices in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.  The company says the layoffs and relocations will begin in late July and should be completed in mid-September.



(Cusick, WA)  --  Police say two people are dead and a three-year-old is injured, following a crash in Pend Oreille County, Washington.  The Washington State Patrol says the roll-over crash happened around eleven o'clock last night about a mile north of Cusick on River Road.  Two women and a three-year-old child who were in a Nissan Pathfinder were ejected from the vehicle.  One of the women died at the scene and the other died later at a hospital.  The three-year-old suffered minor injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices are slightly lower as the Memorial Day weekend begins.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-45 a gallon, a fraction of a penny below yesterday's average.  It's about a half-cent lower than a week ago.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a 20-year-old woman remains in critical condition, after being shot at an apartment in Southeast Portland.  Authorities say the woman was shot Wednesday afternoon at least once at the apartment in the 36-hundred block of Southeast 28th Place.  Officials say no arrests have been made.  Investigators say the victim and the suspect likely knew each other.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man who's accused of dragging his dog behind his vehicle and killing her is facing animal-cruelty charges.  Vancouver police say 52-year-old David Kadow [[ KAY-do ]] is also charged with driving without a license in connection with the incident, which happened last Sunday.  Witnesses told police they saw Kadow driving his truck with the dog tied behind it.  Bail has been set at 75-thousand dollars.



(Tacoma, WA)  --  Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley wants the remaining charges against him dismissed.  His attorneys have asked a federal judge to acquit Kelley on the 14 counts on which a jury was deadlocked last month during his theft, money-laundering, and tax-evasion trial.  The jury acquitted him on a charge of making a false statement, but the judge declared a hung jury when a verdict couldn't be reached on the remaining charges.



(Salem, OR)  --  A 218-million-dollar grand prize would be a nice way for someone to start the Memorial Day weekend.  That's the estimated jackpot for tonight's Mega Millions drawing.  The cash option will be 142-million.



(Salem, OR)  --  Former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes must pay "The Oregonian" nearly 128-thousand dollars to cover its legal costs for her unsuccessful public-records lawsuit.  The decision was announced yesterday by Marion County Judge Tracy Prall, a year-and-a-half after the newspaper first requested Hayes's personal emails regarding an alleged influence-peddling scandal involving her fiance, then-Governor John Kitzhaber.  Kitzhaber later resigned and is still under federal investigation.  Hayes contended she didn't have to release the emails because she wasn't a public official and was not subject to public-records laws, but a judge disagreed and ruled in the newspaper's favor.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a woman suffered life-threatening wounds in a shooting at an apartment in Portland's Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood.  The shooting happened yesterday afternoon in the 36-hundred block of Southeast 28th Place.  The suspect was gone when police arrived and is still at large.  Police say he's described as black, in his 20s, with a medium build, wearing a blue jersey with white numbers on it and a white-sleeved t-shirt underneath.
 



(Government Camp, OR)  --  Authorities say a snowboarder who had gotten lost on Mount Hood has been found safe.  Officials say the man had called yesterday to report he had gotten lost at Timberline.  Search-and-rescue crews reported the man was found last night and doing fine.  His name hasn't been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  Bail is set at more than 800-thousand dollars for a man who's accused of shooting at police during a standoff at a Portland mobile-home park.  Sixty-three-year-old Timothy James Bucher, who's a registered sex offender, was booked yesterday morning on multiple charges, including attempted murder.  Police say Bucher fired dozens of rounds at officers, threatened a pregnant woman with a knife, and confronted her husband with a handgun at the Fox Run mobile home park in Northeast Portland Tuesday night.  Officers returned fire, but no one was injured.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A Washington state legislative panel is highly critical of Governor Jay Inslee and the former head of the state Department of Corrections for the premature releases of more than three-thousand inmates from Washington prisons.  A report from the Republican-led Senate Law and Justice Committee says bad management by ex-corrections chief Bernie Warner and lack of oversight by Inslee's office are among the factors involved the early releases.  Spokane Valley Senator Mike Padden, who chairs the panel, says the early releases are "one of the biggest failures in public safety in this state in a very long time."  Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith told the "Spokesman-Review" the report contains nothing new, and said Republicans spent taxpayer money on a partisan effort.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  An 18-year-old man who's accused of hiring a prostitute and then telling police she burglarized his family's home is to appear in court today.  Authorities say Ethan Kwon reported a home-invasion burglary at the home in Happy Valley in April.  Police say Kwon blamed the woman for stealing 200 dollars from the house, but he had actually invited the woman in.  Kwon is to be arraigned this afternoon.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington is seeing an increase in the number of deadly crashes.  The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says there was a 23-percent increase between 2014 and 2015 in the number of fatal crashes in the state.  The commission says crashes involving distracted driving showed the largest increase in traffic deaths.  Governor Jay Inslee says he hopes the new figures will prompt legislation to make the state's roads safer.



