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(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman says he's asking his officers to be a "source of reassurance to the community," following President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.  Marshman says Oregon law states that the Police Bureau is prohibited from using its own equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending people who violate federal immigration law.  The police chief says he's advised officers to reach out to people, answer questions, and provide clarity on their role relating to immigration enforcement.



(Portland, OR)  --  A registered sex offender who's also been an activist for the group called "Portland's Resistance" is facing charges of second-degree sex abuse.  Portland police say 23-year-old Micah Rhodes is accused of abusing a teenage boy.  KOIN-TV reports police only recently became aware of the sexual abuse allegations, with the accusations coming to light following the January 25th arrest of Rhodes during a protest.  Police say investigators are now looking into the possibility of a second victim.



(Portland, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies are investigating, after a woman's body was recovered from the Multnomah Channel.  The body was spotted by a boater around 12:45 yesterday afternoon.  An autopsy will be conducted.  The sheriff's office hasn't released any further details.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he's suing President Donald Trump over his executive order to temporarily ban travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.  Ferguson says he's filing the federal lawsuit against the president, some high-ranking administration officials, and the Department of Homeland Security.  The suit seeks to invalidate the executive order nationwide.  Trump says the order is aimed at protecting the nation from acts of terrorism.



(Portland, OR)  --  Organizers say hundreds of people gathered yesterday to protest President Trump's temporary ban on travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.  The non-profit group "Unite Oregon" organized yesterday's event at Terry Schrunk Plaza, with the theme "No ban, no wall."  Demonstrators called for the repeal of Trump's order, and voiced opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Police made a disorderly-conduct arrest of a 20-year-old who was seen at the protest site displaying a handgun, which turned out to be a replica.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill being considered in the Washington State Legislature would make wearing motorcycle helmets optional for riders age 18 and older.  The measure, sponsored by Kennewick Senator Sharon Brown, would require those riding without helmets to have liability insurance, a certificate of deposit, or a liability bond.  Also being heard by the Senate Transportation Committee is a bill that would establish a pilot program to allow motorcyclists to pass a car in the same lane in traffic jams, moving no more than ten miles per hour faster than the car.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Authorities are investigating two separate car shootings, one in Salem and one in Polk County, which happened within a half-hour.  Fox-12 reports a woman driving along Highway 223 in Dallas on Friday reportedly "flipped off" an erratic driver, who then pulled a gun and shot out her window, barely missing her nine-year-old daughter in the back seat.  About 20 minutes later in Salem, a man says he flashed his high-beams at an aggressive driver near Commercial Street Southeast and Waldo Avenue Southeast, and the driver displayed a gun and finally fired it several times, hitting the victim's vehicle but injuring no one.  In both cases, the offending driver was in a white sedan, but police aren't sure whether the incidents are connected.



(Portland, OR)  --  Today is the last day to enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.  Officials say about half of Oregon residents could obtain health coverage for 75 dollars a month or less, even though insurance rates have gone up.  More information on how to sign up through the marketplace is available by calling 800-318-2596.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  State officials are recommending that Washington residents obtain upgrades to their drivers' licenses, if they haven't already done so.  The enhanced state driver's license may be needed for those who wish to board an airplane in Washington as early as next year.  The federal government has Washington state residents under a deadline of January 18th, 2018, to bring licenses into compliance.  After that date, only passengers with an enhanced license, passport or other acceptable identification will be allowed to board planes, while those with only a regular Washington state driver's license won't be able to board an aircraft.



(Portland, OR)  --  Mayor Ted Wheeler and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley are among those who joined yesterday's protest at Portland International Airport in opposition to President Donald Trump's travel-ban order.  Organizers estimate that yesterday's demonstration at PDX had an even larger turnout than the one on Saturday.  Port of Portland officials say one person was assaulted during the protest, but there's no word on the extent of the injuries.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Starbucks Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz says he plans for the company to hire ten-thousand refugees in 75 countries over the next five years, following President Trump's executive order to ban refugees from entering the U.S for four months.  The order also bars travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries.  Schultz says the hiring would begin in the U.S., initially focusing on those who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where the military has asked for such support.



(Kelso, WA)  --  Authorities are investigating what's being called a "suspicious death" in Cowlitz County.  Investigators say a man's body was found Saturday along the Coweeman River, about 15 miles east of Kelso.  An autopsy will be performed.



(Washington, DC)  --  Seattle-area Congressman Dave Reichert is urging fellow Republican, President Donald Trump, to work with Congress on solutions regarding vetting of refugees.  U.S. senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham were among the Republican leaders in Congress to condemn Trump's executive order to ban travel to the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim countries.  Reichert has asked the administration to work with Congress on solutions that protect U.S. borders while maintaining the nation's "dedication to compassion and religious freedom."



