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(Portland, OR)  --  Authorities say they made one arrest during a demonstration against Portland police officers who shot and killed a teenager last week.  Protesters were chanting for justice following the death of 17-year-old Quanice Hayes.  Hayes died after being shot on February 9th.  Last night's rally and march started at Portland State University and proceeded through downtown Portland, and the arrest was made following a report of vandalism.



(Aurora, OR)  --  Authorities say an 87-year-old man who had been reported missing for months was found dead yesterday.  Investigators say the man's son, 59-year-old Edward Fitchett, told police his father had run off with a "mystery woman," but officers who executed a search warrant yesterday at the home of 87-year-old Henry Conley Fitchett, Jr. found the elder man's body in the home he shared with his son on Hubbard Cutoff Road Northeast in Marion County.  Edward Fitchett is charged with first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mistreatment, first-degree identity theft, and abuse of a corpse.



(Olympia, WA)  --  An income tax for Washington state is being discussed as a way to generate revenue for education, but a number of Republican lawmakers want to end that discussion.  Several Republicans are supporting a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit a state income tax in Washington.  A House resolution was approved for a committee hearing this week, and is a companion to a Republican-backed Senate resolution.  A committee hearing will be held on the Senate resolution next week.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A law-enforcement organization in Washington state says it's supporting proposed legislation that would change the state law protecting police who kill in the line of duty.  The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs says the bill is a good example of "middle-ground" legislation that also calls for money to train police officers in areas that include de-escalation.  The bill would remove the "malice" element from the law, which prosecutors say gives officers immunity for acting recklessly or negligently as long as they lack evil intent.  No other state has a "malice" clause in use-of-force laws.



(Aloha, OR)  --  Police say a man who was the victim of a robbery was able to pull off a shoe of one of the suspects while being dragged about 100 yards by the getaway car.  The knifepoint robbery happened on Southwest Donna Court in Aloha  around 7:00 last night.  Police say the victim was selling an iPhone through OfferUp when one of the two suspects who showed up for the supposed sale displayed a knife and took the device.  Authorities say the suspects, described as two Hispanic men, were in a tan 2003-2004 BMW X5 with no license plates.



(Salem, OR)  --  A bill in the Oregon Legislature would give schools the authority to expel students who are caught rioting.  The measure by Republican State Senator Kim Thatcher would require community colleges and state universities in Oregon to expel students convicted of riot-related crimes.  The Oregon ACLU says it's watching the bill closely, calling it inconsistent with Oregon values.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A Washington florist who refused to provide arrangements for a same-sex wedding says she'll appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Washington State Supreme Court voted unanimously yesterday against Barronelle Stutzman, saying she violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to provide flowers for the wedding.  Stutzman had provided flowers for the couple before but told them her religious beliefs wouldn't allow her to service the wedding for the couple, Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed.



(Portland, OR)  --  Drivers in the Portland area are paying a little more at the gas pump.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-53 a gallon, a penny above the average at this time last week.  The national average for a gallon of regular is two-29.



(Albany, OR)  --  A Lebanon man is accused of murdering his estranged wife on Valentine's Day.  The "Democrat-Herald" reports 33-year-old Jason Garlinghouse is charged with shooting Sparki Sue Garlinghouse multiple times.  Police say it appears the couple were in the middle of a custody battle.  John Garlinghouse is facing a murder charge.



(Salem, OR)  --  Republican lawmakers are introducing legislation that would roll back Oregon's designation as a "sanctuary state."  The bills also include one to make English the official language in Oregon.  Another would require state agencies and contractors they hire to use the federal E-Verify system, to check on whether prospective laborers are legally allowed to work in the U.S.  The legislation isn't being given much of a chance, with the House and Senate controlled by Democrats.



(Portland, OR)  --  The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon wants the Portland Police Bureau to show restraint during protests.  The ACLU wants police to de-escalate and resort to use of force only as a last resort.  Portland Police Sergeant Pete Simpson says the Bureau welcomes suggestions from the ACLU.  He says the goal is to protect the First Amendment rights of protesters while maintaining public safety.