(Tacoma, WA)  --  Investigators are trying to find out what caused a fire that left a three-year-old boy dead at a duplex in Tacoma, Washington.  Officials say the boy's mother was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, as a result of yesterday's fire in the 64-hundred block of South Tyler.  Relatives told Q-13 the boy, Nehemiah Bonds, was napping with his mother when the apartment began to fill with smoke.  Tacoma Fire officials say it's not clear whether the apartment had a working smoke detector.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices appear to be leveling off with the approach of the Memorial Day weekend.  Triple-A reports the Portland-area average for a gallon of regular is two-45, which is only about a penny-and-a-half above the average at this time last week.  The national average for regular is about two-31 a gallon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea is on administrative leave after he reportedly misled investigators about an accidental shooting.  Mayor Charlie Hales said yesterday he took the action in the best interests of the city and the Portland Police Bureau.  "The Oregonian" reports O'Dea failed to identify himself as a police officer when he first talked to a deputy sheriff about the April 21st hunting accident, and led the deputy to believe the shooting was self-inflicted.  It wasn't until authorities interviewed O'Dea's wounded hunting companion four weeks later that they learned the chief was actually involved in the shooting.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland opinion research firm says Washington Governor Jay Inslee is leading his Republican challenger by seven points.  The Moore Information survey of 500 registered voters across Washington shows the Democratic incumbent leading Bill Bryant, 43 percent to 36 percent.  The margin is smaller than the 48-36 lead that Inslee had in a statewide Elway poll last month.  The Moore poll shows only 35 percent of those questioned "are aware" of Bryant, while 89 percent are aware of Inslee.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Portland is ranked among the most well-read cities in the U.S.  Amazon.com has calculated the rankings, based on sales figures over the past year.  The data include sales of books, magazines, and newspapers in both print and Kindle formats between April 2015 and April 2016.  Portland is in second place, trailing only Seattle.  San Francisco, Tucson, and Albuquerque round out the top five.



(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying slightly more today for gasoline.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-45 a gallon, about a half-cent higher than yesterday.  It's only a penny-and-a-half above the average of a week ago.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police have a suspect in custody, after shots were fired at a mobile-home park in Northeast Portland.  Officers were dispatched last night to the Fox Run Mobile Home Park on Northeast MLK Boulevard and were confronted by an armed man.  Police say the man retreated to a home in the neighborhood and fired multiple shots.  He was eventually arrested after some of the homes were hit by bullets.  No injuries have been reported.



(Salem, OR)  --  Health officials say a state senator could be fined for violating Oregon's Clean Air Act.  Republican Senator Jeff Kruse of Roseburg received a warning earlier this month from the Oregon Health Authority after he was caught smoking in his office at the Capitol.  Kruse told the "Statesman Journal" he closes the door and opens a window when smoking inside and didn't think it was bothering anyone.  He may be required to pay a 500-dollar fine.



