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>>Arlington Church Fire Investigated

(Arlington, OR)  --  Investigators are trying to find out what caused a fire that gutted a historic church in Arlington.  The Arlington Church of the Nazarene, which was built in the 1890s, has been declared a total loss following the fire early yesterday morning.  In July, another fire burned the exterior of the church, and fire officials say it was likely a case of arson.  Investigators haven't determined whether the two fires are connected.

>>Tanker Spills Chemicals On Bridge

(Troutdale, OR)  --  Troutdale police are investigating after a tanker truck jackknifed and spilled chemicals on the Columbia River Bridge.  Authorities say the rear trailer hit a jersey barrier last night as the truck was making a right turn onto the bridge from Jordan Road.  Officials say the chemicals are hazardous in nature, but the leak was small.  Personnel from Gresham Fire, Troutdale Police, Corbett Fire, and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

>>Man Accused Of Groping Women Pleads Not Guilty

(Tualatin, OR)  --  Trial will be held for a Tualatin man who's accused of groping at least three women.  Twenty-eight-year-old Ian Billow has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of sexual abuse and harassment relative to alleged attacks at the Avalon Park Apartments in Tigard and Atfalati Park in Tualatin.  Police believe there may have been other victims.  Bail has been set at 15-thousand dollars for Billow.

>>Machinists To Vote Today On Boeing Offer

(Everett, WA)  --  Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are scheduled to vote today on a proposed eight-year contract extension offered by Boeing.  Many union members oppose the contract, which includes retirement concessions and higher health-care premiums.  But Boeing has guaranteed the 777X will be built in the Puget Sound area in exchange for the contract being ratified.  The Washington State Legislature recently approved nine-billion dollars in tax incentives for Boeing to secure the 777X project for Washington.

>>Portland Arena Football Team To Be Named 'Thunder'

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials with Portland's new Arena Football League team have decided on a nickname: "Thunder."  Team owner Terry Emmert says the idea was to come up with a powerful name that would define the team and the attitude of the franchise.  "Thunder" was chosen from hundreds of suggestions submitted by fans.  The first person to submit the winning name was Seth Johnson, who will receive a pair of season tickets.

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