(St. Helens, OR)  --  A St. Helens man is accused of killing a neighbor's pig with a bow and arrow.  Police have arrested 54-year-old George Bainbridge on charges of first-degree animal abuse and second-degree criminal mischief.  Bainbridge says the 500-pound pig, named DJ, was damaging his property and putting him in danger.  The pig's owner, Michelle Fudge-Snow, says the animal was harmless.  The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is investigating.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington Governor Jay Inslee will appoint a new director for the initiative he says will make state government more effective.  Inger Brinck is being brought in to be the new director of Results Washington.  The initiative is responsible for tracking and working with agencies and partners on projects related to education, the economy, the environment, health, safety and government effectiveness.  Brinck is currently senior performance analyst in the Office of the Controller for the City and County of San Francisco.  She's set to begin her new job on May 30th.



(Timberline Lodge, OR)  --  Oregon's Timberline Lodge ski area will be an official training site.  The U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams will train for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  John Burton, Timberline's Director of Marketing, tells KGW-TV the resulting agreement will help support elite-level athletes while promoting Timberline's world class training center.  Timberline will be allowed to license merchandise as part of the agreement.



(Undated)  --  A new analysis from 24-7 Wall Street shows Oregon has one of the top 30 business climates in the nation.  Oregon comes in at number 30 overall, sporting the highest one-year real GDP change, the 21st-highest average salary, and the 17th-highest number of patents issued with nearly 24-hundred.  24-7 Wall Street also notes that more than 29 percent of businesses in the state report trouble finding qualified labor, slightly higher than the national share.  The top five states for business include Utah, Massachusetts, Idaho, Colorado, and North Dakota, with Washington coming in at number six.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Cast members of the popular reality show "Deadliest Catch" are expressing shock after their friends on a crabbing vessel vanished in the Bering Sea in Alaska.  The Seattle-based vessel "Destination" became lost Saturday after leaving St. George island with six crewmembers on board.  The Coast Guard suspended the search after three days and says it will now focus on why the 97-foot boat disappeared.  On its Facebook page, the "Deadliest Catch" producers sent out their thoughts and prayers to the crewmembers of the "Destination" and their families.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A Washington state lawmaker is pushing for Bigfoot to get well-deserved recognition as the "state cryptid."  State Senator Ann Rivers says her bill would recognize the "immeasurable contributions to Washington state's cultural heritage and ecosystem" that Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch and Forest Yeti, have made.  The Republican senator says she got the idea for the legislation from a "very persuasive" letter sent by a second-grader.  Rivers says it's important that Washington act on this before Oregon does.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A man who's accused of killing three people and wounding a fourth in Woodland last July is facing new charges, after authorities said he tried to escape from the Clark County Jail.  Brent Luyster was already facing three counts of aggravated murder, and is now charged with possession of a weapon by a prisoner, malicious mischief, and attempted escape.  Officials say Luyster tried to escape Sunday night, but was foiled by a corrections officer making a security check.  Investigators say Luyster gunned down Joseph Lamar, Janell Knight, and Zach Thompson at a home in Woodland last July, and wounded Thompson's mother.
 



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A man who was on the run from the law for more than a decade will be spending the rest of his life behind bars.  A jury in Washington County convicted Efrain Sanchez-Diaz of the 1999 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Maria Garcia Leonardo, at a Burger King in Tigard.  Authorities say Sanchez-Diaz fled to Mexico following his indictment, six months after Leonardo's death.  Sanchez-Diaz was extradited to the U.S. last year after he was found in Acapulco.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers are pushing legislation that targets thieves who pray on senior citizens.  KING-5 reports Washington is one of 13 states with no law specifically intended to protect adults considered "vulnerable," such as seniors and the disabled.  Legislators heard testimony yesterday from a woman who says her grandmother was bilked out of more than 200-thousand dollars.  There are separate House and Senate measures aimed at punishing those who steal from vulnerable adults.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill being considered by Washington lawmakers targets so-called "left-lane campers."  Under current law, those who choose to travel continuously in the left lane of a highway, which is considered the passing lane in Washington, are fined up to 136 dollars.  The measure would increase the maximum fine to 181 dollars.  Washington state troopers reportedly issued nearly 14-thousand citations for left-lane violations in 2015.