(Everett, WA)  --  Snohomish County sheriff's deputies say two bodies, which are believed to be those of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude [[ PAT-un-awd ]] of Arlington, Washington, have been found in a remote gravesite.  The two were last seen alive on April 11th and are believed to have been murdered by Tony Clyde Reed and his brother, John Blaine Reed, who was a neighbor of the couple.  Tony Reed, who was apprehended in California, appeared in court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and illegal gun possession.  John Reed is still on the run, and authorities say he may be in Mexico.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions jackpot is rolling over again.  Last night's drawing yielded no grand-prize winners, so the jackpot will be an estimated 218-million dollars for the Friday night drawing.  The lump-sum cash option will be 142-million.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Donald Trump could receive all 44 of Washington's delegates to the Republican National Convention after winning the state's Republican presidential primary last night.  Trump, who's the only Republican candidate left in the race, got more than 76 percent of the vote in initial returns.  In the non-binding Democratic primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received 54 percent of the vote in early returns, to 46 percent for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.  But Sanders will receive 73 percent of Washington's delegates to the Democratic National Convention, based on his landslide win in the March Democratic precinct caucuses.



(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.



(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.



(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.  
 



(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)  --  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.



(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.



(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.



(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.



(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.  
 



(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.



(Portland, OR)  --  Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury says she's launched an administrative investigation into accusations that Sheriff Dan Staton has created a work environment hostile to employees.  Kafoury made the announcement yesterday, a day after the union representing patrol deputies gave Staton a "no confidence" vote.  Matt Ferguson, president of the Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff's Association, says Staton uses fear and favoritism to lead the sheriff's office "ruthlessly and unpredictably."



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Vancouver police are looking for leads in their investigation of a homicide.  Authorities say a man was found dead Monday in a house in the 45-hundred block of Nicholson Road.  The name of the man, who had been shot, hasn't been released.  Anyone who traveled along Nicholson Road or Falk Road between Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard and State Route 500 between midnight Sunday and one a.m. Monday is being asked to call Vancouver police.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A report from the American Automobile Association says the number of marijuana-related crashes in Washington has risen considerably.  Researchers say the percentage of Washington drivers involved in fatal crashes after recently using pot rose from eight percent in 2013 to about 17 percent in 2014.  Triple-A tells KIRO-TV the figures should serve as a case study for the more than 20 states currently considering legalization of marijuana.  The study also found that, unlike with alcohol, there's no scientific evidence to show people become impaired when they have a specific level of marijuana in their system.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices continue to rise in the Portland area.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for a gallon of regular is two-40, about a penny above yesterday's average.  It's also about a nickel a gallon higher than at this time last week.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon's presidential primary is set for next Tuesday, and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made another campaign stop last night in Oregon in an effort to galvanize the support for his run.  The Vermont senator picked up a primary win in West Virgina last night as he held a rally in Salem.   Sanders says he still has a path to the Democratic nomination if he does well in Oregon and other states in the coming weeks.  An Oregon Public Broadcasting poll shows fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is leading Sanders in Oregon by 15 percentage points.



(Portland, OR)  --  It appears a proposal by Mayor Charlie Hales to increase the Business License Fee in Portland won't be a part of the city's budget.  The Portland City Council has voted down the increase, which was part of the 501-million-dollar general-fund budget the mayor submitted last week.  The proposed increase was opposed by the Portland Business Alliance.  Hales says the city needs to continue to discuss ways to raise revenue to meet mounting needs.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Lawmakers are being asked to overturn a Washington state law that allows transgender people to use public restrooms or other public gender-segregated facilities based on their gender identity, rather than their anatomy.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports a recent student at Eastern Washington University filed a complaint with the Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee, seeking to have the law scrapped.  The state's Human Rights Commission approved the administrative law last year.  The rules committee could bring up the complaint at its next meeting, which is expected to take place in June.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions jackpot is still rising.  Last night's drawing didn't produce any grand-prize winners, to the jackpot will jump to an estimated 161-million dollars for the Friday night drawing.  The cash option will be more than 105-million.



(Portland, OR)  --  LGBT rights, abortion, and gun violence are up for discussion over the next two weeks at the United Methodist Church General Conference in Portland.  The conference, which gets underway today, brings members and clergy together every four years to set church policy.  Right now it's against the rules for clergy to perform same-sex marriages, but a new proposal would allow it on a case-by-case basis decided locally.  The conference will also discuss supporting laws that reduce gun violence and promote religious freedom for all faiths and denominations.