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Nike CEO Mark Parker says President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries is a "threat" to the traditional values of inclusiveness the company stands for.  In a memo to employees, Parker wrote that Nike believes in a world where everyone celebrates the power of diversity.  He says Nike stands together against bigotry and any form of discrimination.  The president, in issuing the executive order Friday, says the goal is not to discriminate against a religion, but to protect the U.S. against terror attacks.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is joining more than a dozen other attorneys general in condemning President Donald Trump's executive order to ban travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations to the U.S.  Ferguson calls the order unconstitutional, un-American, and unlawful.  He's joining with Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and AGs of 14 other states and the District of Columbia to denounce Trump's action.  Ferguson says he'll use the authority of his office to hold the president accountable to the rules of law.



(Undated)  --  A new study says the youngest county in each state is often due to the presence of a major college.  "24-7 Wall Street" says that's the case in 41 of the 50 states, plus DC.  In Oregon, it's Benton County, home of Oregon State University in Corvallis.  The average age is just under 33, while the state's median age is 39.  The report shows that just under 24 percent of Benton County residents are enrolled in college.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is lower in the Portland area.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-55 a gallon, down a penny-and-a-half from a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-27 a gallon.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Those attending a hearing in a Hillsboro courtroom are considering a video that authorities say shows a murder suspect confessing to the stabbing death of a Lake Oswego woman.  Jaime Tinoco is charged with murder in the death of 29-year-old Nicole Laube, who was killed in August 2014 at the apartment complex where she worked.  Officials say Tinoco raped a woman in Eugene about a month later and investigators began connecting the cases after he was convicted of the rape.  Tinoco's trial for the Laube murder is set to begin next month.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would require minors in Washington to notify a parent or guardian before having an abortion is being heard in a Senate committee.  The measure contains exceptions for medical emergencies, minors who are emancipated from their parents, or minors requesting a court order for cases of incest.  Similar bills have failed in the past before making it through the legislative process.



(Salem, OR)  --  A bill to be introduced in the Oregon Legislature is aimed at prohibiting workers from being fired for consuming marijuana off the clock.  The measure would also make it illegal for employers not to hire someone because of marijuana use.  The bill would provide exceptions if the substance restriction relates to an actual occupational qualification or the performance of work while impaired.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A state Senate committee is looking to find ways to get the NBA to return to Seattle.  Senator Mike Baumgartner of Spokane says it's not an issue that's restricted in significance to Seattle but has statewide implications.  Baumgartner says there are likely some things lawmakers can do regarding infrastructure or forgoing some kind of tax to help the project get going.  Baumgartner held a legislative workshop on the issue yesterday and says there will be more in the future.



(Portland, OR)  --  A man who pleaded guilty to committing a rape while on parole will be spending 20 more years in prison.  In a plea deal with prosecutors, Thomas Peacock admitted to first-degree rape, sexual abuse, and kidnapping in connection with the attack last March on the Springwater Corridor.  Police say a 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted after her tire went flat while she was riding her bicycle along the trail.  Peacock previously served more than 30 years in prison on multiple counts, including attempted aggravated murder.



(Portland, OR)  --  Triple-A reports a slight drop in gas prices.  The Portland-area average for regular is two-56 a gallon, more than a penny lower than at this time last week.  The national average for regular is two-29 a gallon.



(Portland, OR)  --  State education figures show rises in high-school graduation rates for both Portland and Oregon during the 2015-16 school year.  Portland's four-year graduation rates rose from just under 74 percent for the class of 2015 to nearly 76 percent in 2016.  Oregon's graduation rate rose to nearly 75 percent in 2016, up from just under 74 percent in 2015.  The average U.S. graduation rate in 2015 was 83 percent.



(Oregon City, OR)  --  A woman is slated to spend five years behind bars after being convicted of stealing 70-thousand dollars while working at a business in Sandy.  Thirty-six-year-old Paula Prosch was also ordered by a Clackamas County judge to repay more than 58-thousand dollars to Trail Pals Horse Trailer Accessory Store.  Prosch pleaded guilty in December to first-degree theft and first-degree forgery.  Her lawyer says she used much of the stolen money to fuel her gambling habit.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington State Senate Democrats say they'll try today to force a vote on a bill dealing with school district levies.  The Senate GOP is temporarily without its 25-24 majority, as Senator Brian Dansel resigned earlier this week to take a job with the Trump administration.  The Democrats are hoping to bring up legislation to delay a planned reduction in how much school districts can collect in local property tax levies.  A legislative estimate shows that without the delay, local school districts stand to lose about 358-million dollars a year beginning in January 2018.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Republican lawmakers are hoping to get Washington voters to decide on whether to constitutionally ban state and local income taxes.  Under a bill sponsored by Auburn Senator Phil Fortunato, the item would go on the ballot in the next general election.  Before Senate Joint Resolution 8204 goes before voters, it will have to gain approval from both Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature.  Fortunato tells the "News Tribune" he doesn't expect the measure to pass, but believes it will start a conversation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say a Portland police officer was injured as he rescued someone from a bathroom that had caught fire in a room at a local motel.  Officials say the guest was also injured in last night's fire, as was another guest in the room at the Comfort Inn on 102nd at Northeast Sandy.  There's currently no word on the extent of the injuries.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  Republicans in the Oregon Legislature are insisting that Democrats make cuts in spending before tax increases will be considered.  The state needs to find a way to cover a one-point-eight-billion-dollar revenue shortfall.  Republican lawmakers say they won't agree to making any changes to taxes unless Democrats agree to cut costs, especially in the state's pension system.  Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli tells the "Portland Tribune" he'd be open to considering an increase in Oregon's gas tax to increase funding for transportation projects.