(St. George, AK)  --  The U.S. Coast Guard will shift its focus to determining what happened to the Seattle-based crabbing vessel that got lost off the Alaska coast.  The nearly-three-day search for the vessel "Destination," which had six crewmembers on board, was called off Monday night.  Coast Guard personnel say the 95-foot boat vanished Saturday morning after setting out from St. George island.   The Coast Guard was in the process yesterday of launching its investigation, and the National Transportation Safety Board will also likely investigate.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would only allow licensed marijuana dispensaries to sell drug paraphernalia, including pipes.   Representative Jodi Hack of Salem says the idea is to deter people under 21 from being able to purchase drug paraphernalia.  If it passes, the legislation would carry up to a two-thousand-dollar fine for non-dispensary businesses that sell paraphernalia.



(Portland, OR)  --  A number of community groups in Portland are collaborating on a campaign to eradicate hate.  The groups got together last night for a community event and vigil at Da Vinci Middle School to discuss the campaign and its new website, The No Hate Zone.  Organizers say the group's mission is to protect communities from hate and proactively create a strong base of support, and provide the tools and resources to combat oppression.
 



(Salem, OR)  --  A Salem woman is in custody, after police say she was able to manipulate her handcuffs enough to steal a patrol car.  Authorities say 25-year-old Rebecca Payne was arrested yesterday at a motel on Hawthorne Avenue Northeast, and was able to slide a pair of cuffs off her legs and over her feet, then jump in the front seat of the patrol car and drive off.  Officers chased Payne for a short distance, but she was driving erratically and crashed the patrol car near Sunnyview Road Northeast and Childs Avenue Northeast.  Officials say a K-9 unit found Payne where she was hiding nearby, and she was arrested.



(Charleston, SC)  --  Seattle Sounders star forward Clint Dempsey says he
plans on being more than just a spectator this season.  Dempsey had to watch his teammates from the sidelines for much of last year, as they won their first-ever MLS Cup.  He had been diagnosed in September with an irregular heartbeat, but says he's now 85-to-90-percent back to full fitness as he prepares for training camp in Charleston, South Carolina.  Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer says he plans for Dempsey to take it slow during camp with the goal of playing in the season opener in Houston next month.



(Seattle, WA)  --  A man who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child but was protected from deportation by the Obama administration is now in custody in a federal detention center in Tacoma.  Federal authorities say 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina was detained Friday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.  Medina was brought to this country when he was seven-years-old and has a work permit under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  Attorneys for Ramirez have reportedly filed a petition in federal court, asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and new Secretary John Kelly for Ramirez to be released.



(Salem, OR)  --  A bill introduced in the Oregon Legislature would keep presidential candidates off the state ballot unless they make their tax returns public.  The measure is sponsored by the House Rules Committee, chaired by Democratic Representative Jennifer Williamson of Portland.  Under the measure, candidates couldn't appear on Oregon's ballot unless they release their federal tax returns for the previous five years.  Six other states have introduced similar legislation.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police say a teenage suspect who was killed by a police officer was shot three times.  Authorities say 17-year-old Quanice Hayes was suspected in an armed robbery outside the Portland Value Inn on Northeast 82nd Avenue last week.  Officials say Hayes died after being shot by seven-year Police Bureau veteran Andrew Hearst.  Investigators say Hayes was found to have a "realistic-looking" replica firearm following the shooting.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill being considered in Olympia would allow the sale of wine in growlers at Washington state bars, liquor stores, and other wine retailers.  Currently, Washington only allows wine sales in refillable containers at a winery's tasting room.  The bill's sponsor, Moses Lake Senator Judy Warnick, tells KING-5 it would benefit wineries and the state's wine industry, and would encourage recycling.  One winemaker, Josh Stottlemyer, says he doesn't like the idea of others filling growlers with his wine because the winemaker loses control of the quality of the product.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle will be offering city employees up to 12 paid weeks of parental leave.  The Seattle City Council voted unanimously yesterday in favor of the legislation backed by Mayor Ed Murray.  City employees are currently offered up to four weeks of paid parental leave.  Employees will become eligible for the 12 weeks after working for the city for at least six months.