(Undated)  --  Oregon is ranked as one of the best states to live in for people who are growing old.  The website Caring.com looked at a variety of factors in compiling its ranking of the "Best and Worst States to grow old," including quality of healthcare and long-term care, support for seniors and affordability of senior care.  Oregon came in fifth, trailing only Alaska, Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.  Caring.com says West Virginia is the worst place in which to grow old because the state lacks quality of life and healthcare offerings for seniors.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee is directing the Washington National Guard to train and certify up to 250 guard personnel, in preparation for the 2016 wildfire season.  The governor has ordered the guard to coordinate with the state Department of Natural Resources to make sure enough personnel are properly trained to fight wildfires.  Some Guard members completed similar training for the first time in 2015, and joined the teams that battled the Kettle Complex fires in Eastern Washington.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area gas prices are still rising.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-39 a gallon, about a half-cent above yesterday's average.  It's also six cents a gallon higher than a week ago.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland city officials say a newly-opened homeless camp housing battered women will have to close soon.  The camp was opened by a nonprofit organization Sunday on Southeast 93rd Avenue and Woodstock.  KATU-TV quotes city officials as saying the women will be offered several options, including help to get into another shelter, vouchers for motels, or a permanent place to go in the next couple of weeks.  Organizers say they'll stay on the current camp site until every woman has a safe place to go.



(Tigard, OR)  --  A 14-year-old girl is being treated for serious injuries, after being hit by a car while crossing a street in Tigard [[ TIE-gurd ]].  The crash happened yesterday afternoon on Hall Boulevard near Tigard City Hall.  Authorities say the girl and two other pedestrians activated a flashing yellow light at the crosswalk, which was engaged when the teen was hit.  Police say the driver remained at the scene and was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.



(Salem, OR)  --  Tonight's Mega Millions drawing is for a grand prize that's nowhere near the 430-million dollars won in Saturday's Powerball game.  But the 150-million-dollar jackpot is still a tidy sum.  The lump-sum cash option for tonight's drawing is more than 98-million dollars.



(Tacoma, WA)  --  A white python that was reported to be loose inside a Tacoma, Washington hospital is now back with its owner.  Officials at Tacoma General say a visitor went there last month with the snake inside a cat carrier full of stuffed animals, but the snake got out and the visitor informed the hospital.  Hospital staff got a surprise on April 30th as the python fell from ventilation in the ceiling.  The hospital says the snake is non-venomous and never posed a danger to humans.



(Portland, OR)  --  A new homeless camp, intended specifically for women, is now part of Portland's Lents neighborhood.  The camp, containing about a half-dozen tents, was set up yesterday in a vacant lot on Southeast 93rd Avenue and Foster Road.  Organizers tell KPTV the camp will serve victims of sexual abuse on the streets.  The Mayor's Office hasn't yet commented on the camp.
 



(Tacoma, WA)  --  Problems that were found with lead in the drinking water at 13 Tacoma, Washington schools are prompting more school districts across Pierce County to test their water for lead.  Eight public-school districts say they either plan soon to begin testing or have already started.  The "News Tribune" reports Tacoma Public Schools is retesting every fixture in every district school and hopes to have it completed this month.  The district has promised to formulate a plan to ensure all schools undergo regular water testing.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland-area fuel prices are still getting higher.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-38 a gallon, about six-and-a-half cents above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-21 a gallon.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee is asking for an explanation from Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on why he fired some of his office's senior staff.  Kelley made the moves last week, including asking for the resignation of his chief of staff and his spokesman, and putting a former spokesman on administrative leave.  The actions were taken after Kelley's federal trial, in which a jury acquitted him on one of 15 counts against him and was unable to come to a decision on the remaining charges.  Inslee says he's "deeply concerned" about Kelley's "troubling actions" regarding multiple members of his senior staff.



(Portland, OR)  --  TriMet officials are warning riders to expect disruptions over the next two weeks as light-rail line reconstruction projects continue along Southwest 1st Avenue in downtown Portland.  Riders are being encouraged to find alternative transportation if they want to avoid delays, which will impact the entire MAX system.  Officials say trains will be crowded because fewer of them will be running over the next two weeks.
 