(Undated)  --  A new report gauges just how seriously states are tackling the effort to reduce tobacco use.  The American Lung Association says Oregon got mainly "Fs" across the board.  The state did get an "A" in efforts to ban or curtail smoking in schools, restaurants, offices, and other public places.  The study also noted the legal minimum smoking age in each state.  In Oregon, it's 18.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say more than a dozen people were arrested yesterday during a protest by a group that pledged "unrest" unless Police Chief Michael Marshman was fired.  Members of the group converged yesterday afternoon on Pioneer Courthouse Square and began blocking traffic and TriMet transports.  Police arrested six demonstrators minutes later, and that number eventually grew to 14.  KATU-TV reports most of those arrested are facing disorderly-conduct charges.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee says the state of Washington will not be intimidated or divided by President Donald Trump's executive order concerning sanctuary cities, calling it "mean-spirited, unnecessary, and contrary to our values as Americans" if it's implemented.  Inslee says any effort that would violate Washington's values will be resisted.  Trump announced yesterday that he signed the order, which says cities that offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants will be subject to having federal funds cut off.



(Portland, OR)  --  The mayor of Portland says the city will remain a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.  Mayor Ted Wheeler says that means that Portland police have been asked not to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to help deport undocumented immigrants.  Wheeler and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray made similar declarations yesterday, after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that says sanctuary cities will be subject to having federal funding cut off.  Wheeler's office says Portland's status as a sanctuary city is important, even if it means losing federal money.



(Bellevue, WA)  --  Bellevue, Washington police say they've broken open the largest burglary ring in the city's history.  Authorities say more than three-million dollars in property was stolen by the operation, and Mariners pitching ace Felix Hernandez was one of the victims.  Officers executed two arrests yesterday with help from a SWAT team at a home in West Seattle, and have a total of three suspects in custody.  Investigators say the ring is responsible for at least 123 residential burglaries in Bellevue, Seattle, Medina, Clyde Hill, and Kirkland.



(Undated)  --  Data from a trucking research group shows a number of Puget Sound locations are among the nation's worst traffic bottlenecks.  They include state Route 18 at SR 167 in Auburn; Interstate 5 at I-90 in Seattle; I-5 at I-705 and state Route 16 in Tacoma; state Route 18 at I-5 in Federal Way; and I-90 at I-405 in Bellevue, all of which rank among the 21 worst bottlenecks.  The American Transportation Research Institute ranks Interstate 5 at I-84 in Portland 41st, the only one in Oregon to make the list of worst traffic bottlenecks.  ATRI uses truck GPS data to arrive at the rankings.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement says there have been more instances of hate-filled graffiti throughout the city since Election Day.  Program manager Theresa Marchetti tells KATU-TV the primary factors at play here are the current political climate and virtually non-existent enforcement, which allow more politically-oriented and racially-motivated messages to be visible.  Marchetti says Portland police stopped responding to tagging-related reports last year because of reductions in staffing. The city has responded by contracting with removal services.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would require seat belts for each rider on public- and private-school buses in Washington is currently before a Senate committee.  Washington is one of more than a dozen states considering such legislation this year.  The bill is awaiting action in the Senate Transportation Committee.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Environmentalists and Native American tribes are unhappy with President Donald Trump's signing of executive orders to move forward with the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects.  An emergency rally was held yesterday evening at Seattle's Westlake Park, with organizers saying the objective is to protect the earth for future generations.  KING-5 reports Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Council Member Debora Juarez issued statements yesterday, voicing opposition to Trump's executive orders on the pipeline projects.  The president says the pipelines will create tens of thousands of jobs.



(Undated)  --  When it comes to the most educated states, Oregon is ranked 12th overall.  A WalletHub study says a well-educated population is more likely to remain employed, but gender and race also play a role.  On educational attainment of its population, Oregon is also ranked 12th.  In the category of "quality of education and attainment gap," it comes in 27th.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fuel prices continue to fall slowly in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for a gallon of regular is two-56, a penny-and-a-half below the average at this time last week.  The national average for regular is two-30 a gallon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman says he's not resigning.  Protesters have pledged they'll engage in "unrest" today unless Marshman is fired, claiming that demonstrators were hurt last week when officers used tear gas, pepper spray, and flashbang grenades against marchers.  Marshman tells KOIN-TV police didn't incite violence but were instead responding to people who threw "rocks, bottles, flares, and unknown liquids" at officers.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland City Council is considering a proposal that would require landlords to pay moving costs for tenants in cases of no-cause evictions or rent increases of more than ten percent in one year.  The proposal was submitted by City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who says the aim is to stabilize the rental market in Portland.  The council is expected to take up the ordinance on February 2nd.  Mayor Ted Wheeler says he supports it.