(Portland, OR)  --  The city of Portland is asking the federal government for about three-point-two-million dollars in disaster aid to help cover costs of responding to January's snow and ice storms.  City officials tell "The Oregonian" one of the largest costs was the estimated one-point-six-million dollars needed to remove snow and ice from city streets.  It cost more than a half-million to remove debris and repair traffic signs and markings, and another half-million to repair water-main breaks.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Police say a pedestrian is dead, following a crash on Highway 26 in Beaverton.  Authorities say it happened last night on westbound 26 near the Cornell exit.  The pedestrian died at the scene, and the driver cooperated with the on-site investigation.  No names have been released.



(Undated)  --  A new study ranks Portland among the healthiest cities in America.  Financial website WalletHub.com ranked the 150 biggest cities in the nation, based on choices for health care, food, fitness, and green space, and ranked Portland the fifth-healthiest in the U.S.  Vancouver is in 26th place.  The WalletHub study says San Francisco is the healthiest city in America, with Seattle at number four.
 



(St. George, AK)  --  U.S. Coast Guard officials say they've suspended their search in Alaska for a Seattle-based fishing vessel with six people aboard.  The vessel "Destination" has been missing in the Bering Sea, off the coast of St. George Island, since early Saturday morning.  Officials say the debris found in the search for the crabbing boat is consistent with a sunken vessel, but there's been no sign of the crew.  
 



(Portland, OR)  --  One of Kurt Cobain's guitars is being auctioned for charity.  A blue-sparkle Hagstrom guitar belonging to the late Nirvana frontman will be listed on eBay beginning this Friday to celebrate what would have been Cobain's 50th birthday, February 20th.  Ten percent of the auction proceeds will benefit Portland, Oregon-based Transition Projects, which helps people move from homelessness to housing.  The auction is set to run from eight a.m. February 16th through eight a.m. on the 26th.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A Hillsboro man is being treated for burns on his hands after losing several vehicles during a fire at his home.  Fire department officials say the blaze started last night as the man was working on the fuel system of one of the vehicles in his enclosed garage at the home on Northeast Autumnwood Terrace.  The man told authorities he tried to fight the fire and suffered serious burns to his hands, and lost his two Corvettes and an SUV in the fire as it spread to the house.  At least two members of the man's family were in the home, but managed to get out safely.
 



(Portland)  --  Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a house fire in Southeast Portland.  Officials say the blaze was reported around five a.m. Saturday in the 87-hundred block of Southeast Lambert Street.  The home was boarded up and appeared vacant.  No one was injured.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police say they've arrested a suspect in a carjacking in Northeast Portland.  Authorities say the victim reported a man with a gun and a knife took his white Subaru Forester near Southeast 72nd Avenue and Lexington Street early yesterday morning.  Police spotted the stolen vehicle on westbound I-84 before it crashed near the 74th Avenue overpass, and the driver got out of the car and fled.  Police say after the Special Emergency Response Team stopped MAX and train traffic in the area, they tracked down the suspect and arrested him.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A legislative task force charged with recommending ways to fully fund public education in Washington has spent about a half-million dollars so far, but has yet to approve a formal proposal.  The Education Funding Task Force was created by lawmakers last year after they decided not to tackle the last main issue relating to the state Supreme Court's McCleary mandate.  Washington State Institute for Public Policy associate director Annie Pennucci tells the "Seattle Times" that nearly 90 percent of the 500-thousand dollars budgeted for the task force went toward a consulting company's work to compile and analyze the data.  She says most of the remainder paid for staff time the institute spent on task-force work.



(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is slightly lower.  Triple-A reports the Portland-area average for regular is two-55 a gallon, a half-cent below the average of a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-28 a gallon.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers are moving forward with an effort to replace the Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River.  The measure introduced last week would declare replacing the span a project of "statewide significance."  If the bipartisan bill passes, Senate Bill 5806 would direct Washington Governor Jay Inslee to work with Oregon Governor Kate Brown to create an action committee of stakeholders and transportation officials.  It would also earmark 350-thousand dollars  for research, and directs the committee to come back at the end of this year with recommendations.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill being heard in Olympia would make it illegal for non-smokers to work at cigar lounges in Washington.  Under the measure by Clark County Representative Brandon Vick, applicants would have to take a blood test to prove they are tobacco users.  Vick tells KING-5 the law would be good for the state's cigar industry and for consenting adults who want to smoke cigars somewhere other than their own homes.  The American Cancer Society describes the bill as "outrageous."