(Washington, DC)  --   The U.S. Department of Defense says a soldier from Seattle died in Iraq in a non-combat related incident.  Officials say First Lieutenant David Bauders died Friday on Al Asad Air Base, but there's no word yet on what caused his death.  Bauders was a member of the Washington State National Guard's 176th Engineer Company of Snohomish.  He was 25, a graduate of the University of Portland and a trooper with the Washington State Patrol.
 



(Cornelius, OR)  --  Washington County deputies say they've arrested a Cornelius man after he fired a gun and threatened to kill his neighbor.  Authorities say the two got into a fight after they'd been drinking in front of an apartment early yesterday morning.  Deputies say one of the men went into the duplex and returned with a gun, and started firing and threatening to kill his neighbor, but no one was injured.  Thirty-eight-year-old Herbert Lopez-Lopez is facing multiple charges.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Lottery officials say a single ticket sold in New Jersey for Saturday night's Powerball drawing is worth more than 429-million dollars.  The jackpot will reset to 40-million for the Wednesday night drawing.  Meanwhile, the Mega Millions grand prize keeps growing.  It will be an estimated 150-million dollars for tomorrow night's drawing, with a cash option of more than 98-million.



(Vernonia, OR)  --  Officials say schools in Vernonia will be in lockout mode today, following a potentially credible threat of violence.  Superintendent Aaron Miller says lockout means students will continue in classes as normal, but all doors will be locked and no one will be allowed to enter or leave the school buildings.  KOIN-TV reports police will also present in the schools.  The Vernonia district has four schools, including two elementary, one middle, and one high school.



(Salem, OR)  --  Authorities are looking for a 60-year-old Salem man who's been reported missing.  Marion County sheriff's deputies say Gary Risteen left his home on Sanrodee Drive Southeast in Salem around noon yesterday and hasn't been seen since.  Officials say he had recently undergone a medical procedure.  Risteen is described as white, five-feet-eleven, 200 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes, and is probably driving a gold, 2004 Ford F150 with Oregon license plates 443BAF.  Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911.



(Spokane, WA)  --  Authorities say an eleven-year-old boy was Tasered by Spokane County sheriff's deputies after he refused to drop a knife he was armed with.  Officials say deputies chased the boy yesterday morning and caught up with him near an apartment complex in the area of West Hastings and North Mill Road in Spokane County.  Authorities say the eleven-year-old, who was wearing a mask, refused repeated commands to drop the knife and was Tasered and safely disarmed.  KREM-TV reports the boy was treated at the scene, then taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Former President Bill Clinton calls his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the "greatest changemaker" he's ever known.  The ex-president made the remarks before hundreds of people yesterday at the Leftbank Annex in Portland.  He made an appearance earlier in the day at Central Oregon Community College in Bend.  Bill Clinton told supporters of Hillary's plans for improving education, the economy, and prison programs.



(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline continues to rise in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-37 a gallon, a penny higher than yesterday.  It's also about nine cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is slated to make a campaign stop in Oregon tonight.  The real-estate magnate is set to hold an event at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene at seven o'clock.  An event that had been scheduled in Vancouver was cancelled.  Trump will appear at noon tomorrow at the Spokane Convention Center, then is scheduled to hold a rally at three o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center in Lynden.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say the body of a missing 22-year-old woman has been found on the Oregon Coast.  Officials say Katharine Roe's body was found near Depoe Bay yesterday morning.  Roe had not been seen since April 17th.  The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says Roe was said to be walking home from the Wing Wa restaurant in Depoe Bay after having a drink with her grandmother that night.



(Salem, OR)  --  Those who play the major lottery games will have two chances this weekend to win big bucks.  Tonight's Mega Millions drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 138-million dollars, with a cash option of nearly 90-million.  The Powerball drawing tomorrow night will be for an estimated grand prize of 415-million dollars.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A new report from the state Department of Labor and Industries says falls are the leading cause of work-related deaths in Washington.  The department says 84 people across the state died in workplace deaths since November 2014.  Officials say about half of work-related fatalities this year have involved workers 50 years of age or older.  Labor department spokeswoman Elaine Fischer told the Everett "Herald" that more men than women are killed at work in Washington.