(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials say there's a 66-percent rise in the number of flu-related hospitalizations in Oregon this season.  Officials say hospitals and clinics are getting bogged down with all the flu cases.  Physicians are strongly urging people to wash their hands frequently, and to get vaccinated if you haven't done so already.  Those who are already displaying symptoms of the flu should stay home and get plenty of rest.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A member of the Washington State Senate is headed to the nation's capital to join the Trump administration.  Ferry County Senator Brian Dansel has resigned to accept a position as a special assistant to the U.S. secretary of agriculture.  That leaves the state Senate temporarily split, 24-24, between Republicans and Democrats.  Earlier this week, Senator Doug Ericksen of Ferndale accepted a temporary position with the EPA.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a rollover crash that left a man dead in Southwest Portland.  Authorities say a car driven by a man in his 30s drove off the roadway and went down an embankment off Barbur Boulevard near Capitol Highway around four p.m. yesterday.  Police say northbound Barbur Boulevard was closed afterward from Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard and southbound from Highway 10.  The man's name hasn't been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say they've arrested a man who's suspected of multiple counts associated with vandalism and assault in connection with the November riots.  Authorities say 20-year-old Samuel Kusaj [[ koo-SAZH ]] is accused of vandalizing two banks and a car dealership, along with assault and criminal mischief.  Police arrested Kusaj yesterday after executing a search warrant at his home in Southeast Portland.  He's due in court later today.



(Washington, DC)  --  One current and one former Washington state lawmaker are among ten people chosen by the Trump administration to join the EPA to make changes at the agency.  Former state Senator Don Benton, of Vancouver, has been named senior White House adviser supervising the EPA transition.  State Senator Doug Ericksen, of Ferndale, has been named communications director for the agency transition.  The two Republicans played key roles in Trump's presidential campaign in Washington state.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  Lawmakers will consider a measure that follows up when people try to buy guns illegally in Washington.  The bill would require the Washington State Patrol to investigate denied buyers and refer the cases to prosecutors if warranted.  It would also require that domestic-violence survivors and other victims to be notified if the person against whom they have a protection order tries to buy a gun.  The bill will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee.



(Portland, OR)  --  Protesters are pledging to engage in "unrest" tomorrow unless the Portland Police Bureau's chief is fired.  Demonstrators say people were hurt Friday during the Inauguration Day protest when officers used flashbang grenades and pepper spray against marchers who were attempting to enter local bridges.  Police say they were responding to protesters who threw "rocks, bottles, flares and unknown liquids" at officers in riot gear.  Some protesters say it was police who incited the violence, and "unrest" will result tomorrow unless Police Chief Michael Marshman is fired.  Mayor Ted Wheeler tells KOIN-TV police acted properly during the demonstration.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would give all of Washington's public-school districts an extra year to collect higher property taxes is on its way to the state Senate.  The House voted yesterday to keep that authority in place to cover some of the expenses for public schools.  Lawmakers gave districts that authority to levy an extra four percent in 2010 during the recession, during which state support to public schools fell.  If the bill passes the Senate, expiration of the temporary taxing authority will be moved back to January 1st, 2019.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police continue to search for a Portland woman who's been missing since January 19th.  Family members tell KATU-TV 62-year-old Liz Bazzani left home without proper clothing, with no identification or money, and had been suffering some medical issues lately.  Bazzani is described as being five-feet-four, weighing 100 pounds, with white hair and green eyes, last seen wearing green Ugg-style boots, flowing light-colored pajama pants, and a blue sweater.  Anyone with information is asked to call 911.



(Blaine, WA)  --  A nine-year-old girl who was the subject of an AMBER Alert is now safe.  Bellingham, Washington police say the alert was issued yesterday after Makayla Estrada Weber was last seen with her mother Sunday.  Authorities say the girl and her mother were located yesterday evening at Assumption Catholic Church in Bellingham.  The mother was arrested for custodial interference.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man is facing a murder charge, following a shooting that left another man dead in Vancouver.  Police say the victim was killed at a home in the 14-thousand-900 block of Northeast 5th Street around four a.m. yesterday.  Authorities arrested the suspect, TJ Patrick Ferres, on a second-degree murder charge.  The victim's name hasn't been released.



(Washington, DC)  --  Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wants President Trump to release his tax returns, and is trying to petition for signatures through his Twitter account.  KOIN-TV reports the White House petition has surpassed its goal of 100-thousand signatures, having garnered more than 235-thousand.  Trump says he will not release his returns, even after an audit of them is complete.