(King City, OR)  --  After 48 days in a hospital, Oregon State Trooper Nic Cederberg is back home.  Cederberg was wounded in a shootout with a homicide suspect on Christmas Day, and returned home to find all his Christmas presents wrapped in Valentine's Day paper.  The family posted constant updates on Cederberg's recovery on a GoFundMe page, which has reportedly raised about 95-thousand dollars.  His wife, Hayley Shelton, says her husband has a way to go with his recovery, but she's encouraged after the progress he's made so far.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill introduced to the Washington Legislature would create the State of Liberty.  Legislation designed to split Washington into two states will be considered by lawmakers once again, as it did five other times in history.  Under the measure, the Western state would still be called Washington, and the state to the East would be called Liberty.  Republican Representative Matt Shea, who's sponsoring the bill, proposes that Spokane Valley become the capital and be renamed "Opportunity."



(Portland, OR)  --  After a battle with tuberculosis, the Oregon Zoo's "Packy" is dead at age 54.  The elephant, who was a favorite of many zoo visitors, was euthanized yesterday morning.  He was the oldest male Asian elephant in North America.  The zoo's lead veterinarian, Dr. Tim Storms, tells KGW-TV the remaining treatments involved side effects that would have been very hard on Packy.  The elephant was born at the Oregon Zoo in April 1962.



(Salem, OR)  --  Oregon state lawmakers are pondering legislation that supporters say is aimed at reducing prescription drug prices.  The "Portland Tribune" reports the bill would cap patients' out-of-pocket copayment for prescriptions, require pharmaceutical companies to explain steep increases in the cost of a medication, and mandate rebates when prices exceed a certain level.  Another measure would also require drug companies to include the average wholesale price of a medication in any type of direct consumer advertising.  Public hearings on the legislation will be held in the coming weeks.
 



(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee says Washington will try to persuade the U.S. Department of Justice and newly-sworn-in Attorney General Jeff Sessions that states should be allowed to decide for themselves on whether to legalize marijuana.  Sessions has gone on record as opposing legalization of marijuana.  Washington, Colorado, Oregon, California, Alaska, and the District of Columbia now allow people age 21 or older to use recreational marijuana.  Inslee says there's been no major increase in criminal activity or ill health effects reported following legalization.



(Portland, OR)  --  Gas prices are flat in the Portland area heading into the weekend.  The latest Triple-A survey shows the average for regular is two-55 a gallon, about the same as a week ago.  The national average for regular is two-27 a gallon.



(Portland, OR)  --  Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that wounded a man who threatened to kill himself.  Authorities say the 56-year-old man was shot around 7:15 last night during a confrontation after he got out of his car in the 33-hundred block of Southeast 22nd Avenue.  The man is listed in critical condition.  No police officers were injured.  The Portland Police Bureau says they'll release the identity of the man later today.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Police say an officer shot and killed a suspect in an armed robbery.  Investigators say it happened yesterday morning after a robbery was reported at the Portland Value Inn on Northeast 82nd Avenue.  Police say an officer shot the suspect outside a home on Northeast Hancock Street, and he died at the scene.  The man's name hasn't yet been released.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Governor Jay Inslee says the decision by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the restraining order against President Trump's travel ban is a "victory" for Washington.  The appellate court upheld the decision by U.S. District Judge James Robart of Seattle.  The restraining order was issued last Friday after Trump's executive order to temporarily ban travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.  The Justice Department says it's "reviewing the decision and considering its options."



(Undated)  --  A new analysis by WalletHub ranks Portland among the best places to be a real-estate agent.  WalletHub compared 150 of the largest U.S. cities across more than a dozen key indicators.  Portland is ranked 12th overall, receiving solid scores in "job opportunity and competition" and "real-estate market health."  Vancouver is 18th and is one of four Washington cities to make the list, including Seattle, which is ranked 2nd.