(Portland, OR)  --  Two people are wounded, following a shooting in Portland's Hazelwood neighborhood.  Police say it happened around 3:30 this morning in the 14-hundred block of Northeast 118th Avenue.  Responding officers found a woman who had been wounded and sent her to a hospital.  Officials say a second victim arrived at a hospital by private car.  Police believe both victims were shot during the same incident, but neither is suffering from life-threatening injuries.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a deaf woman who had been reported missing is now safe.  Authorities say 51-year-old Annie Marie Spurgeon had last been seen on April 24th at the Safeway where she works.  Her family was afraid she was in danger.  She was reportedly found safe yesterday at an area hospital.



(Spokane, WA)  --  The grandparents of 16-year-old Kiera Inman, who had been the subject of an AMBER alert, are heading to Ohio to bring her back to Spokane.  Authorities say Inman was found early Wednesday morning, sleeping in a car at a rest stop outside Columbus, Ohio, with her alleged abductor, 30-year-old Zachary Jones of Newport News, Virginia.  Police say Inman and Jones met online and apparently left Spokane together last weekend.  Jones is expected to appear in court in Ohio later today to face kidnapping charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying more for gasoline.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-36 a gallon, a penny above yesterday's average.  It's a dime a gallon above the average of a week ago.



(McMinnville, OR)  --  One person is dead, following a two-vehicle crash on Highway 99W.  Oregon state troopers say the head-on crash happened on milepost 34, just east of McMinnville.  One person died at the scene, and three other people are being hospitalized.  No names have been released.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Health officials say they've confirmed the third case of Zika virus in Washington.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the case involves a King County man who recently traveled to Colombia.  Officials say the mosquito that carries the Zika virus isn't found in the Pacific Northwest.  However, the CDC says Zika can be sexually transmitted by a man to his partners, even if he doesn't have symptoms.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says it will implement a plan that's intended to reduce traffic-related deaths.  Officials say the plan is to install speed cameras to target aggressive drivers who are exceeding the speed limit along high-crash corridors.  The bureau says the cameras will be installed along corridors that include Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, Marine Drive, 122nd Avenue, and Division.  The first cameras are scheduled to go online in August along Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.



(Salem, OR)  --  The big money is getting bigger in the Powerball game.  There were no grand-prize winners in last night's drawing, so the jackpot will rise to an estimated 415-million dollars for the drawing Saturday night.  Tomorrow night's Mega Millions drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 138-million dollars.



(Portland, OR)  --  Three men are in custody, in connection with the murder of a pregnant woman in Portland.  Twenty-one-year-old Ervaeua Ronchelle Herring was shot to death in August 2014 at her Eastwood Village apartment in Southeast Portland.  KOIN-TV quotes police as saying the suspects, Demetrius Ray Brown, Geontae Jones, and DeAnthony Paul Simmons are each members of the Hoover gang.  Each is facing charges of murder and burglary.



(Spokane, WA)  --  Spokane police say the FBI and U.S. marshals are now involved in the search for a missing 16-year-old who's the subject of an AMBER alert.  Authorities say Kiera Inman is likely traveling with 30-year-old Zachary Jones of Newport News, Virginia, in a 1997 Acura with Virgina license plate VGD6867.  Police say Kiera is developmentally disabled and needs medication.  The two are believed to have met online.



(Portland, OR)  --  Forty-two schools in Portland are among those across the state that are participating in today's National Walk or Bike to School day.  The annual event encourages students to get out of buses and cars and walk or pedal their way to school.  The event is held under the umbrella of the National Safe Routes to school program, but actually started in 1997 with a group called the Partnership for a Walkable America.  The program set a record in 2015 with over five-thousand events held nationwide.



(Pasco, WA)  --  CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco is issuing a major recall of frozen products it sells.  CRF says the frozen foods may be contaminated with Listeria, which could cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, or others with weakened immune systems.  KEPR-TV reports the company has expanded the recall to include all frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products it's packaged since May 1st.  CRF says the recalled products include about 358 items sold under 42 different brands.