(Gresham, OR)  --  Gresham police say a deadly shooting is being investigated as a homicide.  Officials say a 46-year-old man was found dead early Friday morning in the 100 block of Southeast 176th Place.  The victim has been identified as Eddie Wallace.  No suspects have been identified.
 



(Eugene, OR)  --  Newly-hired University of Oregon co-offensive coordinator David Reaves is in the process of being fired.  Reaves was arrested early yesterday on charges of DUII, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment.  Police say Reaves was stopped in downtown Eugene after "multiple traffic violations."  Reaves was released after posting bail, and is slated to appear in court on January 25th.



(Portland, OR)  --  Prices at the gas pump are slightly lower in the Portland area.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-56 a gallon, a penny below the average of a week ago.  It's still eleven cents a gallon higher than at this time last month.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says Saturday's weather was worse and the crowd on hand was many times greater, but the Women's March on Portland was peaceful.  Wheeler says it was a much different atmosphere than that on Friday, when protesters resisted police efforts to block access to highways and bridges, threw objects at officers, and prompted police to wear riot gear and use pepper spray and tear gas.  Organizers estimate 100-thousand people participated in the Woman's March on Portland, and similar events across the Northwest also drew thousands.  Each of the events was also reported to be incident-free.



(Portland, OR)  --  A portion of Northwest Cornell Road in Portland may be closed beyond this morning's commute, after a landslide forced crews into action last night.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says Northwest Cornell is closed from east of the Audubon Society to Northwest 30th Avenue.  Crews won't know until daylight exactly what they're dealing with, as the landslide happened after dark.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Lawmakers are proposing a measure they hope will improve care at Washington's largest psychiatric hospitals.  Under the bill, some patients would be diverted from Western State Hospital in Lakewood and Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake to relieve overcrowding at the larger hospitals.  Whereas community hospitals have rejected admitting such patients in the past, a possible cash infusion from the state would provide incentive for the community hospitals to accept and treat them.  Lawmakers who support the bill say mental health patients are better off getting treatment closer to where they live rather than at the two large centralized locations.



(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Patrol says it's seen an increase in people wanting to become state troopers.  The agency says a rise in salaries approved by the Legislature appears to have resulted in a shrinking number of troopers who are retiring or leaving to work for other law-enforcement agencies.  WSP officials tell the "News Tribune" the patrol currently has an historically large class of 55 cadets training to become troopers in April.  The Washington State Patrol currently loses fewer than three troopers per month, compared to an average of nine per month in 2015.



(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.



(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.



(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.



(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.



(Portland, OR)  --  It's costing more to fill up in the Portland area now.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the average for regular is two-56 a gallon, up six cents from last week.  The national average for regular is two-37 a gallon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a medical event may have led to a rollover crash that killed a man and injured his wife.  Authorities say the wreck took place Friday evening on Southeast 9th Avenue and Tenino Street.  The male driver died at the scene and his wife is being hospitalized for serious injuries.  No names have been released.



(Portland, OR)  --  Thawing is in the forecast today for Metro Portland, but some areas will see the going remain dangerous.  Some areas of Portland are predicted to see icy conditions held over from the weekend's winter storm, and some school districts began issuing cancellation notices last night.  Meteorologists say ice and snow will likely continue today along the Columbia River, higher-elevation areas, and into Eastern Multnomah County.  Police are urging drivers to be careful along the freeway, as icy patches are expected to form.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Fire & Rescue officials say a man died when a fire ripped through a camper trailer in Northeast Portland early yesterday morning.  Authorities say the man is believed to have been in his 30s.  Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which happened in the area of Northeast 72nd and Killingsworth.  The man's name hasn't been released.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The PDX "No Pants" MAX Ride is being moved because of inclement weather.  The event was scheduled for yesterday, but was postponed due to freezing rain and icy temperatures.  The No Pants PDX event will instead be held on Sunday, January 25th from two p.m. until nine p.m. and will be accepting donations of pants, hats, and other clothing for homeless shelters in the area.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  Education will be among the issues at the forefront during the 2016 session of the Washington Legislature, which gets underway today.  Lawmakers are under pressure by the state Supreme Court to come up with a plan this session to fully fund K-through-12 schools.  The federal government is also pressuring the state to upgrade safety measures and security at state mental facilities, including Western State Hospital in Lakewood.  Governor Jay Inslee also hopes to increase a series of taxes and eliminate some tax breaks to help pay for basic education and teacher salaries. 



(Lake Oswego, OR)  --  Lake Oswego police are investigating a crash that left a pedestrian dead.  Officials say a woman in her 60s was struck and killed near 3rd Street and B Avenue around three o'clock yesterday afternoon.  Police say the woman was in an "unmarked crosswalk" at the time.  The driver of the car stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.