(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say conditions are right for more landslides in the Portland Metro in the coming days.  About one-thousand feet of debris collapsed onto Northwest Old Cornelius Pass Road in Hillsboro yesterday morning.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation says crews reopened Southwest Skyline several days after a landslide sent 900 tons of debris into the roadway.  Ali Ryan Hansen, spokesperson with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, tells KATU-TV all of Western Oregon could be at risk, not just the Portland Metro.



(Salem, OR)  --  The confirmation of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general poses a big challenge to the legal marijuana industry.  Sessions told the Caucus on International Narcotics Control last April that the drug is dangerous and that "good people don't smoke marijuana."  However, President Trump said during his campaign that marijuana legalization should be left to the states.  About 56 percent of Washington voters and nearly 55 percent in Colorado cast ballots in 2012 to legalize recreational marijuana, which is now also legal in Oregon, California, Alaska, and the District of Columbia.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers are promoting a measure they say is aimed at saving lives.  House Bill 1501 would require law-enforcement agencies to notify a crime victim whose attacker tries to buy a gun.  If the attacker fails a background check conducted by a gun store, the victim would also be notified.  The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.



(Portland, OR)  --  The price of gasoline is slightly higher in the Portland area.  Triple-A reports the average for regular is two-55 a gallon, about a half-cent higher than at this time last week.  The national average for a gallon of regular is two-26 a gallon.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A move is underway in Washington to stop sunscreen from being banned in schools across the state.  State law currently requires any medication that a student has or uses requires both a note from a doctor and from a parent.  Sunscreen is considered an over-the-counter medication because it's regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.  A Senate committee is considering the bill, under which school employees wouldn't be required to apply sunscreen to a student, and schools wouldn't carry any liability from its use.



(Troutdale, OR)  --  A new Amazon fulfillment center is on the horizon in Troutdale, following a vote by the Port of Portland Commission.  The commission has approved the sale of 74 acres at the Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park for the development of the Amazon facility, which would measure more than 800-thousand square feet.  "The Oregonian" reports Troutdale Associates LLC wants to purchase the site for about 20-million dollars and seeks to sign a long-term lease with Amazon.  The fulfillment center is projected to begin operation in 2018.



(Tigard, OR)  --  Tigard police and Washington County sheriff's deputies say they confiscated various firearms, ammunition, and drugs at a home while executing a search warrant.  An investigation led to yesterday's raid at the house in the 92-hundred block of Southwest Hillview Street.  Authorities say investigators seized 21 guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, a ballistic vest, and 26-hundred dollars in cash, along with methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin.  Officials say 50-year-old Steven J. Johnson is being held in the Washington County Jail on multiple charges.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland police are looking for a man who had left to pick up his wife from the hospital but never showed.  Authorities say 75-year-old Ronald Austin left the Silver Cloud Inn on Northwest Vaughn Street at 5 a.m. yesterday to get his wife from Good Samaritan Hospital on Northwest 23rd Avenue.  Austin is described as white, five-feet-six, weighing 160 pounds, and drives a white 2006 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with a canopy and Oregon license plates 936CQZ.  Anyone with information is asked to call 503-823-1081.



(Olympia, WA)  --  A bill being considered by Washington lawmakers is intended to help avoid the mistakes and missteps that have led to inaccurate prison and community-supervision sentences for offenders.  The measure would require courts to complete a standardized work sheet that accompanies offenders to prison.  Kirkland Representative Roger Goodman tells the "Seattle Times" the bill is designed to fix different calculating problems that led to premature release for prisoners or skewed community-supervision sentences.



(Undated)  --  Washington is one of the best places to live for singles.  That's according to a new WalletHub survey, which compares the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 23 key indicators of dating-friendliness.  Washington state is in first place, with important factors including "share of single adults" to "movie costs" to "nightlife options per capita."  Oregon is in 22nd place, according to WalletHub.  Colorado, California, Montana, and South Dakota round out the top five.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Public Schools district will soon decide how voters will be asked to come up with funding to improve and repair school buildings.  PPS staff is holding four public town hall-styled meetings this month to get input on which plan would go before voters, perhaps as early as this May.  Officials say the projects will certainly include replacing lead pipes and fixtures to improve water quality, replacing tiles, and shoring up general infrastructure at schools throughout the district.  PPS Interim Chief Operating Officer Courtney Wilton tells KATU-TV the bond measure would likely cost homeowners around 24 dollars per month per household over a 30-year period.