(Portland, OR)  --  There's no set date for the opening of a planned homeless shelter in Southeast Portland.  Mayor Charlie Hales met last night with area residents, who wanted more information on the facility that's to be housed in a vacant building on Southeast 13th Avenue and Morrison Street.  City officials say the shelter is intended to help provide services for the growing number of homeless people camped out around Portland.  The city plans to lease the building from the Portland school district to house up to 100 homeless people.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices continue to rise in the Portland Metro.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-35 a gallon, up two cents from yesterday.  It's also eleven cents a gallon above the average of a week ago.



(Portland, OR)  --  Former President Bill Clinton is slated to campaign in Portland tomorrow for his wife, Hillary, who's the frontrunner in the race for Democratic presidential nominee.  The ex-president will give a speech at the Westbank Annex on North Weidler Street, with doors opening at three o'clock tomorrow afternoon.  Republican candidate Donald Trump, fresh off a big win in Indiana, is tentatively scheduled to make campaign stops Friday in Eugene and Medford.  Republican candidate Ted Cruz suspended his campaign yesterday after the Indiana primary.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  Authorities say a device that appeared to be a live grenade was found along Interstate 5 in Vancouver.  Members of a work crew spotted the device yesterday morning beside the southbound lanes near 179th Street.  Members of the Portland police bomb squad took the grenade to a safe location and destroyed it.  Officials say it's not known whether the device was live.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Mega Millions jackpot will be bumped up again, after last night's drawing produced no grand-prize winners.  The Friday night drawing will be for an estimated top prize of 138-million dollars, with a cash option of nearly 90-million.  Tonight's Powerball drawing will be for an estimated jackpot of 348-million dollars.



(Washington County, OR)  --  Authorities say alcohol was a factor in a rollover crash that seriously injured a woman in Washington County.  Sheriff's deputies say the wreck took place yesterday morning on Northwest West Union Road, near 203rd Place.  Cary Lovelady is accused of driving while intoxicated when he lost control of the BMW he was driving.  A passenger, 39-year-old Nicole Nelson of Hillsboro, is being treated for life-threatening injuries.



(Multnomah County, OR)  --  Authorities say a woman was killed and her son was injured after both fell off a trail at Horse Tail Falls.  Multnomah County sheriff's deputies say the 37-year-old woman and her three-year-old son fell yesterday afternoon off a 50- to 60-foot cliff, then continued another 20 to 30 feet down a slope.  Authorities say the three-year-old is being treated for serious injuries.  No names have been released.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Police say five officers were injured and nine protesters were arrested, during an anti-capitalist march through Seattle.  Yesterday's march followed a peaceful demonstration in support of rights for immigrants and workers.  Authorities say some of the anti-capitalist protesters threw objects at police, including rocks and Molotov cocktails.  Police responded by deploying pepper spray.  The march started at Westlake Center and ended at the Costco in Sodo.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  Authorities say a man who's accused of shooting at a Mason County, Washington sheriff's deputy was mistakenly released from jail.  Officials say 27-year-old Joshua Weythman Baker shot at the deputy during a high-speed chase on March 31st, but the deputy wasn't hit.  Authorities say after Baker ditched the vehicle and began to run on foot, he was apprehended and booked into the Cowlitz County Jail.  Authorities say the circumstances surrounding Baker's release Friday are unclear, but it's believed he received a bus ticket to Olympia.



(Salem, OR)  --  The jackpots in both major lottery games are rolling over.  The weekend Powerball grand prize remained untouched, and will rise to an estimated 348-million dollars for the Wednesday night drawing.  Tomorrow night, the Mega Millions drawing will be for a top prize of 128-million dollars, with a cash option of more than 82-million.



(Granite Falls, WA)  --  Snohomish County, Washington sheriff's deputies say a six-year-old boy died after becoming separated from his family during a hike near the Big Four Ice Caves.  Authorities say the boy vanished around six o'clock yesterday evening.  His body was found around nine o'clock.  The manner of death hasn't been determined.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are seeing a sudden rise in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-32 a gallon, more than a dime a gallon above the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-22 a gallon.


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