(Olympia, WA)  --  Some Washington state lawmakers want to explore the idea of using marijuana to help fund public education in the state.  The discussion surrounds using revenue generated by sales of legal marijuana to help pay for K-through-12 schools.  Clark County Republican Senator Ann Rivers and Democratic Senator Christine Rolfes of Bainbridge Island both say they're open to the idea.  Governor Jay Inslee tells KING-5 he's not opposed to using pot tax revenue to benefit schools, but also says it wouldn't come close to solving the education-funding problem.



(Portland, OR)  --  Fire Bureau officials say it may be weeks before residents are able to move back into their apartments at the Hotel Alder in downtown Portland.  Nearly 100 tenants were displaced when the fire started in the building Wednesday.  Officials say it appears the blaze started in the mechanical room of the low-income housing property.  The fire was elevated to three alarms before it was put out.



(Milwaukie, OR)  --  Sheriff's deputies say a car belonging to a missing Clackamas woman has been found in Milwaukie.  Investigators say a body in the trunk of the car is believed to be that of 68-year-old Merrilee Cooley, who hasn't been seen since late December.  An autopsy will be conducted.  Deputies are asking anyone with information to call 503-655-8211.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland city officials are hoping to reduce the number of crows loitering in the downtown area and alleviate the unsanitary messes they make.  Hawks and falcons are being released in downtown Portland as part of a four-week program that's being described as perhaps the first of its kind in an urban area.  Officials are hoping the trained raptors will scare away the crows and make the environment cleaner.  KOIN-TV reports the hawks and falcons were released yesterday.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A Mount Vernon, Washington police officer who was critically wounded in mid-December is out of Harborview Medical Center's intensive care unit.  Officer Mike McClaughry has been moved to acute care, and his daughter says he'll speak to reporters today during a news conference.  McClaughry was shot in the head while responding to a report of a weapons-related offense in Mount Vernon.  A man and two teenagers are facing charges in connection with the shooting.



(Portland, OR)  --  Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that displaced nearly 100 residents of the Hotel Alder in downtown Portland.  Authorities say the fire quickly elevated to three alarms yesterday afternoon at the building on Southwest Alder Street and 4th Avenue.  Most residents got out safely, but firefighters had to rescue several who couldn't escape on their own.  A temporary shelter for the residents was set up at the First Christian Church on Southwest Park.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington schools currently aren't required to teach cursive writing, but a bill being offered by state Senator Pam Roach would change that.  The Auburn Republican says the measure has bipartisan support.  Roach tells KING-5 if children aren't taught cursive they can't read historic documents written in cursive.  The bill is expected to be introduced during the session that starts Monday.



(Portland, OR)  --  A 47-year-old man is in custody after being accused of beating his children, kicking them out of their home, and leaving them out in the cold.  Portland police say Gary Kenneth Schaupp beat two of the teenagers and locked them out of their apartment after they called him after getting into an argument.  Schaupp is facing charges that include criminal mistreatment and assault.



(Portland, OR)  --  A woman is being treated for life-threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle in Southeast Portland.  Police say the crash happened shortly after five o'clock yesterday evening in the ten-thousand-100 block of Southeast Main.  The woman was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries.  The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.



(Undated)  --  The website known as "Thrillist" is apparently not too thrilled with the winters in Washington or Oregon.  Thrillist, which bills itself as a leading men's digital lifestyle brand, has put together a list of states ranked by how miserable their winters are.  Washington places at number 18, with Thrillist citing its frequency of rainfall.  Thrillist says while winters can be breathtaking in 17th-ranked Oregon, Portland winters aren't terribly inspiring.



(Hubbard, OR)  --  Marion County authorities say fires that burned three structures on a family's property near Hubbard were deliberately set.  Sheriff's deputies say Keith and Erin Kroeker and their three young children remain unaccounted for since the Tuesday fires that burned the family home and two other buildings on Fobert Road Northeast.  One body was found in what's left of the house, but authorities haven't released any information on it.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says drones are not exempt from a state law that says vessels and other objects are prohibited from coming within 200 feet of killer whales.  In an opinion issued by Ferguson, the A.G. says he believes lawmakers meant to include the word "drones" in the legislation.  The opinion stems from the case of a wildlife photographer who was cited for flying a drone over a pod of orcas.  KING-5 reports the case against the photographer was dropped after he and his attorney argued that the word "drones" was not specifically included in the law.



(Cincinnati, OH)  --  Macy's will be closing two Washington stores this year as part of a companywide effort to trim costs and streamline operations.  Stores in Kelso and Everett will close their doors for good, as the chain makes adjustments after what's being called a "disappointing" holiday season.  Clearances are underway as operations wind down at the downtown Portland Macy's and the location at Lancaster Mall in Salem.  Macy's says overall sales at its established stores fell more than two percent in November and December from the same period in 2015.