(Portland, OR)  --  Officials are approaching the possibility of a water-treatment plant for the Bull Run Watershed, after traces of a parasite called cryptosporidium were found.  Officials say levels of the microorganism don't pose a risk to public health, but the treatment plant is being discussed.  About five years ago, Portland received a ten-year exemption from treating its water for cryptosporidium because the parasite hadn't shown up in tests for a decade.  KOIN-TV reports water samples have tested positive for cryptosporidium four times within the past five weeks.



(Seattle, WA)  --  It appears the city of Seattle will be finding a new bank to handle its funds.  A committee of the City Council voted unanimously yesterday to remove about three-billion-dollars in city business from Wells Fargo in response to the bank's backing of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The Council says the aim is to strengthen the city's policies for conducting city business with partners that are committed to fair business practices.  Mayor Ed Murray sent a letter to the bank last October, stating that the city would withdraw from a 100-million-dollar bond it was negotiating through Wells Fargo in light of its opening of accounts without customer knowledge.



(Portland, OR)  --  A Reed College student who was critically injured in an apartment fire has died of her injuries.  Mara Gibbs was pulled out of the burning apartment Sunday at the Garden Park complex and taken to a hospital.  Two other women were able to escape the flames by jumping from a second-floor window.  Gibbs died yesterday morning.  Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.



(Undated)  --  When Mexico refused to pay for a border wall, President Trump proposed a 20-percent tax on Mexican imports.  That would help pay for the 15 to 25 billion dollar wall, but the experts think it could trigger a trade war.  WalletHub did a study on which states would be most affected, and Oregon comes in at 45th.  Mexico is the third-largest trading partner of the U.S.



(Vancouver, WA)  --  A vote by the Vancouver City Council supports an effort to declare replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River a project of statewide importance.  The Council is hoping the resolution will add to the voices calling on the Washington State Legislature to act more quickly to ease congestion along the I-5 corridor.  The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, which includes Oregon Metro, is expected to vote today on the resolution.  The "Spokesman-Review" reports lawmakers are expected this week to introduce legislation that also would call for prioritizing the I-5 corridor.



(Washington, DC)  --  A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could make a decision later this week on President Trump's ban on travel from select Muslim-majority countries.  Attorneys representing both sides faced tough questions from the judges during yesterday's hearing.  Arguments defending the ban countered arguments seeking to have it thrown out since a temporary restraining order was issued against it Friday by federal Judge James Robart of Seattle.



(Undated)  --  Seattle is up a notch on this year's annual "U.S. News & World Report" list of best cities in which to live.  Seattle comes in sixth, up from seventh last year.  Austin, Texas, is at the top, followed by Denver; San Jose; Washington, DC; and Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Portland, Oregon, is at number 32, six notches below Portland, Maine, at number 26.



(San Francisco, CA)  --  Briefs filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota will be considered by a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  The two states will argue that the temporary restraining order against President Trump's executive order to ban travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries should remain in place.  The federal government believes the injunction, brought Friday by federal Judge James Robart of Washington, should be lifted.  The panel of judges could issue a ruling tomorrow.



(Banks, OR)  --  Oregon State Police are investigating a crash that killed a Forest Grove woman.  Authorities say a Chrysler van driven yesterday by 28-year-old Nicole Brook Akers crossed the center line on Highway 47 near Banks and collided with an oncoming truck.  Akers died at the scene, and five people in the truck suffered minor injuries.  Police say weather and road conditions were considered a factor in the crash.



(Portland, OR)  --  People are being strongly urged to avoid the Willamette River after Portland's combined sewer system overflowed into it.  Officials say it started around 1:30 yesterday afternoon near the Ross Island Bridge, and that warning was to be in effect for 48 hours.  KOIN-TV reports it's the third sewage overflow into the river this winter.



(Olympia, WA)  --  Daylight saving time is to begin March 12th, and some Washington lawmakers hope it will be for the last time.  A bill that's awaiting action in a Senate committee would eliminate daylight saving time throughout the year in Washington.  Previous tries have failed, the last time in 2015.  Only two states, Arizona and Hawaii, stay on the same time throughout the year.


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