(Portland, OR)  --  It appears most charges of evading fares aboard TriMet transports won't be enforced.  Prosecutors in the TriMet service region are citing a Portland State University study that found minorities are disproportionately affected.  According to "The Portland Tribune," a ridership survey found minorities were more likely to ride without tickets, and were punished at a higher rate.  District attorneys say they'll no longer prosecute Interfering with Public Transportation cases, except for those that involve physical and other threats.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a homeless man who was caught outdoors during freezing temperatures died Monday of hypothermia.  Authorities say Portland Fire & Rescue personnel who were sent to check on the man found him dead in front of a business on East Burnside Street.  The state medical examiner has identified the man as 51-year-old Mark Elliot Johnson.  Police say anyone who needs to find a nearby shelter is urged to call 211 for information.



(Olympia, WA)  --  The next session of the Washington State Legislature convenes on January 9th, and dozens of bills have been prefiled.  Education-related measures include a bill to eliminate the high school science exam as a graduation requirement.  Abortion will also be an issue during the session, with a measure that would prohibit public money from being used for abortions that aren't deemed medically necessary.  On the technology front, a bill seeks to prohibit drones from flying in areas near Orcas.



(Molalla, OR)  --  Police continue to investigate the alleged shooting of a woman by her husband in Molalla.  Authorities say 53-year-old Wayne Edmund Flues is accused of shooting 53-year-old Brenda Marie Flues in the face during a drunken argument at their June Drive home earlier this week.  Wayne Flues told investigators the shooting was an accident.  He's being held in the Clackamas County Jail.



(Hubbard, OR)  --  Marion County sheriff's deputies say there could be more bodies inside a burned-out home in the community of Hubbard.  Officials say one body had been found in the ruins of the home, located in the 18-thousand block of Forbert Road, after yesterday morning's fire.  The sheriff's office says the home belongs to 39-year-old Erin Kroeker and 42-year-old Keith Kroeker, who live there with their three children, a seven-year-old and ten-year-old twins.  Authorities say the body that was found hasn't yet been recovered because what's left of the house is unstable.
 



(Undated)  --   A new study shows Washington is among the states where people are least likely to become victims of credit-card fraud.  Sift Science analyzed hundreds of thousands of online transactions over a one-year period ending in August 2016.  It used billing addresses to locate victims and in Washington, it's just under nine-percent of credit-card holders.  Alaska has the highest percentage of credit-card fraud victims with 23-percent, while Oregon is ranked 23rd with just under twelve-percent.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Beaverton police say a local man made up a story about being shot by someone else as he left his apartment.  Authorities say the man actually shot himself at the apartment on Longhorn Lane Tuesday night.  The man was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.  His name hasn't been released.



(Undated)  --  Portland is ranked 50th on this year's list of the top 50 U.S. cities for bed-bug infestations.  The data gathered by Orkin Pest Control is based on the most treatments the company provided in a one-year period that ended November 30th.  An Orkin pest-control expert says more people are affected by bed bugs than ever because the critters travel so easily from place to place.  Baltimore leads the list of cities for bed-bug infestations, followed by Washington, DC; Chicago; New York; and Columbus, Ohio.  The Seattle-Tacoma area is in 34th place.



(Myrtle Creek, OR)  --  Authorities are investigating the deaths of two women who fell from the Interstate 5 bridge in Myrtle Creek.  Oregon State Police say the driver lost control as an SUV traveled along the bridge around 2:30 yesterday morning and slammed into the side of the span.  Police say both women got out of the SUV and called 911, and fell about 80 feet to the bank of the South Umpqua River below.  Troopers tell KATU-TV they aren't sure why the women fell from the bridge deck.



(Portland, OR)  --  Friends, family, and customers are mourning the loss of the long-time owner of Jimmy Mak's jazz club in Portland.  Jimmy Makarounis has died after a long battle with cancer.  Makarounis's passing came only days after his club closed indefinitely because of his health issues.  Funeral arrangements are pending.



(Richland, WA)  --  The Washington Department of Corrections says a man who was on death row for nearly 20 years has died of cardiac arrest.  Officials say 46-year-old Dwayne A. Woods died Sunday night while staying at a medical facility in Richland.  Woods received the death penalty in 1997 after being convicted of two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of 22-year-old Telisha Shaver and 18-year-old Jade Moore in Spokane Valley.  Governor Jay Inslee announced a moratorium in 2014 on state executions, and signed a reprieve last week for convicted child killer Clark Richard Elmore.



(Molalla, OR)  --  Police say a woman is dead following a domestic dispute at a home in Molalla.  Authorities say they've arrested the woman's husband after he was accused of shooting her to death at the house in the 800 block of June Drive around nine o'clock last night.  Clackamas County sheriff's deputies say the man and his wife had been drinking and arguing when the woman was shot in the face.  Investigators say the man told them the shooting was accidental and he didn't know the gun was loaded.



(Clark Co., WA)  --  Clark County sheriff's deputies are investigating an all-terrain-vehicle accident that left a rider seriously injured.  Authorities say the crash happened last night as two ATVs were being ridden together at the intersection of Northeast Berry Road and Northeast 240th Avenue.  Deputies say the driver of one of the ATVs failed to complete a turn and left the roadway, then struck a power utility box.  The passenger who was injured was airlifted to a hospital.
 



(Tacoma, WA)  --  Pierce County is working to upgrade a warning system intended to alert residents about volcanic mudflows, also called lahars, that would result from a Mount Rainier eruption.  County officials say the displacement projection for a Mount Rainier lahar is between 250- and 500-million cubic meters of mass, compared to the roughly eight-million cubic meters that were moved by the Oso landslide.  Pierce County's emergency-management department tells the "Seattle Times" Mount Rainier rumbles with volcanic mudflows every 500 to one-thousand years and that the state is "in the window."  Emergency Management deputy director Scott Heinze says the department will ask the Legislature this year for additional money to install about double the current number of warning sirens that are set up from Orting to the Port of Tacoma.



(Scappoose, OR)  --  Authorities continue to investigate the death of a woman whose body was found in the Multnomah Channel.  She's been identified as 20-year-old Leticia Montez of Vancouver.  She was found near the Rocky Pointe Marina south of Scappoose.  An autopsy showed Montez died of asphyxiation by drowning.  "The Oregonian" reports she had previously been reported to Portland police as missing.



(Portland, OR)  --  The dime-a-gallon gasoline tax passed by Portland residents last May is now in effect and not everyone is happy.  Some gas station owners say they'll lose business to out-of-town stations that don't have to charge the tax.  A number of consumers tell KGW-TV the tax will take more money out of their pockets.  Supporters say the tax will raise 64-million-dollars over the next four years to fund street improvements in Portland.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill that would prohibit people from using handheld devices while driving in Washington is being drafted for the upcoming legislative session.  The measure, whose current working title is the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act, is intended to update the state's current laws against distracted driving.  Supporters say taking one's eyes off the road for a few seconds and the mental burden of listening or multitasking are as dangerous as driving drunk.  Transportation officials say Washington saw the number of distracted-driving traffic deaths jump in 2015 by 30-percent over the previous year.



(Gresham, OR)  --   A 17-year-old girl is facing a DUII charge, following a crash in which a car flipped over a retaining wall at a Gresham Winco store.  The wreck happened on New Year's Eve at the store off Southeast 1st and Burnside Street.  Police say the girl and her two 19-year-old passengers were injured in the crash, but will survive.  Investigators believe alcohol was the primary contributor to the cause of the crash.



(Salem, OR)  --  Salem police say three people were injured, one critically, after a car drove through a crowd of people in the parking lot of a Fred Meyer Store.  Authorities say one of the people involved in a fight early yesterday morning at the Shack Bar & Grill next door to the Liberty Street Fred Meyer got into a vehicle, circled the crowd, and then drove through it.  The three people who were injured were taken to a Salem hospital.  Police say the suspect's vehicle is described only as a dark sedan.



(Quilcene, WA)  --  Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a plane crash that killed four people last week near the northern end of Washington's Hood Canal.  The victims have been identified as the pilot, 63-year-old Jon Bernhoft of Sequim; his 61-year-old fiancee, Carla Parke; and her two grandchildren, nine-year-old Logan and five-year-old Mackenzie Echevarria of Bellingham.  KING-5 reports the single-engine Cessna left Boeing Field for Port Angeles around 6 p.m. Thursday and lost contact with air traffic control around 45 minutes later.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating a crash that killed a man on northbound Interstate 205 in Portland.  Officials say the man had pulled off to the side of the highway near Powell Boulevard and was hit by a semi-truck after he got out of his vehicle.  Police say the truck driver cooperated with officers.  The name of the man who was killed hasn't been made public.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are higher with the beginning of 2017.  Triple-A's latest survey shows the Portland-area average for regular is two-50 a gallon, up five cents from a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-34 a gallon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say a house in North Portland was hit by bullets, but none of the seven people inside was hurt.  Investigators say the house is located near the intersection of North Portsmouth Avenue and Houghton Street, where multiple shell casings were found early yesterday morning.  Police say a number of bullet holes were also found in the side of the home.  Officials are hoping witnesses will come forward with information. 



(Gresham, OR)  --  Authorities say a pedestrian was killed in a crash at a Gresham intersection on New Year's Eve.  Officials say the 50-year-old man died after being hit by a car Saturday night in the area of Southeast 190th Avenue and Division Street.  Police say the man was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk when he was struck.  Authorities say the 17-year-old driver cooperated with investigators.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Some Washington state lawmakers want to make it legal for licensed gun owners to bring pistols into sports stadiums in Washington.  A bill that's been pre-filed for the legislative session that begins later this month would prohibit privately-owned stadiums, such as Safeco and CenturyLink fields, from barring legally-carrying gun owners from bringing their pistols.  The measure is sponsored by Republican representatives Matt Shea, David Taylor, and Bob McCaslin.  The NFL has already gone on record as opposing the bill.


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